THINGS TO DO IN NEW ZEALAND

Hike the heaphy track

This 80km walking trail showcases New Zealand’s wide-reaching biodiversity with even gradients, broad river bridges and well-maintained, heated huts allowing access to Kahurangi National Park all year round. Ancient beech forests, limestone cliffs and alpine plateaux ensure Heaphy is a haven for hikers as well as birds with cuckoos, kingfishers, kiwis, kakas and Swedish blue ducks all known to inhabit the trail. It takes around five days to complete without having to rush and mountain bikers can expect to do it in half this time, although access on two wheels is restricted to between May and November. Hiking Heaphy in its entirety is fine for those in good health and the five hour drive back to Motueka is the perfect excuse to take in the Buller Gorge without having to walk 80 klicks all over again.
the isolated, Subantarctic islands, halfway between new Zealand and Antarctica, have been granted the highest conservation protection possible.

Exceptional bird watching

On these remote specks of land, albatross, penguins and shearwaters can be found in their thousands alongside petrels, terns and teals. Grab your binoculars and botany book before boarding a research vessel and sailing to the Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands, to name but a few of the locations that you’ll encounter on an absolutely exceptional bird watching cruise.

Go geothermal

Just 30km south of Rotorua, these are a must for travellers wishing to get up close to some incredibly surreal, and safe, volcanic activity. Well-designed tracks and an excellent visitor centre enhance the experience with regular talks and natural displays helping to put New Zealand’s proximity within the Pacific Ring of Fire completely into context.
the sacred maori waters of waiotapu on north island are alive with gushing geysers and spluttering mud pools.

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This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
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Get your grape on

New Zealand’s wine industry is world-renowned, with flagship regions such as Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago now a regular sight on supermarket shelves. Climate, soil and mastery of the grape are in perfect symmetry here, so tasting your way around a handful of vineyards is a dreamy way to spend a day. Hawke’s Bay on North Island is a good place to whet your appetite. Some 80% of New Zealand’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes originate here, and there is an exquisite range of Chardonnays and reds to be discovered, and paired with gourmet cheeses too, might we suggest?
Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Curioso] [The Heaphy Track: Department of Conservation] [Rotorua: Beau Giles] [Vineyard: j.e.mcgowan]
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