From cruising the magical fjords of Milford Sound to sipping award-winning wines in stunning vineyards, New Zealand has a diverse variety of unforgettable activities, all in one amazing country. Here's a list of 10 "Must-Dos" to check off your list when planning your vacation. Once you experience the magic of New Zealand, you'll never forget it.
Discover Milford Sound
Milford Sound’s remarkable natural environment features dramatic fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. Depart from Queenstown or Te Anau and enjoy an afternoon cruise or even sleep under the stars for an unforgettable boat ride. Flightseeing and sea kayaking are two other ways to immerse yourself in this “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
Wine Tasting on Waiheke Island
Just a forty minute scenic ferry ride from downtown Auckland lands you on beautiful Waiheke Island, home to a magical blend of vineyards and olive groves, native forest, beaches, art studios and funky cafés. Spend a relaxing afternoon sipping and swirling New Zealand’s finest wines while enjoying beach views.
Whale Watching in Kaikoura
The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is 2 hours north of Christchurch, and one of the only places in the world you can easily see magnificent sperm whales. Meet these giant creatures up close and personal. Your boat ride will also be surrounded by friendly dolphins and fur seals, with a backdrop of stunning mountains.
Meet the Locals
Soak up Maori culture and hospitality in Rotorua, the cultural heart of New Zealand. Visit an authentic pre-European Maori village, learn carving or weaving from master artists, sample contemporary food cooked using traditional methods, or participate in Maori singing and cultural shows. After a delicious ‘hangi’ feast, the thermal hot pools will be calling.
Scenic Flight through the Southern Alps
There’s no better way to experience the mountainous peaks, glaciers, and lakes of the Southern Alps than by taking a breathtaking flight from Queenstown. It’s easy to book your dream day in the sky with plenty of tours available. Land for a secluded picnic lunch or sip champagne in a chopper. Anything’s possible!
Visit an Authentic Working Farm
From downtown Queenstown, hop on a 30 minute vintage steamboat across Lake Wakatipu. Local farmers and their woolly friends will greet you at Walter Peak High Country Farm for an afternoon walking tour of the farmyard. Participate in numerous activities like sheep shearing, wool spinning and enjoy a good old fashioned Kiwi BBQ. There are accessible wildlife experiences throughout the entire country.
Explore Geothermal Phenomena
Geysers, boiling mud pools, and huge volcanic craters are the backdrop in Rotorua, where nature's forces escape by bubbling, steaming and hissing from the inner earth. Indulge in a thermal pool spa therapy or take a walking tour to discover the sights and wonders of this mysterious city that sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Sailing on Auckland Harbor
From central Auckland, you can be on the water in a matter of minutes. Experience the thrill of sailing a genuine America's Cup racing yacht, or just sit back and enjoy a dinner cruise on a classic yacht. There are plenty of options on these sparkling waters, so experience what the ‘City of Sails’ is known for!
Dart River Adventure
Jet boat or kayak through rugged, breathtaking mountains on the crystal clear waters of the Dart River. These are just two of the many outdoor adventure activities around Queenstown. So whatever type of adventure you’re looking for, whatever comfort level, you will find it here.
Taste your Way through the Country
New Zealand's food and wine experiences are as spectacular as the scenery. Pull off the road at Nin's Bin original crayfish caravan on Kaikoura's coast for a beach picnic. Or stroll through one of the 50 farmers’ markets. The country's diverse landscape yields a smorgasbord of growing conditions for fresh-grown fruits, vegetables, and of course the grapes for our world renowned wines.