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Long, warm, sunny days and beautifully clear nights, the calling cards of a New Zealand summer, and what better way to spend a summer holiday then exploring magnificent scenery, relaxing in beautiful weather and heading off into the great outdoors for an adventure or two with friends and family? Take a look at some of our favourite New Zealand spots to spend the perfect summer holiday!
For the island explorers
Head to the Bay of Islands for a tropical holiday that you won’t soon forget! With over 140 subtropical atolls to explore, spend your days walking along the beautiful beaches, swimming in the warm, clear water of the north and discovering the abundance of diverse marine life.
For the adventure lovers
Take a trip to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital, for as much adventure as you can handle! Canyoning, jet boating, skydiving, bungy jumping, ziplining and loads more is on offer in this stunning alpine resort town – and with some amazing summer weather to be had, you’ll be flying through the air and down mountains with the sun on your back and a huge grin on your face in no time!
For the nature enthusiasts
Spend a few days in the coastal town of Kaikoura. With a great range of incredible wildlife encounters on offer to enjoy, you will spend your long summer days spotting whales off the coast, getting acquainted with the local New Zealand Fur Seal colonies and enjoying an exciting display from a few delightful dolphins, and with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to explore there’s plenty to keep you occupied once the animals have gone to sleep.
For a summer city getaways
Visit Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island for a great dose of kiwi urban culture! Enjoy the beauty of this diverse city as you sample some of the country’s finest cuisine, wander through the Viaduct Harbour, and perhaps take a day trip out to Waiheke Island for an afternoon of island wine-tasting!
For those looking for some kiwi culture
Explore the beautiful town of Rotorua and immerse yourself in the local Maori culture. Head to the local marae for an evening of cultural dance and dining and learn about Maori customs and traditions, then spend a day in awe of the volcanic forces surrounding the region as you visit steaming geysers and boiling mud pools, and relax into one of the areas natural thermal hot springs.