Mount Cook, New Zealand

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New Zealand is made up of two Islands - South and North. The South Island is lined with exquisite mountain ranges, glaciers, and lush forestry while the North is renowned for its breathtaking coastlines, geothermal treasures, and remarkable glow worm caves.

Below is just a sample of some of the great places and activities we can include in your uniquely created itinerary.

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North Island

Hobbiton Movie Set

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Your guided tour starts with a drive through our picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be.

South Island

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound sees fewer visitors, however, those who make the trip will be glad they did! Doubtful Sound stretches 40 kilometres and is the deepest of the New Zealand fiords, plummeting an incredible 421 meters. Its deep blue waters are home to an abundance of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, penguins and fur seals – and who could blame them? It is a beautiful and pristine ecosystem to call home. With no direct road access, Doubtful Sound is a secluded gem. Visitors will cruise across Lake Manapouri and then drive over Wilmot Pass to get there. When you reach your destination, you’ll understand why it has been dubbed the ‘Sound of Silence’. Glide past curtains of water spilling into the indigo pools and soak up the serenity as nature turns it on at Doubtful Sound.

North Island

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise, charter a yacht or hire a sea kayak. Once you’re around Tapeka Point - just north of Russell - you’ll enter a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more.

South Island

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Extensive complex with naturally heated thermal mineral waters in 15 outdoor pools, freshwater pools and activity areas including waterslides. Nominee World Luxury Spa Awards 2019. Winner in the 2006, 2005 and 2004 New Zealand Tourism Awards and ASPA. Situated only 90 minutes drive from Christchurch or Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is an extensive thermal complex in an alpine environment with large native gardens. The complex offers thermal mineral, sulphur and freshwater pools, as well as a large children's activity area. Private thermal pools, sauna and steam rooms available, with licensed cafe on site also.

South Island

Arthur's Pass

The eastern side of Arthur's Pass National Park is characterised by wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast beech forests. The western side of the park, where wet weather is more common than dry, has deeply gorged rivers flowing through dense rainforest. Down the middle of 'the great divide' is an alpine dreamland of snow-covered peaks, glaciers and scree slopes.

North Island

Whakarewarewa

Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is the Living Maori Thermal Village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour and discover the wonders of Mother Nature and learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique environment. Sit back and relax at our twice daily Maori Cultural Performances while we entertain you through song and dance. Interact with local Artists and learn how to make your own Harakeke (flax) treasure with our professional weaver, or have a private session with our residential Taa Moko (Maori tattoo) Artist to produce your very own design set on an A4 laminated sheet.

North Island

Polynesian Spa

Channelling geothermal marvels in its backyard, the 27 mineral pools at Polynesian Spa are fed from two natural springs for a combination that both nourishes the skin and relieves tired muscles, aches and pains. Specialising in a range of health and wellness treatments, Polynesian Spa has a decadent spa therapy menu. From Aix spa therapies to body wraps, massage and facials, Polynesian Spa is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature’s gift.

North Island

Waitomo Caves

Rocky outcrops are the first sign that another world awaits below Waitomo, but the big reveal is almost beyond belief. This amazing maze of limestone caves – lined with stalagmites, stalactites, and galaxies of glowworms – can be explored on a guided walk or boat tour, or a thrilling Black Water Rafting trip through subterranean waterways.

North Island

Te Puia

Situated in Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors. Our tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends for generations and many of our guides have direct links to Rotorua’s earliest hosts. We share stories and insight into this unique corner of the world. Along with access to the world famous Pohutu geyser, visitors have an opportunity to see Māori cultural performances, live kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. These are the threads that form the fabric of Te Puia, fitting its role as kaitiaki (guardian) of Māori culture for future generations.

North Island

Cathedral Cove

From beautiful Hahei Beach on The Coromandel you can walk to Cathedral Cove, arguably one of the most picturesque spots in The Coromandel where a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention. From the north end of the beach, a one hour walking track leads along the cliff top and then descends to the Cove. Here a gigantic arched cavern passes through a white rock headland to join two secluded coves. The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. The beach is sandy with shady pohutukawa trees along the foreshore - a perfect place for a picnic and a swim.

South Island

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Situated between Taupo & Rotorua on the banks of the Waikato River (Lake Ohakuri) lies The Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. Off the beaten tourist track it is at once breath-taking in its beauty, and yet spine – chilling in the might of its unbridled subterranean power. Orakei Korako is reached by a short ferry trip over the tranquil Lake Ohakuri.

South Island

Franz Josef Glacier

The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a 1.5 hour walk will take you to within 750m of its terminal face. If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a guided ice walk or a heli-hike. Aerial sightseeing is another option. There's a range of natural attractions in close proximity to Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lose yourself in the rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes.

South Island

TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine is a fantastically scenic rail train which journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth. From the comfort of our carriages, see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. Enjoy all this in the comfort of our carriages featuring huge panoramic windows, an on board licensed café with a range of delicious Kiwi flavours, and GPS triggered at-seat audio commentary.

South Island

Bungy

In the 1980’s, a couple of young kiwis, AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, set up New Zealand's first commercial bungy jumping operation, with a jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. Since then, New Zealand has become the home of bungy, with numerous other operators starting up. The Nevis bungy is the highest and involves an incredible 134-metre plunge. You can also take a leap off the Auckland Harbour Bridge against the backdrop of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.

South Island

Fox Glacier

Tucked into the forested foothills of the Southern Alps, the cosy township of Fox Glacier is geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights. To see the glacier, you can walk to the terminal face, arrange an ice-hiking adventure or book a sightseeing flight. There are glow worm caves just a short walk from the town centre, which offers a good choice of cafes and restaurants. Close to Fox Glacier is beautiful Lake Matheson, one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. On a clear day it reflects Mount Cook.

North Island

Hot Water Beach

Naturally heated mineral water bubbles up from deep within the earth to emerge through golden sand at the appropriately named Hot Water Beach Near the rocks at the southern end of the beach you can dig your own spa pool in the sand. Dig up to two hours either side of low tide – that's when the tide is low enough to expose the area of sand with hot water underneath. It's a strange but very pleasant feeling to be lying in a pool of hot water just metres from the refreshing sea.

North Island

Tamaki Maori Village

Experience the warmth of Maori Culture with an evening at Tamaki Maori Village. Your journey begins with your driver/guide, who will lead you back to pre-European times with stories, history and protocols in preparation for the ceremonies to follow. After a powerful welcome ceremony, explore our interactive, pre-European Maori Village beneath the canopy of an ancient Tawa Forest. Let us share our impressive song and dance before indulging in a delicious traditional Hangi feast, cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.

South Island

Lake Tekapo

Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing. Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.

South Island

Kaikoura

Kaikoura, on the east coast of the South Island, is one of the only places in the world where you can easily see sperm whales. Sperm whales, the largest of the toothed whales, grow to over 15 metres in length. They dive deep into the ocean to feed. The resident population of sperm whales at Kaikoura can be seen all year round. Orca (killer whales) may be seen from December to March, and humpback whales in June and July. Several dolphin species are seen almost daily in the area.

South Island

Shotover Jet

World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360° spins.

North Island

Mitai Maori Village

Mitai Maori Village offers you an authentic introduction to the Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Witness warriors in traditional attire paddling in an ancient warrior canoe, view glow worms in their natural habitat and marvel at the sacred freshwater spring. View your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art).

South Island

Agrodome

The world-famous Agrodome Farm Show is a fun and interactive experience for the whole family. You’ll hear amazing facts as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep and witness a live sheep shearing demonstration. Jump up on stage for the opportunity to hand-milk a cow or feed baby lambs! Plus, if you really want to explore the Agrodome 350-acre working farm then join our Farm Tour. During this guided tour, you'll get to hand-feed loads of friendly animals and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land.

South Island

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense - with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky. According to Ngai Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.

South Island

Milford Sound

The most popular of the fiords, Milford Sound snakes approximately 16 kilometres to the Tasman Sea. It draws crowds from around the world with its tumbling waterfalls and towering peaks. Being one of the wettest places in the world, it nurtures lush foliage that clings to the rock facades and decorates the mountainsides. The weather is no deterrent, instead the rainfall serves the waterways and flora that makes Milford Sound so attractive. Being the only fiord in New Zealand accessible by road, the trip out to Milford Sound has plenty of bragging rights of its own. Milford Road graces visitors with stunning mountain passes and panoramic views that never fail to impress.

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