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Things to do New Zealand

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Here's all that you need to know.

Our amazing country is jam packed with so much to see and do.

A focus on everything outdoors guarantees that you can't help but be immersed in our stunning landscapes.

Towering snow-capped mountains, thundering rivers, deep dark fiords, beautiful beaches, world class ski fields and rolling pastures.

We have it all.

So why not come and see us.

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Franz Josef Glacier small group glacier walk

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Iconic South Island Destinations

Milford Sound/Doubtful Sound

Aoraki Mt. Cook

Fiordland National Park is home to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and should be top of your things to see on the South Island.

Towering peaks that disappear into the clouds, thundering waterfalls, deep dark water and some unique marine wildlife await in this special part of New Zealand.

Cruise, kayak, or walk the Milford Track, one of our Great Walks.

Aoraki Mt Cook is our tallest peak, and is a stunning World Heritage site.

Wonderful scenery, amazing walks, glaciers, and even ice bergs are all part of the experience here.

The Glacier Explorers tour takes you onto a glacial lake. Or learn about our mountaineering history at the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre.

Milford Sound nature cruise from Te Anau
View from dining room at The Hermitage Aoraki Mt Cook

The Glaciers

Queenstown/Southern Lakes

A trip to our South Island glaciers is a must.

The most accessible are the "twins" Franz Josef and Fox, which are located on the West Coast.

You can walk to the face of the glaciers, take a heli flight and snow landing, or take a guided glacier walk.

Come and visit our "Adventure Capital".

There is so much to see and do in Queenstown and Wanaka, and you could easily spend several weeks here.

Go wild, or mild. The choice is yours. Bungy jump of a bridge, thunder through a gorge on a jetboat. On simply sit by the lake and enjoy the views.

Franz Josef Glacier image courtesy Tourism West Coast
Amazing views from the Skyline complex Queenstown. Image courtesy Skyline Queenstown.


A Great Walk

Kaikoura is a true "marine wonderland".

Perfect conditions attract a wide variety of marine life including whales, dolphins seals, and birds.

The Whale Watch Kaikoura tours are legendary, but there are also several spots close to town where you can just sit and watch our marine friends in action.

Our South Island is home to several of our Great Walks.

The Milford Track, Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Heaphy Track, Routeburn Track, Kepler Track, Paparoa Track and the Rakiura Track (on Stewart Island.) each offer a unique experience, and a chance to immerse yourself in our amazing wilderness areas.

Stunning Kaikoura. Image courtesy
Milford Track guided day walk from Te Anau

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The Coromandel


The region's catch cry is "Good For Your Soul", and it certainly is.

Stunning bays and beaches, and home to the famous Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, the Coromandel peninsula is only a couple of hours drive from Auckland.

Best known for it's thermal features and Maori cultural experiences, Rotorua is a unique, and fascinating place.

Learn about Maori culture, maybe have a traditional earth cooked meal (Hangi), then visit a geyser or bubbling mud pools.

Beautiful Cathedral Cove. Image courtesy Tourism Coromandel
Tamaki Maori Village image courtesy Tamaki Maori Village

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Waitomo Caves

Regarded as one of the world's best day treks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing covers around 19 kilometres, and takes between six and eight hours to complete.

Particularly challenging in winter months, trekkers are confronted with a near lunar landscape, with lava flows, steam vents, coloured lakes and active volcanoes all part of the experience.

The Waitomo Caves are one of the North Island's top attractions, and with good reason.

Most visitors come to see the glowworms, which flicker in their thousands in perfect viewing conditions.

But for something a little wilder, you can also try your hand at black water rafting, far below the surface.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing image courtesy
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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