New Zealand Tours | Top 10 Summer Spots
Long lazy days and warm clear nights are the hallmark of a New Zealand summer vacation. If you're looking for places to visit, New Zealand has it all for this season.
With its beautiful scenery, friendly people and mild climate, this country is the perfect choice for the sunny season. Whether you're a lie-on-the-beach kind of person or a hike-the-volcano type, New Zealand has it all. So we’ve put together a snapshot of our favorite destinations to tempt you to our shores.
Bay of Islands
You could be forgiven for thinking you're somewhere in the tropics when you arrive in this seaside destination. Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this slice of paradise ticks all the boxes.
Home to some of the most spectacular beaches in New Zealand including Hot Water beach and Cathedral Cove, Coromandel is a popular vacation choice for locals. With an interior cloaked in native rainforest and acres of white sandy shores, it is unspoiled, relaxed and has a unique kiwi charm.
With its globally renowned coastal track, secluded beaches and imposing granite cliffs, Abel Tasman is the perfect mix of civilization and wilderness. Choose to stay at one of its many luxury lodges, or camp out under the stars.
Just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island is a veritable paradise of vineyards, olive groves and beaches. The island also boasts gourmet cafes as well as several craft boutiques and art galleries.
For those that love food, wine and wild surf, Gisborne is the ultimate summer destination. Globally renowned as the first place in the world to see the sunrise, Gisborne has an extensive wine trail and many beautiful beaches. It is home to Kaiti beach, the site where Captain Cook first discovered New Zealand, and a strong Maori culture.
Although traditionally a winter destination, Queenstown is also incredible in the summer. Parked on the shores of Lake Wakatipu this small alpine town is nestled below soaring vistas of The Remarkables Mountain Range and renowned for its adrenaline inducing activities.
Possibly the most well-known stretch of beach in New Zealand, Golden Bay is tucked into the South Island's Northwest corner and guarded by steep rugged mountains. A region of endless variety including golden beaches, bush-clad valleys and tranquil, rivers share close proximity with the sea - making for an idyllic relaxing getaway.
A relaxed beachside town, ‘The Mount’ (as it is colloquially known) occupies a peninsula at the southern end of the Tauranga harbor. With a unique cafe culture and a white sandy shoreline stretching as far as the eye can see, you won't be jostling for space no matter how busy the day.
Located in one of the world’s most active volcanic regions, Rotorua is surrounded by hot springs, steaming geysers and boiling mud pools. Although not traditionally a place you would think to spend a New Zealand summer vacation, Rotorua is home to a spectacular lake as well as the oldest mountain biking network in the country - Whakarewarewa Forest.
With is Mediterranean climate and art deco style, Hawke's Bay is a popular place to visit at any time of the year - but particularly so in the summer. As the nation's first wine making region, a visit to one of its 30 wineries is a must, along with a tractor ride to view the largest mainland gannet colony in the world, located at Cape Kidnappers.