In the menu on the left I have created a collection of "themed" itineraries to help you with your planning if you are not sure how many days to come for. There are also more itineraries available under "Suggested Itineraries" button if the number of days you have here are limited. You are welcome to use this information for planning your own trip, or please email me if you would like me to create a personalized itinerary for you.
The following is my personal list of highlights I consider as a "must do" while you’re here. If you need help in planning your perfect holiday please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will then also make the reservations for accommodation, excursion and vehicle hire for you, at very competitive rates, saving you not only time but money as well. Having local knowledge is invaluable in creating the perfect itinerary. Also visit my Great Excursions and Great Walks pages under the Practical Info tab if you require more inspiration!
1. Discover the ‘birthplace of the nation’ at Waitangi, where the Treaty with the Maori was signed. While there take a cruise around the Bay of Islands, swim with the dolphins, or take a day-trip up Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga.
2. Admire the view, do the Skywalk, bungee jump from the tower or just have dinner in the revolving restaurant at Auckland’s Sky Tower.
3. Auckland’s wild West Coast is, well - wild. Lush bush, deserted beaches and countless waterfalls await you only half an hour from Downtown. The gannets at Muriwai are a 'must see'.
4. Go Black Water rafting or Glow-worm spotting through Waitomo’s caves, or for the ultimate underground experience try the "Black Labyrinth" or "Black Abyss" extended underground adventures.
5. Cruise to the active volcanic White Island complete with steam vents, boiling mud and spewing craters. Alternatively take a helicopter flight to the top of Mount Tarawera for awesome tectonic views.
6. Rotorua has its own Devils Home, be mesmerized by bubbling mud pools and champagne pools in Wai-o-tapu, try a traditional Hangi feast, take in some Maori culture and ride the luge while you’re there.
7. Walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island’s best walk, as well as being the location of Mount Doom and Mordor.
8. Sea-kayak and walk as much or as little as you like along the Abel Tasman National Park’s golden beaches - the boat can pick you up. Be the first to leave footprints at sunrise at beautiful Wharariki Beach.
9. Tour the vineyards of Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and/or Marlborough enjoying some high class cuisine under the vines accompanied by some world class wines.
10. Go whale spotting, either by boat or from the air along the rugged Kaikoura Coast, before heading inland to the hot springs at Hanmer.
11. Enjoy the amazing contrasts of scenery in the Rangitata River Valley - home of Rohan. Farm-stay on a sheep farm, then explore Narnia and Middle-Earth rolled into one.
12. Play golf on some of the most scenic and serene courses in the world! Several of our courses are on the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in the World’ list. If you are not a member of a club at home, don’t worry, as many of the courses here are open to the public and even hire out golf clubs and carts.
13. Experience the mind blowing scenery of the Coromandel Peninsula, kayak to Cathedral Cove, followed by a soak in a freshly dug hole on Hot Water Beach.
14. See elegant Albatross, lazy Fur Seals, rare Hooker Sea Lions, near extinct Yellow Eyed Penguins and the 160 million year old fossilized forest all in one day in the remote Catlins. Few have the chance to experience the abundant birdlife and beauty on Stewart Island.
15. Walk the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers, or better still take a flight over the top and circle Aoraki, the highest mountain in New Zealand. This magnificent ride will be the highlight of your lifetime.
16. Walk the ‘Rob Roy’ near Wanaka, to the foot of a glacier right on the edge of the rainforest. Central Otago has the bluest skies in the world - the reflections are a photographer's dream.
17. If you’ve ever wanted to try tandem-skydiving or tandem-paragliding, Wanaka is the place to do it.
18. Next door is Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of the World. The list of activities available here is mind-blowing, but as a start you can try bungee jumping, white-water rafting or horse riding, or steam along Lake Wakatipu on TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station for an insight into high country farming.
19. Paradise does exist, in the Dart River Valley. Jet boat to the source and raft back down. Many of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenes were filmed here.
20. Experience the sound of silence on board your boat once the tourists leave Milford Sound – the eighth wonder of the world. Kayak with the dolphins under the many waterfalls.
We know New Zealand – we live here!