From awe inspiring landscapes to unforgettable encounters with whales, here are just a handful of our experts highlights of New Zealand.
Adventure sports in Queenstown.
The self-styled adventure capital of the world, Queenstown draws adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers from around the globe with opportunities for bungee jumping, hang-gliding, white water rafting, kayaking – and so much more – through spectacular natural landscapes.
Bay of Islands
A combination of island-studded seascapes, undeveloped beaches, cultural artefacts and historic sites, a cruise through the Bay of Islands is an eye-opening and magical experience. Made up of more than 140 islands in the Pacific Ocean, the area is rich in both Maori folklore and marine life with whales and dolphins commonly spotted.
Fiordland National Park
Located in the South Island, Fiordland National Park is home to the famous glacier-carved fiords of Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Not to mention gushing waterfalls, huge mountains and penguin and fur seal colonies. Experience the park’s dramatic beauty on boat and helicopter tours.
The heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture, the Rotorua area is also known for its geo-thermal activity with geysers, steaming lakes and bubbling mud pools all to be found here. Plus epic mountain biking trails.
Whale watching in Kaikoura
When it comes to whale-watching there’s nowhere on Earth that can quite match up to Kaikoura. Here, on South Island’s Pacific coast, these leviathans of the deep venture close inshore to feed in the nutrient-rich waters allowing for rare up-close encounters.
Beautifully unspoilt and amazingly serene, it’s little wonder the Coromandel Peninsula is a source of inspiration for many of New Zealand’s painters, sculptors and craftsmen. See its white beaches, rich indigenous rainforest, volcanic hills and historic sites for yourself on a tailor-made holiday.
Wine connoisseurs will delight in the collection of boutique wineries that dot Waiheke Island, just a short ferry hop from Auckland. When you’re not sipping on local vintages you could find yourself exploring hidden coves, relaxing on secluded shores and dining on mouth-watering, organic cuisine.