6 Small & Unique New Zealand Destinations

6 Small & Unique New Zealand Destinations. The Kiwi locals love them. See why you should visit them too!

1.Stewart Island

Where is it?

Below the South Island of New Zealand. Access is via ferry across the Foveaux Strait or by small aircraft.

How many people live there?

Approximately 400 people.

What can you do/see there?

Stewart Island offers a peaceful natural world that even New Zealanders are charmed by. The locals live by the pulse of the environment, hunting, fishing and diving for food.

Holidaymakers can enjoy a taste of “the good life”, relaxing on the beach with a book, walking through the prolific bush amidst bird calls, or enjoying the sea by boat or kayak. 

 

2.Glenorchy

Where is it?

In the lower South Island of New Zealand, 45 minutes from the adventure-tourism destination Queenstown.

How many people live there?

Around 400 people.

What can you do/see there?*

The road to Glenorchy is indisputably one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, with ridiculously scenic views at every corner. Glenorchy and nearby Paradise have been used as film locations for many films, most famously The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

In Summer both New Zealanders and overseas tourists head to Glenorchy to tackle one of the many great tramping tracks crossing through Fiordland/Mt Aspiring National Parks.

Adventure-tourism activities are also huge all year round in Glenorchy; Lord of the Rings film location tours, horse-trekking, skydiving, jet-boating and more.

 

3.Akaroa

Where is it?

On the east coast of the South Island, approximately 1.5hrs from Christchurch city.

How many people live there?

Close to 700 people.

What can you do/see there?

Akaroa has a colourful history with Maori, French and British colonial influences mirrored in its street names and buildings. It is a very quaint seaside town in a gorgeous natural setting, with a special connection to marine wildlife.

Visitors are drawn to the massive penguin colony and water encounters with rare Hector dolphins. Activities include sailing, tramping, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, ocean cruises, cafes, boutique shops and a museum.

 

North Island:

4.Great Barrier Island

Where is it?

North-east of Auckland. Access via a 30 minute flight, or 3 hour ferry ride.

How many people live there?

About 950

What can you do/see there?

Great Barrier Island is a wonderful experience for those who love to get off the grid and back to nature. When you land on the short runway in what appears to be a large paddock, you will know you have travelled to a simpler time. Generators are used to create power; the night sky is vast above your head and birdsong plentiful.  Go snorkelling or dive for fresh scallops, or try spear-fishing. Walk along the vast wild beaches, or write yourself a Haiku. This place will feed your soul.

 

5.Russell

Where is it?

In the Bay of Islands in the North Island of New Zealand. Access is via a car ferry, or you can drive there via a much longer route.

How many people live there?

Approximately 900 people.

What can you do/see there?

Russell is an island for lovers of history. While New Zealand is considered a young country by world standards, Russell holds some of our longest standing buildings, including an old Anglican church and multi-purpose store.

A great place to take a wander, have an ice-cream, soak up the sun or hire a boat.

 

6.Matakana Island

Where is it?

In the North Island of New Zealand, in the Tauranga harbour. Access by water taxi.

How many people live there?

Only 300

What can you do/see there?

Matakana is a surfer’s paradise, with a long stretch of white sand bathed in sunshine, which also makes it a great place for a day trip for a picnic, or an overnight camping adventure. There are farm-stays, walking tracks, bird-watching tours, and excellent swimming spots.

 

*Pure Glenorchy Tours is based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We love to share our stunning New Zealand landscape and Lord of the Rings film locations with our local and overseas visitors. Give us a call; we’d love to show you around

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