With two islands to choose from, there are an endless array of things to do in New Zealand. Ranging from adventure activities to recreational and sporting pursuits, the North and South Islands offer plenty of ways to stay active. Of course if you prefer something a bit more relaxing, New Zealand is known for its spectacular natural beauty and there are some memorable ways to see it including wildlife encounters, food and wine tours and leisurely walking trails. New Zealand's unique and enduring Maori culture is also a big drawcard to this diverse holiday destination and one of the most popular things to do in New Zealand is to explore the native arts and culture of this sacred heartland.
From cruising the glorious Milford Sound to soaring above the majestic Mount Cook, New Zealand has a range of tours and activities to suit every kind of traveller. Best of all, these New Zealand tours allow you to experience the countries top attractions, while taking in the stunning landscapes. Whether you're seeking an action packed holiday full of extreme sports and adventure, or find bliss in exploring the picturesque natural beauty, there's an ideal New Zealand tour for you.
Famous as a leisure and adventure playground, Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's greatest four season alpine and lake resort. Although it is a popular holiday destination year-round, it springs to life in winter with the start of the snow season. Queenstown has a reputation for offering the best skiing and snowboarding in the whole of New Zealand. There are also a great range of other snow activities including ice skating, snow shoeing and riding a snow mobile.
Renowned as one of the world's adventure capitals, New Zealand has been attraction thrill seekers from all over the world with its action packed attractions including jet boating, bungy jumping, caving and skydiving. Adrenaline junkies will love New Zealand's great range of adventure activities in Auckland and Waikato as well as Queenstown in Otago in the South Island. For those looking for adventure on the softer side, there's also horse riding treks, hot air ballooning, cycling and zorbing.
New Zealand is home to a rich, ancient and enduring culture that is still present today. Unique Maori traditions and legends are brought to life through song, dance and sacred customs that have also been preserved in the many local museums, handicrafts and art galleries, particularly in the historical heartland of Northland. Experience the unique local culture of Canterbury and the art deco town of Napier in Hawke's Bay as well as the national treasures of Wellington.
New Zealand's unique climate is ideal for yielding some of the best fresh produce and this is celebrated by a number of food and wine festivals throughout the year. There are also a number of vineyards and wineries throughout the country that are home to some award-winning wines such as the famous and largest wine growing region of Marlborough and the seafood and beer capital of Nelson.
New Zealand is home to some of the most unique natural attractions in the world. From it's beautiful mountains, World Heritage areas and spectacular National Parks to the amazing glaciers of the West Coast, the nature of NZ is well worth exploring. From thermal pools and hot springs to fascinating geothermal and volcanic activity, New Zealand's environment is some of the most diverse on the planet.
Renowned as one of the world's top skiing destinations, New Zealand is home to a fantastic range of sporting and recreational activities including golf, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, walking and hikes, fishing and of course skiing and snowboarding in the country's stunning alpine regions. The Manawatu region is also popular for hiking and mountain biking amid the stunning scenery.
There are many kinds of wildlife that call New Zealand's national parks home. In fact, New Zealand is home to some fascinating and rare wildlife including hundreds of species of birds (including the world-famous kiwi), the annual humpback whale migration, a number of dolphin species and three species of penguin including one of the rarest in the world, the Fiordland crested penguin.