New Zealand

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Have you ever been to New Zealand?

New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fiords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones. These islands are one of Earth's most peculiar bioregions, inhabited by flightless birds seen nowhere else such as a nocturnal, burrowing parrot called the kakapo and kiwi. Kiwi are not only one of the national symbols – the others being the silver fern leaf and koru – but also the name New Zealanders usually call themselves.

Best Things To Do in New Zealand

1 - Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman National Park is one of our all-time favourite places to visit during the summer. This is one of the areas in New Zealand that receives the most hours of sunshine and the summer months are usually hot, hot, hot! If you are looking for action, then hire a kayak for the day and head off exploring the park’s stunning little bays and coves. For the super-active, why not give the Abel Tasman Coast Track a go – one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, it’s a stunning 51km tramp with some unbelievable views.

2 - Bay of Islands

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, the Bay of Islands is a holiday hot spot. Located just a three-hour drive from downtown Auckland, the Bay of Islands is a truly magical place. With 140+ islands to discover, we recommend getting yourself booked onto one of the numerous cruises that run out of Paihia. We have some great deals available through our platform. Getting out onto the water, you are likely to come across some pretty awesome marine life including dolphins, whales and even penguins.

3 - Coromandel Peninsula

Another favourite amongst Auckland holiday-makers, the Coromandel Peninsula is just a short 2.5-hour drive from downtown Auckland. Despite the proximity, it feels a thousand miles apart. Escape the hustle and bustle and discover craggy mountains cloaked in native forest and a huge coastline of golden sandy beaches. Two must-do activities on the peninsula: - Take the hike to Cathedral Cove – you won’t be disappointed - Dig your own hot tub at Hot Water Beach and sit back and relax

4 - Dunedin

The road to Dunedin is the one less travelled by Kiwis and visitors alike. However, those who don’t venture down to the far south know not of what they are missing. Dunedin is a spectacular place to visit during the summer months when the temperature can hit the low 30s and the Otago Peninsula basks in a few months of glorious sunshine. Dunedin has a lot to offer. From the hidden delights of Tunnel Beach to the magnificence of Larnach Castle to the diverse wildlife that calls this corner of New Zealand home. We urge you to think outside the box this summer and take a trip to Dunedin – it won’t disappoint.

5 - Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound South Island

We’re not sure any list of anything at all in New Zealand is complete without mentioning Milford Sound! Without a doubt one of the most popular destinations in the country, Milford Sound should be a ‘top of the list’ item for any visitor to New Zealand and a must do for anyone living here. Located in the Fiordland National Park, this World Heritage Site is truly spectacular. Take a cruise out to the Sound or for the energetic, try tramping the Milford Track – another of New Zealand’s great walks.

6 - Franz Josef Glacier

It’s a close call whether it’s better to visit Franz Josef in the summer or the winter. For us, summer just pips it even though you miss out on the surrounding snow-capped mountains (there will still be snow on the highest peaks!). With the summer sun shining down, it’s so cool to take a helicopter ride up onto the glacier for a day of exploring. Discover spectacular blue ice caves and take a peek down some cavernous drops as you get to take in the full magnificence of the Franz Josef Glacier from high up above.

7 - Queenstown

Whilst thousands of people flock to the city in winter to enjoy the skiing and snowboarding, Queenstown is also an awesome place to visit in the summer. As the adventure capital of New Zealand (sorry Rotorua!) there is so much to do here no matter what you’re into. From the all-action bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating and paragliding to the more sedate wine-tasting, lakeside walks and cruises, this is a city that is always alive. Queenstown’s location means it’s also a great base for exploring – nearby Arrowtown, Cromwell and Wanaka are all within driving distance for day trips so there is a lot of exploring to be done in and around Queenstown in the summer months.

8 - Rotorua

Rotorua is known as the adventure capital of the North Island. Located just a short 3-hour drive from Auckland, Rotorua is jam-packed with things to do. Rotorua is an area of significant geothermal activity and there are heaps of attractions. Our favourite is Wai-O-Tapu where you can go and check out the world-famous Champagne Pools. Outside of geothermal activities, Rotorua is also a haven for mountain bikers. The city plays host to some of the world’s biggest mountain biking events and attracts thousands of mountain bikers every year to ride the surrounding hills and forest trails. Once you get past the smell (the sulphur is pretty pungent!) Rotorua is an awesome place to spend a few days.

9 - Lake Tekapo

Located between Queenstown and Christchurch, Tekapo is an awesome place to visit in the summer. The colour of the water is absolutely captivating – the turquoise waters look like someone has dropped in some food colouring! On a hot day, the water certainly looks tempting and plenty brave the waters but be warned – they’re glacial so they don’t tend to warm up no matter what time of year you visit! Away from the water, make sure you take the drive or hike up to the top of Mt John where you will find the observatory as well as some pretty amazing views down over the lake and township.

10 - Tongariro National Park

In the centre of the North Island is one of New Zealand’s gems. The Tongariro National Park is a dual World Heritage Site due to its spectacular volcanic features as well as its importance to the Maori culture. The park is home to New Zealand’s best one day walk – the Tongariro Crossing. Thousands of people every year take the 19.4km tramp through this spectacular National Park, carving their way between towering volcanic peaks and past shimmering emerald lakes. For movie buffs, the Tongariro National Park is also home to Mt Doom – made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

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What People Are Saying

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"Jeff was great we enjoyed the tour!"
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"We spent 4hrs just outside Queenstown and Arrowtown visiting different places. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and I really enjoyed the afternoon. The van is clean and comfortable and it was only 5 of us which was great. "
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"Great tour. Highly recommended. Hosts of wineries visited were quite informative/ knowledgeable. A great afternoon."
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"Alia our tour guide was wonderful, she has a great knowledge of wine and winery’s of the area Highly recommend this tour was fun and you get to meet great people whilst enjoying the different wines of the region"
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"I booked this tour for my husband who is a huge Lord of The Rings fan, I just went to be with him and I am sooo glad I did. Not only were the views amazing, our guide (Roland) was so nice and very knowledgeable. We stopped on the side of the road to take pictures and he pointed out movie filming locations. I was in complete awe of the beauty of this trip. It was the perfect time for a cruise. We did 9am and it ended at 1pm. Which gave us the rest of the day to explore more of the city."
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"The beer and wine tour was definitely the highlight of our trip. Alia was an absolute legend - very knowledgeable, engaging and personable - which made the experience that much better. The staff at all 3 wineries/breweries (as well as Alia) were clearly very passionate about their industry and this encouraged a lot more engagement and interaction. The instructional videos and ability to play off the atypical alcohol-drinking stereotypes was a great touch. We would recommend this tour, particularly to entry-level wine/beer enthusiasts (like ourselves) of which this type of trip might not come as first choice."

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