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Take a moment to explore New Zealand. Stray from well-beaten paths and discover ever-changing landscapes as one journey leads to another.

Nelson
Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

By Fraser Clements

West Coast

Kaikoura road trip

Catlins road trip

Coromandel road trip

Highlights

  • Hike on Fox and Franz Josef glaciers
  • Raft the Charleston Glowworm Caves
  • See the ancient Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

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Nelson

Nelson

Sunshine, wineries and a coastal national park

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Highlights

  • Kayak & hike Abel Tasman National Park
  • Relax on golden beaches
  • Sip craft beers or have a vineyard lunch

Highlights

  • Seafood feasts
  • Dolphin encounters
  • More than 30 wineries

ROAD TRIP THROUGH KAIKOURA

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Proximity

  • By car: Start your adventure in Christchurch
  • By car: Total trip distance: 242 miles
Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

Discover the real Middle‑earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set

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Highlights

  • Peek through 44 hobbit holes
  • Explore underground caves in Waitomo
  • Learn to surf at Raglan Beach

Highlights

  • Soak in geothermal hot pools
  • Witness NZ's tallest geyser at Te Puia
  • Hike and bike through the Redwood Forest

ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE KARANGAHAKE GORGE

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Rotorua

Rotorua

Discover bubbling geothermal activity and Maori culture

Highlights

  • Cruise the fiords of Milford Sound
  • Visit Nugget Point Lighthouse
  • Explore dramatic coastlines

ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE CATLINS

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Proximity

  • By car: Start your adventure in Christchurch
  • By car: Total trip distance: 553 miles
Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Aquatic playground of 144 islands, full of water activities

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Highlights

  • Visit historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Take a boat cruise & swim with dolphins
  • Have a vineyard lunch in Russell

Highlights

  • Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve
  • Gigantic arched caverns
  • Kayaking and snorkelling tours

ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE COROMANDEL

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Proximity

  • By car: Start your adventure in Auckland
  • By car: Total trip distance: 208 miles

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