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Wonder why every major motion picture is shot in New Zealand? The snowy peaks, beech forests and golden fields just bring out that inner elf! And the Kiwis protect their blessed islands with charm & chutzpah.
Fox, Franz and Tasman Glaciers, South Island – The Fox, Franz Joseph and Tasman glaciers are easily among the highlights of South NZ. You can walk on these glaciers, see bottomless crevasses, seracs (ice towers), ice falls and sink holes. The Tasman Glacier flows among the biggest mountains in New Zealand. Known for its spectacular ice formations, this 30 km long glacier is the longest in the country. Take a heli-hike to see the remote and inaccessible parts, past the famous Hochstetter Icefall and the Eastern Face of Mount Cook.
Milford & Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island – The star attraction of the Fiordland region, Milford Sound is all about tranquil waters, sheer cliffs and trees that hang in still motion. The Mitre Peak and cruises, complete with seals and dolphins, pull in millions of visitors every year.Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord is more isolated and rugged. Untouched and pristine, rainforests, hidden inlets and majestic peaks await you here. Wildlife includes the Bottlenose Dolphin and the rare Crested Penguin.
Marlborough Sound, South Island – Located on top of NZ’s South Island, this region enjoys year round sunshine, a picturesque coastline and is also the country’s foremost wine producing region. Enjoy its unique flavour with a trip to the beautiful Marlborough Sound. Accessible for most part by water, savour views of bays, inlets, tiny islands and lush green wilderness. It is one of NZ’s top spots for sea kayaking, boating and hiking.
Rotorua, North Island – The heartland of Maori culture, Rotorua’s geothermal parks are proud flag bearers of a 700-hundred-year-old tradition. Head out to the historic Hells Gate park, 50 acres of sacred Maori land dotted with geysers, mud pools, sulphur springs and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest natural, hot waterfall!Compare the relaxation quotient between Wai-o-Tapu, and and Waimangu. Or do as the Maoris do in Whakarewarewa, also called the 'living thermal' village.
Hot Water beach, North Island – A spade is all it takes to luxuriate in your own private hot tub on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Head to the Hot Water beach during low tide, dig hard and get ready for the most surreal soak of your life. A complete family destination, the beach has superb surf, cafes and art galleries.
Ruapehu, North Island – No trip to NZ is complete without a halt at Mount Ruapehu, the highest mountain on the North Island. Nestled in a complex of volcanic craters, this landscape is like none other on earth. In winter and spring, it offers the best skiing fields in this part of the world - the Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa on the southern slope. As for the rest of the year, it treats you to sights of snow capped peaks, tussocked deserts, alpine meadows and more.
Tongariro, North Island – Part of the Taupo Volcanic zone, Tongariro while not the tallest of the 3 major volcanoes, has a huge massif going over 18 kilometres in length. The landscape was 3,00,000 years in the making. And the result – the most scenic hikes in the world and a feast for the eyes that includes crater lakes, fumaroles, hot springs, and lava deserts.
Rangitoto, North Island – Set in the Hauraki Gulf, a ferry away from Auckland, Rangitoto Island is the youngest and largest of the 48 volcanic cones in this area. An iconic symbol of NZ’s natural beauty, it has the world’s largest Pohutukawa forest. The island has a number of walks, with stunning views of the bay and the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges. The most opted for is the short walk right to the symmetrical cone at the summit.
From day walks to longer circuits, there is no shortage of absolutely delightful paths, if you’re willing to lace up your boots!
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island – Consistently voted NZ’s best one-day walk, this is Lord of the Rings territory, with the conical Mt. Ngauruhoe doubling up as Mount Doom. The walk traverses the Mangatepopo saddle between Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Tongariro, past the Red Crater, the bewitching and heated Emerald Lakes to Ketetahi trailhead. The final descent is through tussocked meadows and lava fields.
Abel Tasman Coast Track, South Island – Nature offers a surfeit of exquisite and precious landscapes at New Zealand’s Abel Tasman coastline. Walk through crescent shaped beaches with regenerating rainforests in the background. A 60 km walk, the Abel Tasman begins at Kaiteriteri. Cross Marahou, Anchorage, Awaroa, Whariwharangi and finally reach the end point, Wainui. You can choose to do the entire track or just parts of it. Most walkers do the 11 km section between Medlands Beach and Anchorage, famous for its golden sands.
Routeburn Track, South Island – Rivalling the Milford track is the Routeburn Track in Fiordland National Park. A two to four-day walk, hit the Harris Saddle or the Conical Hill for panoramic views. The landscape is diverse with vegetation changing from rainforests to alpine, with tarns, sphagnum bogs and stunted beech trees. The track has many displays explaining the formation of the landscape. This walk can be easily combined with a cruise on Milford Sound.
Harley Trails, Auckland, North Island – This ten-day tour, spans a total of 2,000 km, and begins at Auckland. The giant Kauri tree and the Kauri museum set the pace for the journey ahead. Ride the Coromandel loop from Auckland to Pauanui and enjoy the Hot Water beach. The Hobbiton movie sets, complete with Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and the double arched bridge give you a feel of the ‘Middle Earth’. Ride on via Waikite Valley and Taupo to behold the fascinating glow worm caves at Waitomo.
Mountain Biking, Rotorua, North Island – Discover all the wonders of the Whakarewarewa Forest on an MTB. With trails for all levels from first timers to hardcore riders, the paths take you past shaded greens, tree lined loops, hot springs and lush fern forests. Plan a day or an hour, but if you’re in Rotorua, get that butt on a seat!
Blackwater rafting, Waitomo, North Island – Walk, climb, swim and then it’s just you and a tube. This iconic black water trip, lets you experience the Tumu Tumu Cave in utter darkness with just the water for company. Don’t worry, anyone above 12 can go for it.
Extreme Active, Queenstown, South Island
You cannot visit this part of NZ without throwing yourself off some high places! The adventure capital of the world is all about conquering fear & going for it.
Bungee – The home of bungee, it all began here in 1888. Brave-hearts can head to the Nevis Bungy (the highest), while the merely curious can try more friendly options like the historic Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge (with the option of tandem) and the Ledge located within the city.
Tandem Paragliding – You can do it summer or winter, right off the Coronet Peak. And this time you’re not alone. Drink in the enthralling views, while a trained instructor takes care of the rest. Blissful, right?
Shweebing – It’s the world’s only human powered mono rail that reaches speeds of up to 50kmph. Perfect for ages 5 upwards, it’s your power versus the rest!
Fly boarding – It’s time we gave the Dolphins a run for their money. Fly boarding propels you to fly up to 30 feet in the air and land back into the water for some high speed swimming. Head to Lake Wakatipu for extreme fun and indelible memories!
Martinborough Wine Tours, North Island – The Martinborough Wine Village is home to 30 plus wineries, all within walking and biking distance. Home to world famous Pinot Noirs, the must visit vineyards are Ata Rangi, Nga Waka, Schubert Wines and Martinborough Vineyards. Tastings are set to the backdrop of the lovely Wairarapa countryside. Don’t forget to sample Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and the region’s other popular produce - olive oil.
Gibbston Valley Wine Tours, South Island – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris dominate the Central Otago wine growing region. But their Chardonnays and Rieslings are not to be scoffed at either. Try them all on a Gibbston Valley Wine tour that takes you to unforgettable vineyards like the Gibbston Valley Winery (with a wine cave), Waitiri Creek (Church converted to Winery) and the popular Amisfield (wine plus views). The area also has quirky sculpture gardens and a mind boggling range of restaurants and tasting rooms.
Marlborough Wine Tour, South Island – NZ’s sunniest wine growing region produces a world beating Sauvignon Blanc. Home to over 168 wineries including the famous Cloudy Bay, a day tour by bike is easily do-able. The soil, which changes from loamy to stony to clayey, allows producers to create Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Rieslings and Gruner Veltliners. Most wineries have an interesting history to match, like the Brancott Estate. The list is topped by biodynamic & organic wineries like the Seresin, Fromm, Johanneshof Cellars (NZ’s first underground rock cellar), Te Whare Ra and the powerhouse Saint Clair Family Estate.
Nature offers a surfeit of exquisite and precious landscapes at New Zealand’s Abel Tasman coastline.
No trip to the North Island of NZ is complete without a halt at Mount Ruapehu. Nestled in a complex of volcanic craters, this landscape is like none other on earth.
The hot bed of geo-thermal activity, Rotorua has several geo thermal mud and water pools.
The home of New Zealand Motorsports, come here to take on tracks of varying difficulty and prove your racing creds.
Fox & Franz Glaciers
Fly over these giant frozen rivers, take a guided tour and crawl through an ice cave.
Get close to New Zealand’s longest glacier that winds its way over 30 kms to the Tasman Lake.
Catch Giant Sperm Whales, migrating Humpbacks, Pilots, Blue and Southern Right Whales all year through.
Some landscapes stir the deepest creative expressions. Such is the case with Auckland.