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Adventure

Looking to add a dose of adventure to your New Zealand experience? Want to learn why our home country is without doubt the adventure centre of the world? New Zealand leads the way in inventing new ways to jump, zoom, float, fly and experience our stunning landscape!

Not all adventures need to leave your heart pumping or your legs shaking though. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes from floating through glow worm caves to, the classic, bungy jump. We have activities here that will to suit your personal style of adventure-themed New Zealand self-drive vacation.

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Activity ideas: Dart River Wilderness Safari
Dart River Wilderness Safari

Take a one and a half hour jet boat safari through the remote wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park. Home to towering mountains, alpine bush, glacial lakes and icy rivers, this spectacular trip is considered one of the most scenic in the world. Following your boat journey, take a 40 minute walk through ancient beech forests over 80 million years old. Learn about the area and its history before taking a  four wheel drive coach on a 50 minute journey to the isolated hamlet of Paradise - home to many Lord of the Rings filming locations. More »

Activity ideas: Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride
Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.  It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds.  And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins! More »

Activity ideas: Huka Jet Boat Ride
Huka Jet Boat Ride

The Huka Jet is 30 minutes of pure fun and exhilaration, skimming close to cliffs, sliding past trees, feeling the adrenalin of our full 360 degree spins.

The excitement continues right up to the base of the foaming Huka Falls, where you get a spectacular water level view to New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. Nothing compares to watching 220,000 litres per second tumbling over the cliff face towards you. More »

Activity ideas: KJet Queenstown 1 hour jet boat ride
KJet Queenstown 1 hour jet boat ride

Enjoy an exhilarating 60 minute adventure as you speed across Lake Wakatipu to the deep turquoise waters of the Kawarau River then onto the narrow shallow braided waters of the gold rich Shotover River, it's an unforgettable journey. Throughout your adventure you’ll be surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery as the powerful twin engine jet boat takes you on this thrilling ride, with the odd 360 degree spin thrown in for good measure.  Returning to Queenstown you’ll also gain complimentary entry to the Queenstown Underwater Observatory. More »

Activity ideas: Jet Boating Fiordland National Park
Jet Boating Fiordland National Park

Luxmore Jet offers a one hour jet boat tour down the Upper Waiau River to beautiful Lake Manapouri in the Fiordland National Park World Heritage Area.  During the tour your boat driver tells you about the history and geography of the area and you also have the opportunity to view 3 Lord of the Rings film locations, as the Waiau River was used to depict the River Anduin. Once on Lake Manapouri you experience the peace, tranquility and breathtaking beauty of the lake and snow-capped mountains. On the return journey you may see both brown and rainbow trout in the deep clear pools of the river. More »

Activity ideas: River Journeys Jet Boat & Walk
River Journeys Jet Boat & Walk

The Matukituki River is one of New Zealand's great jet boating rivers. Powerful and braided, the Matukituki flows from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.  Travel past Lord of The Rings film locations beneath stunning views of Mount Aspiring and Glaciers on this half day, glacier focused jet boat journey. During several photo stops on the river, learn from your guide how this amazing landscape was carved by ice and of Maori heritage special to this area. Deep in the mountains, disembark for a 50 minute wilderness walk into native beech forest, beneath the towering mountains and waterfalls of the Matukituki Valley. This is a great introduction to the New Zealand wilderness while walking easy terrain suitable for people of all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Riverjet Thermal Safari
Riverjet Thermal Safari

The New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari incorporates a fantastic geothermal wonderland and a thrilling jet boating experience. All this and more is packed into an absolute Must See Must Do 2 ½ to 3 hour trip. You begin with a Jet Boat ride down the Waikato River through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. See abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas on your way down to Orakei Korako; one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal attractions. Walk around this magnificent thermal reserve, see boiling mud, geysers and silica terraces. The stunning scenery of the mighty Waikato River makes you feel like time stood still as you gently cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water. The stunning native bush and abundant wildlife you’ll encounter will leave you with a lasting impression. Along the way your driver will explain about the rich history of the area and its unique wildlife. You’re also in for a few thrills on the river, as the jet boat takes you close to obstacles in the water and shoot at full speed towards the river banks. And of course you’ll experience the legendary Hamilton spins. All rides are tailored to suit the needs and adventure feel of all passengers, making sure it is a safe and enjoyable experience for all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Adventure Jet
Auckland Adventure Jet

Climb aboard Auckland Adventure Jet's purpose built boat and get your heart thumping during a supercharged 35 minute trip upon Auckland's stunning harbour, with fantastic views of the city skyline.  The jet boat travels at high speeds in excess of 50 knots under the iconic harbour bridge stopping beneath the Bridge Bungy pod to wave at the fellow adrenalin junkies suspended high above. Auckland Adventure Jet makes a few stops at significant landmarks including the Chelsea Sugar Factory and the tree lined cliffs of Kauri Point to take in the sights and catch a breath. More »

Activity ideas: Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour
Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour

This return Jet Boat trip takes you into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and you will see deep gorges covered with ferns, caves, rapids and other unique and amazing scenery.  Your guide will share stories of the Awa (Maori for “river”) with you and show you some of the secrets of this historic and cultural icon. Along the way you will stop at the Mangaio Gorge and the Manganui-O-Te-Au River, home to the endangered Blue Duck.  Continuing on deeper into this wilderness area you'll arrive at the Mangapurua Landing.  Hear the native tui and bellbirds and catch a glimpse of the woodpigeon.  A 40 minute walk through the bush takes you to the historic Bridge to Nowhere - gateway to the Valley of Abandoned Dreams. More »

Activity ideas: Riverjet The Squeeze - jet boat ride and thermal hotpools
Riverjet The Squeeze - jet boat ride and thermal hotpools

Experience the thrills of a jet boat ride along New Zealand’s Waikato River, a pure New Zealand nature experience, squeezing through rock passages revealed by time, culminating in a magical hot water spring waterfall dip. You’ll begin with a scenic jet boat ride through Tutukau Gorge. Sit back and take in the remarkable landscape, learn the history and legends of the area and enjoy an abundance of unique wildlife. Just when you thought you had an easy day ahead, your driver asks you to disembark the boat in knee deep warm water. You head towards a narrow gap in the cliff face ahead of you and start the challenge of The Squeeze. After manoeuvring your way through narrow crevasses, climbing boulders, and wading through warm waist deep water you emerge in stunning native New Zealand bush. Immerse yourself in the environment and take the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere while relaxing in the thermal waters of a naturally heated bathing pool.

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Activity ideas: Jet Boating Hanmer Springs
Jet Boating Hanmer Springs

Experience the adrenaline rush of going 80km per hour, skimming the river below!  Cut corners as turquoise snow melt churns out behind you. White knuckles as the landscape spins 360°. Our experienced drivers will twirl the boat around in just milliseconds. Thrillseekers jet boating is the ultimate way to rocket through the beautiful Canterbury plains whilst absorbing adventure. Buckle up your life jacket, strap in to the boat and get ready to feel exhilarated.  Travelling up the stunning Waiau Gorge, there’s no shortage of excitement on this ride. The boat only needs inches of water and the power of the engine thrusts forward. Drama and action are the stuff of movies – until you ride in a jet boat. This is the perfect adventure for those who like a challenge or want to push their limits. More »

Activity ideas: Clutha River Jet Boat
Clutha River Jet Boat

This exciting 60 minute adventure begins at right on the water front of Lake Wanaka. Relax and enjoy the 15 minute jaunt across the lake with unsurpassed views and an informative commentary, before entering the mighty Clutha River. Here, this New Zealand designed and built craft is truly at its magnificent best, skimming over rocks and sandbars, powering through rapids and giant pressure waves of one of New Zealand's largest rivers. Along the way, the driver will stop for that once in a lifetime 'snap shot' or perhaps spot some of the huge trout lurking in the deep pools. More »

Activity ideas: Wilkins River Jet
Wilkins River Jet

Jet boating within the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Experience the ultimate in shallow water jet boating, skimming along in just inches of water on the mighty Wilkin and Makarora Rivers. Learn about the history and geology of the stunning Makarora and Wanaka region with an informative commentary from our experienced drivers. Enjoy 50km of New Zealand wilderness river jet boating amidst native beech forest, pristine river valleys and rugged ice capped mountains. More »

Activity ideas: 4WD and Shotover Jet Boat
4WD and Shotover Jet Boat

The action filled 3 hour trip features the full Shotover Jet experience - World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience. Take a unique breath-taking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360 degree spins. Billed as ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular River Canyons. Next you climb on board for a custom Nomad Safaris 4WD off road tour. Experience a personalised adventure tour in the New Zealand backcountry with Nomad Safaris in their specialised 4x4 vehicles. One of New Zealand’s most established and awarded tour operators with over 20 years’ experience. More »

Activity ideas: Jet boat and Floatplane tour
Jet boat and Floatplane tour

A scenic floatplane ride, a visit to Orakei Korako Thermal Valley and a Jet boat trip with New Zealand Riverjet. Makes this one of the most exciting activity combinations available. Take off from Taupo lakefront and fly over the volcanic region on your way to Orakei Korako Thermal Valley with mud pools, steaming cliffs, hot pools, silica terraces and the amazing Aladdin’s Cave. Then the thrilling return trip on the Jet Boat down the mighty Waikato River, through the Tutukau Gorge, rural farmland and pine forests experiencing the handling ability of the Hamilton Jet Boat and its famous 360 spins. You then board the Float Plane for your return trip back to Taupo Lake Front. More »

Activity ideas: Nomad Safaris Wakatipu Tour and Dart River Jet Safari Combo
Nomad Safaris Wakatipu Tour and Dart River Jet Safari Combo

This morning you’ll be collected from your Queenstown accommodation and driven on a scenic journey to Glenorchy.  From there you travel by jet boat deep into Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, skimming along the aqua waters of the Dart River past primeval forests and snow-capped mountains, following the route early Maori navigated to find the highly valued Greenstone which they traded with the North Island tribes. In the afternoon you’ll then follow in the footsteps of the European pioneers on their quest for gold in Skippers Canyon, Arrowtown and other remarkable locations in the Wakatipu Basin. During you journey you’ll take in magical vistas used to depict Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies, learn about the flora and fauna from your friendly guide and try your luck at gold panning. More »

Activity ideas: River Journeys Jet Boat, Walk and Helicopter Adventure
River Journeys Jet Boat, Walk and Helicopter Adventure

The Matukituki River is one of New Zealand's great jet boating rivers. Powerful and braided, the Matukituki flows from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.  On boarding your jet boat you’ll travel past Lord of The Rings film locations beneath stunning views of Mount Aspiring and Glaciers. During several photo stops on the river, learn from your guide how this amazing landscape was carved by ice and the Maori heritage in the area. Deep in the national park you’ll leave the jet boat and be met by your helicopter.  You’ll take off for Avalanche Glacier, along the way enjoying a bird’s eye view of hanging valleys, spectacular mountains and glacier fed waterfalls.  Your helicopter will also land on high altitude snow for some stunning photos before returning to the river.  Here you’ll join a 50 minute wilderness walk into native beech forest, beneath the towering mountains and waterfalls of the Matukituki Valley. This is a great introduction to the New Zealand wilderness while walking easy terrain suitable for people of all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Kjet Jet Boat Ride
Kjet Jet Boat Ride

KJet offer a great range of Jet Boat tours in and around Lake Rotorua. More »

Activity ideas: Haast River Jet Boat Safari
Haast River Jet Boat Safari

A 90 minute return trip showcases unique characteristics within the ancient glacier formed Haast River Valley, while the safari boat design ensures your warmth and comfort.

In complete contrast to many jet boating activities focusing on speed and exhilaration, this is a leisurely, scenic and informative trip where jet boat design is utilised as New Zealand inventor Bill Hamilton originally intended - to explore the back country. More »

Activity ideas: Thunder Jet
Thunder Jet

The Thunder Jet will take you on a 1 hour adventure down the world famous Kawarau River, delivering a jet experience with individuality, flair and impact. The highly skilled driver will include some on-water thrills (360 degree spins) and their own personalised commentary. Leave with a renewed sense of energy and knowing you’ve enjoyed a true kiwi experience, a must do activity on your Queenstown agenda. More »

Activity ideas: Rotorua Forest Canopy Tours
Rotorua Forest Canopy Tours

Embark on a three hour adventure through native New Zealand forest. Journey through the beautiful forest canopy via an incredible network of trails, tree platforms, Ziplines and swing bridges. See breathtaking views of the woodland valleys and hills as you fly through tight openings in the trees.

In between the thrill of the ziplines and suspended tree bridges, your guides will share their passion and knowledge for the forest and the conservation challenges to preserve it.  More »

Activity ideas: Lost World Caving tour
Lost World Caving tour

Abseil 100m into into a spectacular world of prehistoric forest, glow-worms, rivers, flowstone formations and massive caverns. Explore the depths before ascending a gigantic ladder through the craggy upper levels of the 'Spider Hole'. Nothing short of sensational, this underground adventure is 4 hours in length. More »

Activity ideas: Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours
Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours

See New Zealand’s longest glacier when you embark on this 90 minute four wheel drive adventure in Mount Cook National Park. Travelling by Argo - an eight wheel all terrain vehicle - you’ll get to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the park including a short hike to see the Tasman Glacier. During the spring and summer an abundance of local flora such as Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daisies, Golden Spaniard Speargrass and many more delicate mountain flowers can be seen. You may also see the Kea, New Zealand's native alpine parrot. More »

Activity ideas: Macetown 4WD adventure tour
Macetown 4WD adventure tour

A true four wheel drive off road adventure exploring the abandoned historic gold mining settlement - Macetown. Deserted shortly after the gold rush decline, Macetown has now been transformed into a Department of Conservation reserve. Learn about the tumultuous history of the region as you take in the town remnants and spectacular scenery. More »

Activity ideas: Wild Hills 4WD Safari
Wild Hills 4WD Safari

Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, bordering a World Heritage Area with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring the private farm tracks on an historic Wanaka sheep, cattle and deer station. From the site of Nehenehe, an ancient Maori settlement abandoned in the 1830’s, to the ruins of one of Wanaka’s first European settler’s farmhouses (1880’s). This journey offers an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. This trip is a photographers dream. More »

Activity ideas: Sunrise Balloon Adventures
Sunrise Balloon Adventures

Experience sunrise over the lakes and mountains from the serenity of a hot air balloon. You'll float gently with the breeze, enjoying incredible panoramic views and your flight is followed by a champagne style breakfast at your landing spot.Flights are at dawn when the air is cool and calm and in the right conditions you can expect to see views of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas, Mount Aspiring in the Southern Alps and Mount Tutoko in Fiordland National Park. More »

Activity ideas: Across Country Quad Bikes
Across Country Quad Bikes

Depart the "quad base" and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to our guides tell you about local history. Drive though dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world.

Ride out to 10,000 year old moraine left by ancient glacial pathways and enjoy enough space to roam. View snow capped peaks and "Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere" otherwise known as the Franz Josef glacier as it plunges from around 2500 metres into the green canopy of the forest a mere 230 metres above sea level. More »

Activity ideas: Underworld Adventures - black water rafting
Underworld Adventures - black water rafting

A superb 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park. You meander through a paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave.  You then enter a slow moving underground river on which you float in your tube using only the natural light of an awe inspiring display of glow worms for navigation. You emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched world before leaving its tranquility for the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids. More »

Activity ideas: Black Water Rafting
Black Water Rafting

Black Abyss is an exhilarating caving experience blending the magic of abseiling, climbing and floating through a unique underground river system. Slip spider-like down into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave and ride a roller coaster of everything caving has to offer.Abseil into the awesome limestone tomo to experience the adrenaline rush as you clamber and slide through squeezes, zip into the black water filled abyss and scramble up waterfalls in your pursuit of daylight. Inside the cave naturally occurring decorations such as stalactites and stalagmites will amaze while the resident glowworms promise to provide a spectacular visual exhibition as you traverse through the subterraneous playground. More »

Activity ideas: Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump
Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place and the Kawarau Bridge  is a 43 metre jump from an historic bridge with an optional 'dip' in the Kawarau River. More »

Activity ideas: River Rats White Water Rafting
River Rats White Water Rafting

River Rats has been operating for over 30 years. The company takes pride in knowing that their attention to detail and safety first culture has earned them the lowest risk assessment rating in New Zealand (for any company operating on Grade 5 white water) in their annual audit by New Zealand’s Maritime Safety Authority (MSA). More »

Activity ideas: NZONE Skydive
NZONE Skydive

Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a Tandem Skydive over some of the most breath taking scenery in the world. From either 9000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet up you get to see the world from a unique perspective. NZONE skydive are New Zealand's premier skydiving outfit located in the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.

 

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Activity ideas: Shotover River Helirafting
Shotover River Helirafting

A roller coaster helicopter ride to Deep Creek or Boulder Beach before an exhilarating White Water Raft trip. Deep river canyons cut through golden tussock-covered mountain ranges. Encounter the white water action of 'Rock Garden', 'Sharks Fin', 'Toilet', 'Pinball', 'Jaws' and 'Sequel' rapids. Frenetic excitement alternates with idyllic moments. The unforgettable 170m 'Oxenbridge tunnel' and 'Cascade' rapid provide an exciting finish (grade 3-4+ rapids). More »

Activity ideas: High Country Discovery Tour
High Country Discovery Tour

Private Discovery Tours has exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, the best kept secret in the Glenorchy area. The High Country Discovery Tour takes you on a half -day rural discovery of Mount Earnslaw Station, in the heart of New Zealand's high country. Reaching an altitude of 1300 feet you will be captivated by the majestic views and the bush walk through massive schist outcrops leading to an amphitheatre that peers into the valley below. Many scenes for the Lord of the Rings movies where filmed here and you will recognise Isengard, Lothlorien, Amon Hen and Ithilien Camp to name a few.  Driving along the Mount Alfred 4WD track provides sweeping views over Diamond Lake and Paradise Valley before emerging through the beech forest to an open high altitude pasture where wild deer still graze and alpine plant species survive extreme seasonal variations. Abundant birdlife frequent Lake Reid and Diamond Lake; a favourite spot for black swans, paradise, mallard and grey ducks and the occasional blue heron. Mount Earnslaw High Country Station is a 130-year-old working farm set in the spectacular alpine environment of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Its remote location is simply breathtaking. To the north lies the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, 2,820m above sea level, to the west stands Mount Alfred at 1,375m and the station is flanked by the Rees and Dart Rivers. As part of a small group guided 4WD tour, you will explore this unique high country station. Mount Earnslaw Station runs around 5,500 perendale sheep, 550 Angus breeding cows on 16,465 acres. Your kiwi guide transports you in a late model Toyota or Land Rover 4WD and offers commentary on the history, geography and the operation of the station. More »

Activity ideas: Shotover River Rafting
Shotover River Rafting

Whether you drive, or helicopter into historic Skippers Canyon, the approach is magnificent. Deep river canyons cut through golden tussock-covered mountain ranges. Encounter the white water action of 'Rock Garden', 'Sharks Fin', 'Toilet', 'Pinball', 'Jaws' and 'Sequel' rapids.

Frenetic excitement alternates with idyllic moments. The unforgettable 170m 'Oxenbridge tunnel' and 'Cascade' rapid provide an exciting finish (grade 3-4+ rapids). More »

Activity ideas: The Triple Challenge
The Triple Challenge

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.  It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds.  And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360 degree spins! Following your thrilling ride walk you’ll enjoy a roller coaster helicopter ride to Deep Creek or Boulder Beach before an exhilarating White Water Raft trip on either the Shotover River (grade 3-5) or gentle Kawarau River (grade 2-3). More »

Activity ideas: Natures Wonders Wildlife Tour
Natures Wonders Wildlife Tour

The Otago Peninsula headland is arguably the most precious wildlife habitat in New Zealand and the farm owned by the Reid family is right on the forefront of this headland.

Here, amidst truly spectacular scenery, the world's rarest penguins, Hoiho the yellow-eyed, the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals and the Stewart Island Shags all live in harmony. More »

Activity ideas: Bungy Jumping in Queenstown
Bungy Jumping in Queenstown

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place. AJ Hackett operates 3 sites in Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Lost World Epic tour
Lost World Epic tour

This is Waitomo's Ultimate Adventure. Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly bouncing and turning as the mist filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations. The abseil into the Lost World is at least twice the height of any other cave at Waitomo and the beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.  The descent takes about 30 minutes. Then after lunch take the wet way out! In probably the strangest setting you have ever eaten, you’ll head upstream, walking, swimming and climbing through cathedral-size vaults. You’ll see waterfalls, ancient whalebones and oyster fossils as well as the magnificent glowworms. Emerge several hours later and enjoy a hot shower & well-earned dinner BBQ meal near the cave before heading back to Waitomo. Includes all drinks and meals. More »

Activity ideas: Nevis Bungy Jump
Nevis Bungy Jump

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). If a bungy jump is on your 'to do' list them Queenstown is the place. AJ Hackett operates 3 sites in Queenstown. The Nevis Bungy is New Zealand's highest bungy at 134 metres and 8 1/2 seconds of freefall. Located in the Nevis Valley high above the Nevis River this is the ultimate adrenalin experience. More »

Activity ideas: Zorb
Zorb

ZORB offers a thrilling, unique, safe, adventure experience known as “Globe Riding” (the sport of rolling down a hill in a large inflatable ball). Known as the 'astronaut-in-training' ride the Zorb is a head over heels adrenaline rush that will have you coming back for more. Choose from two different ride options (wet & dry), many ride variations and three track options to choose from, including the world famous Zig-Zag track and mysterious “Drop” track, there is lots of ways for everyone to enjoy themselves! More »

Activity ideas: Nomad Quad Safaris
Nomad Quad Safaris

The Ride with The View. In comfort and safety, ride your way around exclusive off-road terrain and take in some of the most awesome, panoramic views Queenstown has to offer. Drive your own fully automatic 400cc Honda quad bike on Nomad Safaris exclusive trails. With full training on the bikes from experienced guides, you are assured of a safe and enjoyable ride and will be rewarded with awesome views. More »

Activity ideas: The Ledge Bungy Jump
The Ledge Bungy Jump

Queenstown is where bungy jumping was pioneered by AJ Hackett and the first commercial jump started in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge (on the main road into Queenstown from the east). Take The Ledge Bungy - located 400 metres above Queenstown the Ledge operates from the Skyline Gondola Complex. A unique location for a unique experience.(47m jump). More »

Activity ideas: Skydive Lake Wanaka
Skydive Lake Wanaka

Experience the jaw dropping scenery of Wanaka's lakes and mountains as you freefall at 200kph. A tandem skydive with Skydive Lake Wanaka is the ultimate adrenalin rush in the ultimate location.

Skydive Wanaka uses the latest, custom-built, plane and operating the best safety standards. You'll enjoy the 15-20 minute climb over the Wanaka scenery before exiting the plane securely strapped to a qualified and experienced skydiver. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon 4WD adventure tour
Skippers Canyon 4WD adventure tour

Nomad Safaris offers a complete 4WD tour into the historic Skippers Canyon. The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting adventure the whole family will enjoy. As your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and the township of Skippers. Visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon Road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world. More »

Activity ideas: Paradise Discovery Tour
Paradise Discovery Tour

Take the time to explore all that the Glenorchy region has to offer including magnificent scenes from the Lord of the Rings films.  Begin with a relaxing morning pick up from Queenstown and scenic drive along Lake Wakatipu.  You will explore the stunning Dart River Valley and aptly named Paradise Valley, the ultimate photography locations.  Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch either on Mount Alfred with a backdrop of mountains, or a traditional homestead lunch at Kinloch Lodge. From there you go beyond the locked gate with exclusive access to Mount Earnslaw Station, the best kept secret in the Glenorchy area.  You will discover the rural heritage of this 130 year old high country station, which farms 5,500 perendale sheep and 550 Angus cattle organically.  Mt Earnslaw station is set in one of the most spectacular locations, to the north lies the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, 2,820m above sea level and to the west stands Mount Alfred at 1,375m and the station is flanked by the Rees and Dart Rivers. As part of a small group guided 4WD tour, you will explore this unique high country station with plenty of opportunities to walk amongst the mountains and take in this pristine environment.  There is an optional extra of combining the Dart River jet boat ride with the Middle Earth Discovery Tour, with pick up at Chinamans Bluff. More »

Activity ideas: Kawarau River White Water Rafting
Kawarau River White Water Rafting

The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience.  There’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery.  It’s the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings.  The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth.  Whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not, this rafting trip offers an insight into the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness. More »

Activity ideas: Tarata Fishaway Rafting
Tarata Fishaway Rafting

Tarata Fishaway Lodge is set in a remarkable location with views of the Rangitikei River and the Ruahine Ranges towering above.   The rafting trip departs from Tarata, rafting through gentle rapids, crystal clear waters, vertical gorges and unbelievable scenery of the Rangitikei River. You'll raft under the Bungy bridge to visit a secret waterfall, stop for picnic lunch and swim and float quietly through Middle Earth, scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings. Suitable for all ages. More »

Activity ideas: G Force Paragliding
G Force Paragliding

Take an exhilarating Tandem Paragliding flight with the experienced G Force team. The friendly team of professional pilots will give you the experience of a lifetime with a G Force Tandem Paraglide! G Force Paragliding is one of the largest and most established tandem operators in the world, and the longest standing in Queenstown.  Launch from Coronet Peak and take an incredible flight over the beautiful Wakatipu basin! Land at the Flight Park Cafe near Arrowtown. Return transport provided to and from Queenstown in the Gforce van. More »

Activity ideas: Thrillseekers Rafting Hanmer Springs
Thrillseekers Rafting Hanmer Springs

Thrillseekers Rafting is the perfect introduction to the excitement of white water rafting, you'll journey down the Waiau River with its beautiful mountain and rural scenery and mixture of serene stretches of water and gentle grade 2 rapids, perfect for the whole family. More »

Activity ideas: Shotover Canyon Swing
Shotover Canyon Swing

Located 109 metres (360 feet) high above the Shotover River the Canyon Swing is the ultimate in adrenalin adventure. After careful fitting of a purpose designed harness you are free to launch yourself into the abyss. Freefall for around 60 metres to reach around 150kph before the te ropes swing you smoothly across the canyon. More »

Activity ideas: Quad Biking Hanmer Springs
Quad Biking Hanmer Springs

Get muddy on a 4WD quad bike! Plough through streams, mud, forest and rocks - drive over just about every terrain Canterbury has to offer – all on a two hour trip. Follow the guide on an exciting adventure ride through the scenic backyard of Hanmer Springs.  Experienced Thrillseeker guides will lead you on a fun and safe trip suitable for all ages. Even if you’ve never ridden before, quad bikes are easy to get the hang of and you’ll be away in no time. The specially designed track through the landscape will ensure non-stop thrills and enjoyment. More »

Activity ideas: Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Hang Gliding and Paragliding

Enjoy a tandem paragliding experience with Coronet Peak Tandems. Strap your self in with an experienced pilot and take off from either 3,800 feet or 5,400 feet in winter (using ski field chairlifts) for an exhilarating flight over the magnificent scenery of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Coronet Peak Tandems is the most experienced dual tandem paragliding and hang gliding company in New Zealand and their take off is the highest commercial take off point in Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour and Jet boat
Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour and Jet boat

This premium trip is the best way to see it all, a small group scenic tour of Skippers Canyon, gold claim tour and refreshments with 5th generation locals, as well as the thrills of 30 minutes Jet boating on the Shotover river through Skipper Canyon. Journey slowly down the historic and stunning Skippers road, with ample opportunity for photos with all the stops along the way as you weave your way through the Southern Alps to the Shotover river at Deep Creek. Arriving at Deep creek, gear up with life jackets and spray jackets then sit back, hold on, and try to relax as your experienced boat driver navigates the sheer canyon walls along the Shotover River as well as the mining dredges and sheet piles left by the miners through Skippers Canyon over a century ago. This is a truly uniquely Queenstown ½ day experience, combining Queenstown’s rich gold history and the sheer thrills of Jet boating on the Shotover river. More »

Activity ideas: The Black Labyrinth Subterranean Adventure
The Black Labyrinth Subterranean Adventure

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company has been guiding adventurous visitors through Ruakuri Cave since 1987.  They’ve found the very best underground location for their unique style of adventure which will see you black water tubing, clambering, jumping and serenely floating through the subterranean waterways of Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls, gaze up at limestone ceilings awash with glowworms and lazily float through the dark Ruakuri river.  At the end of your caving adventure you’ll emerge into the daylight of the Waitomo forest. More »

Activity ideas: Deep Canyon Lake Wanaka - Niger Stream
Deep Canyon Lake Wanaka - Niger Stream

Deep Canyon adventures are a journey unlike any other. Get in touch with a special natural world and see beauty such as you’ve only dreamed of… From the raw power of strong waterfalls to the tranquility of deep, forested pools, from sculptural rockscapes to glowing green moss droplets, you will be immersed in a world you never knew existed. More »

Activity ideas: Alpine Safari, jet boating, 4WD farm tour and TranzAlpine scenic train
Alpine Safari, jet boating, 4WD farm tour and TranzAlpine scenic train

This tour has it all! Four types of transport, three unique adventures, a two course café lunch, and one entertaining Kiwi tour guide. All together this equals the ultimate Alpine experience! Your day begins with a scenic tour over the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge for a jetboat ride and 4-wheel-drive adventure across Mt Torlesse Station before lunch and your return to Christchurch on the world-famous TranzAlpine train. More »

Activity ideas: Waitomo Adventures Tumu Tumu Toobing
Waitomo Adventures Tumu Tumu Toobing

Tumu Tumu Toobing combines the very best bits of blackwater rafting with swimming, climbing, walking and of course tubing all through the amazing underground caverns of TumuTumu Cave.   You’ll have heaps of fun and see awesome cave formations as well as some of New Zealand’s fascinating glowworms. More »

Activity ideas: Glenstrae Farm 4WD Adventures
Glenstrae Farm 4WD Adventures

Exciting 4WD bike experience and guided ATV tours through beautiful, hill-country farmland, with native bush & songbirds. Tracks and quad bikes well maintained, no experience required, full tuition given and guaranteed memorable views of the Kaikoura coastline rugged reefs, beaches and even seals! More »

Activity ideas: Piha Canyoning Adventure
Piha Canyoning Adventure

Challenge your senses with this back to nature adrenalin rush! Begin with a 35 minute walk through lush rainforest, where you begin your descent into the canyon with a series of abseils, the biggest and most exhilarating of which is 50m, before entering a narrow volcanic gorge, with its hidden pools, caves and jumps. Finish off with a visit to Piha’s iconic black sands surf beach and Lion Rock. All the caves and jumps are optional… you choose the level of adventure that’s right for you! A no-rush, explore at your own pace adventure while gaining access to hidden pools and water sculptured gorges. This otherwise inaccessible environment was last used by the pioneers 100 years ago, harvesting the mighty Kauri logs and flushing them from the hills via dam releases. More »

Activity ideas: Skydive Franz
Skydive Franz

The best way to appreciate how truly epic the West Coast of New Zealand is, is to get in a plane and see it all in one fell swoop from heights unachievable anywhere else in the South Island.  The panorama that is laid out for you during your flight and free-fall can't be believed until seen first-hand. The scenery of the West Coast of New Zealand is the most diverse in the country with New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook which reigns over the majestic snow-capped Southern Alps range that stretches for miles along the West Coast.  Along with the mountains there are multiple national parks, temperate rainforest, the Tasman Sea, rivers, lakes, beaches and of course not forgetting New Zealand's longest, highest and most accessible glaciers.  The Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are right on our doorstep and are the highlight of any trip to New Zealand. Skydive Franz offers skydiving from 12,000 feet, 15,000 feet, 18,000 feet and New Zealand's most spectacular skydive 19,500 feet. More »

Activity ideas: EcoZip Adventures Waiheke Island
EcoZip Adventures Waiheke Island

EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages. Upon arrival and welcome at our visitor centre, you will be checked-in, geared up, and readied for one of Auckland’s most eco-friendly activities! Three 200m dual flying fox ziplines will fly you smoothly side-by-side with a partner, friend or relative down into a stunning tract of original and regenerating native ‘bush’ (forest). It’s a scenic interpretive walk back to base, where you’ll learn about local flora and fauna and the conservation of this spectacular natural environment. You'll enjoy the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pick up from the island ferry and a range of drop-off locations afterward. More »

Activity ideas: Molesworth Station Express Tour
Molesworth Station Express Tour

Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest high country station, covering almost half a million acres (185,000 hectares).  From October to May you can enjoy exclusive entry to parts of this unique and remote region where the topography varies from River Valleys to towering Mountains. During this full day tour into the beautiful Marlborough rural back country you’ll discover the fabulous unspoilt scenery, see towering mountains and rolling farmland, hear about the rich farming history, and stories of another generation, visit the original Molesworth cob cottage where the first pioneer sheep farmers lived, visit a modern shearing shed for smoko, with home cooked treats. The tour includes a picnic lunch and award winning coffee and travel in comfortable air conditioned 4WD mini coaches. From December on, there also is new life being introduced to the station with new born calves with their proud mothers scattered throughout the station.  More »

Activity ideas: Ahipara Adventure
Ahipara Adventure

Ahipara Adventure Centre offers an extensive range of adventure-oriented hire equipment suitable for all ages, interests and levels of adventurous spirit. Quad bikes, blokarts, surfboards, mountain bikes, sand toboggans, boogie boards and wetsuits are all for hire and lessons are provided when required. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon Discovery Tour
Skippers Canyon Discovery Tour

Take the narrow road through the rugged historic landscape of Skippers Canyon, a road carved from rock cliffs and terraces. The Shotover River was one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world, now only gold mining relics remain to tell the stories of hardship experienced in this unique environment. Visit the Mount Aurum homestead and restored Skippers school. Step back into a bygone era as you view historic buildings, hear the amazing stories, feel and appreciate the encounters of men driven by riches. Your local kiwi guides will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about Skippers Canyon and the small group size makes this the perfect tour for those wanting a personalised experience.  Travel in luxury in a late model 4WD.  Tours depart 8.30am or 1.30pm and take approximately 4 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Skyline Half Day Adventure Pass including luge, skyswing and zipline
Skyline Half Day Adventure Pass including luge, skyswing and zipline

All the fun Skyline Rotorua attractions in the one package.  Your adventure pass includes: return gondola access, Skyswing, 5 Luge rides plus Skyline's newest attraction Zoom Zipline. The best way to take in the views and enjoy a fun filled day of adventure at Skyline!  The Skyline Gondola in Rotorua will carry you 900 metres to the top of Mt. Ngongotaha where you can experience spectacular views of the city and lake. At the top you will find a restaurant, cafe and the famous luge. Here you can hurtle down a choice of 3 purpose built tracks. The Skyswing is a thrilling and exhilarating ride, 50 metres above ground level and reaching speeds of up to 120kph. Feel the rush of flying high above the ground as you are thrown into the sky with this Bungy like swing ride.  Skyline's newest thrill is the Zoom Ziplines.  The 383m zipline launches from the top of the Skyline Rotorua complex, down the side of Mt Ngongotaha.  You choose your flying position, then zip above Rotorua at up to 80km/h, through the Redwoods Forest and end with another adrenaline kick. The Zipline finish on a platform by our luge chairlift.  The fun isn't over yet, now's your chance to take a leap of faith and jump off the gang plank for a 10m freefall on the Quickjump.  The Quickjump will have you harnessed to a single line and freefalling before a special braking system ensures a soft landing. More »

Activity ideas: River Surfing
River Surfing

This trip will blow your mind with the beauty of the scenery and intensity of the river surfing. Pristine waters, sheer drop cliffs, fast flowing rapids, and wicked rock jumps will challenge your nerves and keep you amused for an entire morning or afternoon of river surfing. You will be led by the world’s best trained and qualified guides as you surf standing waves, ride whirlpools or try some wicked rock jumps.  Operating on two sections of the historic Kawarau River – The Chinese Dog Leg and the Roaring Meg, you will surf the best section on the day. More »

Activity ideas: Tua Tua Quad Bike Tours
Tua Tua Quad Bike Tours

The adventure of a lifetime with you in control.  Tuatua’s ATV quad bike tours take you through the ‘wild wild west’ of the Far North.  The rides are guided so you can visit places most locals don’t know about.  This is an untouched land waiting for your discovery.  The tour takes you into the Gumfields to check out an original gum digger’s hut and spectacular views of both coasts of New Zealand.  Then into the sand dunes – ride the ‘Indianapolis Bowl’ if you dare.  Check out archaeological sites and Tanutanu Beach.  Ride around the ‘reef’ and into Shipwreck Bay. Before you start, your guide will assess your ability and provide some basic riding skills.  Even if you’ve never been on a bike before, you’ll know what you’re doing. More »

Activity ideas: Skydive Auckland
Skydive Auckland

Skydive Auckland is a highly experienced Tandem Skydiving and Skydiving Training provider with an impeccable safety record. Their friendly team, quality equipment and great location means your skydiving experience is exhilarating and very easy to organise. More »

Activity ideas: Haggas Honking Holes
Haggas Honking Holes

This is Waitomo’s most concentrated Action Adventure. Feel like Indiana Jones in a washing machine. Do a series of abseils, rock climbs, crawling and cruising as you explore this fabulous cave. Haggas Honking Holes is very exciting fast moving action. It’s an adventure that crams lots of action into only 4 hours. See unique formations and glowworms close up.  Participants should be fit and brave but no prior experience is required. Full training & equipment is supplied. Allow 4 hours for this trip, including 2 hours underground.  Enjoy a hot shower before heading back to Waitomo. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon Photography Tour
Skippers Canyon Photography Tour

Queenstown Photography Tours will show you why Queenstown, New Zealand offers some of the best scenery in the country, if not the world. Photographers travel from around the globe to photograph this amazing place. Travel in the safety and comfort of our Toyota Hilux 4WD's, so no matter where you want to get that jaw dropping image from, your guide will get you there! More »

Activity ideas: Rangitata Rafting
Rangitata Rafting

Self drive to our rafting lodge by 10.30am located 13km from Peel Forest. An early appetising lunch/brunch is served on arrival at our lodge.All safety and comfort equipment is supplied. With 2.5 hours on the river there is time for safety training and plenty of fun and excitement. Optional swimming, playing and leaping from a jump rock.Exhilarating grade 5 rapids.Option to walk around any rapids with the photographer if preferred. Hot refreshing showers welcome you back to our lodge.Delicious BBQ meal. View your action photos of the day. CD available to purchase. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, towel and sense of adventure More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Sky Tower SkyJump
Auckland Sky Tower SkyJump

Why not throw yourself off the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere?? The Sky Tower SkyJump is run by AJ Hackett the bungy jump pioneer and is the highest jump in New Zealand.  You’ll fall 192 metres travelling at speeds up to 85km/hour for around 11 seconds before landing smoothly in the middle of the Sky City plaza.  SkyJump is not a bungy jump, but more like base jumping attached to a wire, giving you the opportunity to live out your very own superhero fantasies.   After your jump you get a free ticket to the observation level of the Sky Tower, so you can take in those fantastic views you may have missed as you plummeted to the ground. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro White Water Rafting
Tongariro White Water Rafting

You’ll start your unforgettable adventure with an on-shore safety briefing and paddle instructions with your experienced guide. You and the rest of the crew will then begin your white water rafting journey on grade 3 rapids – an ideal grade for experienced paddlers or first-time rafters. In 2.5 hours you navigate over 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids with an expert guide at the helm. Throughout the trip you’ll be treated to sights only accessed by raft. Rafting the Tongariro River offers spectacular unspoilt wilderness and adrenalin-pumping action! More »

Activity ideas: Grade 5 Half Day White Water Rafting
Grade 5 Half Day White Water Rafting

Often recognised as one of the top half day Grade 5 Rafting Trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, great practice for what lies ahead!  Over a two to three hour period, and 12 kms of river, you will experience rapids that start at that easy end, and culminate in the gorge, a section of the river where 10 major rapids, from Grade 3+ to Grade 5, line up one after the other to thrill and excite you. Some of these rapids are short and sharp, while others carry on for several hundred meters. More »

Activity ideas: The Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo
The Thrill Seeker Adventure Combo

Oxbow The Adventure Company is located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and is proud to exist as a passionate provider of one hundred percent super-charged, pure Kiwi fun - all set in a private paradise. During the Thrill Seeker combo you will take a ride in the Ultimate Off Roader, the Jet Sprint Boat and shoot some targets at the Oxbow Gun Club. More »

Activity ideas: Wild West U-Drive 4 x 4 tours
Wild West U-Drive 4 x 4 tours

U-Drive 4x4. Choose your trail - relaxed or full on nail biter. Drive through tunnels, down canyons & rivers, see glow-worms & rainforest. Your guide can drive for you when you wish. A thrilling 4x4 adventure with a Glow-worm Cave, drive-thru tunnels, gold & gemstone hunting & a short guided rainforest walk with a swing bridge. Drive yourself to the limit, (or we will drive for you), on one of the West Coast's stage coach trails, over Mountain Passes, rainforests, across rivers and thru tunnels cut by 1860's goldminers. More »

Activity ideas: Ziptrek Eco Tours
Ziptrek Eco Tours

Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill. Their 2 most popular tours are the Moa 4 line and Kea 6 line tours. 

The Moa 4 line

The perfect starter to your adventure experience in Queenstown. The Moa comprises four flying foxes, starting and finishing at the top of the Skyline gondola. Moa is designed to start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as it gets progressively longer, higher and faster. All ages love the interaction this aerial tour has to offer.

The Kea 6 line

Faster, longer and finishing with a flying fox ride that descends 30 storeys at speeds of up to 70kph, the Kea tour is a unique way to get down the mountain. This stunningly beautiful guided journey through ancient native beech forest comprises six breathtaking, tree to tree ziplines with outstanding alpine vistas ; returning you to the bottom of the gondola hill on a total high. More »

Activity ideas: Johnnys Journey - 4WD Tour
Johnnys Journey - 4WD Tour

Outwest Tours is the only company with access to the privately-owned Awakari Valley. You will meet local legend Johnny Currie, the owner of the property, observe the wild red deer, the pancake rock formations, see the ancient Maori cave and much more. Make sure you have your camera! More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy
Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy

Auckland is home to the World's First Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump, 40 metres above Waitemata Harbour.  You will first enjoy an exclusive bridge walk out to the specially constructed Bungy pod, with stunning views of the Harbour and Auckland City.  Here you will take the ultimate leap finishing with an optional ocean dip if you're game. More »

Activity ideas: The Zorb
The Zorb

The Zorb is a home-grown kiwi invention and is another perfect example of adrenaline seeking at its best. Climb into a ZORB globe and slip slide and spin your way down the track. You are sent on your trip down the hill rolling head over heels, heels over head as the ground and sky go whizzing past in a beautiful mosaic of blue and green while your body is subjected to the soft and relaxing feeling of weightlessness and g-force.  If you’re an adventurer, a thrill seeker or a challenger, then this ride is for you! More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro Family Float Rafting
Tongariro Family Float Rafting

This leisurely two-hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. For those who want to experience white water rafting but prefer a gentler pace.  You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild. More »

Activity ideas: The Blast Adventure Combo
The Blast Adventure Combo

Oxbow The Adventure Company is located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and is proud to exist as a passionate provider of one hundred percent super-charged, pure Kiwi fun - all set in a private paradise. During The Blast combo you will take a ride in the River Jet Boat, the Ultimate Off Roader and shoot some targets at the Oxbow Gun Club. More »

Activity ideas: Whale Watch Kaikoura
Whale Watch Kaikoura

New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company, Whale Watch Kaikoura offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime up close encounter with the giant sperm Whale. You are also likely to encounter New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and albatross. Depending on the season you may also see pilot, blue and southern right whales as well as migrating humpbacks. Often orcas can be spotted here and the world's smallest dolphin, the Hectors, is sometimes seen.
 
You’ll be taken out in modern catamarans specifically designed for whale watching - featuring large passenger cabins and outside viewing decks. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one. More »

Activity ideas: Ice Explorer Glacier tour
Ice Explorer Glacier tour

Take a short helicopter ride from the township to the remarkable Pinnacles area on the glacier. Your experienced guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. See this unique and fascinating landscape up close spending around 3 hours on the glacier. All equipment is provided and entry to the hot pools is included also to soak and relax following your adventure. More »

Activity ideas: Cruise and Island Nature Walk
Cruise and Island Nature Walk

Lying close to the centre of Lake Wanaka is Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is also the historic site of early shipbuilding and used to be a stopping place for the steamers and log rafts that once plied the lake. Accessible from Wanaka by a 35 minute boat cruise, the landing is on the eastern side of the island where the remnants of early settlement remain; a stone wharf and a hut. A well-formed track leads from the landing and climbs steadily through native bush to near the top of Tyrwhitt Peak. Just before the top we see Arethusa Pool, a small lake on the island with small islands in it - very intriguing! From the top we have a sweeping 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka, its surrounding mountains and valleys, and below Arethusa Pool. The perfect spot to stop for a tea or coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Two Gods - Guided Nature Walk & Kayak
Two Gods - Guided Nature Walk & Kayak

Two Gods, two islands, sandy beaches and a fascinating stretch of coastline. The Two Gods tour highlights the best of the Abel Tasman in a day. You will explore the realm of Tangaroa the god of the sea and Tane Mahuta god of the forest and hear about the life that lives in each space. Both by land and sea, this is a trip you will remember, as you live and breath the soul of the Abel Tasman. Kayak the length of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve from Awaroa to Onehahuti, then spend the afternoon walking unguided from Onetahuti to Bark Bay. Includes lunch. More »

Activity ideas: Swimming with the dolphins
Swimming with the dolphins

Akaroa Harbour formed as a result of an extinct volcanic crater being flooded by the Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful place with sheer cliffs and the picturesque township of Akaroa at its heart. New Zealand's only native dolphin, Hectors dolphin, makes this sheltered harbour its home and its here you can take a 2 ½ tour to see and if you wish actually swim with these incredible creatures. Following a ½ hour briefing you depart on a 2 hour cruise of which around 1 hour is spent in the water with the dolphins. Black Cat Cruises has been operating since 1985 and their success rate at sighting dolphins is over 98%. Swimming with dolphins is not always possible either due to sea conditions, the dolphins' willingness to stay and play and other environmental reasons such as not swimming when there are babies around. They still manage to swim though on over 80% of their tours. All equipment is provided and all you need to bring along is your swimming costume and a towel. More »

Activity ideas: Americas Cup Yacht Sailing
Americas Cup Yacht Sailing

Enjoy an opportunity to sail an authentic America’s Cup yacht. The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and the ultimate yachting regatta. Getting on board one of the purpose built yachts is usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties. Now you can experience sailing on of these amazing boats on a 2 hour sailing adventure on Auckland's beautiful harbour ... A must, if you have an interest in sailing! More »

Activity ideas: Valley Walk to Franz Josef Glacier
Valley Walk to Franz Josef Glacier

On this relaxing walk, you’ll wander through regenerating rainforest alongside the Waiho Riverbed, following the path of the glacier as it winds its way through the landscape. Learn about the glacier’s history and role in shaping this remarkable area. As you approach the terminal face, you’ll have the chance to venture beyond the public barriers and see this magnificent river of ice up close. You’ll also have the chance to access exclusive trails and hear the Maori legend of Ka Roimata O Hine Hukatere.

With 1 guide for every 13 guests, this 3 hour trip ensures you gain an in-depth knowledge about this unique region. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro Crossing Private Guided Walk
Tongariro Crossing Private Guided Walk

Hike New Zealand's best walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, with a friendly and caring guide. Walking Legends' professional, all-inclusive service make this the easiest, most convenient, and rewarding way to experience one of the world's top hikes.

The Tongariro Crossing is a challenging 7-8 hour hike through a rugged and exposed alpine environment – but there is No Hurry! Walk at a relaxed pace and relish the jaw-dropping views, spectacular geology, frequent rest & refreshment breaks, and stories with your genuine Kiwi guide. Your guide carry's a first aid kit, communications, safety equipment and extra refreshments so you don't have to! More »

Activity ideas: Split Apple, Seals and Walk day trip
Split Apple, Seals and Walk day trip

This relaxing paddle explores the spectacular Kaiteriteri coastline with its golden beaches, and sculpted granite cliffs. Stop for lunch at a secluded cove before heading back to Kaiteriteri for your picnic lunch. Swap your kayak booties for walking shoes and join the Vista Cruise to Onetahuti where you’ll have the chance to view the seal colony at Tonga Island on the way.

After arriving at the at the Tonga Island Quarry, disembark and walk the coastal track to Medlands Beach where you region the Vista Cruise back to Kaiteriteri. Time spent kayaking is 2.5 hours including breaks. The unguided walk is 7km and the minimum age is 10 years old. More »

Activity ideas: Dolphin Encounter
Dolphin Encounter

On this tour you will have the opportunity to experience dolphins in their natural habitat. Cruise the picturesque islands dotting the harbour as your crew keeps a lookout for dolphin pods. Once a pod has been spotted, If you’re lucky and Department of Conservation regulations allow, you may have the opportunity to swim with these inquisitive mammals. Swimming is optional, but you do need to be a confident swimmer. More »

Activity ideas: Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking
Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking

Considered one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country the “Cathedral Cove Classic” has got it all.  The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored.  Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off you land at Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to the 'world famous' cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach! Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking use very stable double sea kayaks and quality safety equipment. No experience is necessary and a qualified guide accompanies throughout and offers full instructions and assistance. More »

Activity ideas: Swimming with the Dolphins
Swimming with the Dolphins

Experience a magical swimming encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast Kaikoura. You’ll be taken out in the catamaran and have the chance to swim in the water with these wild mammals in an completely natural environment. The dusky dolphin inhabits the waters around Kaikoura for most of the year - making it one of the only places in the world where dolphins can be encountered every day. More »

Activity ideas: Beaches, Bays & Seals Sea Kayaking
Beaches, Bays & Seals Sea Kayaking

Combining the best of the Abel Tasman, this trip showcases incredible beaches, coastal walks and native wildlife. First you’ll meet your guide and join the 9.30am Vista Cruise along the magnificent coastline to Torrent Bay. You’ll then arrive at Torrent Bay Lodge and complete a full training session and safety briefing before moving on to the water in kayaks to discover beautiful beaches, tidal estuaries and rivers.

Stop for a picnic lunch in a sheltered cove and take some time to swim, explore or sunbathe on the sand. On your return trip, if the winds are favourable, sails will be hoisted and you’ll sail back via Pinnacle Island to view the seal colony there - if you’re lucky, you may even see some resident blue penguins at the same time. Arriving back at Torrent Bay Lodge, freshen up with a hot shower and re-join the vista cruise back to Kaiteriteri, arriving at 4.10 pm.

During the summer there is the option to enjoy an unguided two hour coastal bush walk after the kayaking trip. Walk around the picturesque Torrent Bay Lagoon - via Cleopatra's Pool - to anchorage where you will re-join the boat back to Kaiteriteri. Minimum age 12 years. More »

Activity ideas: Siberia Experience
Siberia Experience

The Siberia Experience is a 4 hour wilderness adventure in Mt. Aspiring National Park. Leaving from Makarora at the head of Lake Wanaka you will enjoy some of New Zealand's untouched scenery from the air, on land and from the water. Mountains, rivers, glaciers, alpine lakes, rain forest, waterfalls and more - this is your chance to see it all. More »

Activity ideas: Routeburn Track day walk
Routeburn Track day walk

The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Since the 1880's the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand's forests and mountains. More »

Activity ideas: Okarito Lagoon Guided Kayak Trip
Okarito Lagoon Guided Kayak Trip

Okarito, New Zealand’s largest unmodified coastal wetland covers 3240 hectares of open water and is known for its rare New Zealand birds such as the White Heron and Royal Spoonbill. On this tour you’ll explore the open water and river channels by kayak leading you deep into the heart of the rainforest. On a clear day you’ll enjoy awe-inspiring views of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps.
Your guide will then take you to several popular spots where you'll discover the flora, fauna and history of the lagoon over 2 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Seal Swim Kaikoura
Seal Swim Kaikoura

As well as its whale population, Kaikoura is also famous for its resident seals. Established colonies can be found along the entire length of the Kaikoura Coastline and a large population can be found at the tip of the peninsular. Seal Swim Kaikoura is the original Seal Swim company offering an exciting and adventurous encounter with these curious animals. Part of a small group you are provided with warm wetsuits and guided on either a land based or boat based snorkelling tour. You are guided on this unique experience is guided by qualified operators who ensure you enjoy a safe environment and who ensure that the activity doesn’t interfere or disturb with the natural behaviour patterns of the seals. More »

Activity ideas: Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience
Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience

This unique on-water dining experience is not to be missed while you're in Auckland.  Enjoy smooth sailing on the Waitemata Harbour - then watch this photogenic city come alive with twinkling lights. Your experienced crew will talk about Auckland’s highlights and there will opportunity try your hand at steering.

At our sheltered mooring you'll be served delicious New Zealand fare - choose from a delectable three course menu catered for by Snapdragon, a renowned Viaduct Restaurant. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Track Guided Walk
Milford Track Guided Walk

Traversing the heart of New Zealand's wild fiord country, the Milford Track has long been described as "the finest walk in the world". Since Quintin Mackinnon pioneered the route in 1888, everyone from hardened trekkers to novices sporting their first pair of boots has taken up the challenge of the Milford Track.

The Fiordland National Park is the cornerstone of the Te Wahipounamu Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.  Enjoy close encounters with the native birdlife: the Robin; Kea; Weka; Fantail; Parakeet; Bellbird; even Kiwi have been spotted! Walkers on the track to Milford Sound encounter Fiordland at its most spectacular: deep lakes; silent fiords; luxuriant forest and sheer canyons carved out of imposing granite define this landscape. On fine days there is a postcard shot around every corner, but only when it rains and torrents of water cascade down the mountainsides have you truly experienced the magic of the Milford Track. More »

Activity ideas: Kayak Kaikoura
Kayak Kaikoura

Kaikoura Kayaks operate both freedom kayak rental and guided tours. Their most popular is taking the kayaks to watch New Zealand fur seals, dive and manoeuvre around and under your kayak.  Paddle with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for Octopus. Keep your distance while dinner is devoured in front of you, then duck for cover as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean going) birds swoop in to clean up the left-overs. Continue your journey around the reefs of Kaikoura to encounter other marine mammals. Suitable for all age's & abilities. More »

Activity ideas: Dart River Safaris Funyaks
Dart River Safaris Funyaks

The best way to see, touch and feel the breathtaking Dart River valley. Jet boat for 1¼ hours to the upper reaches of the Dart River, where visitors disembark and inflate their own canoe. After a full safety and paddling instruction, your Funyak journey begins. Paddle downstream on a glacier feed river amidst rocky peaks and dense rainforests. Enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the Rock Burn Chasm and ancient beech forests. Paddle to Paradise then transfer to an awaiting back road coach for the return trip through Paradise. With one departure daily. Funyaks is suitable for most ages with average fitness and no previous experience is required. Wetsuits are provided. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Fly-Cruise-Fly & Dart River Safari including picnic lunch
Milford Fly-Cruise-Fly & Dart River Safari including picnic lunch

Experience the magic of the south when you choose this spectacular all day excursion. Take a scenic flight from Queenstown to magnificent Milford Sound for awe-inspiring views of the mountains, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park. You’ll then cruise the length of the sound with its tumbling waterfalls and towering peaks before returning by plane to Glenorchy. Break for lunch before joining Dart River Safaris on an adventure through the untouched wilderness of a World Heritage Area. End your day with a scenic coach trip back to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: White Island tour with Pee Jay
White Island tour with Pee Jay

White Island Tours with PeeJay gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. The island’s history is related in an informative way, with scientific information explained in an easy-to-understand manner. Shortly after check-in at the White Island Rendezvous, the tour departs from the Whakatane Wharf. You will find yourself aboard PeeJay, a luxury launch specifically built for the tours to White Island. The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board. More »

Activity ideas: Mount Cook Encounter Guided Walk
Mount Cook Encounter Guided Walk

The Mount Cook Encounter Walk is an 8km guided tour of the Hooker Valley, providing breath-taking views of some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks. Your knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide will talk about the unique flora and fauna of the region and the local history as you trek through this amazing landscape.  From The Hermitage Hotel, head to the White Horse Hill camping ground. The journey takes in the poignant Alpine Memorial and passes over the turbulent Hooker River twice by swing bridge to unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers and mountains, then continue to the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier.  A Packed lunch is included on this full day walk. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Cruise and Kayak
Milford Sound Cruise and Kayak

This great Milford experience starts off with a Milford Sound Encounter Nature Cruise. Towards the end of your cruise you will be dropped off at the Milford Discovery Centre to journey through the history, geology & wildlife of Milford Sound and visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory Milford Deep to view rare black coral. Then your specialist Kayak and Nature guide will then take you over to the kayaking pontoon to enjoy 1 hour of relaxing kayaking in serene Harrisons Cove. More »

Activity ideas: Routeburn Track Guided Walk
Routeburn Track Guided Walk

The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Since the 1880's the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand's forests and mountains.

The Routeburn Track passes through two national parks, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring, and is part of Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.  The area is a haven for native birdlife: the Robin; Fantail; Parakeet; Bellbird; Yellowhead and watch out for the resident Kea at Routeburn Falls!  The variety of landscapes will astound you: mountainous peaks; sheer rock faces; alpine basins; pristine lakes; cascading waterfalls; luxuriant forest; turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner.  More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Lake Sea Kayaking
Glacier Lake Sea Kayaking

The legendary voyage that includes getting up close and personal with a real glacier and icebergs. Sea-Kayak into pristine glacial bays surrounded by glacial ice. You may be able to Sea-Kayak near to or even touch ice bergs. More »

Activity ideas: Fox Glacier Helihike - Flying Fox
Fox Glacier Helihike - Flying Fox

The fly-in, fly-out Helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier that is otherwise very difficult to get to. It is here, shunted between two ice falls, that the awesome glacier forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Equipped with sturdy leather boots, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the awe-inspiring pillars of the lower icefall. Here, the steep ice is in constant motion. You then circle the marvellous upper icefall and the Victoria Falls before landing. Your remote landing site on the ice is an exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, you are outfitted with instep crampons, specially designed by Alpine Guides for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by the guides as you explore the beautiful formations and ice caves which are seen only here. This trip offers wonderful photographic opportunities. Each departure is a true voyage of exploration; there are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Ice time, weather permitting, is about 2.5 hours. More »

Activity ideas: 3 day guided kayak & walk
3 day guided kayak & walk

This 3 day holiday is the best combination to experience everything Abel Tasman National Park has to offer, with the comfort of Lodge accommodation on the beachfront within the Park.  With 2 days sea kayaking the sheltered southern reaches of the Park and one day walking the lush northern rainforest and isolated beaches of Abel Tasman Coast Track, including a scenic cruise along the length of the Abel Tasman coast.

Includes: Delicious fresh meals prepared by skilled Lodge Hosts (dinner, breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, morning and afternoon teas).  Accommodation in your own share twin/double room with ensuite bathroom, including wonderful hot showers and all bedding. No worries about lugging around heavy luggage. Lodge luggage bag and use of a daypack, with transfer and storage of luggage is included. You choose how much walking you want to do each day. Track notes, maps and advice from our expert guides to help you design each day to be as active or relaxed as you wish. More »

Activity ideas: Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk
Rob Roy Glacier Guided Walk

The day begins with a scenic drive around Lake Wanaka and into the Matukituki Valley where you cross several fords to reach the start of the walk.  The guided trek follows the banks of the Matukituki River, before crossing a swing bridge to reach Mt Aspiring National Park.  You will follow the track as it steadily climbs through New Zealand rainforest, beside cascading streams and waterfalls with glimpses of the Rob Roy glacier in the distance.  After a leisurely 2hr walk, the forest drops away and the glory of the Rob Roy Glacier comes into sight. Here you take time to relax and enjoy one of the best views Mother Nature offers, while eating your picnic lunch.  During the walk your guide will share their in depth knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of this area, as well pointing out the best spots for taking some stunning photographs. More »

Activity ideas: Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship
Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship

Experience the unique opportunity of sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands.  You don’t often get the chance to sail on a working tall ship, help set the sails or take the helm, but on the Tucker, you are welcome! With harnesses provided if you want the challenge of climbing the rigging or out on the bowsprit to ride the waves. If you’d like to relax, that’s fine too – enjoy the delicious food and chat with our friendly crew.  Enjoy complimentary freshly baked scones from the galley, a lunchtime swim and island stopover in a sheltered bay and a delicious BBQ lunch served on board. More »

Activity ideas: Harbour Sailing Cruise with lunch
Harbour Sailing Cruise with lunch

The Pride of Auckland Company operates its fleet of large purpose-built sailboats on the sheltered waters of the Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy the view from the deck of a 50ft sailing monohull yacht. Take in the Auckland landscape as you enjoy your picnic lunch and see the harbour bridge from below as you try your hand steering the helm. Relax and settle in for unforgettable 90 minute experience. More »

Activity ideas: Kiwi Dundee Nature & Coast tour
Kiwi Dundee Nature & Coast tour

A photographer's dream! A delightful sample of Coromandel Peninsula's natural heritage and scenic beauty. Enjoy the flora & fauna of the semi-tropical rainforest with giant ferns, kauri trees and crystal clear streams. Visit the old historic gold caves sparkling with glowworms and hear the fascinating history of this magic area. Visit stunning coastal scenery with white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs decorated with ancient Pohutukawa trees, old Maori pa sites and offshore islands. A visit to Hot Water Beach [tide permitting]. Lunch is included and will be a delightful picnic or a visit to our favourite café. The Nature and Coast day walk is their most popular walk and is a gentle walk suitable for everyone including children. More »

Activity ideas: Kiwi Dundee Wilderness Adventure
Kiwi Dundee Wilderness Adventure

Ideal for those who enjoy walking & photography. This day will take you into tranquil & remote pristine rainforest surrounded by giant rock faces, rugged volcanic peaks, ancient Kauri, Rimu and Rata trees. Wonder at the world's largest tree ferns, crystal clear rivers & rock pools. Visit historic gold caves, home to sparkling glowworms. Enjoy the fascinating history and learn about the flora & fauna within this magnificent forest. You experienced guided ensures you enjoy the region to the fullest and also carries your picnic lunch. This is a moderately challenging walk over some uneven surfaces. More »

Activity ideas: Sailing Adventures
Sailing Adventures

The Abel Tasman National Park coastline offers some of the best sailing in New Zealand. Almost daily through summer the sea breeze fills in from the North mid morning and gradually builds through the afternoon. Peaceful relaxing sailing early in the day is the ideal time to cruise North exploring the native bush clad coastline and golden beaches. The afternoon offers the thrill and excitement of fast sailing, a great opportunity to ride the waves back down the coast. Shelter and calm water can still be found in most bays when the breeze is up, offering a great balance for cruising sailors.

All the yachts Sailing Adventures operate are modern, safe and very well equipped. Skippers are MSA qualified, with years of local knowledge and experience sailing the Abel Tasman coastline. So hear the history of the National Park, learn how to sail, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery you decide. More »

Activity ideas: 1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Dunedin
1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Dunedin

This 1 day cycle tour has you cycling through parts of the Taieri Gorge on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels. Our driver will transport you from Dunedin highlighting points of interest along the way before arriving at Ranfurly where you can start the mainly downhill ride back to Hyde.
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Activity ideas: Hollyford Track 3 day Guided Walk
Hollyford Track 3 day Guided Walk

The Hollyford 3 Day Wilderness Journey is an all inclusive spectacular walk from the mountains to the sea that is suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. Unlike any other walk, the scenery is geologically spectacular and ever changing - snow capped mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, reefs, sand dunes and surf. The experiences are diverse- hiking, wildlife interaction, historical tales, jet boating, and a magnificent scenic flight to Milford Sound. Included in the package is return transport from Queenstown or Te Anau to the track, meals, snacks, accommodation, and use of backpacks and rain jackets. Accommodation is in well appointed lodges with twin share rooms. Expert guides will ensure your group (maximum 16 people) experience New Zealand's wilderness at its best. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Depart from central Auckland and you'll be amazed at the array of marine mammals and other marine life to be seen a short boat ride away from the CBD. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Sea Kayaking
Milford Sound Sea Kayaking

Experience the majesty of Milford Sound by sea kayak on this full day excursion from Te Anau. Your guide will collect you from your Te Anau accommodation before making the 2 hour journey to Milford Sound along New Zealand's most spectacular alpine road. On arrival at the Milford Sound launch area you are issued with a complete set of paddling gear including thermals, wetsuit vest, fleece, paddle jacket as well as a water proof gear bag and camera bag. After a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instruction you begin your kayak journey from Deep Water Basin to paddle the inner part of Milford Sound. Spend 4-5 hours in the sea kayaks exploring the sheer beauty of the Fiord in a non-intrusive manner. Discover the pristine glacial water flowing from Bowen Falls, paddle beneath towering cliffs clothed in primeval rainforest, view classic Mitre Peak and enjoy the presence of the Pembroke Glacier Wilderness Zone. Take time out for a hot drink and if weather conditions are favourable a brief lunch stop is made at a beach before returning to our start point at Deep Water Basin. Return to Te Anau the scenic way with a series of photo stops, hot drink and a short optional walk. More »

Activity ideas: Coromandel Explorer 4 Day Guided Walk
Coromandel Explorer 4 Day Guided Walk

Come and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Coromandel that most people never see! Jagged mountain peaks, stunning coastal views, waterfalls, abandoned gold mines and glistening white sand beaches make this a uniquely “kiwi” walking holiday. You will carry a daypack only; your guides take care of the rest.  Walking times vary between 3 to 7 hours per day and in the evening you return to a beautiful boutique lodge just outside of Coromandel township with gorgeous bush views and delightful alfresco dining areas.  Day one you are collected from your Rotorua or Thames accommodation and driven to the scenic Coromandel Peninsula, along the way a variety of short walks provide a great introduction to this diverse landscape.  Day 2 you will walk the stunning Coastal Walkway, day 3 hike to 'The Pinnacles' for 360 degree views of the entire peninsula and day 4 you'll explore the east coast before returning to Rotorua. Difficulty: moderate

Includes: Rotorua return transport; park fees; 3 nights twin share lodge accommodation; linen, towels, soap; hiking equipment (packs, raincoats, etc.); knowledgeable and experienced NZ guides. All meals, snacks, pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are included, except for one restaurant dinner and drinks on Day 3. Dinners are hearty 2 course meals with a focus on NZ style cuisine. Breakfasts have cooked and continental options. Packed lunches are made fresh daily. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Sea Kayaking
Milford Sound Sea Kayaking

Spend 4-5 hours in the sea kayaks exploring the sheer beauty of the Fiord in a non-intrusive manner. Discover the pristine glacial water flowing from Bowen Falls, paddle beneath towering cliffs clothed in primeval rainforest, view classic Mitre Peak and enjoy the presence of the Pembroke Glacier Wilderness Zone. Take time out for a hot drink and if weather conditions are favourable a brief lunch stop is made at a beach before returning to our start point at Deep Water Basin. Picnic lunch is included. More »

Activity ideas: Walter Peak Guided Cycling tour
Walter Peak Guided Cycling tour

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship to Walter Peak and then join this small group guided cycling tour. Cycle along a quiet country road through beautiful tussock high country and enjoy stunning views of the Von River, surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu.  You are accompanied by a van with cycle trailer which allows you to cycle as little or as much as you choose. An experienced guide is on hand to provide assistance and answer questions. Along the way visit Mavora Lakes, traditional musterers’ huts and learn about the neighbouring high country sheep and cattle stations.  On arrival back at Walter Peak visit the Colonel’s Homestead before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise back to Queenstown. Maximum group size is 9 per guide with 2-3 hours or 15-35 kms of riding available. Includes picnic lunch, hot drinks and afternoon tea. Bike and helmets are supplied. You need small backpack, sunscreen, cool drinks, snacks etc, sunglasses, sunhat, suitable clothing for the day. More »

Activity ideas: Cruise and Ulva Island Walk
Cruise and Ulva Island Walk

A 2 hour 30 minutes excursion exploring Paterson Inlet which includes a 45 minute guided walk on Ulva Island. The cruise takes in the site of the historic whalers’ base at Prices Inlet and views the hidden coves and unspoilt beaches of Paterson Inlet prior to visiting Ulva Island. Ulva Island is a renowned wildlife sanctuary where many rare and endangered native species of birdlife and plants flourish in a predator-free protected environment. During the easy guided walk through native podocarp forest with a specialist nature guide, view diverse plant species and abundant bird life. The island is home to such wildlife as native woodhen, bush robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads among other species. More »

Activity ideas: Guided Walk to Glacier Face
Guided Walk to Glacier Face

On this leisurely guided walk to the terminal face of the glacier. You’ll venture right up to the face of the ice where you’ll be able view the cave from which the Fox River emerges. Your guide will give informative commentary about the role of the glacier in this ever-changing environment. More »

Activity ideas: Ocean Discovery Sea Kayak tour
Ocean Discovery Sea Kayak tour

Sea kayak along the wild beaches and soaring sea cliffs of Otago Peninsula to the headland and the Royal Albatross colony. In stable double sea kayaks explore the wildlife. Species such as the Royal Albatross, NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions, Penguins and Shags are often sighted. More »

Activity ideas: River and Lagoon Kayak Eco Tour
River and Lagoon Kayak Eco Tour

Silently glide with the tide to get close to rare New Zealand wading birds. Take pole position as flocks of Black Swans take off, wings flashing like light dancing on water. There’s always time to fossick for cockles to add to your homemade picnic of local produce. Easy kayaking on sheltered waters with double kayak available More »

Activity ideas: Half Day Guided Kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds
Half Day Guided Kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds

The half day guided sea kayak trip is an ideal opportunity to fit a little kayaking adventure into a busy holiday itinerary.  After a short safety briefing you'll be in the water, allowing you maximum time to enjoy the tranquil waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Starting at Ngakuta Bay you then paddle out of the bay and into Grove Arm.  The sound is surrounded by bush-clad shorelines and sandy beaches. There will be a short stop to enjoy a light refreshment break along the way before returning to Picton.

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Activity ideas: Christchurch Bike Tour
Christchurch Bike Tour

Take a two hour cycle tour around the top Christchurch attractions.You’ll be guided at a relaxed pace to the Arts Centre, Antigua Boatsheds, Christ's College, Hagley Park, Riccarton House and Deans Bush, Deans Cottage and Mona Vale Garden. You’ll also visit the Re:Start project in the Cashel street Mall. A predominantly flat city with many purpose built cycle-ways, Christchurch is perfect for biking. More »

Activity ideas: 42nd Traverse Mountain Biking Trail
42nd Traverse Mountain Biking Trail

The 42nd Traverse is one of the premier rides in the North Island. Renowned for the long and often rutted down-hills, the track will test the most experienced riders. Also known as the Tongariro Forest Crossing the track is 46km taking between 4 and 7 hours to complete. Terrain is old logging tracks through remote native bush and the surface varies from gravel to mud, some stream crossings, and there are inevitable up-hills. The scenery is outstanding! From wide vistas of all three volcanoes to lush unspoiled New Zealand bush. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro 3.5 Day Hiking Tour
Tongariro 3.5 Day Hiking Tour

Tongariro National Park – a dual listed World Heritage Area – boasts diverse landscapes for visitors to discover. With arid badlands, crater and alpine lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, lush rainforest and alpine meadows to be explored, a summer hiking vacation is an utterly unique experience not to be missed! The itinerary below is a basic outline. Your experienced local guide will choose the best walks to suit weather conditions and fitness levels, to ensure you get the most from your time in this special region. Difficulty: Moderate to hard

Trip includes: All meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks; NZ wine & beer with evening meals; 3 nights lodge accommodation; full linen; Rotorua or Taupo return transport (door-to-door); transport to all walks; park fees; chair lift tickets; hot pool entry; knowledgeable and experienced guides. Dinners are delicious 2 course meals with a focus on NZ style cuisine, with generous pre-dinner nibbles and drinks. Breakfasts have cooked and continental options. Packed lunches are made fresh daily. More »

Activity ideas: 3 day guided walk
3 day guided walk

This three day adventure is ideal for those who want to walk the full length of the 38 km Abel Tasman Coast Track but have limited time. You will be accompanied by a guide who is there to help you make the most of your time in Abel Tasman National Park and can entertain you with a wealth of stories about the rich cultural and natural history of the area.  You begin with a scenic cruise along the spectacular coastline, delight in sweeping golden bays and hidden inlets, framed by lush, evergreen native forest.  Each day you will explore this natural wonderland and in the evenings relax at the beachfront lodges of Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead, Awaroa. The Wilsons team take care of the details so you have more time to switch off and enjoy one of the world’s most diverse and picturesque coasts.

Includes: Delicious fresh meals prepared by skilled Lodge Hosts (dinner, breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, morning and afternoon teas).  Accommodation in your own share twin/double room with ensuite bathroom, including wonderful hot showers and all bedding. No worries about lugging around heavy luggage. Lodge luggage bag and use of a daypack, with transfer and storage of luggage is included. You choose how much walking you want to do each day. Track notes, maps and advice from our expert guides to help you design each day to be as active or relaxed as you wish. More »

Activity ideas: Kepler Track Guided Half Day Walk
Kepler Track Guided Half Day Walk

A half day guided walk along Lake Te Anau. Travel across Lake Te Anau by water taxi to Brod Bay with its clear water and white sands. Begin the easy 11 km walk following the lake edge through mountain and red beech forest. The track has a gentle gradient and is well maintained and suitable for all abilities. Your guide will identify native fauna and flora and explain the unique beech forest ecological cycle and the conservation work undertaken to preserve the Kepler Track and Fiordland. Refreshments are enjoyed on a lake beach with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. During the walk you'll emerge from the bush and cross the Control Gates. This concrete structure provides a dam to control the flow of water out of Lake Te Anau. The track then opens out and travels through open grassland to the wildlife park with opportunities to view the rare flightless takahē, now restricted to the tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Other wildlife at the park includes native waterfowl, weka, parakeets, tui, kea, kākā and pigeons. The walk finishes at the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre on the Te Anau lakefront.. Easy walking, low level of fitness required.


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Activity ideas: Bike the Vineyards
Bike the Vineyards

Spend an afternoon pedaling at your leisure between award winning vineyards, meandering along country roads and exploring the quaint wine village of Martinborough. Sample boutique wines and linger somewhere special with the delicious picnic of local deli fare which is included in your self-guided tour. March Hare Cycling provide an easy to follow map and there are a wide variety of lovely vineyards nearby to choose from. With flat, easy roads you can cycle as much, or as little, as you like. Although the experience could be completed in as little as 2 hours, most visitors prefer to stretch it over about 4 to 6 hours.

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Activity ideas: Lake Marian Guided Walk
Lake Marian Guided Walk

An adventurous guided day excursion from Te Anau hiking to Lake Marian amongst forest and alpine scenery. Begin with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Lower Hollyford, the starting point for the guided walk to Lake Marian. There are opportunities for short nature walks and photographic stops along the way. The hike starts with a gentle walk alongside a series of waterfalls, then steepens and becomes rocky underfoot as you ascend through a lush forest of fuchsia, ribbon wood and beech trees. You'll travel as part of a small group, allowing your guide to lead you on a journey of discovery that is personalised to your and your fellow hikers. Stops for  photographs, bird-watching and enjoying the scenery are made along the way. Hot drinks and energy snacks are carried by the guide, and a wilderness tea break is enjoyed along the way. After walking for 2-3 hours, arrive at Lake Marian. This alpine lake is situated in a hanging valley surrounded by steep, snow clad mountains. If weather permits you'll enjoy a picnic lunch at this inspirational location and relax in this magnificent alpine amphitheatre. Descend back down the track to the Hollyford Road and then travel back to Te Anau by coach. A medium level of fitness is required to enjoy this walk.


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Activity ideas: Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk
Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk

Enjoy a guided day excursion from Te Anau to Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. Begin the journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Divide Shelter which is the starting point for the guided walk to Key Summit. There are opportunities for short nature walks and photo stops along the way. Departing from the shelter, the walk ascends through lush, temperate rainforest on a well maintained track. The steady climb takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely pace. A maximum of 12 walkers with a Trips & Tramps guide provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Gaining an elevation of 400 metres, you’ll emerge from the forest into the alpine environment, with panoramic views of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. On a fine day you’ll enjoy lunch (not included) on the summit amidst the alpine tarns, and in unfavourable conditions in the shelter of a nearby tramping hut.  After lunch steps are retraced to the Divide Shelter before returning to Te Anau by coach. Hot drinks and energy snacks are included and will be carried by the guide.  A medium level of fitness is required to enjoy this walk.


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Activity ideas: Beviamo Yacht Charter Marlborough Sounds
Beviamo Yacht Charter Marlborough Sounds

At the tip of the South Island, lies one of the world’s best kept secrets – The Marlborough Sounds. Pristine waters and bush clad hills provide a serenity rarely found these days. The Marlborough Sounds are the perfect holiday location, providing walks, boating, gourmet restaurants, wildlife and most of all tranquility. Imagine yourself cruising your way around 4000 square kilometres of idyllic scenery that make up the beautiful Sounds.   Well you don't have to imagine, you can now charter the Beviamo, a 42 foot (12.9 metre) luxury yacht built in Germany. Hire of Beviamo comes complete with its qualified skipper who is licensed by the NZ Maritime Safety Authority. Your skipper has been sailing in the Marlborough Sounds for over 45 years.  His long association with the area means he can show you the many exciting places that make the Marlborough Sounds so special.  Beviamo has a twin helm, meaning it has two steering wheels, making it ideal for people who want to try their hand at sailing, in the knowledge that support is close at hand. There are a range of cruise options, depending on your interests and time available, including overnight cruising. More »

Activity ideas: Marine Reserve Sea Kayak Full Day Tour
Marine Reserve Sea Kayak Full Day Tour

Catch the water taxi north to the golden expanse of Onetahuti beach to discover New Zealand fur seals (Kekeno) and little blue penguins at Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Kekeno are extremely good swimmers watch them in their natural environment on Tonga Island. Then paddle south with the breeze, exploring sculptured granite headlands, tranquil lagoons and everything that's special about the heart of the Abel Tasman. Your guide has many stories of Maori and European settlers, and the natural history of this picturesque area. Return to Marahau by Water Taxi. More »

Activity ideas: Arrow River Half Day Supported Bike Tour
Arrow River Half Day Supported Bike Tour

Your four hour adventure begins with a transfer from your Queenstown accommodation through the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown to the start of the Arrow River trail. You will cycle along the beautiful Arrow River gorge till it meets the confluence of the Kawarau River, joining the original miners trail that crosses the famous Kawarau suspension bridge and Bungy site. At the end of your bike ride you will be transferred to the Gibbston Valley winery for a relaxing wine tasting before being delivered back to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Full Day Guided Kayak in Queen Charlotte Sound
Full Day Guided Kayak in Queen Charlotte Sound

Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds with this awesome little one-day guided sea kayak trip. This tour takes in the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush – stopping at a secluded beach for a yummy lunch. Learn about the history of the area from your knowledgeable and friendly guide. More »

Activity ideas: Waikaremoana Discovery 4 Day Walking Tour
Waikaremoana Discovery 4 Day Walking Tour

This was the last place to be explored by European settlers, and due to its rugged and remote nature it is still like stepping back 100 years in time. Journey deep into New Zealand’s last frontier, where the mountains are cloaked in mist, mysticism and primordial forest. Walk some of the most spectacular sections of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk and extraordinary Whirinaki Rainforest, while staying in comfortable lodgings. Lake Waikaremoana is perched high in the mountains of Te Urewera National Park, amidst the largest area of untouched native rainforest remaining in the North Island of New Zealand. Difficulty: easy to moderate, flexible itinerary

Trip includes: All meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks, pre-dinner wine; Rotorua return transport; boat cruise; park fees; 3 nights twin share accommodation; linen, towels, soap; hiking equipment (packs, raincoats, etc.); marae visit; knowledgeable and experienced NZ guides. Dinners are hearty 2 course meals with a focus on NZ style cuisine. Breakfasts have cooked and continental options. Packed lunches are made fresh daily. Wine and other beverages may be purchased from the lodge dining room with dinner. More »

Activity ideas: Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island
Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island

Sea Kayak to Rangitoto Island, the most distinctive landmark in Auckland.  After your safety briefing and paddling instruction you will kayak across the Waitemata harbour, meaning 'sparkling waters', where you may see wildlife such as Little Blue Penguins and Cooks Petrels.  On arrival at Rangitoto Island, which is the largest and youngest of Auckland’s volcanoes, you will start enjoy a leisurely 1hr walk to the summit. Walking up the pohutukawa-cloaked island gives you the chance to explore the baked scoria rocks which support over 200 different native trees and flowering plants. Upon reaching the top of Rangitoto you will be treated to the finest 360 degree views that the Auckland region has to offer.  Upon returning to the water’s edge, a healthy hearty kiwi lunch will be awaiting you, with cold and hot drinks to match. If time permits, you might even enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea! As you kayak back to the city, perhaps with the help of a sail, you will experience magnificent views of the ‘City of Sails’. More »

Activity ideas: Milford and Routeburn Tracks Guided Walk
Milford and Routeburn Tracks Guided Walk

The Milford Track has long been known for its splendour and beauty, and the Routeburn Track has become one of the world's most renowned walking tracks. Now you have the chance to experience the very best of both tracks with The Classic.  Set in the stunning surroundings of two national parks and Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Enjoy close encounters with the native birdlife: the Robin; Kea; Weka; Fantail; Tui; Parakeet; Bellbird; even Kiwi have been spotted on the Milford Track. Experience Fiordland National Park at its most spectacular: deep lakes; silent fiords; luxuriant forest and sheer canyons carved out of imposing granite define this landscape. Then Mount Aspiring National Park with it's mountainous peaks, alpine basins, inquisitive native birdlife, emerald bush, turquoise rivers and million dollar views around every corner. The Classic is an 8 day / 7 night Queenstown to Queenstown all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The package includes transport, accommodation, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. Track accommodation is in our comfortable lodges and you will be led by Ultimate Hikes expert guides. More »

Activity ideas: Blue Pools Nature Experience
Blue Pools Nature Experience

Explore nature, by air, land and water in Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park.Glaciers, waterfalls rugged wilderness. Fish, birdlife and a rich pioneering history. More »

Activity ideas: Jet Boat and Walk Fiordland National Park
Jet Boat and Walk Fiordland National Park

Experience the unspoilt beauty of  Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area.  Begin your journey with a leisurely scenic boat ride down the Upper Waiau River, keep an eye out for trout swimming in the crystal clear water. See actual Lord of the Rings film locations, as the Waiau River was used to depict the River Anduin.  Cruising out onto Lake Manapouri feel the magical mysterious surroundings of the beautiful lake and mountains. On disembarking the boat discover Mother Nature’s garden as you walk part of the well formed Kepler Track, flora includes arching ferns, mosses and their amazing colours, towering Beech trees and graceful Rimu trees. Stop at Motorau Hut to view beautiful Lake Manapouri and the grandeur of the mountains framed by Kowhai trees.  Relax at the Wetland, enjoy a cuppa while looking for Canada Geese and ducks swimming nearby. Hear the birdsong of the Bellbird and Tui, while friendly Fantails, Finch and Robins may come close to you to say ‘Hello’. Cross the swingbridge over the Forestburn stream, get a great photo of Balloon Loop on the Upper Waiau River, then onto Rainbow Reach where your transport to Te Anau awaits. More »

Activity ideas: Beaches, Bays & Seals Sea Kayaking
Beaches, Bays & Seals Sea Kayaking

This trip combines the best the Abel Tasman has to offer - Beaches, Bays & Seals!  Meet your guide and join the 9.30am Vista Cruise along the magnificent coastline to Torrent Bay.  On arrival at the Torrent Bay Lodge a full training session and safety briefing is delivered.  Then you move onto the water, to discover the beautiful beaches, tidal estuaries and rivers of the most scenic kayaking area of the park – Torrent to Pinnacle Island. Pause at a sheltered cove for your picnic lunch (included), take time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand.   On your return journey, if the winds are favourable the kayak sails will be hoisted and you will sail back to Torrent Bay, stopping at Pinnacle Island to view the seal colony there.  Sea birds working the shoals of fish or resting on the rocky outcrops add to the experience. You may even see some of the Blue Penguins that live here. Back at Torrent Bay Lodge, freshen up with a hot shower and re-join the boat – recount the days adventure while cruising back to Kaiteriteri, arriving 4.10pm. More »

Activity ideas: Doubtful Sound 2 day Wilderness Kayaking
Doubtful Sound 2 day Wilderness Kayaking

This two-day trip is about allowing yourself some quality time to experience a personal adventure; a genuine kayaking and camping trip in a remote New Zealand environment that epitomises what Fiordland wilderness is all about. Each day involves approximately five hours kayaking amidst towering cliffs, waterfalls and lush rain forest. Penguins, seals and dolphins are sometimes encountered and bird song breaks the silence as you paddle the shoreline. In the evening camp amidst the forest in Hall Arm, beside a fresh water stream - a special place in which to relax as dusk descends.

To reach Doubtful Sound you will cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest to Doubtful Sound where your kayaking adventure begins. More »

Activity ideas: 5 Day Mountains to The Sea Guided Tour ex Queenstown
5 Day Mountains to The Sea Guided Tour ex Queenstown

This guided cycle adventure is a 5 day/4 night guided tour on the Otago Central Railtrail, cycling 4 to 5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and encountering old historic hotels staying in twin/double share accommodation. Relax knowing that you have a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail. Guides are passionate and knowledgeable about the trail and the area and this will all add to making this a tour to remember.
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Activity ideas: 2 day Wilderness Kayaking
2 day Wilderness Kayaking

This two-day trip is about allowing yourself some quality time to experience a personal adventure; a genuine kayaking and camping trip in a remote New Zealand environment that epitomises what Fiordland wilderness is all about. Each day involves approximately five hours kayaking amidst towering cliffs, waterfalls and lush rain forest. Penguins, seals and dolphins are sometimes encountered and bird song breaks the silence as you paddle the shoreline. In the evening camp amidst the forest in Hall Arm, beside a fresh water stream - a special place in which to relax as dusk descends.

To reach Doubtful Sound you will cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm and then travel by coach over Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest to Doubtful Sound where your kayaking adventure begins. More »

Activity ideas: Sail NZ Bay of Islands
Sail NZ Bay of Islands

Sail NZ is the largest sailing operator in New Zealand with an impressive fleet of high performance yachts and is an industry leader providing once in a lifetime sailing opportunities in Auckland and the Bay of Islands

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Activity ideas: Alpine Lakes Heli-Hike
Alpine Lakes Heli-Hike

Pristine crystal clear alpine tarns left at the retreat of the last glacial age await your discovery situated high above the stunning Matukituki Valley with superb vistas of the Southern Alps including Mt Aspiring (3033m), the largest mountain in the Queenstown/Wanaka Region. Enjoy a short helicopter flight, landing 1400m above the Matuktuki Valley on a ridge in the World Heritage area bordering Mt Aspiring National Park. Here you'll find 3 pristine alpine lakes which sparkle against the stunning backdrop of snow‐capped Mt Aspiring and her surrounding glaciers. Experience the majesty and solitude of this alpine environment as you begin your 2‐hour leisurely hike through alpine tussock herb fields, emerald clear lakes and along spectacular ridges. There is plenty of time to stop for photos and for stories told by your personal guide. At the completion of the hike, your helicopter returns and whisks you off to a secret cascading waterfall (85m), for a brief stop for photos, or to a high panoramic viewpoint pinnacle to view Mt Cook & the backbone of the Southern Alps north & south, a perfect finale to this Alpine Lakes adventure. Morning or afternoon tea refreshments are provided. More »

Activity ideas: Fair Wind Charters
Fair Wind Charters

Explore the wonderful Bay of Islands with a Fairwind Yacht Charter. The fleet includes yachts from 28-feet to 45-feet and their boats boast a high standard of their maintenance and presentation. Secluded beaches, island walks, fishing, dolphins and penguins; the Bay of Islands has all of this - and the best way to experience it is by boat. The charter area of the Fairwind fleet extends from Cape Karikari, 60 miles north of the Bay of Islands to Cape Colville in the south. This is 170 miles of the best sailing that New Zealand has to offer. More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Trails Full Day Supported Bike Tour
Queenstown Trails Full Day Supported Bike Tour

This full day adventure lets you really experience the stunning surround of the Wakatipu Basin and it’s magnificent scenery. Starting at 9am from your Queenstown accommodation you'll be transferred to the Frankton Track where you follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu, after a morning tea stop you are driven to the Old Shotover Bridge to begin the second leg of your trip biking toward Gibbston Valley, stop at one of the many stunning points along the way and enjoy your packed lunch. This trip can be catered to any level and is well supported along the way, distances can be tailored to your needs with vehicle support points along the way allowing you to hitch a ride. Your cycling finishes at the Historic Kawarau Bridge where you will be taken to the Gibbston Valley Winery for a relaxing cave tour and wine tasting being delivered back to your accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Taste of Gibbston Valley Bike Ride and Wine Tasting
Taste of Gibbston Valley Bike Ride and Wine Tasting

This half day self guided bike ride and wine tasting will see you riding some of the gentle Queenstown Bike Trails, along the Arrow River then across the Kawarau Gorge Bridge to the vineyards of Gibbston Valley.  Along the way pass idyllic rural countryside, over remarkable swing bridges before arriving at Gibbston Valley Winery.  Here you will enjoy a guided tour through New Zealand’s largest wine cave and taste three current release wines.  After your wine tasting take advantage of the complimentary transfer back to your accommodation.  You will be provided with modern bikes, helmet, panniers and a detailed map of your chosen cycle route as well as transfers to and from your accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Tour - Hassle Free Tours
Kaikoura Tour - Hassle Free Tours

Get up and close with the locals in the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura. This full day tour includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains before arriving in Kaikoura. Once in Kaikoura, you will visit a lookout to enjoy the breath-taking views. Next you will make your way around to a Seal colony before heading into Kaikoura for some free time to explore and enjoy lunch. Board a modern catamaran for an exciting Whale Watch tour. This tour offers up-close encounters with the Giant Sperm Whale. A typical Whale Watch encounter may include Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and endangered Wandering Albatross. To finish the day you will enjoy the scenic drive back to your Christchurch accommodation. More »

Activity ideas: 1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Queenstown
1 Day Taste The Trail - Otago Central Rail Trail ex Queenstown

This 1 day cycle tour has you cycling through one of the most spectacular gorges on the famous Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycling on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient you will cycle through amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, bridges and through tunnels. Our driver will transport you from Clyde highlighting points of interest along the way before arriving at Auripo where you can start the mainly downhill ride back to Clyde. More »

Activity ideas: Alpine Kayak Guides
Alpine Kayak Guides

Alpine Kayak Guides offer exclusive access to some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. We have a superb range of rivers available, the mighty Clutha (New Zealand's largest volume river), the Hawea (medium volume), to the remote and spectacular glacial fed Makarora and Matukituki rivers both in Mt Aspiring National Park. More »

Activity ideas: Coromandel, Tongariro National Park and Lake Waikaremoana 12 day Guided Walk
Coromandel, Tongariro National Park and Lake Waikaremoana 12 day Guided Walk

Come and experience the walking holiday of a lifetime! Explore the very best of the North Island’s diverse and visually spectacular regions in comfort and style. From the majestic mountains of Tongariro, to the lush forests of Waikaremoana, to the dramatic coastlines of Coromandel. Be awed by the scenery, and spoilt by delightful accommodation, meals and wine  - It doesn’t get any better than this! You'll travel with a small group and expert NZ walking guide.  Walking is usually between 4 to 7 hours each day over varied terrain on formed trails.  You'll carry a daypack only. Difficulty: moderate More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Kayaking Day Safari
Milford Sound Kayaking Day Safari

You’ll be collected from your accommodation this morning for your drive along the magnificent Milford Road, rated one of the best road trips in the world.  You’ll pass through rainforests surrounded by towering mountain scenery and your guide will show you all the special spots along the way.  On arriving into Milford Sound’s Deepwater Basin you’ll gear up for your kayaking adventure.  You’ll kayak around Milford Sound taking in all the highlights including the Pembroke Glacier, mile high Mitre Peak and towering sea cliffs and waterfalls.  You’ll enjoy lunch on the sound before continuing on your kayak adventure past the many waterfalls and wonderful wildlife. More »

Activity ideas: Snowshoeing Adventure
Snowshoeing Adventure

Snowshoeing in Queenstown offers a peaceful and harmonious exploration of the wilderness. It is the perfect way for skiers and non-skiers to explore the snow-capped mountains surrounding Queenstown and experience this wintery wonderland away from the crowds.  On your snowshoeing adventure you’ll follow your experienced guide into the Queenstown back country.   Learn how to read the snow and choose your trail, and see snow crystals up close and discover what snow ‘rimes’ are. Have fun helping to dig your own 'snow chair' to relax in while you enjoy a refreshing hot drink and delicious lunch carried by your guide.  If you can walk you can snow shoe, but for the adventure you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to cover 4km with some climbing. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Track Guided Half Day Walk
Milford Track Guided Half Day Walk

Experience one of the greatest wilderness walks in the world, the Milford Track!  You'll enjoy a half day guided walk to Giant Gate Falls on the spectacular Milford Track. From Milford Sound you'll take a short boat ride to Sandfly Point. From there its an easy 5.5 km walk (11 km return) alongside the cascading Arthur River and past Lake Ada.  You'll walk on a well maintained track all the way to Giant Gate Falls. This pristine waterfall is best viewed from the large swing bridge. At this point you return the way you came, walking under ancient temperate rainforest surrounded by lush growth of ferns, mosses and lichens. Groups are kept to a maximum of 12 allowing the opportunity for a personalised adventure with your guide explaining the fascinating heritage and flora and fauna of the track. On completion of the walk you can stop for photos at the sign  marking the end the track, covered with the boots of previous walkers' that have made it to the end of the walk.  You'll then rejoin the boat for the transfer back to Milford.


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Activity ideas: Ulva Island guided Walks
Ulva Island guided Walks

Ulva Island is an idyllic, predator-free bird sanctuary for rare and endangered bird and plant species, a paradise for birds and bird lovers... only 266 hectares with great walking tracks, located in the southern-most island of New Zealand, Stewart Island.

Located in Waka o te Wera (Paterson Inlet), with 11km of coastline, Ulva Island is a scenic gem of unsurpassed beauty; an open bird sanctuary and predator free (since 1997). Ulva Island is easily accessed by a short watertaxi ride across Paterson Inlet from Golden Bay. Under the luxuriant green mantle of podocarp forest the Ulva Island walks are rich with mosses, ferns, liverworts, filmy ferns and native orchids. The ancient rimu tree (dacrydium cupressinum) is seen at all stages of growth: seedlings, saplings, young juveniles, to the majestic giants that tower to the forest roof. Totara, kamahi (weinmannia racemosa), southern rata (metrosideros umbellata) and miro (prumnopitys ferruginea) abound among the uncurling fern fronds that carpet the forest floor. More »

Activity ideas: 1 Day Roxburgh Gorge Taster ex Queenstown
1 Day Roxburgh Gorge Taster ex Queenstown

With stunningly rugged scenery, plenty of bends, switch-backs, hills, and even a jet boat ride thrown in, the Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail is New Zealand's best one day Cycle Trail. It has enough surface variety and interest to satisfy all types of bikers, from a relative novice to an expert and enough breathtaking scenery to satisfy everyone. More »

Activity ideas: The Milford Magic - Sea Kayaking
The Milford Magic - Sea Kayaking

Experience the majesty of Milford Sound by sea kayak and cruise on this full day excursion from Milford Sound. Enjoy a leisurely morning kayak experience followed by a nature cruise on the fiord in the afternoon. More »

Activity ideas: Routeburn and Greenstone Guided Walk
Routeburn and Greenstone Guided Walk

The Grand Traverse starts on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and stretches the length of the Greenstone and Routeburn Valleys, crossing the main divide twice in the process. The Greenstone and Routeburn Tracks have long been New Zealand's most accessible and popular routes into the spectacular South Island high country. More »

Activity ideas: Christchurch City Scenic Helicopter Flight
Christchurch City Scenic Helicopter Flight

Christchurch city is changing rapidly and daily as the city recovers from the earthquakes of 2010/11. Hundreds of Buildings are coming down and rebuilding is starting to occur. This 20 minute flight over the city will give you the best perspective of just how much the city has changed. Your pilot will inform and entertain you on the interesting facts and points of interest such as the Cathedral, new sports stadium and the vision for the future of this battered but beautiful city. You will also fly over the Port of Lyttelton showing the spectacular scenery of Banks Peninsula and back via the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs. You will be astounded by the effect the earthquake has had on these affluent parts of Christchurch. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Fly-Over
Milford Sound Fly-Over

Board one of the Real Journeys small planes and be amazed as you experience one of the world’s most stunning alpine flights.  Flying between Queenstown and Milford Sound allows you to enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped Southern Alps, lakes and of course the world famous Milford Sound. If you do not have time to complete a cruise, this convenient fly-over option allows you to still see Milford Sound, from the air. You can fly-over this magnificent region and return to Queenstown in just 45 minutes, allowing you time to experience other activities in the area. The Real Journeys aeroplanes are specially selected for the mountainous terrain of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks and offer excellent viewing due to their high wing configuration. Your pilot is meticulously trained and highly experienced. More »

Activity ideas: Abel Tasman 3 Day Camping and Kayaking Classic
Abel Tasman 3 Day Camping and Kayaking Classic

Abel Tasman Kayak's premium multi-day tour! This fully catered adventure kayaks the coastline from beautiful Totaranui in the North down to the golden shores of Marahau. Spacious and spectacular; the northern section is seldom visited by others. Completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience it all from paddling with seals, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, islands and Maori village Pa sites to learning about local history and lore. It's a relaxing, content-rich and memorable three day experience. More »

Activity ideas: 3 Day Roxburgh Clutha Cycling Experience ex Queenstown
3 Day Roxburgh Clutha Cycling Experience ex Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s largest river by bike. Every twist and turn reveals stunning landscape with giant rocks, canyons and willow lined riverbanks and glimpses into the history of one of the worlds biggest gold rushes. Trail Journeys provide transport to and from Queenstown, accommodation with continental breakfast, cycle hire, luggage transfers, boat transfer in Roxburgh Gorge.
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Activity ideas: Queen Charlotte Track 4 day guided walk
Queen Charlotte Track 4 day guided walk

Highlights of your 4 day guided walk on the Queen Charlotte Track include breath-taking coastal views and continually changing landscapes as you walk from shoreline to ridgeline and around bays, coves and inlets. The track will take you through virgin native bush and regenerating farmland, with beautiful native birdsong as background music. You will have the opportunity to experience extraordinary birdlife encounters, witnessing the endangered South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin in their natural habitat as part of the customised eco-tour of Motuara Island which is included. There’ll also be the possibility of seeing dolphins and other marine wildlife along the way. At the end of a long day, you will enjoy the comfort and hospitality of resort accommodation, in your superior hotel style rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Strategically located along the track, these resorts provide a comfortable bed, delicious meals and a spa pool to relax in. What better way to rest those weary feet. One of the other wonderful features of this trip is that you don’t have to carry your pack. You’ll be provided with a light daypack and your luggage will be transported by water transport each day. More »

Activity ideas: Beaches, Bays & Walk, kayak and walking trip
Beaches, Bays & Walk, kayak and walking trip

After meeting your guide at Kaiteriteri you’ll take a scenic 45 minute cruise into Abel Tasman National Park to Torrent Bay.  At Torrent Bay you’ll learn everything you need for a safe and enjoyable morning of kayaking.  From there you’ll kayak with your guide leading you as you explore the sheltered inlets and stunning headlands between Torrent Bay and Bark Bay, with approximately 2 hours of kayaking.  Your guide will find the best beach on the day for your lunch break.  After lunch you’ll begin your unguided walk from Bark Bay back to Torrent Bay, this is 6.6km of easy walking on a well-marked track and takes approximately 2 hours.  From Torrent Bay you’ll cruise back to Kaiteriteri. More »

Activity ideas: 5 Day Boutique Queen Charlotte Track Guided Walk
5 Day Boutique Queen Charlotte Track Guided Walk

Join Wilderness Guides for a luxury adventure along the 71km Queen Charlotte Track.   This coastal walk takes you from Ship Cove to Anakiwa in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.  With your guide you’ll explore the coastal beech forests, past coves and flooded valley inlets with magnificent views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.  Walking along you’ll be accompanies by native birdsong and the temperate climate means you can enjoy this guided walk any time of year.  In the evening’s you’ll retire to boutique luxury lodges for a sumptuous 3 course dinner. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Discovery Tour
Glacier Discovery Tour

See two Glaciers in one day! Combine a stunning scenic flight to stand on the Isobel Glacier with views of the Southern Alps, then walk the Jewel of Mt Aspiring National Park, the Rob Roy Track to see the Rob Roy Glacier at the head of this beautiful valley. More »

Activity ideas: Walter Peak Electric Trail bikes tour
Walter Peak Electric Trail bikes tour

A return scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak across Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, a tour of Walter Peak Farm and the surrounding land on electric trail bikes with a local guide to compliment the breath-taking views. Arrive at Walter Peak for an important safety briefing, including operating instructions. All riders are required to show that they can follow safe operating practices and undertake a short manoeuvring practice before beginning the tour. The trip involves a leisurely ride through the inner paddocks of Walter Peak, past the farm animals and Walter Peak’s air strip. Cruising the tracks and head uphill to experience the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu, the surrounding mountains, Walter Peak Farm and the Colonels Homestead. Take in the expansive surrounds while enjoying a morning or afternoon tea. Local guides will provide insight into the rich history of Walter Peak and high country farming, the native environment and the unique Electric Farm Bikes. Return to Walter Peak Farm and then back to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw. More »

Activity ideas: Kepler Track Luxmore Guided Day Heli-hike ex Te Anau
Kepler Track Luxmore Guided Day Heli-hike ex Te Anau

A guided day walk from Te Anau including a scenic helicopter flight to Mount Luxmore on the Kepler Track.  Travel by helicopter from Te Anau over the hidden lakes, beech forest and alpine area to Luxmore Hut.  From this Department of Conservation Hut explore the alpine tussock fields and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Fiordland mountains with the possibility of ascending to the summit of Mt Luxmore.  After time in the alpine area, hike down the mountain on a well - formed track.  The track descends through mountain and silver beech forest, and passes under towering limestone bluffs to the sandy beach of Brod Bay, the pick up point for the boat cruise back to Te Anau.  It is a down hill walk (8km) requiring a medium level of fitness. There is a maximum of 12 walkers with a Trips & Tramps guide providing an opportunity to learn about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. There are plenty of stops for photographs, bird - watching and interpretation along the way. More »

Activity ideas: Dart Stables Horse Treks
Dart Stables Horse Treks

A horse riding experience in and around the beautiful Glenorchy scenery with Dart Stables is an incredible experience. Dart Stables' variety of horses ensures all riding abilities are catered for. Whether you're a complete beginner or lifetime rider, their professional, dedicated, horse loving team will match you with a suitable mount. Leading you across rivers, along valleys and through tranquil beech forests, their enthusiastic guides guarantee an unforgettable riding experience. More »

Activity ideas: Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking
Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking

Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking is owned and operated by Sarah Kerr. Sarah lives on Balmoral Station which is where the Horse Trekking is based.

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Activity ideas: Punakaiki Horse Treks
Punakaiki Horse Treks

Punakaiki Horse Treks run a 2.5 hour horse trek into the Punakaiki Valley and along the beach to the Pancake Rocks. Begin by fording the Punakaiki River and then take the scenic route to view the stunning scenery of the Paparoa National Park. You’ll ride through native bush to view huge limestone bluffs capped with lush temperate rainforest. Native Kereru wood pigeon can sometimes be seen swooping low through forest corridors. Paradise duck, the nosy weka and gorgeous-plumaged pukeko are common onlookers, and oyster catchers, spur-winged plovers and harrier hawks are also visible. Birdlife is a stunning feature of the New Zealand native rainforest and riders can quietly observe the bird life from horseback. There’s time for a stop on the river flat at a bush hut for a stretch and photographs, before wending your way back to the coast. This scenic feast is rounded off with a stroll down Punakaiki beach. Riders can experience the powerful sea rolling onto the famous Pancake Rocks, as they sit on horseback with the horses snorting at the salt spray from the waves. More »

Activity ideas: High Country Overnight Horse Trek
High Country Overnight Horse Trek

Step back in time and explore the magnificent South Island high country on horseback.  You’ll cross alpine rivers, ride over mountain ranges and through untouched forests.  Each evening experience a different piece of history as you stay in old Musterers huts and station cottages.  Along the way your guide will share their knowledge of the history of gold mining and high country farming in the area. You’ll travel light as all your personal gear is transported between huts by 4WD vehicle, allowing you freedom to ride and in the evening you’ll enjoy the delicious meal prepared by your host. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona Horse Trekking
Cardrona Horse Trekking

Come and experience the thrill of horse trekking on beautiful Appaloosas in the stunning Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka.  Your 2 hour trek takes you through this historic gold mining valley and high country farm plateaus with the towering mountains as your backdrop.   Back in the late 1800s the area was home to thousands of gold miners and even now the ruins of their accommodation and mine workings abound.  As Backcountry Saddles is a family operation children are well catered for.  Debbie your guide will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The western saddles used offer comfort and security, especially for children or beginner riders. It is a saddle designed to be sat in for long periods of time. The horn on the front of the saddle (although built for an entirely different purpose) is great to either balance on or hold when the terrain gets challenging or you’re moving into a faster pace.  Backcountry Saddles supplies helmets and if required, wet weather gear. More »

Activity ideas: Petuna Farm River Ride Horse Trek
Petuna Farm River Ride Horse Trek

Petuna Farm near Martinborough offers amazing horse trekking opportunities including the River Ride.  Meander through the crystal clear Ruakok River and stop for a well deserved river-side break during this two hour horse trek. More »

Activity ideas: NZ Horse Treks -  McConnochies Creek Trek
NZ Horse Treks - McConnochies Creek Trek

A trek with a view! Climb high over the Moonlight Valley passing historical Gold Mining sites ( try to spot the old stone cottages among the landscape) Like going back in time to when the main mode of transport was on horseback.  Multiple river crossings on the way back down the canyon with ample opportunity to go for a canter. Due to the high mountain pass this trek is only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. This trek will leave you with a lasting impression.

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Activity ideas: Coronet Peak Ski Field
Coronet Peak Ski Field

Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere?  Then Coronet Peak should be top of your list.   This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails and the extensive snowmaking facilities, makes for complete snow coverage on multiple trails. Coronet is also home to night skiing for a different take on these roller coaster trails try it under lights. For those just getting to know the snow the dedicated learner and novice areas make finding your snow feet easy and all gear can be hired on the mountain. With 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced, Coronet Peak has the trail for you.  For a break from the snow, enjoy live music at the base building, or wet your whistle with a hot chocolate or cold beverage at Heidi's Hut. The pizza and pasta meals are great for warming you up and giving you an energy boost for the afternoon. For the little ones there are supervised kids' programmes for 3 months upwards and snow sport school for kids and big kids alike. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20 minute drive away.  More »

Activity ideas: The Remarkables Ski Field
The Remarkables Ski Field

The Remarkables offers a laid-back atmosphere which is fantastic for families and those new to skiing or snowboarding.  Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for the experts in the family. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, the Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly, the friendly team of instructors can be with you every step of the way.  While you're up there don't forget to check out the purpose-built snow tubing lanes before you round off with a steaming hot chocolate or drink at Remarkables café.  With regular shuttles from Queenstown, childcare for 3 months onwards and lessons for 3yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona ski field
Cardrona ski field

Cardrona ski field is located between Wanaka and Queenstown so it’s handy to both alpine resorts.  Set over 345 hectares with 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% advanced there are runs to suit all abilities.  Cardrona offers parks and pipes of different levels for those that enjoy jumps and freestyle snow fun.  If you’re bringing the family, Cardrona has the best facilities for kids with a nursery for 3 months to 3yrs, ski kindy for 3-4 yrs and kids ski school for 5yr+.  There’s also ski school for the big kids no matter your skill level.  With onsite full ski and snowboard gear rental available you don’t have to worry about packing gear and when you need to rest the legs or fuel your fire, there are 5 cafes on the mountain so you’ll find whatever you’re craving. More »

Activity ideas: Treble Cone Ski Field
Treble Cone Ski Field

Treble Cone Ski Field was awarded ‘New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort’ for 2013 and 2014 at the World Ski Awards, so make the trip to Wanaka to check out why. Just a 35 minute drive from Wanaka, Treble Cone offers 550ha of exciting ski area for both skiing and snowboarding as well as spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.  TC as it’s known by the locals has the longest ski and snowboard runs in the Queenstown Lakes area, the longest being 4km with a 700m vertical drop – ski to your heart’s content.  With 10% beginner terrain, 45% intermediate terrain and 45% advanced terrain Treble Cone is a fantastic ski field for those wanting to challenge themselves and make the most of their gnarly skills.  When you're not out on the slopes you can enjoy the fare on offer at the café and bar while sitting on the sun deck enjoying the views.  Learner ski and snowboarding packages are available, along with the onsite gear rental, this makes for a hassle free snow experience for visitors to New Zealand.  There are childcare facilities for 3-6yr olds and group kid’s lessons suitable for all abilities.  You can catch the shuttle service from Wanaka and Queenstown, or from the bottom Treble Cone carpark. More »

Activity ideas: Mt Ruapehu ski field - Whakapapa and Turoa
Mt Ruapehu ski field - Whakapapa and Turoa

Mt Ruapehu is the only ski field in the North Island of New Zealand, it also provides the unique experience of skiing on an active volcano and within a World Heritage Area. There are two ski areas, Whakapapa, which covers 1050 hectares with more than 65 trails of varied levels, while Turoa has Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift.  Both ski areas are approximately 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced with a total of 52 groomed trails across both mountains. Both mountains have terrain parks to hone your tricks and are a short drive from the alpine villages of Ohakune and Whakapapa village. The roads to the mountains can be easily driven in your rental car, and from the lower carpark you can take advantage of the free shuttles to the ski areas. Turoa’s kids centre is a licensed childcare facility for 2-5yrs, with the option of including beginner ski lessons for the youngsters.  Whatever your experience there are snow school lessons available to take you the next level and beginners packages which include everything for a great first day on the snow.  The latest gear can be hired on the mountain, perfect for visitors travelling light and when you need a break there are a variety of on mountain cafes and bars to refuel at. More »

Activity ideas: Roundhill Ski Field
Roundhill Ski Field

Step back in time to the way skiing in New Zealand used to be.  Drive your car right up to the base and pull out your picnic chairs for a relaxed day on the mountain. Roundhill enjoys an enviable position with magnificent views of Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo making a perfect backdrop for those ski and snowboard selfies.  Roundhill is a great destination for learners and those who are a bit rusty.  The wide gentle learner’s area is ideal for first-timers young and old, while the intermediate runs offer just the right mix of fun and thrills.  For the experts in the family, challenge yourself with the world’s longest and steepest rope tow, taking you to the top of Australasia’s largest vertical drop at a staggering 783m.  When you need a break either chill out with a picnic at your car or try the food and beverages from one of the two cafes onsite.  For learners or those wishing to progress, there is a dedicated snowsports school and rental equipment can be hired on the mountain.  More »

Activity ideas: Mt Hutt Ski Field
Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt is the most popular ski field in the Canterbury region, and a firm favourite with Christchurch locals.  We recommend you stay near the village of Methven which is just a short 40 minute drive to the ski field or take one of the regular shuttles from the village.  Mt Hutt offers 365 hectares of skiable terrain for you to explore, with the longest run a lengthy 2km.  With its mixture of 25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced terrain there are a range of trails for everyone to conquer.  Food and beverages are available at Huber’s Hut and Ski High Café where you can recharge your batteries for your next run.  For visitors to the South Island it’s easy to hire all the gear you need on the mountain, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm.  For the littlies there is a licensed child’s creche for 3 months to 5yrs and a snow sports school for both kids and adults who are finding their snow legs. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields - Lift Pass
Ohau Snow Fields - Lift Pass

Ohau Ski Area caters for all skiing and snowboarding abilities and offers a breath-taking backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Ohau below.   This full day lift pass gives access to all lifts, all day.  For the beginners, the snow mat takes you to gentle slopes for learning and you can book lessons with the friendly Ohau instructors.  Intermediate skiers and boarders are well looked after with 50% of the terrain graded intermediate.  Take the double chair lift to the top of the mountain where you’ll ride wide flat slopes down the Boulevard with style.  For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking around the tops to access the best powder snow is definitely worth it, not to mention the unbelievable views.  Wanting to practice your tricks there are 2 terrain parks, 1 for beginners and an intermediate/advanced park.  When you’re ready for a break the day lodge is a cosy space with a log burner, large social tables and the onsite café offers great food and coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields - Ski/Snowboard Hire
Ohau Snow Fields - Ski/Snowboard Hire

Full day hire of skis or a snowboard, boots and poles. More »

Activity ideas: Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing
Fiordland Guides Fly Fishing

Fiordland is world renowned for the quality of its fly fishing. The crystal clear unpolluted waters are managed as a wild fishery producing good stocks of large Brown and Rainbow trout. Fiordland Guides specialise in upstream sight fishing and all fishing is catch and release. Over 40 uncrowded rivers and streams are within 1.5 hours drive of the Lodge. More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Fishing
Queenstown Fishing

The ultimate trout fishing experience. From beginners requiring tuition to the experienced fly fisherman. Spend 4-5 hours on the third largest lake in New Zealand being 80 km long and covering 293 square km. It averages 300m deep. A number of high country rivers and streams run into the lake making this an excellent fishery for Quinnat Salmon, Brown and Rainbow Trout. Aboard Kathleen II you can experience some of the best fishing in the Otago and Southland southern alpine lakes. The fully surveyed launch has resource management consent to operate on lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea. The 6m/20ft Rayglass 620 Legend is powered by a 150HP Mercury Optimax outboard, Auxiliary 9.9HP Mercuary trolling motor plus a Mercury 50lb thrust electric motor for drift fly fishing. More »

Activity ideas: Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing

Chris Dore is a member of the American Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and the Professional Guides Association. Fishing since childhood his passion is evident as he endeavors to show you the best trout fishing in New Zealand.

Being based in Queenstown gives Chris access to a wide range of rivers and lakes and his local knowledge takes out the guess work for you. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Crayfish and Fishing Charter
Kaikoura Crayfish and Fishing Charter

Fish Kaikoura crayfish and fishing charter cater for the novice, through to the expert fisherman. Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable 3 hour fishing trip but you will also experience some of Kaikoura’s famous marine life including seals, albatross and dolphins as well as breath-taking mountain and sea views.

Fish Kaikoura also guarantee a catch! Your vessel, the purpose built i-Catcher, ensures a comfortable and safe fishing experience, with enough space for 6 people to fish at once.  The fish you catch will be cleaned and filleted as you go, so you will finish the day with fresh fish ready for your dinner. More »

Activity ideas: Half Day Lake Taupo Fishing Charter
Half Day Lake Taupo Fishing Charter

Fish for Trout on lake Taupo with the experts. Chris Jolly Outdoors have been taking clients fishing in Taupo for more than 30 years. Lake Taupo offers excellent trout fishing all year round; there is no closed season on the Lake. Most fishing takes the form of trolling either lures or flies. You do not need any experience or fishing gear, your experienced hosts are there to help. Trout averages about 4 pounds and a typical excursion on the Lake will see your crew prepare your catch for a delicious snack either barbequed or sashimi style. You can even have your catch smoked and couriered to your destination in New Zealand at a small cost. Your half day charter includes a 4 hour private charter on stunning Lake Taupo. fishing licences and a delicious luncheon on board with wine and beverages. Try your hand at trout fishing and stop and see the Maori rock carvings - only accessible by water. Swimming is available during the summer months and clay target shooting is available on request if conditions are suitable. More »

Activity ideas: Tarata Fishaway Guided Trout Fishing
Tarata Fishaway Guided Trout Fishing

Tarata Fishaway Lodge is set in a remarkable location with views of the Rangitikei River and the Ruahine Ranges towering above.  Together with your experienced guide, you’ll raft to secluded pools and runs located on the Rangitikei River.  You’ll be treated to some of New Zealand’s best trout fishing only accessible by raft.  Picnic lunch is provided and flies and fishing licences can be purchased from Tarata Fishaway.  This fishing trip is suitable for all ages and abilities.  On foot guided fishing is also available. More »

Activity ideas: Full Day Guided Fly Fishing
Full Day Guided Fly Fishing

The North Island of New Zealand and Taupo specifically provides some of the most spectacular fly fishing in the world. Your specialist fly fishing guide has the local knowledge and expertise to show you how and where to fulfill your dreams of catching a Rainbow or Brown Trout. Whether you’re a novice or long-time fishermen you’re sure to enjoy your Taupo fly fishing experience. There are many streams and rivers flowing in and out of Lake Taupo and your guide will take you to the area most suitable to your abilities and time constraints. More »

Activity ideas: Telford Fishing and Hunting
Telford Fishing and Hunting

Gerald and Sue Telford own and operate Fishing and Hunting Services, a full service guiding operation specialising in quality hunts for trophy game animals and trout. To Work hard and obtain results are the hallmark of Gerald & Sue Telford's Wanaka based operation. They look to offer a total experience in natural surroundings, encompassing all aspects that make for a memorable trip.

Emphasis is on quality matched with a personally tailored experience with regards to both the service provided and the fish or game trophies that you may wish to pursue. Gerald is fully licenced as a hunting and fishing guide in accordance with New Zealand Regulations. He has Department of Conservation (DOC) concession permits to operate on public lands and other special land areas, as well as good relations with local landowners and have access to some exceptional hunting areas. More »

Activity ideas: Earl Grey Fishing Charters
Earl Grey Fishing Charters

Earl Grey Fishing Charters offer a full range of fishing options tailored to suit everyone’s individual needs and experience. From saltwater fly, light tackle, live baiting and jig fishing they welcome both novice and experienced anglers. Steve, your fishing guide with over 30 years experience offers expert local knowledge for the discerning angler and patient tuition for the novice to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to land their catch.

Common species available to the recreational fisherman whilst fishing aboard the Earl Grey II include yellowtail kingfish, hapuka (groper), golden snapper, marlin, tuna, kahawai, snapper, trevally, mao mao, john dory and shark. More »

Activity ideas: Half Day Guided Fly Fishing
Half Day Guided Fly Fishing

The North Island of New Zealand and Taupo specifically provides some of the most spectacular fly fishing in the world. Your specialist fly fishing guide has the local knowledge and expertise to show you how and where to fulfill your dreams of catching a Rainbow or Brown Trout. Whether you’re a novice or long-time fishermen you’re sure to enjoy your Taupo fly fishing experience. There are many streams and rivers flowing in and out of Lake Taupo and your guide will take you to the area most suitable to your abilities and time constraints. More »

Activity ideas: Epic Adventures
Epic Adventures

Epic Adventures specialise in fishing charters and guided fishing holidays. Based in Tairua on the Coromandel this part of New Zealand is renowned for its great fishing.

Trips range from half to 3 days and all equipment is provided as well as morning and afternoon tea and lunch on full day trips. More »

Activity ideas: Jet Boat and Fish the Waiau River
Jet Boat and Fish the Waiau River

Combine the majestic beauty of a remote Fiordland New Zealand river, a bountiful supply of trout and the thrill of a jet boat ride, and you have a Fish Jet, Fiordland fishing trip; fun for experienced anglers and the whole family alike.  More »

Activity ideas: Full Day Trout Stream Fly Fishing
Full Day Trout Stream Fly Fishing

Departing from Queenstown by 4WD you’ll be driven by your experienced guide Jeff Jones to Lake Wakatipu’s famous fly fishing trout streams.  Jeff’s extensive knowledge of Queenstown trout fishing waters, the seasons and weather conditions means you’ll have the best opportunity to fish where the fish are.  The clarity of the streams you’ll fish provides ‘sighted’ fly fishing on the dry fly for large wild rainbow and brown trout.  All equipment is provided, including rods, lures, flies, waders etc as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. More »

Activity ideas: Fly Fishing with Rob Vaz
Fly Fishing with Rob Vaz

Rob Vaz is an accomplished angler, was NZ Champion in 2003 and has since represented New Zealand at World, Commonwealth and Oceania levels. Rob writes and photographs for NZ Fishing News magazine and as well as having a successful career as a Graphic Designer and Sign Writer Rob guides occassionally throughout the Central North Island. More »

Activity ideas: Green Trout Fly Fishing Guiding
Green Trout Fly Fishing Guiding

Green Trout Guiding is a fly-fishing guiding service based in the Rangitikei District of the Central North Island of New Zealand; offering fly fishing opportunities targeting both rainbow and brown trout, for inexperienced and experienced anglers alike. The internationally famous Rangitikei River and its tributaries offer a pristine environment with beech forest lining the crystal clear waters.   Jim Rainey has been fly fishing for 30 years and guiding for the last 17 years. Sight fishing to browns and rainbows with a dry fly is the ultimate experience for Jim and he is very keen to take you to those fish. Jim is a member of the NZPFGA (New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association), an association to advocate and protect the interests of members and clients and to promote professionalism, sportsmanship, and conservation in the interests of angling. More »

Activity ideas: New Zealand Fishing Safaris
New Zealand Fishing Safaris

Guided extreme whitewater tandem kayaking. You take the front seat with a guide in the back. Together you paddle the awesome falls and drops of the Kaituna River. Kaituna Cascades provide the kayak, guide and the skill, you provide the adrenalin. Limited to 85kgs. More »

Activity ideas: Nelson Fishing Charters Full Day Trip
Nelson Fishing Charters Full Day Trip

A day trip with Nelson fishing charters is one of the best fishing experiences you’ll do in the Tasman Bay, taking you to all the best fishing spots. Your guide’s local knowledge is programmed into the GPS charting system, helping you track down a variety of fish species. The abundant fishing is bested only by the breath taking scenery of this unspoilt natural paradise. Leaving from Nelson you will head out and fish around D'Uville Island. All baits and fishing gear is supplied, along with hot drinks so all you have to worry about is catching the fish. Then when you catch something, cook it up on the boat with the on board BBQ. More »

Activity ideas: 3 hour Fishing Charter with Adventure Wanaka
3 hour Fishing Charter with Adventure Wanaka

With a lifetime of fishing experience, your local guide, Davy, will take you fishing on Adventure Wanaka’s luxury launch. With your choice of fly, troll or spin, there is a uniquely New Zealand fishing experience waiting for you. More »

Activity ideas: Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise and Walk
Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise and Walk

Sit back and relax as Cougar Line cruises the idyllic Queen Charlotte Sound taking you to Resolution Bay for the start of your 3 hour Queen Charlotte track experience.  After you disembark at Resolution Bay, enjoy the gentle walk which traverses native forest over a low saddle offering a spectacular vantage point for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to historic Furneaux Lodge.  From here you cruise back to Picton. More »

Activity ideas: Dive The Rainbow Warrior
Dive The Rainbow Warrior

The Rainbow Warrior was Greenpeace's flagship. On its way to protest France's nuclear testing on the Mururoa Atoll when it was sunk by French saboteurs on July 10, 1985, in Auckland Harbour. After the bombing Greenpeace gifted the Warrior to the sea and she now lies as an artificial reef in the Cavallii Islands, a refuge for the marine life she was sunk trying to protect. At a max depth of 27m the Warrior is now home to a huge variety of aquatic life and is a world renowned dive site. The Warrior is an one of the world's premier wreck dives, and truly is the 'Jewel of the North'."When man has destroyed the world through his greed, the Warriors of the Rainbow will arise to save it again. More »

Activity ideas: Queen Charlotte Track Walk
Queen Charlotte Track Walk

The 4 Day Freedom Walk allows the independent walker to enjoy the track in a hassle-free adventure. Over the four days you will walk the Queen Charlotte Track from start to finish - all 71 scenic kilometres of it. There is also the option to boat on any day if you prefer (at additional cost). Highlights of the track include stunning coastal views and continually changing landscapes as you walk from shoreline to ridgeline and around bays, coves and inlets. At the end of a long day you can relax and unwind in the comfort of hotel-style rooms with en-suite (at Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove Resort and Portage Resort Hotel). You have the choice of dining in the restaurant or the bar. One of the other wonderful features of this trip is that you don’t have to carry your pack. as this is transported by water transport each day. The package includes your water transfers, a packed lunch daily twin/double share en-suite accommodation, an information kit, map and base support. Non-walking partners can enjoy this holiday also by catching the boat each day. More »

Activity ideas: Dive White Island
Dive White Island

White Island is an amazing place to visit both topside and below the surface. Travelling in our fast comfortable boat toward the brooding, moody volcano we call White Island (or Whakaari, as she is known in Maori). The volcano island is estimated to be about 200,000 years old. It was named White Island by Captain Cook in 1769, who was believed to be the first European to sight the island. Having a very rich history topside, the underwater world has remained virtually in it’s pristine condition. Underwater vents remind us that we are diving the waters surrounding a live volcano. Includes 2 dives and equipment. More »

Activity ideas: Dive Poor Knights Islands
Dive Poor Knights Islands

The Poor Knights Islands were named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Separated from mainland New Zealand, the Poor Knights Islands are influenced by a warm current that originates in the Coral Sea, north of Australia. Water temperature is higher, and visibility significantly greater than in nearby coastal waters.Tropical and subtropical life forms have become established among the diverse and multiple environments formed by the island's volcanic origins. Underground caves, tunnels and archways are home to an extraordinary variety seaweeds and dense populations of friendly, colourful fish.Diving at the Poor Knights is rewarding at all times of the year. Mid January to late April presents excellent all round diving. The water is warm 20-23 Celsius (70F) and the water is clear averaging 20 meters visibility. This is the summer season so you can expect mild air temperatures too. From May to early September the visibility is excellent while the temperature falls to a winter low of 15-16 Celsius. Often calm periods of weather occur over this time and visibility in excess of 30 meters can be encountered.Between September and early January the water is warming. Plankton can reduce visibility to as little as 10 to 15 meters at times. However there is a great abundance of fish during this time. The plankton feeders have a limitless source of food and of course the predators are here. More »

Activity ideas: Paihia Dive
Paihia Dive

If you are looking for something spectacularly different then you will find it all in the Bay of Islands with Paihia Dive as your guide. Unusual mixes of tropical and temperate fish, animal, plant and bird life, amazing bottom topography, historic internationally controversial and stunningly beautiful wreck diving and long, white island beaches where the only foot prints are yours.

There are daily trips to the Rainbow Warrior, the infamous Greenpeace Flagship. The Rainbow Warrior was relocated amongst the Cavalli Islands as an artificial reef, after being tragically bombed in Auckland Harbour by the French Secret Service in 1985. More »

Activity ideas: Skippers Canyon
Skippers Canyon

This was one of the major mining areas in the region and the road to Skippers Canyon took 8 years to build. A levy placed on the gold mined in the area funded the construction and when you see the road you will understand why it took so long to complete. The twisting turning narrow track has drops of over 100 metres to the canyon floor below in places. Relics of the old township including the schoolhouse remain at the head of the canyon. If you intend rafting the Shotover River then the starting point is Skippers Canyon and if you feel like bungy jumping 72 metres into the canyon then this is the place. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields
Ohau Snow Fields

Ohau Ski Area caters for all skiing and snowboarding abilities and offers a breath-taking backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Ohau below.   For the beginners, the snow mat takes you to gentle slopes for learning and you can book lessons with the friendly Ohau instructors.  Intermediate skiers and boarders are well looked after with 50% of the terrain graded intermediate.  Take the double chair lift to the top of the mountain where you’ll ride wide flat slopes down the Boulevard with style.  For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking around the tops to access the best powder snow is definitely worth it, not to mention the unbelievable views.  Wanting to practice your tricks there are 2 terrain parks, 1 for beginners and an intermediate/advanced park.  When you’re ready for a break the day lodge is a cosy space with a log burner, large social tables and the onsite café offers great food and coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Walks in Mt. Cook National Park
Walks in Mt. Cook National Park

There are many short walks starting in or close to Mt. Cook Village to suit all interests and abilities. The information below is provided by the Department of Conservation . Located in the village is a fantastic Department of Conservation information centre and you can get updates on track conditions and suitability plus you can learn about the area, its natural history and its people. Listed below are a selection of short walks but check with the information centre first. More »

Activity ideas: Walking tracks around Franz Josef
Walking tracks around Franz Josef

There are many walks and hikes in and around Franz Josef. The information below is provided by the Department of Conservation. Located in Franz Josef village is a Department of Conservation information centre and you can get updates on track conditions and suitability plus you can learn about the area, its natural history and its people. Listed below are a selection of short walks but check with the Department of Conservation information centre for weather conditions, track suitability and conditions  first. More »

Activity ideas: Walking tracks in the park
Walking tracks in the park

There are a plethora of walks in and around Whakapapa Village and Tongariro National Park. From short 15 minute hikes to longer 5 hour treks, there is something for every level of fitness. All established tracks are maintained by the Department of Conservation and before heading out on a walk, it is best to check the track conditions and suitability at the local DOC information office in the centre of the village. Below are a selection of the best walks to do:

  1. Whakapapa Nature Walk,15 min loop track
  2. Mounds Walk, 20 min one way
  3. Tawhai Falls, 20 min one way
  4. Ridge Track, 340 min return
  5. Taranaki Falls, 2 hour return
  6. Whakapapanui Walk, 2 hour return
  7. Tupapakurua Falls Track, 5 hour return
Activity ideas: Short walks around Queenstown
Short walks around Queenstown

Queenstown is well known for its adventure sports and activities but it also a great network of walking tracks and trails to suit all abilities and time frames. More »

Activity ideas: Walking tracks around Wanaka
Walking tracks around Wanaka

There are some excellent walks in and around Wanaka. The information below is provided by the Department of Conservation. Located in Wanaka is a Department of Conservation information centre and you can get updates on track conditions and suitability plus you can learn about the area, its natural history and its people. Listed below are a selection of short walks but check with the Department of Conservation information centre for weather conditions, track suitability and conditions first. More »

Activity ideas: Short walks on the Otago Peninsula
Short walks on the Otago Peninsula

There are a number of short walks to enjoy on the Peninsular. The information below is provided by the Department of Conservation .

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Activity ideas: Short walks around Te Anau
Short walks around Te Anau

Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park and a great place to base yourself to enjoy the many walks and hikes available in the area. There are any number of short walks that can be enjoyed within easy distance of Te Anau itself. More »

Activity ideas: Matukituki Valley
Matukituki Valley

The Matukutuki Valley sits to the west of Wanaka, just around a 1 hour drive that skirts the lake passing through Glendhu Bay. Following the Matukituki River the road travels through lush farmland crossing river fords before you arrive at Raspberry Creek Hut. From here walking tracks to suit every ability and time frame are available. The river walk follows the course of the Matukituki along gentle rolling farmland. One of the more popular walks is the Rob Roy Glacier hike - a medium difficulty walk of around 4 hours return, through beech forest and alpine vegetation and spectacular views of the Rob Roy Glacier. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro Crossing day hike
Tongariro Crossing day hike

Often described as the best one day walk in New Zealand, The Tongariro Crossing provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic volcanically active areas of the park.  The Tongariro Crossing is a challenging and can takeup to 8 hours covering a distance of 19.4 km one way. It is not a round trip and transport must be arranged at one or both ends of the track. Your hotel reception will be able to help you book a shuttle transport. More »

Activity ideas: Short walks in and around Wellington City
Short walks in and around Wellington City

Wellington city has a number of walking tracks that explore the Town Belt Forest, the harbour and city suburbs.  Information on the many walking tracks within the city can be found on the Wellington Council website.  You can also download the free Welly Walks app which contains images, information and maps to help you explore Wellington, including nature reserves, forests, historic sites and picturesque views. More »

Activity ideas: Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is just 40 minutes drive west of Auckland City. The park covers 16, 000 hectares of native rainforest and dramatic coastline including the black sand beaches of Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Te Henga. Originally rugged and unforgiving, the arrival of Europeans in the 1830's saw thousands of acres of forest destroyed as the versatile Kauri timber was harvested. Today the remains of the damns and tramlines used can still be seen.

The water here played a crucial part in the development of Auckland with five major reservoirs being built between 1910 and 1970. The park was born in 1900 with the purchase of land by the Auckland City council. This acquisition was primarily to secure water supplies but its scenic beauty was recognised and still thrills visitors today. It was christened Auckland Centennial Memorial Park in 1940 to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Auckland City. Over the years the park has grown through the gifting of lands by many generous donors. The Auckland Regional Council took control of the park in 1964, giving it the name it holds today: the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. More »

Activity ideas: Short walks in and around Auckland City
Short walks in and around Auckland City

Auckland city is surrounded by a number of regional parks and natural areas that are easily explored on foot.  Information on the many walking tracks within the regional parks can be found on the Auckland Regional Council website.  Two of the more popular walking destinations are the Waitakere Ranges and Rangitoto Island.  The Waitakere Ranges Visitor Centre (Arataki Visitor Centre) is located a short 30 minute drive from Auckland CBD and is the best place to start your exploration of this large tract of native forest.  Here you’ll also find information on the many native birds you will see and hear.  To reach Rangitoto Island you catch a ferry from the Auckland Ferry Terminal and information on the walks on the island can be found on the Department of Conservation website. A brief description of the more popular Auckland walks is outlined below. More »

Activity ideas: Short walks on Waiheke Island
Short walks on Waiheke Island

Waiheke is such a great place to explore by foot that they even hold an annual walking festival to celebrate this.  Most of these walks offer stunning coastal vistas as you amble through bush reserves and the small boutique vineyards that scatter the island and there are many beaches and bays to cool off in if it gets too hot.  More »

Activity ideas: Hokitika Gorge
Hokitika Gorge

Take the 45 minute drive from central Hokitika to The Hokitika Gorge, a magnificent granite gorge lined with beautiful native bush. Cross the swing bridge over milky blue green pools and explore the large moss covered boulders that are just a short walk away. More »

Activity ideas: Katiki Point (Moeraki Lighthouse)
Katiki Point (Moeraki Lighthouse)

On the southern most tip of the Moeraki Peninsula is the Katiki Point Historical reserve. Access is via a metal (unsealed) road from Tenby Street in the Moeraki Village, called Lighthouse road. The reserve is 4km from Moeraki village. Katiki Point has a rich history, beginning with the establishment of a Maori village and Pa (fort). Traces of the historical terraces and food pits remain. The reserve is home to a New Zealand fur seal breeding colony, numerous sea birds including Little Blue Penguins and a Yellow-eyed Penguin colony. The most prominent feature on the point is the magnificent lighthouse. First lit on the 22nd of April 1878 the last lighthouse keeper was withdrawn in 1975. More »

Activity ideas: Short walks around Mt Somers
Short walks around Mt Somers

There are a number of walking trails around Mt Somers. Below are some of the easier walking tracks including information provided by the Department of Conservation.  You can find more information on longer hikes on the website and in the brochure of hiking in the area. More »

Activity ideas: Rainbow Warrior
Rainbow Warrior

Rainbow Warrior was a schooner (sailing ship) operated by the Greenpeace organisation. She was named after the Greenpeace flagship of the same name that was sunk by the French secret service in Auckland harbour, New Zealand, on July 10, 1985. The three-masted vessel was built from the hull of the deep sea fishing ship Grampian Fame. Built in Yorkshire and launched in 1957 she was originally 44 metres long and powered by steam. She was extended to 55.2 m in 1966. Greenpeace gave the vessel new masts, gaff rigged, a new engine and a number of environmentally low-impact systems to handle waste, heating and hot water. She was officially launched in Hamburg on July 10, 1989, the anniversary of the sinking of her predecessor. More »

Activity ideas: Clay Cliffs
Clay Cliffs

The Clay Cliffs are natural limestone formations formed by the earth's movement and the abrasive weathering process. With many canyons, ravines, pinnacles and ridges to explore it's a great place to take some short walks. Access is easy and is well signposted just around 3 ½ kilometers north of Omarama.

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Activity ideas: Castle Hill Scenic Reserve
Castle Hill Scenic Reserve

Castle Hill Scenic Reserve, around 1 hour from Christchurch on State Highway 73, is a remarkable area of rocks and boulders. An important place for Maori, they provided food and shelter. The rocks and boulders are easily accessible from the main road and its worth taking a stroll along the paths or if you enjoy climbing the boulders offer over 1000 problems to explore. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Coach & Fly
Milford Sound Coach & Fly

Luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. During the sightseeing flight from Milford Sound you enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery and rainforest.

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Activity ideas: Milford Track Guided Day Walk
Milford Track Guided Day Walk

Get a taste of the famous Milford Track on a one-day guided adventure. The Milford Track, long regarded as the ‘finest walk in the world’ is a four day trip through the heart of Fiordland National Park. If you don’t have the time to do the full walk, a Milford Track Guided Day Walk is the only way to go. Join your guide in Te Anau and take a short coach trip to Te Anau Downs. Enjoy a hot drink as you cruise across Lake Te Anau to the start of the Milford Track. Your guided walk takes you along the Glade Burn to historic Glade House where you’ll stop for lunch and a hot drink.  The path then follows the stunning Clinton River, across a swing bridge into a mystical beech forest. On your trip, you will experience the tranquility of strolling beneath ancient beech trees, witness emerald waters and listen out for native birdsong.  Along the way, your knowledgeable nature guide will help you interpret the magical surroundings, providing you with information about the track’s history and the unique native birds and plants around you.  This walk is easy, there are no big hills and the group is small (12 people per guide), making for a fun day out amidst amazing surroundings. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip
Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. Your return journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Your Coastal Pacific train travel will take you through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas. The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air. This service also includes a fully licensed café car and professional Train Managers who provide informative commentary to ensure a totally unique experience. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Track Guided Day Walk
Milford Track Guided Day Walk

Get a taste of the famous Milford Track on a one-day guided adventure. The Milford Track, long regarded as the ‘finest walk in the world’ is a four day trip through the heart of Fiordland National Park. If you don’t have the time to do the full walk, a Milford Track Guided Day Walk is the only way to go. On boarding the luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you'll enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau.  You will join your guide in Te Anau and take a short coach trip to Te Anau Downs. Enjoy a hot drink as you cruise across Lake Te Anau to the start of the Milford Track. Your guided walk takes you along the Glade Burn to historic Glade House where you’ll stop for lunch and a hot drink.  The path then follows the stunning Clinton River, across a swing bridge into a mystical beech forest. On your trip, you will experience the tranquility of strolling beneath ancient beech trees, witness emerald waters and listen out for native birdsong.  Along the way, your knowledgeable nature guide will help you interpret the magical surroundings, providing you with information about the track’s history and the unique native birds and plants around you.  This walk is easy, there are no big hills and the group is small (12 people per guide), making for a fun day out amidst amazing surroundings. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour
Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

This tour takes you on a sightseeing tour north of Christchurch, to Kaikoura, a traditional fishing village nestled between the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean, to enjoy the ultimate marine experience - a close encounter with a giant Sperm Whale.  Your Whale Watch Tour by boat is a unique experience and sightings vary.  On a typical Whale Watch Tour, with up to 2.5 hours on the water, you should sight the giant Sperm Whales.  You may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals and Dusky Dolphins.  Kaikoura also attracts a great concentration of seabirds, including Petrel, Shearwater and the endangered wandering Albatross. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip by coach
Kaikoura Whale Watch day trip by coach

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by coach through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.  On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour with Kaikoura Whale Watch. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a North Canterbury vineyard where you can enjoy some local wine tasting. More »

Activity ideas: Kaikoura Whale Watch and Coastal Pacific Train Private Tour
Kaikoura Whale Watch and Coastal Pacific Train Private Tour

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour. After your whale encounter you’ll visit a local café for lunch (own cost). In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. Your return journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Your Coastal Pacific train travel will take you through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas. The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air. This service also includes a fully licensed café car and professional Train Managers who provide informative commentary to ensure a totally unique experience. More »

Activity ideas: Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight
Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight

Take a spectacular scenic flight over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers. Land at the head of one and view the incredible sight of this frozen river as it winds its way through ancient carved valleys. More »

Activity ideas: Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Take a scenic flight over all three Franz Josef glacier icefalls. Landing high on the glacier take a two hour guided trip through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Your guide will choose the route as you go through a wonderland of blue ice and frozen pinnacles. You’ll have endless views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest as well as plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you have while you are in New Zealand.
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Activity ideas: Volcanic Explorer Scenic Flight by Aeroplane
Volcanic Explorer Scenic Flight by Aeroplane

Take a scenic flight over New Zealand’s oldest National Park and world heritage site for a spectacular view of this unique volcanic landscape. See all three volcanoes  - Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu as well as the iconic Emerald Lakes, the Blue Lake and the Tama lake. Climbing to 10,000 ft, you'll also view the active Mt Ruapehu crater lake, and spot some of the landscapes used in the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. More »

Activity ideas: Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Explore the glacier from above as you fly over all three of its icefalls with the Helicopter Line and Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Landing high up on its face, you'll take a two hour guided trip through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliant blue ice. See panoramic views of the glacier and surrounding mountains as you learn more about how this huge river of ice was formed. Relax and enjoy the moment as your guide leads you into spectacular terrain usually only seen by experienced mountaineers. More »

Activity ideas: Mt. Tarawera Scenic Flight by Floatplane
Mt. Tarawera Scenic Flight by Floatplane

Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886 creating an 8km long volcanic rift along its summit the magnitude of which is only fully appreciated when viewed from above. From Lake Rotorua over the Crater Lakes District. Fly over Mt.Tarawera’s Crater Rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the 1886 eruption. Continue south past the Steaming Cliffs and the hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Return to Rotorua over the Blue and Green Lakes, the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotorua City. More »

Activity ideas: Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight
Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight

View the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook from above on this 55 minute scenic flight. See the incredible scenery surrounding New Zealand's tallest peak, including hanging glaciers, calved icebergs, rivers of ice, the forests of the West Coast and the renowned Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. You’ll also land on the glacier itself -  a truly unique experience. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Flight
Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Flight

Take in the spectacular Southern Alps - including New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki Mount Cook - and the constantly changing glacial landscape. See the Hochstetter Icefall as you fly beneath the face of Mount Cook then along the length of the Tasman glacier before landing on the glacier itself. Experience the silence of the mountains, broken only by the rumbling of an avalanche and creaking of the snow and ice beneath your feet. You’ll take off again for another incredible flight over peaks, ice falls, alpine lakes and climbing huts.
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Activity ideas: Cape Reinga Scenic Aeroplane Flight & Guided Tour
Cape Reinga Scenic Aeroplane Flight & Guided Tour

Today experience the beauty of the North from both air and land. Take a spectacular scenic flight to Cape Reinga over Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour as well as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and Ninety Mile Beach. The tour also includes a visit to the Cape Reinga lighthouse, and the option to slide down giant sand dunes on sleds. More »

Activity ideas: Grand Circle Scenic Ski Plane Flight
Grand Circle Scenic Ski Plane Flight

On this flight you’ll have the chance to experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in New Zealand. View Mount Cook, Westland, Mt Tasman as well as the Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman Glaciers. First traverse the southern alps to the West Coast  then Track North along the Tasman Sea before re-crossing the alps to the Tasman Glacier. If the weather conditions are right, you’ll also experience a glacier landing before taking a final loop through the mountains. More »

Activity ideas: Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise

Breathtaking, magnificent and truly spectacular, a Milford Sound Heli Tour is a must do when visiting New Zealand. Descend through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound where you'll join an informative cruise on the fiord itself. The unique character of Milford Sound is due to the huge volume of rainfall this region receives - resulting in a surreal world of moss, rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You'll cruise the waterways carved by glaciers all the way to the wild west coast. On your return flight to Queenstown experience an alpine landing where you can step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people. More »

Activity ideas: Mount Tarawera Fly Drive Combo by Floatplane
Mount Tarawera Fly Drive Combo by Floatplane

Combine the experience of a 4WD walking tour on Mount Tarawera by Kaitiaki Adventures, with the thrill of departing from the remote shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu by Floatplane. Enjoy a spectacular aerial overview of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Mount Tarawera and our hidden lakes district. This stunning flight completes the Tarawera experience and returns you to your departure point on the shores of Lake Rotorua at our downtown city floatplane pier. More »

Activity ideas: The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Lake Tekapo
The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Lake Tekapo

The flight of a lifetime, the "Grand Traverse" is a spectacular scenic flight seeing experience allowing you to explore the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand's most memorable and spectacular scenery. The contrast of colours is beautiful with the turquoise glacial lake against the tussock covered sheep stations. Your journey will bring you over Aoraki Mt Cook National park where you view New Zealand's longest glacier, The Tasman. From there you cross the main divide into the Westland National Park encompassing the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which spill down to the rainforests of the west coast. Their large and varied fleet especially selected for New Zealand air tour sightseeing ensures that every passenger has a window seat and all aircraft have wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied. Approximately 50 minutes flight time. Allow for 1 hour total duration. More »

Activity ideas: Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Thermal Explorer by Floatplane
Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Thermal Explorer by Floatplane

On this spectacular scenic flight you'll take a floatplane over the Crater Lakes District and the volcanic rift of Mt Tarawera. You’ll then continue south via the Waimangu and Waiotapu Thermal Park to land in the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako. Transfer by boat across the lake to explore the hot springs, gushing geysers and natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland before rejoining your aircraft for the return trip to Rotorua.  More »

Activity ideas: Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing
Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing

The premier flight! Experience two of New Zealand’s finest national parks and encounter the gigantic expanse of both the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.  Take in the towering ice formations and top it off with a snow landing and the chance to set foot on snow and breath the clean alpine air.  Along the way, get to see the Tasman Glacier and get close to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.  Duration of helicopter flight is 40 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Mountain High Scenic Helicopter Flight
Mountain High Scenic Helicopter Flight

The premier flight over this amazing alpine region with vast snowfields, glaciers and a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Land high above glaciers and experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains. Traverse the Southern Alps to view the mighty Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as they journey slowly down towards the native rainforests and the Tasman Sea on the rugged West Coast. More »

Activity ideas: Earnslaw Burn Scenic Helicopter Flight
Earnslaw Burn Scenic Helicopter Flight

This is the top pick from the Heliworks team. Lift off from Heliworks for a flight across the Richardson Mountains; fly over schist covered slopes and views of historical gold mining sites on your way to this exclusive landing site. Just after the Dart and Rees rivers meet near Lake Wakatipu you will see Mt Earnslaw (also known by its Maori name of Pikirakatahi) with the Earnslaw Glacier its crowning glory! Fly along the valley before the breath-taking vista of cascading waterfalls and the hanging glacier opens up before you. Enjoy a landing at this magnificent spot; explore the valley with the Earnslaw Glacier towering above you and an astounding number of waterfalls spilling down the valley walls. Return to Heliworks with views of Coronet Peak and Queenstown itself. Trip Duration is 1 hour. More »

Activity ideas: Twin Glacier helicopter flight
Twin Glacier helicopter flight

Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers - Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Discover up close their neve and unusual ice formations - landing on the snowfields is a highlight and will make for superb photos, snowballs and memories. A 30 minute flight with snow landing. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Aeroplane Flight and Cruise
Milford Sound Scenic Aeroplane Flight and Cruise

The pinnacle of scenic flights in New Zealand. Enjoy the stunning contrast from Lake Wanaka to magnificent Milford Sound with alpine highlights en route, including Mount Aspiring and Glaciers, Olivine Ice Plateau, lush rain forest and the world famous 580 metre high Sutherland Falls. Your boat cruise is intimate and relaxing on the smaller, personalised Mitre Peak Cruises. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Encounter Scenic Helicopter Flight
Glacier Encounter Scenic Helicopter Flight

Experience a glacier landing in this stunning mountain environment. Enjoy a scenic 25 minute flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake; pass by the Horchstetter Icefall before landing on the blue ice and moraine rocks of the Tasman Glacier. Encounter the incredible vistas of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, with scenery beyond expectation! More »

Activity ideas: White Island and Mt Tarawera Floatplane Adventure
White Island and Mt Tarawera Floatplane Adventure

This captivating tour combines aerial views of the region’s most renowned scenic highlights from above with the romance of a floatplane flight where you’ll land and take off from the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. Experience the beauty of the lakes district, the peaks and craters of Mount Tarawera and a flight over New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano “White Island”.  This flight of approximately 1 hour 25 minutes in duration takes in aerial views of the wider Bay of Plenty and in addition to these renowned highlights you will see contrasting landscapes including national parks, fertile farming plains and hill country sheep and beef stations.  Combined with informed and interesting commentary’s this is a fantastic way to overview the Bay of Plenty where time is limited. There is no question that this tour offers exceptional scenic value but also has the added thrill of landing and taking off from the lake in a floatplane this is definitely an experience not to be missed. More »

Activity ideas: Neve Discoverer Scenic Helicopter Flight
Neve Discoverer Scenic Helicopter Flight

The perfect opportunity to get up close to the glaciers and touch snow. You'll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier and experience the solitude of a landing in this natural alpine wonderland. Duration - 20 Minutes More »

Activity ideas: The Tasman Glacier Experience Scenic Heli Flight
The Tasman Glacier Experience Scenic Heli Flight

No Trip to New Zealand is complete without seeing Aoraki/ Mt Cook. This 35 minute flight takes in the magnificent scenery of the National Park with vast views of this spectacular region. Enjoy a glacier landing and experience this Alpine environment with 600 metres of glacier ice beneath your feet, an unforgettable experience. More »

Activity ideas: Ultimate Paradise Picnic Scenic Helicopter Flight
Ultimate Paradise Picnic Scenic Helicopter Flight

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Queenstown, as you are flown to a beautiful location on Cecil Peak for a gourmet picnic accompanied by wine or bubbles. The perfect opportunity to indulge! More »

Activity ideas: The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Franz Josef
The Grand Traverse Scenic Flight by Aeroplane - Franz Josef

The flight of a lifetime, the "Grand Traverse" is a spectacular scenic flight seeing experience allowing you to explore the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand's most memorable and spectacular scenery. The contrast of colours is beautiful with the turquoise glacial lake against the tussock covered sheep stations. Your journey will bring you over Aoraki Mt Cook National park where you view New Zealand's longest glacier, The Tasman. From there you cross the main divide into the Westland National Park encompassing the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which spill down to the rainforests of the west coast. Their large and varied fleet especially selected for New Zealand air tour sightseeing ensures that every passenger has a window seat and all aircraft have wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied. Approximately 50 minutes flight time. Allow for 1 hour total duration. More »

Activity ideas: Hole in the Rock helicopter flight
Hole in the Rock helicopter flight

This 20 minute scenic flight departs from Paihia and flies over Russell, through the spectacular Bay of Islands and out to the famous Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. The helicopter departs from Salt Airs heli-pad in central Paihia adjacent to the Paihia wharf and maritime area. More »

Activity ideas: Mini Tasman Scenic Ski Plane Flight
Mini Tasman Scenic Ski Plane Flight

See the best of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park including the magnificent Tasman Glacier and Hochstetter Ice fall. This flight does not land on the glacier. More »

Activity ideas: Mt Aspiring and Glaciers Scenic Flight by Aeroplane
Mt Aspiring and Glaciers Scenic Flight by Aeroplane

Close up views of Mount Aspiring and glaciers. Known as the "Matterhorn of the South", Aspiring is one of our most graceful and striking peaks, standing above the backbone of the Southern Alps. Discover huge glaciers that terminate abruptly into steep icefalls above the native beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park.  With the vast amount of local knowledge offered by your pilot you will enjoy a very memorable adventure into one of the most glorious parts of the world.   Your aircraft are the well-appointed Cessna aircraft, with high wings for uninterrupted views.  All passengers have window seats with and individual two-way headsets to receive an informative in-flight commentary. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound and Fiordland Grand Circle Scenic Helicopter Flight
Milford Sound and Fiordland Grand Circle Scenic Helicopter Flight

Milford Sound is probably the most sought after destination in NZ, and sometimes acclaimed as 'The 8th wonder of the World'. Milford and Fiordland's mountains rise vertically up out of the sea to a height more than anywhere else in the world. This 3 hour trip will take you over the pristine clear blue waters of Lake Wanaka, up wide braided rivers that drain the Southern Alps snow melt, to mighty Mt. Aspiring. After crossing numerous glaciers valleys, alpine lakes and mountain ranges you fly along the rugged West Coast beaches, seeing seal colonies and bird life in their natural habitat before entering the mouth of Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea. Fly the whole length of the Sound to land at Milford Aerodrome. After a short look around and bush walk you fly deeper into Fiordland to see the impressive World’s 5th highest water fall, the Sutherland Falls. From here you fly back to Wanaka through more of remote Fiordland via Lake Wakatipu, and over the gold rich Shotover River. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight
Milford Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight

As you make your way toward the spectacular Milford Sound along the Southern Alps expect the landscape below to change rapidly. From the alpine features of Mount Aspiring National Park you will fly over the Shotover Valley and Lake Lochnagar out to the Tasman Sea on the West Coast and Fiordland National Park where a plethora of breathtaking views, cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and wildlife await. Alpine landings are included in this trip. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Experience Scenic Helicopter Flight
Glacier Experience Scenic Helicopter Flight

See dramatic views of majestic Southern Alps and Aspiring National Park. Discover the ancient icefalls of glaciers before an alpine snow landing.  Stand in snow surrounded by  stunning mountain peaks. See lake Wakatipu's mysterious northern shores, bush covered valleys, unparalleled views of Mount Aspiring and the mighty Rees and Dart River valleys.  Flight duration is 50 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing
Mountain Scenic Spectacular Heli Flight & Glacier Landing

The premier flight over this amazing alpine region with vast snowfields, glaciers and a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Land high above glaciers and experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains. More »

Activity ideas: Coastal Discovery Helicopter Flight
Coastal Discovery Helicopter Flight

Explore a little more of the coastline surrounding the Bay of Islands region on this 30 minute flight. Fly north via the picturesque Kerikeri Inlet, to the Cavalli Islands, before wandering down the coast over Matauri Bay, Takou Bay, Tapuataehi Bay, Purerua Peninsula and over the inner and outer Bay of Islands before landing back on the Paihia waterfront. More »

Activity ideas: Fox Glacier and Mt Cook Scenic Heli Flight & Snow Landing
Fox Glacier and Mt Cook Scenic Heli Flight & Snow Landing

Soar above Fox village and head to the stunning Fox Glacier.  Take in the majesty of the longest West Coast Glacier before landing in the snowfield at the top for the most stunning scenery and that perfect holiday photo.  Then explore the west face of Aoraki/Mt Cook before descending into the valleys and returning to Fox.  The duration of this flight is 30 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Aoraki Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight
Aoraki Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight

This 45 minute flight takes you on a journey to discover Aoraki/ Mt Cook National park. Flying the full length of the Tasman Glacier viewing this incredible Alpine region with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki Mt Cook before landing on the magnificent Tasman Glacier. This majestic flight allows you to discover some of the many hidden treasures within the National Park. “An experience with the X Factor”. More »

Activity ideas: Queenstown Essential Scenic Helicopter Flight
Queenstown Essential Scenic Helicopter Flight

Lift off across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak and enjoy a landing with spectacular views of Queenstown and the Wakatipu, your helicopter will shut down here so you can enjoy this spectacular vista uninterrupted. Continue your flight past Queenstown itself and over Ben Lomond into Moonlight Creek and the famous Skippers Canyon. This area is steeped in the rich history of mining; see the renowned Shotover River winding beneath you through the steep canyon walls as your pilot points out some of the sites and settlements remaining from the gold rush. Returning to the Heliworks base flying past Coronet Peak, with views of the skifield and the Wakatipu basin. Trip duration is 45 minutes. More »

Activity ideas: Crater Lakes Scenic Helicopter Flight
Crater Lakes Scenic Helicopter Flight

The Volcanic Air crater lakes flight offers amazing views of Rotorua's hidden lakes district from above. Departing the city lakefront helipad you'll climb eastbound to view the lakes of Tikitapu (Blue Lake) , Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Okareka, Tarawera and Okataina. These stunning crater lakes are surrounded by native forests and pastoral lands, hidden from the city by our volcanic terrain only an aerial perspective reveals the true beauty of this region. Returning to the Lakefront your descent takes you across the shores of the Lake Rotorua offering views of the city prior to landing. More »

Activity ideas: Milford Sound Scenic Flight
Milford Sound Scenic Flight

Journey through New Zealand's most dramatic scenery.  This captivating flight takes you over alpine lakes, lush rainforest and past rugged peaks. Experience the grandeur of the Southern Alps en-route and land at The Divide.  Fly into the heart of Fiordland National Park experiencing unparalleled views of world famous Milford Sound and Mitre Peak before landing. Returning, experience an alpine snow landing before returning to Queenstown. More »

Activity ideas: Tiger Moth Classic Flights
Tiger Moth Classic Flights

Take a scenic flight around Wanaka in a vintage aircraft and experience the excitement of the early flyers and their flying machines. Don the old-style leather flying helmet, complete with flying goggles and silk scarf and experience the exhilaration of the open cockpit and the wind in your face. More »

Activity ideas: Glacier Heli-Lake Combo
Glacier Heli-Lake Combo

Glacier Explorers and Heliworks have created this excursion to showcase the very best that Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park as to offer. Discover ice bergs of every shape and size to landing on the Tasman Glacier with 600 meters of glacier ice beneath your feet. An experience that delivers! More »

Activity ideas: Milford Track Heli Hike
Milford Track Heli Hike

On this exclusive product you will see the best that Milford Sound has to offer. Fly from Queenstown airport over the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River heading towards Glenorchy and the head of Lake Wakatipu. Fly over Lake McKerrow taking in the grandeur of the Southern Alps, flying deep into the heart of the Fiordland National Park. Sweep the length of Milford Sound where you can take in unparalleled views of the world famous Mitre Peak before landing at Milford Sound Airport. You will meet your private guide for the day, walk into the halfway point of the Milford Track and enjoy a 2 hour cruise on the sound. On your return flight back to Queenstown, you will land a beautiful Lake Quill for a glass of champagne and a cheese platter. More »

Activity ideas: Auckland Seaplanes Waiheke Island transfer
Auckland Seaplanes Waiheke Island transfer

Enjoy a short scenic flight over the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island  aboard a de Havilland Beaver floatplane. Land in one of many locations around the island. More »