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  • Writer's pictureAmazing New Zealand

Discover New Zealand’s Ultimate Excursions

Updated: Jun 8

New Zealand offers an incredible array of day trips and excursions, making it difficult for tourists to choose. Here is a curated list of highly recommended activities:

Experience the Fox Glacier, a monolith of ice descending from the Southern Alps to near the sea. Opt for a heli-hike adventure to explore magnificent ice formations and azure-coloured ice caves.


From Glentanner Park, take a ski plane or helicopter flight over Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring National Park. Combine this with a cruise on Milford Sound for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whanganui River

Drive from Whanganui to Pipiriki and take a jet-boat ride upstream through scenic gorges in Whanganui National Park. Enjoy a bush walk to the Valley of Abandoned Dreams and stay at the remote Bridge to Nowhere Lodge.

Hanmer Connection

Embark on a luxury horse trek from Mt Lyford to Hanmer Springs. Enjoy gourmet meals, hot showers, and thermal springs at the end of each day.

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Explore this colourful wonderland with self-guided walks, featuring pools in orange, green, yellow, blue, and more. Highlights include the Champagne Pool and Devil’s Bath.

Whale Watching

Kaikoura's coast is home to seals, dolphins, and albatrosses, and is famous for whale watching. Observe male sperm whales that dive to depths of 2 km.

Albatross Watching

In Kaikoura, witness hundreds of seabirds and possibly whales and dolphins. The albatrosses are spectacular when seen up close.

Swimming with Dolphins

Discover New Zealand’s Ultimate Excursions

In Akaroa, swim with the rare Hector’s Dolphins or enjoy them from the boat. Akaroa's French heritage adds cultural charm.

Putangirua Pinnacles

Visit the wild southern coast of the North Island, featuring the Pinnacles' unique gravel spires. Enjoy dramatic views and an adventurous walk.

Rangitata River

Explore the scenic glacial valley in the Southern Alps, with opportunities for adventurous trekking and river crossings near the iconic Mount Sunday from "The Lord of the Rings."


Take a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Dart River in Mt Aspiring National Park. Opt for rafting back down on "Funyaks."

Kayak to this beautiful beach within a dramatic coastline. Nearby, enjoy Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pool.

Cruise the stunning fiord in Fiordland National Park, kayak under waterfalls, and experience the majestic Mitre Peak. This area is a World Heritage site known for its primeval landscape.

Whether you're exploring glaciers, flying over mountains, or kayaking with dolphins, New Zealand's excursions offer unforgettable experiences. We plan your trip to include these great activities and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this incredible country!


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