New Zealand holiday, land and sea tour
Description of New Zealand holiday, land and sea tour
This New Zealand holiday, land and sea tour, takes you from Auckland on the North Island, right down to Queenstown on the South Island. Explore this small countryís hugely diverse landscapes and geology, from glaciers and sandy beaches, to volcanoes and geysers, discovering its wealth of contrasting scenery and how it has been formed over millennia.
In the North Island, youíll find unique landscapes formed by geothermal activity. On Rangitoto Island and Tongariro National Park discover solid lava flows and take a boat out to White Island, New Zealandís only live marine volcano. See the bubbling mud and spouting Lady Knox geyser in Rotorua and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Taupo, the countryís largest lake, created by a volcanic eruption thousands of years back.
A ferry ride takes you over to the South Island, where youíll follow the west coast, seeing a landscape shaped by hundreds of years of glacial and water erosion. This is a self drive trip and youíll be driving along beautiful roads, through impressive valleys including the Buller Gorge and the Haast Past, with free days for hiking and exploring on foot in beautiful places such as the Abel Tasman National Park. See how the rough Tasman Sea has battered and shaped the coast in Punakaiki and then travel inland to visit the twin glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox. The trips winds up with an overnight boat trip on Doubtful Sound, a dramatic fjord formed by a glacier and boasting some of the most beautiful scenery in this impressive country.
To be sure of enjoying all the activities included in this itinerary, itís best to avoid New Zealand during the winter months of June, July and August. Late spring and summer are wonderful here ĖNovember until the end of April. February can be busy with visitors, but the weatherís great.
1 Reviews of New Zealand holiday, land and sea tour
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2019 by Geraldine Lee
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Taking a helicopter at Milford sound, and landing on a glacier! Everything was awesome, New Zealand is simply spectacular with heaps of exciting adventure
sports and activities for the whole family.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Another truly unforgettable holiday, well planned by the good people at Responsible Travel. Would be a challenge to do better for our next holiday!
Planet and peopleGreen Globe 21: Several of the properties and excursions mentioned in this itinerary are members of Green Globe 21, the worldwide benchmarking and certification programme which facilitates sustainable travel and tourism for consumers, companies and communities. It is based on Agenda 21 and Principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 governments at the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.
Accommodation: In general, New Zealand is a very environmentally friendly country, but certain properties have excelled in their eco-friendly approach. The Langham Hotel in Auckland achieved Green Globe 21 accreditation in 2007 and has more recently won a Green Globe Sustainability Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards. Chalet Eiger in Taupo is also Green Globe accredited, as is Remarkable Lodge in Queenstown, both being very much committed to further improving their environmental practices.
New Zealand excels in its small, family-run bed and breakfast properties, where visitors experience true kiwi hospitality as well as often learning more about the area they are staying in and meeting the people who live there. This itinerary includes a variety of such properties, many of which are buildings of historic interest and are in stunning locations, a wonderful contrast to the impersonal, international hotel chains.
Excursions: By carefully choosing which operators we recommend in New Zealand, visitors can get up close to the scenery and wildlife in its natural environment without causing any disturbance. All of our suppliers are committed to the environment and some in particular have excellent environmental policies.
White Island tours achieved Green Globe certification in 2007 and are committed to ensuring their tours have a minimal impact on the environment. They offer visitors the opportunity to see New Zealandís only live marine volcano as well as observing other aspects of the natural environment and local wildlife.
Real Journeys won the Conservation in Action award at the New Zealand tourism in 2007 and has a very strong conservation ethos. They support a number of ongoing conservation projects in the areas in which they operate and are actively committed to best environmental practice. Staff and visitors are encouraged to get involved in conservation initiatives where possible and they have on-board naturalists and geologist on the cruises so that guest have the maximum opportunity to learn more about the local environment.
Local Culture: The Maori heritage is an inherent part of New Zealand life, and there are countless opportunities to experience Maori traditions, crafts, food and dance. Wairakei Terraces in Taupo is locally owned and uses local Maori guides, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Maori cultural heritage and learn about the lives of the local people, their activities and their land. As a relatively small operation it offers a much more personal and authentic experience.
We also highly recommend a visit to the excellent Te Papa museum which has a comprehensive range of information in the form of displays, performances and interactive activities about the history of New Zealand culture and environment.
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