The birthplace of bungee jumping and considered the Adventure Sport Capital of the world. Visitors to New Zealand find excellent skiing, boarding, water-sports, hiking; all sorts of outdoor activities are well catered for here. Home to Maori culture, stunning wildlife and some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable, this country is unforgettable and inspiring.
From touring in a motorhome, to luxurious bespoke experiences, New Zealand is a destination perfect for all types of traveller. With experiences to cater to all tastes, set amongst a backdrop of breath-taking landscapes – from heli-picnics atop soaring mountains to private tastings at New Zealand’s best wineries.
Learn the Haka
The best way to observe Māori culture is on a marae (tribal meeting grounds). Join an organised tour which provide a traditional Māori welcome, where you’ll hear Māori speeches and singing, see carved meeting houses, meet the local people and enjoy a hāngi feast cooked in earth ovens. Witness warriors in traditional attire paddling in an ancient warrior canoe, view glow worms in their natural habitat and marvel at the sacred freshwater spring. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance.
New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period – a result of cooler temperatures – allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance which New Zealand wines are famous for. A lot of the country’s plentiful vineyards are located in spectacular locations, be it close to a stunning shoreline or perched high amidst alpine peaks. On the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail you can enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks, buzzing nightlife and indulgent food experiences.
Explore Middle Earth
New Zealand’s dramatic scenery is the location of MiddleEarth. Lord of the Rings tours have become a must while exploring New Zealand, taking in Hobbiton where you will find yourself engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire, the home of the Hobbits, and where visitors are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to see an iconic movie set in its full glory. Even if you’re not a fan of the films you can’t fail to be impressed by the bubbling brooks intersecting gentle waterfalls; snow-capped peaks casting shadows over lush forest valleys, and ancient glaciers cascading to the sea.
Postcard views at every ski turn, alpine peaks, azure lakes & resort towns jam packed with Kiwi hospitality. That’s what you get when you embark upon a ski holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand. In the South Island, home to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona Alpine Resort, expect world class ski schools, accommodation close to the snow fields with transport from door to slope and value for money ski deals covering the essentials. Did we mention restaurants galore, adventure activities and wineries close to town? In the North Island, ski on an active volcano at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest commercial ski area.
Kayak at Milford Sound
Every moment spent in Milford Sound is uniquely beautiful and truly unforgettable. Whether you cruise the Sound (during the day or overnight) or catch a scenic flight over it, there is something for everyone in this gorgeous stretch of Fiordland National Park. Adventurous types might also like to head out sea kayaking or diving. For a more easy-going experience and to learn about the local marine life, visit the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove and marvel at the black coral, 11-legged sea stars and delicate anemones. Enjoying the great outdoors here can be as leisurely or thrilling as you want.
Glaciers, mountains and extreme sports
In a country renowned for its extreme sports, Queenstown is the Adventure Sport Capital, sitting on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. The lake provides a glorious setting for water based activities such as rafting, jet boating and cliff jumping, while in the mountains and surrounding countryside you can bungee, sky dive, canyon swing and horse-trek. There’s world class skiing and the town has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.