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Home to some of the countries most dramatic coastlines and untouched subtropical forests, Northland is an untouched paradise. Here lies an opportunity to stand by the lighthouse and witness where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide at the very top of the country, take a drive down 90 Mile Beach (an official New Zealand Highway) and on top of that, Northland is also one of the last remaining places to walk among the ancient Kauri Tree.
Welcome to 'The Winterless North', the year-round warm weather makes it a popular destination for big-game fishing and an abundance of water sports alike. It is also home to several culturally and historically important attractions such as The Waitangi Treaty Grounds - the birthplace of our nation. No matter whether you're searching for adventure, excitement or relaxation, in the Bay Of Islands you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.
Close your eyes and imagine an urban environment where everybody lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a year round warm climate, a palpable metro energy and a city wide passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. Then lastly throw in Waiheke Island - a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown and you’ll soon begin to understand why Auckland, New Zealand's largest City, is one not to be missed.
Recognized for its environmentally orientated tourism, underground adventure and iconic New Zealand scenery there is something for everyone in the Waikato. The world famous attractions of Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set headline this region and combined with the stunning black sand surf beaches of Raglan as well as Hamilton's vibrant city culture, Waikato really is everything you search for in a New Zealand experience.
Following the devastating 1931 earthquakes, the cities of Napier and Hastings were built in the architectural styles of the time – this colourful style is now celebrated and Hawkes Bay is considered New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital. Blessed with rich soils and a warm, pleasant climate, Hawke’s Bay is among New Zealand’s top producers of wine; notably red wines and stunning chardonnays. Award-winning food, outstanding beaches and coastline bounded by magnificent landscapes waiting to be explored, Hawke’s Bay is pure bliss.
The Māori culture and geothermal wonders of Rotorua have been dazzling visitors for generations. Here you will find cultural experiences that combine dramatic performances – singing, dancing and haka (war dances) – with delicious Māori food. You will be mesmerized by Rotorua's geothermal features which include spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful sinter terraces.
Exploring around the Great Lake you are bound to discover every landscape imaginable. From ancient forests thriving with birdsong, river streams bustling with trout and the thundering Huka Falls all the way to steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs, Taupo is a nature enthusiasts paradise. Experience the otherworldly beauty of the dual World Heritage areas in Tongariro National Park and the three towering volcanoes that lie within. Dubbed the adventure capital of the North Island, there’s abundance of outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking to whitewater rafting. Above everything else, Taupo has a ‘livable’ charm to it that will no doubt leaving you wanting more.
Surrounded by nature and fueled by creative energy, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer, spend an afternoon atop Mount Victoria (pictured) or sheltered in one of the best interactive museums in the world (Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand). When the day comes to an end experience why Wellingtonians are masters of casual dining, with plenty of great restaurants, night markets and food trucks to suit appetites of all descriptions.
Nelson, a city best know for its year round sunshine and abundance of walking opportunities including the famed Abel Tasman National Park - New Zealand’s smallest and most popular national park. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track follows a pristine coastline of extraordinary beauty. Clear, turquoise bays, abundant bird and sea life, and fresh, clean air surround you as you walk under the shady canopy of lush native forest. Birdsong rings through the treetops above; only to be interrupted by the call of the occasional small waterfall nestled in the midst of the park.
Marlborough has achieved an international reputation for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc within New Zealand’s booming viticulture scene. Situated in the largest wine growing region in the NZ, the local volcanic soil and enviable climate conditions work in unison to create that distinct flavour that has earned Marlborough its gold class reputation worldwide. The sunny town of Blenheim is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture.
in the Māori language 'kai' means food, 'kōura' means crayfish
So the clue lies within the name, Kaikōura is the marine hot spot of New Zealand. A whale watching mecca, visitors have the opportunity to spot giant sperm whales, dusky dolphins, orcas, humpback whales and everything in between. Land based opportunities include walking along the beautiful Kaikōura beach, a coffee and a stroll through the quaint township or a walk down a track to view some of the hundreds of seals that line the nearby rocks. The picturesque coastal town of Kaikōura is the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks, and tucking into a plate of crayfish or two.
Come for the coastline, stay for the hospitality
The pancake rocks in Punakaiki are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason. These coupled with the powerful blowholes and friendly local attitudes attribute to the phrase we often hear “I wish I stayed in Punakaiki longer” Further south you have the coastal town of Hokitika. For a small town, Hokitika struck it rich in the resources stakes. Before the gold rushes, Maori were already heading here in search of another precious stone – pounamu, also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade. This stone serves as a wonderful gift for a loved one, a stunning piece of jewelry for yourself or a priceless memento of your journey to the ‘Wild West’.
The gateway to the beautiful Canterbury region and because of that, Christchurch often serves at the first port of call for our South Island tours. It’s the largest South Island city, but due to it's spread over such a large area and how it's so tastefully divided by parks and reserves, it doesn’t have the encapsulating feel of city life. Due to its location there are endless options of activities and no shortage of relaxing ways to spend an afternoon.
Popular activities include a drive over the Port Hills with panoramic views of the city, the coast and the surrounding areas, a coffee and a walk around the small seaside town of Lyttleton, a stroll through the botanical gardens (inside Hagley Park – the third biggest intracity park in the world) and a journey via train west into the Southern Alps. With so much to see and do Christchurch provides the perfect introduction into New Zealand lifestyle.
air so pure, you wish you could bottle some to take home
There’s something undeniably impressive about glaciers, their grandeur, their history and the incomprehensibility that their bodies of ice are so dense that they’re constantly shifting under their own enormous weight. The West Coast of the South Island is home to the most accessible rivers of ice in the world, plunging down through flanking rain forests to near sea level. Within the heritage area you can enjoy everything from leisurely walks to the glacier face, hikes across ice and one of Bespoke Kiwis most highly recommended scenic flights. Afterwards a soak in the hot pools is an option to unwind and reflect upon the magnificence of the surrounding rain forests. Nearby, Lake Matheson’s mirror provides a photographers dream reflections of the Southern Alps, including New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
Wanaka is an unforgettable resort town, it's bounded by a halo of serrated snow-capped mountain ranges that soar dramatically around it. Wanaka offers hot dry summers and clear crisp winters making it ideal for both the summer outdoor activities and the winter sports it accommodates. Wanaka serves as an idyllic spot try your luck fishing on the lake, sightseeing, wine-tasting or golfing. You’ll find the locals at the four international ski areas that deliver world class skiing and snowboarding facilities for everyone.
The adrenaline junkie is well catered for with a range of exciting options like skydiving, jetboating, skiing and more, whereas there’s no shortage of family friendly activities including the famous Puzzling World, scenic tours, boat rides and cycling tours. Or if you are wanting the part ways with the kids for the afternoon, romantic options include scenic flights or an afternoon wine tasting and platter sampling at some of Wanaka’s finest lakeside vineyards.
A phrase you're likely to hear more than once, Queenstown really is the outdoor and adventure utopia of New Zealand. An international ski town through and through, the streets of Queenstown are a hive of activity, with countless options of activities fill your diary and your photo album alike. Recommended activities here include a scenic flight to see the lakes and surrounding mountains via birds eye view, the internationally famous Shotover Jetboat and a ride up the gondola, but there really is no shortage of options for all. Amazing scenery is only a stone throws away, including filming sites for The Lord Of The Rings and as always an option to explore that with your guide is certainly recommended. When all is said and done when the sun starts setting and you need to refuel after a busy day, the dining in Queenstown is second to none with a multitude of different cuisines catering to all preferences.
Queenstown often serves as a highlight for our clients, it really is a staple of the Kiwi experience.
It's impossible to plan a trip to New Zealand without images of Milford Sound popping up left, right and center, with good reason too! Milford really is the gem of the south and serves as perhaps the most photogenic place in New Zealand. Carved out by millions of years of glacial erosion, its remote location, constrained by abrupt cliffs and condensed rain forest means its distinctive features remain an unspoiled jewel of Fiordland.
Lake Te Anau is the largest lake the South Island has to offer. It serves as an excellent first port of call to the Fiordland National Park but it has so much more to offer than that. A popular activity is taking a cruise across the lake at dusk and enjoying a guided adventure through the glowworm caves. Lakeside accommodation here provides the opportunity to witness Lake Te Anau as it relaxes to pristine glass conditions, accompanying you as you enjoy a beverage and reflect upon the hidden secret you've just discovered. It really must be seen to be believed!
Buckle in for a glimpse into a unhurried lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach. Welcome to Stuart Island, one of New Zealand's largely undiscovered eco-tourism destinations. Home to Rakiura National Park,which covers 85% of the island's 1570 square kilometers and serves as a perfect canvas for a bird watching adventure.Stewart Island is a haven for brown kiwi, which outnumber humans on the island and are active day and night. You’ll be able to find Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle among the rocks and just off shore on Ulva Island, you’ll find a predator free bird sanctuary with dozens of native species.