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Inspired to take your own journey beneath southern skies? New Zealand’s scenic beauty promises to take your breath away. Experience for yourself the magic of the places you saw on-screen. From the alpine beauty of Queenstown to the coastal paradise of the Coromandel, New Zealand – the home of Middle-earth – will take you on a journey you’ll never forget.
Lake Quill, Milford Sound
High in the mountains of Fiordland sit alpine lakes surrounded by sheer cliffs with just a small outlet for water to cascade into the valley below. Lake Quill is one of these lakes in Fiordland’s Milford Sound. Accessible only by Helicopter, take a picnic and spend an afternoon high in the Southern Alps. Close to Lake Quill is the Sutherland Falls – New Zealand’s highest waterfall and the fifth highest in altitude in the world. Hike right up to it while walking the Milford Track. Helicopter flights for Lake Quill leave mainly from Queenstown.
Be transported to the mythical land where Hobbits lived with Matamata’s Hobbiton Movie Set. A short two hour drive from Auckland City, here you can wander through the heart of Tolkien's mythological world and learn how it was all created for the movies through fascinating commentary. Along your journey you’ll see the Green Dragon Pub, the mill and the famous Party Tree, all memorable scenes from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
Relax in the all-natural Kerosene Creek, 30 minutes south of Rotorua where the water is hotter than a bath. Swimmers have excavated small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the waterfall. Set in amongst lush New Zealand native bush, Kerosene Creek is popular among tourists and locals alike and offers a bathing experience like no other.
Onemana Beach, Coromandel
Found on the Coromandel Peninsula, around two hours’ drive from Auckland City, Onemana Beach lies within a beautiful bay near the town of Whangamata. Golden sands and a curving crescent-shaped shore are fringed at the south by a sweep of Pohutukawa trees. Four islands lay in the distance, and the beach itself is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. Onemana is hemmed in by the Tairua pine forest, creating a picturesque gem of coastal paradise. The Coromandel is one of the most popular beach destinations for locals.
Jack’s Point, Queenstown
Cycle through blades of gold on Jack’s Point on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Close to Queenstown, this luxury-style settlement offers activities galore in one of New Zealand’s most spectacular settings. Enjoy a round at the championship golf course, mountain bike over undulating hills or dine at one of the gourmet restaurants. Jack’s Point is a luxury experience to remember.
The Lost World, Waitomo Caves
The Lost World is situated in the Waitomo Caves, one of New Zealand’s most exciting caving adventures. Abseil 100 metres into the Lost World cave, go black water rafting or find the creatures that dwell deep within with a caving experience. For something more leisurely, take a boat ride or walk through the caves famous for its fascinating rock formations and the glowworms that light up like stars in the dark.
Winery, Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka, along with Central Otago and Queenstown, are rapidly developing wine regions.With an international reputation for Pinot Noir, Lake Wanaka is one of the world’s southernmost winemaking regions. Vines are planted among spectacular alpine scenery between 200 and 450 metres above sea level. Relax as you sip internationally-renowned Pinot Noir while overlooking the bright azure waters of Lake Wanaka.
Kaikoura enjoys a diverse combination of alpine and coastal environments. Situated on New Zealand’s East Coast, about two hours' drive from Christchurch, Kaikoura is most famous for the whales that inhabit its coastline. A two kilometre-deep canyon stretches along the ocean floor, creating a rare system of sea currents which service a large marine food chain – of which Sperm Whales are at the top of. Local whale watching tours will get you up close and personal with these gentle sea giants, along with plenty of dolphins and seals.
Mt Alfred, Queenstown
A pleasant day can be spent walking up Mount Alfred and admiring it's stunning alpine views. The mountain is 20 minutes' drive from the beautiful town of Glenorchy, which is situated at the head of Lake Wakatipu and a launching pad for alpine walks, jet boating adventures, horse treks and four wheel drive tours.Close to Queenstown , this mountain is one of many offering stunning views and easy accesibility in the region.
Mt Hikurangi, Gisborne
Mt Hikurangi is 45 minutes north of Gisborne on New Zealand’s East Cape. The sacred mountain is known as the first point in the world to catch the rays of the new day’s sun, receiving world prominence in the celebrations of the millennium. Nine massive statues,carved by members of the Maori tribe Ngati Porou, represent important characters from Maori legend. Experience the sunrise of a lifetime and watch the new day before anyone else atop the summit of Mt Hikurangi.