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Kayaking in Milford Sound, Fiordland
A popular day trip from Te Anau (1hr 50mins) or Queenstown (4hrs), Milford Sound is the perfect place to experience kayaking or to hike the Milford Track. You'll discover a haven of glassy bays, towering mountains and cascading waterfalls.
Local tours in the area: Scenic cruises with Real Journeys, Kayaking with Southern Discoveries, Nature cruises with Real Journeys, Scenic flights with Real Journeys, Walking adventures with Trips and Tramps.
Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
Embrace calm and serenity in the Abel Tasman National Park. A 1 hour 20 minute drive from Nelson will lead you to golden sandy beaches and a chance to meet local wildlife like fur seals and blue penguins. Do the Coastal Walk or take to the waters of sparkling clear bays.
Local tours to try: Kayaking with Wilsons or Abel Tasman kayaks, Sailing with Gourmet Sailing or Yonder Star Charters, Food & Wine with Bay Tours or Wine Art and Wilderness, Sky Diving with Sky Diving Abel Tasman.
Rock carvings, Mine Bay, Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo is an easy 1-hour drive from Rotorua and a highlight for water lovers – skiing, boating and trout fishing are all popular. The Mine Bay Rock Carvings created by master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell in the 1970s are an unexpected lakeside delight. The carvings depict Ngatoroirangi, a visionary Maori navigator who guided the Tuwharetoa and Te Arawa tribes to the Taupo area over a thousand years ago.
Local tours to try: Mine Bay Rock Carvings with Sail Barbary or Chris Jolly Outdoors, Fly Fishing with Chris Jolly Fly Fishing, Jet boating with Huka Falls Jet or Rapids Jet, Mountain biking with Chris Jolly Outdoors.
Hobbiton film set, Hamilton – Waikato
New Zealand is home of the real Middle-earth, made famous in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films. Experience The Shire's hobbit holes and rolling farmlands for yourself. Hobbiton is located near Matamata, a 2-hour drive from Auckland.
Local tours in the area: Hobbiton with Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Waikato River Cruising with Waikato River Explorer, Cycling with Waikato River Trails, Waitomo Caves with Glowworm Caves, Gardens with Hamilton Gardens.
Dining on Waiheke Island, Auckland
Jump on a 35-minute ferry from Auckland to explore Waiheke Island for the day or a weekend. Choose to stay in luxury or tucked away boutique cottages beside the beach while visiting must-try vineyards like Mudbrick, Stonyridge and Cable Bay.
Local tours in the area: Food & wine with Ananda Tours, Ziplining with EcoZip Adventures, Māori experiences with Potiki Adventures, Tamaki Hikoi, Hike Bike Ako, or Waka Quest, Scenic flights with Flight Hauraki, Auckland Sea Planes, or Inflite Charters.
Auckland City is jam-packed full of dining districts, unique shopping destinations and easy access to bays and beaches. Head west to explore the rugged West Coast to discover wild surf and black sand beaches - get ready for some wind-swept hair!
Fox Glacier, West Coast
Walk through valleys of ice on a trip to Fox Glacier, on the western edge of the South Island. This unique natural wonder is best explored by foot with one of our knowledgeable local guides. Or be hoisted up sky-high in a helicopter to experience spectacular bird’s eye views. Fox Glacier is a 5-hour drive from Christchurch on the east.
Local tours to try: Glacier visits with Fox Glacier Guiding, Heli-skiing with Fox Glacier Guiding - Flying Fox, Scenic Flights with Air Safaris, Caving with Under World Adventures, Tree Top Walkway with West Coast Treetop Walk.
Geothermal wonders at Te Puia, Rotorua
When the thermal attractions in Rotorua are combined with Māori culture, a normal day becomes extraordinary. Find yourself surrounded by bubbling mud pools as steam wafts by, with occasional bursts of activity from nearby geysers. Take a tour with Te Puia to find out more about what makes the area significant to Māori.
Local tours to try: Māori culture with Buried Village, Tamaki Māori Village, or Mitai Māori Village, Geothermal with Te Puia, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, or Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Mountain biking with Mountain Bike Rotorua or Skyline MTB Gravity Park, Hot Pools & Health Spas with Polynesian Spa, Hells Gate or Wai Ora Lakeside Spa, Theme & Leisure Parks with Skyline Luge, Rainbow Springs or Agroventures.
Māori culture, Rotorua
Rotorua, our unofficial home of tourism, is also the perfect place for an authentic marae (meeting grounds) visit. At Te Takinga Marae on Lake Rotoiti you can enjoy a traditional welcome ceremony and learn about Maori arts like carving and weaving. With its central location Rotorua is easy to reach, a 3-hour drive from Auckland.
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
The Coromandel Peninsula is a favourite place for Kiwis to make happy beach memories. From Whangamata to Pauanui, Hahei and Opito, the coast is full of idyliic, white sand beaches. Close to Hahei, discover hidden bays and a giant hole in the rock at Cathedral Cove. Explore the shores by kayak, take a dip in the ocean, or stroll along the beach in the balmy Coromandel sun.
Local tours to try: Beach exploring with Cathedral Cove Express Tour, Hahei Explorer or Cathedral Cove Water Taxis, Diving with Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel, Scenic Cruises with Glass Bottom Boat Cruising, Kayaking with Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours.
Star gazing, Lake Pukaki
Reach this picture-perfect setting in just 3 hours from Christchurch. Our southern skies are renowned for their clarity. Experience a unique day or night tour at Mt John Observatory on Lake Tekapo or star gaze over the glacial-fed Lake Pukaki in the Mackenzie Basin.
Local tours to try: Star gazing with Earth & Sky, Hot Pools & Health Spas with Tekapo Hot Springs, Scenic flights with Air Safaris Tekapo & Mt Cook, Walking & Hiking with Wilderness Walking Tours, Tasman Glacier with Glacier Explorers