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Destinations

Find travel information about, and tours that go to, these notable places of interest in New Zealand here.

Abel Tasman National Park

The National Park was named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman who was the first European to visit New Zealand in 1642., and specifically this part of the New Zealand now bearing his name. The Abel Tasman National Park is a coastal national park and includes one of the so-called Great Walks, the Abel Tasman Track,... more >

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki or "Cloud Piercer" is the Maori name for the highest peak in New Zealand at 3724 metres. it's also known as Mount Cook, named after the English explorer Captain James Cook. Collectively it is referred to as Aoraki / Mount Cook. The national park here has walks up the Hooker Valley to see Aoraki... more >

Bay Of Islands

The Bay Of Islands are located in the sub-tropical coastal region north of Auckland, on the North island of New Zealand. The area is is of historical importance as well as one of significant beauty. This is New Zealand’s Whitsundays[http://realaussieadventures.com/destination-guide/whitsunday-islands/]. 144 islands enclosed in a protected bay, only one of these can be stayed on, that is Urupukapuka... more >

Blue Duck Station - Whakahoro

Whakahoro is where Blue Duck Station is located, deep within the Ruapehu district of the central North Island. This working farm is also home to comfortable lodge accommodation and a variety of ecological projects. The owners have taken on the resposibility to to look after the endangered Blue Duck (Whio) that live on the rivers within... more >

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound lies deep within Fiordland National Park in the South island of New Zealand. The Sound is created by the ocean rising to flood glacially-carved valleys. In 1770, Captain Cook didn't enter the Sound since he was 'doubtful' he could make it back out to sea under sail. Whalers and sealers later picked up... more >

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef glacier is a 12km long glacier on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The glacier fluctuates in length depending on snowfalls from previous years and general warming. The snow high in the mountains collects and is funnelled into the valley and then slowly compresed under its own weight into... more >

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is one of the few places in the South Island where you can swim in naturally occurring thermal springs. The water is heated within the earth and naturally comes to the surface here. The springs are diverted into comfortable pools at different temperatures. Steam, sauna and massage treatments are also available at the... more >

Kaikoura

Kaikoura is situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, about an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. This small town is well known for the whale watching trips you can take out into the ocean. Kaikoura has become one of the best places in the world to see whales... more >

Lake Aniwhenua

Lake Aniwhenua is off the beaten track for most travellers. You wouldn't, probably, go there if you weren't on a tour. It's a little secret off the road between Rotorua and Taupo.  You will stay overnight at a lodge over looking Lake Aniwhenua. The lodge is operated by a local maori family. You will be welcomed... more >

Lake Pukaki

When the light is right, Lake Pukaki is a bright shade of turquoise. Its cold waters refracting the light from the ultra-fine glacial silt that is suspended in the water, unable to settle. These man-made lakes have had the unexpected consequence of complementing the mountains that surround the lake.  The lakes are in the Mackenzie Country... more >

Makarora

Makarora is a 'blink and you'll miss it' sort of place. You may ordinarily be staring out of the window of a vehicle at the inspiring landscapes of the Makarora Valley and not see the collection of building that make up the community. Staying here the night after travelling across Haast Pass from the west... more >

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Certainly it's one of the most photographed places in New Zealand. The waters of the sound meet the pristine native bush that grows down the water's edge. Waterfalls cascade of the mountainsides and frame the iconic view of Mitre Peak that seemingly rises out... more >

Okarito

Okarito is a very small settlement right on the beach of the west coast of the South island of New Zealand. The nearest town to it is Franz Josef glacier. It's a unique destination rich in wildlife including kiwi and other birds that live on the Okarito lagoon. This wetland area opens to the ocean... more >

Opononi

Opononi is located on shore of Hokianga Harbour on the west coast of the Northland region of New Zealand.  It doesn't get the attention of the Bay Of Islands on the east coast. That's a shame because anyone visiting here quickly realises what a special place it is. The Hokianga Harbour is a sheltered area... more >

Otago Rail Trail

The Otago Rail Trail is a 150km cyclist's delight. This converted railway line now caters to thousands of cycling enthusiasts each year who cycle along the relatively flat line through the unique central Otago countryside.   Tours travelling through this region and staying at Naseby will ride a section of the trail with bikes provided.... more >

Queenstown

Queenstown is an inland town situated on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains on the South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown is a summer and winter destination offering the opportunity for all manner of adventure activities including bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, snow skiing and snowboarding, depending on the season. All tours going to... more >

Raglan

On the wild west coast of the North Island is the sleepy surf town of Raglan. It has a famous right hand surf break. It's an authentic Kiwi surf town that's escaped the excesses of other locations. You won't struggle to get a wave or learn to surf with too many others pushing in... more >

Rotorua

Rotorua is both the geothermal and Maori cultural centre of New Zealand. Indeed, it's the best place in New Zealand to soak in a natural hot pool by day and then enjoy a maori cultural performance by night. The town is situated on Lake Rotorua, overlooked by Mt Ngongotaha, which creates a grand setting. Rotorua... more >

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is widely regarded as the best one day walk in New Zealand. It's a big claim where there are so many walks in one country. The Crossing, however, takes in the dramatic landscape of the central North Island region that takes in Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngaruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. The tours here... more >