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New Zealand’s northernmost subtropical region - an unmissable destination

Northland, a region steeped in history and natural allure, is where New Zealand's narrative begins. Stretching from Auckland to the very tip of the North Island, it's a land where myths echo through ancient forests, and the Pacific Ocean's waters kiss golden shores. Here, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds whisper tales of New Zealand’s founding moments, while the towering Kauri trees in Waipoua Forest stand as silent witnesses to centuries past.

The region is a mosaic of diverse landscapes - from the shimmering sands of Ninety Mile Beach to the mystical waters of the Hokianga Harbour, each corner of Northland tells its own unique story. The coastal paradise of Tutukaka and the Bay of Islands offer aquatic adventures in crystal-clear waters, while the rugged beauty of Cape Reinga marks the spiritual edge of the world for the Maori people.Northland is not just a journey through scenic landscapes; it's an exploration of New Zealand's heart and soul.

Whether it's indulging in the rich Maori culture, relishing the local culinary delights, or simply soaking in the region's timeless beauty, Northland offers an experience that resonates with the spirit of exploration and discovery

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Silver Wave Bay of Islands Cruise -
A luxury private cruise through the Bay of Islands, offering an exclusive and intimate experience with nature and gourmet cuisine​​.

Tane Mahuta Night Walk
A guided night walk in Waipoua Forest, providing a unique perspective of the ancient Tane Mahuta, the largest known kauri tree​​.

Cape Reinga Private Helicopter Tour
A luxurious helicopter journey to the northernmost point of New Zealand, with stunning aerial views and rich cultural insights​​.

Ninety Mile Beach Luxury 4WD Safari  
An exclusive 4WD adventure along Ninety Mile Beach, featuring remote access, gourmet experiences, and thrilling sandboarding​​.

Russell Heritage and Wine Experience
A private tour of the historic town of Russell, followed by a luxury wine tasting at Omata Estate, known for its boutique wines and stunning views​​.

bay of islands

Golden Beaches, fresh seafood and 144 islands to choose from

Ah, the Bay of Islands – where the water is as clear as the wine is tempting. This slice of paradise, with over 140 subtropical islands, is like a postcard that decided to come to life. It's where dolphins do their morning commute and the beaches have more charm than a Kiwi with a guitar.

Here, history isn't just in the books; it's in the tranquil bays and the whispers of the Waipoua Forest. It's where the Waitangi Treaty Grounds aren't just a tourist spot, but a chatroom for New Zealand’s past and present. The local towns – Paihia, Russell, and Kerikeri – are like those charming friends who always have the best stories. Paihia’s the lively one, always ready for an adventure, Russell’s the sophisticated one with tales of yore, and Kerikeri is the artsy one, dabbling in fine wines and fresher-than-fresh produce.

In the Bay of Islands, the phrase "just another day in paradise" isn't a cliché, it's Tuesday. Whether you're sailing, kayaking, or just soaking in the serenity, this place has a knack for turning moments into memories. So, come for the scenery, stay for the stories, and leave with a bit of the Bay’s magic in your soul.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Luxury Yacht Charter in the Bay
Sail the Bay of Islands in unparalleled luxury on a private, fully crewed yacht, offering exclusivity and exquisite views​​.

Historic Russell Culinary Experience
Enjoy gourmet cuisine at Russell's top restaurants, where local flavors meet international finesse​​.

Private Maori Cultural Tour
Delve into the rich Maori heritage with a private guide, exploring sacred sites and learning about traditional customs​​

Exclusive Dolphin and Whale Watching
Embark on a private boat tour for an intimate encounter with dolphins and whales, led by marine experts​​.

Kerikeri Boutique Winery Tour
Visit select vineyards in Kerikeri for a premium wine-tasting experience, exploring the region’s unique viticulture​​.


A Diverse Tapestry of Urban Elegance and Natural Splendor

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand's own 'Big Little City,' where the espresso is as strong as the rugby players and the skyline competes with nature's own skyscrapers – dormant volcanic cones. This bustling metropolis, affectionately dubbed the "City of Sails," probably has more boats than you've had hot dinners. Here, luxury yachts bob alongside kayaks, and the harbor is a blue highway to island retreats.

In Auckland, every street corner has a story, and probably a café too. The city is a melting pot of cultures, a culinary U.N. if you will, serving everything from Maori hangi to Asian fusion – it's a foodie's dream with a side of Kiwi hospitality. The arts scene? It's like a perpetual motion machine, constantly churning out festivals, exhibitions, and street performances.

Nature plays a big part in this urban jungle. Stroll through the emerald embrace of the Domain or summit Mount Eden for a 'top of the world' selfie. And if you fancy a vineyard tour, Waiheke Island is just a hop and a skip away – but maybe take the ferry, hops and skips don’t fare well over water.As the sun sets, the city doesn't sleep; it just changes its shoes. Waterfront bars, thumping nightclubs, and cozy pubs invite night owls to play. In Auckland, the Sky Tower doesn't just scrape the sky; it pokes it, daring the stars to shine brighter.

In short, Auckland is where you can get lost in nature and still find an excellent latte. It's the kind of city where you plan to do one thing, and end up doing three – a place where memories are waiting at every turn, just bring a sense of adventure (and maybe an umbrella, just in case).

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Luxury Yacht Charter in the Bay
Sail the Bay of Islands in unparalleled luxury on a private, fully crewed yacht, offering exclusivity and exquisite views​​.

Historic Russell Culinary Experience
Enjoy gourmet cuisine at Russell's top restaurants, where local flavors meet international finesse​​.

Private Maori Cultural Tour
Delve into the rich Maori heritage with a private guide, exploring sacred sites and learning about traditional customs​​

Exclusive Dolphin and Whale Watching
Embark on a private boat tour for an intimate encounter with dolphins and whales, led by marine experts​​.

Kerikeri Boutique Winery Tour
Visit select vineyards in Kerikeri for a premium wine-tasting experience, exploring the region’s unique viticulture​​.


The north islands 'Best kept secret'

Welcome to the Coromandel, where the beaches are as white as the clouds and the vibe is as laid-back as a napping Kiwi bird. Just a stone's throw from Auckland, yet worlds apart, this slice of paradise is where city folks come to breathe. Think pristine beaches, misty forests, and a history so rich, it practically hands you a shovel to dig for gold relics​​​​.

Here, the forests whisper secrets of yesteryears’ gold rushes, and the walkways are less crowded than a penguin parade. And if you fancy a natural spa, the Hot Water Beach is your go-to.Just dig your personal hot pool and let Mother Nature do the rest – talk about bespoke service!But wait, there's more! Coromandel's artists are so prolific, you’d think creativity is in the water. Stroll through their studios, and you might find more art than in your average gallery. The locals? They throw events and concerts like they’re going out of style, drawing crowds who love good music and better company​​.Accommodations here range from luxury lodges to cozy campsites, each with views that make postcards jealous.

An hour from Auckland, but a world away in spirit, the Coromandel is where you come to play, relax, and occasionally, talk to trees – they've got great stories, after all

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa
Immerse in the luxury of naturally heated mineral waters at Whitianga’s Lost Spring Geothermal Spa. Nestled amidst tropical plants and waterfalls, indulge in a pampering spa session in this serene setting​​.

Pinnacles Track Adventure
Hike the forested ranges of the Pinnacles, an overnight adventure offering breathtaking sunrise views from its summit over Coromandel​​.

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tour
Explore the spectacular Cathedral Cove by kayak, experiencing its natural beauty and marine life, including seals and dolphins in the nearby marine reserve​​.

Hot Water Beach Experience
Create your own unique spa experience at Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pool right on the sand, a truly one-of-a-kind relaxation spot​​.

Sea Cave Adventures at Orua Sea Cave
Embark on a boat cruise and snorkeling adventure with Sea Cave Adventures to explore the Orua Sea Cave, experiencing the magic of sunlight reflecting off the water in the cave​​.


Home to the famous waitomo glowworm caves & hobbiton

Welcome to Waikato, the land where rolling green hills might just make you wonder if you've stepped into a storybook. It's a place where Hobbiton isn't just a movie set; it's a neighbourhood, and the glowworms aren't just bugs; they're tiny lanterns lighting up underground caves.

In Waikato, the cows might outnumber the people, but that's just how the locals like it. This region is a patchwork of pastoral landscapes, where every blade of grass seems to have a purpose, and the roads are more likely to be blocked by a flock of sheep than a traffic jam.Now, let's talk about Hobbiton, the pièce de résistance of Waikato. Stroll through the Shire, and you'll half expect to bump into Frodo or maybe stop in for a pint at the Green Dragon Inn. It's not just a movie set; it's a slice of Middle-earth, lovingly preserved for both the Tolkien enthusiast and the accidental tourist.But the magic doesn't stop there. Waitomo Caves are like nature's own cathedral, with stalactites and stalagmites that took millennia to decorate. And when you hop on a boat to glide through the Glowworm Grotto, it's like navigating under a starry sky, only the stars are glowworms, and you're not in space.

In Waikato, adventure is never far away, whether it's surfing at Raglan's world-famous breaks or wandering through Hamilton Gardens. And the food? Let's just say the grass really is greener here, which makes for some exceptionally happy cows and delicious dairy.

So come to Waikato, where the extraordinary is just part of everyday life. It's a place to relax, explore, and maybe, just maybe, find a bit of magic around every corner.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Private Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, offering a personalized experience in the enchanting world of Middle-earth, complete with a private feast at The Green Dragon Inn.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Private Tour
Embark on a private journey through the Down To Earth Glowworm Caves, where you can marvel at the luminous glowworms in an intimate setting, away from the usual crowds.

Raglan Private Surfing Experience
Indulge in a luxury surfing experience in Raglan, including private surfing lessons and upscale accommodation, tailored for a VIP experience.

Hamilton Gardens Exclusive Tour
Take a private tour of the Hamilton Gardens, exploring the unique themed gardens with an expert guide, followed by a gourmet dining experience amidst the stunning scenery.

Zealong Tea Estate VIP Discovery Tour
Experience a VIP tour of the Zealong Tea Estate, including a guided walk through the tea fields, a private tea tasting session, and insights into the art of tea making.

Hawkes Bay

Stunning Architecture, Dramatic coastlines and wine in abundance

Nestled on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, Hawke's Bay is like a well-aged wine – complex, flavorful, and with a hint of sunshine in every sip. This region is a sun-soaked paradise, where the days are long, the wines are world-class, and the landscapes are as rich as the history.

Here, Art Deco meets the Pacific Ocean in Napier, the city that rose from the ashes of a 1931 earthquake to become a dazzling architectural gem. Strolling through its streets is like walking onto a movie set from the '20s – except the flappers and gangsters are now tourists and locals sipping flat whites.But let's talk about the real star of Hawke's Bay – the vineyards. This is the land of the grape, where wineries dot the landscape like jewels and the vineyard tours are as abundant as the harvest. Whether it’s a bold red or a crisp chardonnay, each glass tells a story of the land.

For the nature lovers, there's plenty to adore. From the scenic Te Mata Peak offering panoramic views to the gannet colonies at Cape Kidnappers, the natural beauty is as diverse as the varietals. Cycle the trails, breathe in the orchard air, and yes, watch out for the sheep – they’re part of the charm.

Hawke's Bay isn't just about savoring the good life; it's about immersing yourself in it. It’s where farmers' markets burst with local produce, where art galleries showcase the creative spirit, and where every sunset over the Pacific feels like a personal performance.

So, pack your appetite for both food and adventure, because in Hawke's Bay, life’s too beautiful to be rushed, and the wine too good not to be savoured.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Hawkes Bay Experiences

Aroha Helicopters
Exclusive aerial tours of Hawke's Bay, offering a unique view of the region's stunning landscapes.

Black Barn Retreats
Luxury lodge accommodations in the heart of Hawke's Bay wine country, combining serene stays with access to wineries and gourmet dining.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
A world-class golfing experience with breathtaking views, ideal for golf enthusiasts.

Gannet Safaris Overland Sunrise Tours
Private tours to Cape Kidnappers' largest mainland gannet colony, offering a unique wildlife experience.

The Winemaker's Tour
A private luxury wine tour through Hawke's Bay's renowned vineyards, hosted by a third-generation New Zealand winemaker.


The epicenter of new zealand Māori culture

Welcome to Rotorua, New Zealand's own geothermal wonderland, where the earth doesn't just sit quietly – it bubbles, steams, and hisses with life. This is a city where a morning walk can include a geyser show and the spa is as natural as it gets, courtesy of Mother Earth's own hot springs.

In Rotorua, the air has a hint of sulfur – a small price to pay for living on the edge of a volcanic hotspot. But hey, it's not every day you get to say your town is literally simmering with excitement! And let's not forget the mud pools – they're like nature's own skincare range, minus the fancy packaging.But there's more to Rotorua than just its underground antics. The city is a heartland of Maori culture. Here, you can experience an authentic hangi feast, learn the fierce haka dance, or simply listen to the enchanting stories and legends that have been passed down through generations.

Adventure-seekers, fear not! Rotorua has you covered with mountain biking trails that zip through ancient forests, zorbing down lush hillsides, and whitewater rafting on adrenaline-pumping rivers. It's basically nature's own theme park, but with better scenery and fewer queues.And when it's time to relax, the lakes around Rotorua are like mirrors to the sky – perfect for a tranquil kayak ride or a leisurely fishing trip. Just remember, the fish here are as feisty as the geysers!

So, come to Rotorua for the geothermal wonders, but stay for the rich culture, thrilling adventures, and yes, even the unique eggy aroma. It's all part of the charm in this sizzling hot city

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Rotorua Experiences

Helicopter Flight to Mt Tarawera:
Offering exclusive helicopter flights to Mt Tarawera, this experience presents a unique aerial perspective of Rotorua's stunning landscapes and volcanic terrain.

Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa
Situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Wai Ariki offers a luxury cultural wellness destination, blending spa treatments with breathtaking natural surroundings.

Volcanic Air: Experience the thrill of exploring Rotorua's vibrant geothermal reserves, stunning lakes district, and remarkable volcanoes with Volcanic Air's helicopter and floatplane tours.

Pure Cruise NZ
Experience the beauty of Lake Rotoiti with Pure Cruise NZ. This luxury sailing experience includes access to hot pools and fine cuisine, all while enjoying the comfort and elegance of a private cruise. It's ideal for those looking to indulge in serene natural beauty and luxury.

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland:
Known as New Zealand's most colorful geothermal attraction, Wai-o-Tapu offers a visual feast of geothermal activity, including geysers, hot springs, and vividly colored pools. More Info


The great inland sea of New Zealand

Taupo, nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, is where relaxation and adventure go hand in hand, like fish and chips. This place is home to Lake Taupo, so large it could be mistaken for an ocean, if not for the lack of salty tang. Born from a volcanic eruption that's now the stuff of legends, the lake is a paradise for anyone who loves a bit of water-based fun without the sea monsters.The Huka Falls, just a short hop away, is where the Waikato River puts on a show, thundering through a narrow passage like it's got a point to prove. It's less of a waterfall and more of a watery express train, minus the tracks and the ticket collector.

For those who enjoy a good walk, Taupo's trails are like a 'best of' album of nature's greatest hits. The views are so spectacular, you’ll find yourself stopping every five minutes just to take it all in (or catch your breath - let’s be honest). The Tongariro Alpine Crossing nearby is a must-do for anyone who’s ever dreamed of walking through a postcard.

If you're into sky-high adventures, Taupo's skydiving scene is world-class. For those who prefer their thrills a little less hair-raising, scenic flights offer all the wow-factor with a comfortable seat and no need for a parachute.

Back in town, Taupo is as laid-back as a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s dotted with charming cafes and quirky shops that invite leisurely exploration. Here, life moves at a serene pace, perfect for those looking to unwind and soak in the local scene.

So, come to Taupo for the gentle thrills and stay for the chilled vibes. It’s a place where every day offers a new way to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Taupō Experiences

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Explore the hidden gem of Orakei Korako, a geothermal valley accessible by a short ferry trip across Lake Ohakuri. Witness the majesty of geysers, hot springs, and bubbling mud pools in a stunning natural setting.

Huka Honey Hive
Learn about the world of New Zealand honey at the Huka Honey Hive. Discover the benefits of manuka honey, royal jelly, and bee pollen, enjoy honey ice cream, and sample a variety of honey-based products.

Wairakei Terraces
Immerse yourself in the thermal wonders of Wairakei Terraces. Enjoy naturally heated geothermal pools, guided tours of the Wairakei steam field, and experience Māori cultural evenings in this unique setting.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Take a guided hike through the volcanic alpine terrain of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand's most renowned day walks. The journey includes active volcanoes and the stunning Emerald Lakes, with breathtaking views of Mount Ngauruhoe.

Huka Falls
Experience the incredible power of Huka Falls, where the Waikato River rushes through a narrow ravine. Witness the roar and rumble of the falls from a footbridge or up close with an exhilarating jet boat ride.


Creative, well-caffinated and culinarily blessed, the three pillars of our capital city’s pulsing cultural scene

Ah, Wellington, New Zealand's capital, affectionately known as "Windy Welly," where the breeze can sweep you off your feet – quite literally. This city is nestled between rolling hills and a rugged coastline, boasting a landscape that’s as vibrant as its coffee scene – and that’s saying something.In Wellington, the weather is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get, but it’s always exciting. The wind here doesn’t mess around – it’s the kind that inspires local fashion (read: windproof everything) and the occasional impromptu street dance.

But it's not just the wind that's full of character. Wellington's streets are a quirky mix of the bohemian and the chic. Cuba Street is where hipsters and artists collide, creating a kaleidoscope of cafes, boutiques, and street art that's as colorful as the personalities.And let’s talk about Te Papa, the national museum. It's like the cool uncle of museums – fun, fascinating, and a bit unexpected. You can spend hours here and still feel like you’ve only scratched the surface. It's a treasure trove of New Zealand's stories, with enough charm to make history buffs and art lovers high-five each other.

The culinary scene? It's a smorgasbord of global flavors. The city’s love affair with craft beer is as serious as its coffee obsession, which is, to be honest, pretty serious. Here, you can find everything from swanky waterfront restaurants to quirky food trucks serving up a storm.Nightlife in Wellington is as vibrant as a neon sign. From cozy pubs to thumping nightclubs, the city caters to night owls and culture vultures alike. And if you fancy a bit of stargazing, just head to the hills – the views are stellar (pun intended, albeit a poor one).

In Wellington, it’s about embracing the unexpected, whether it’s the weather, the art, or the next café around the corner. It’s a city where creativity blows through the streets as fiercely as the wind, and where every day is an adventure waiting to happen.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Discover Wellington's natural side at the award-winning Zealandia
This 225-hectare eco-sanctuary near central Wellington is devoted to restoring the area's natural ecosystems. Guided tours, including twilight and after-dark options, offer encounters with native species like the little spotted kiwi and tuatara

Wellington Cable Car
Experience panoramic views of Wellington's downtown and harbor from the iconic Wellington Cable Car, leading to the Wellington Botanic Garden

Innovative degustation dining at Hiakai
Enjoy a unique dining experience at Hiakai, where chef Monique Fiso uses indigenous herbs and flavors in her Maori and Polynesian inspired degustation menus​

Explore pinot noir country in the Wairarapa
Take a luxury tour of the Wairarapa wine region, known for its excellent pinot noir, with stops at vineyards and local artisan producers like Schoc Chocolates and C'est Cheese

Spot native birdlife on Kapiti's island sanctuary
Visit Kapiti Island, a protected wildlife reserve, to see native bird species, some of which are extinct on the mainland. The tour includes Māori cultural experiences and personal encounters with the island's birdlife


Marlbourough - A breathtaking drive through rolling hills of 'wine country'.

Welcome to Marlborough, New Zealand’s very own sip-and-savor capital, where the grapes are happy, the seafood is fresh, and the scenery is so beautiful it’ll make your camera blush. This sun-soaked region at the top of the South Island is where wine isn't just a drink; it's a way of life.

Here, the vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, like green carpets rolled out for a royal visit. And the Sauvignon Blanc? Let’s just say if there was a wine royalty, Marlborough would wear the crown and the cape. Taking a wine tour here is like hopping on a magic carpet ride, but with more wine and less singing genies.

But Marlborough isn’t just about the grapevines. The Marlborough Sounds, with their sparkling blue waters and hidden coves, are like a giant aquatic playground. You can kayak, swim, or just hop on a boat and pretend you’re exploring undiscovered lands. Keep an eye out for dolphins – they’re known to put on a show for free!And when it comes to food, this place takes 'fresh' to a whole new level. The seafood here is so good, it’s like the ocean’s showing off. We’re talking about world-famous green-lipped mussels, oysters that are the envy of pearls, and salmon that practically leaps onto your plate.

For those who like a bit of a walk, the Queen Charlotte Track is like nature’s own art gallery, showcasing some of the best views on the planet. It's a treat for hikers and Instagrammers alike – just watch out for photo-induced jaw drops.In Marlborough, the days are warm, the nights are starry, and the glasses are always half full (unless you just had a sip, then it’s time for a top-up). It’s a place where you can relax, explore, and indulge in the finer things in life, all with a backdrop that’s straight out of a postcard.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Luxury Yacht Charter in The Marlborough Sounds
Board a luxury yacht in Picton for a day cruising through the Marlborough Sounds. Watch dolphins, seals, and birdlife, and enjoy activities like diving, swimming, kayaking, and on-board wine tasting or cooking classes.

Private Hobbit Kayak Tour with Pelorus Eco Adventures

Relive a scene from "The Hobbit" film trilogy on a guided kayak tour along the Pelorus River. The tour includes a gourmet picnic and a bush walk to secluded pools, offering insights into native flora and fauna.

Tastings at Wairau River Wines Cellar Door and Restaurant
Wairau River Wines, one of the oldest Cellar Doors in Marlborough, offers an opportunity to sample their wines and learn about Marlborough's grape-growing history. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Wairau Valley, the family-owned and operated winery combines wine tasting with amazing local cuisine at their on-site restaurant

Half Day Walk at the Snout Track
Among the day walks in Marlborough, the Snout Track stands out as a highly recommended option. This scenic trail takes you along a picturesque peninsula, offering expansive views of the Marlborough Sounds. It's an ideal walk for those who appreciate coastal scenery, providing a mix of forested areas and open viewpoints. The track is well-maintained, making it accessible for walkers of various skill levels, and the panoramic views of the Sounds are truly unforgettable. This walk beautifully encapsulates the coastal charm and natural beauty of the Marlborough region.

The French Pass
A day trip to French Pass in the Marlborough region offers a unique and exhilarating experience. This journey takes you through scenic landscapes to reach the French Pass, known for its dynamic waters and picturesque views. The drive itself is an adventure, winding through rugged hills and offering stunning vistas of the Sounds and Tasman Sea. Once at French Pass, you can explore the area's rich history, enjoy the serene natural beauty, and observe the unique tidal flows that make this area so distinctive. It's a perfect escape for those who appreciate natural wonders and seek a tranquil yet adventurous experience.

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park: Where Sun, Sand, and Adventure Collide

Abel Tasman National Park may be New Zealand's smallest national park, but it's like a party thrown by Mother Nature herself – and everyone's invited. This place is so packed with golden beaches, clear blue waters, and cheeky wildlife, it's like nature's own amusement park, minus the long lines and overpriced snacks.

Here, the beaches aren't just beautiful; they're the kind that make you question every life choice that led you to live anywhere else. The sand is so golden it could start its own currency, and the water? Let's just say it's clearer than your conscience on a good day.Kayaking along the coastline here is more than a paddle; it's a full-blown aquatic adventure. You'll glide past seals who lounge about like they own the place (because, well, they kind of do) and beaches that look like they've been Photoshopped for real.

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is where your hiking boots can strut their stuff. This trail meanders through forests and across beaches, offering views so stunning you'll forget you're exercising. And for those who prefer their nature with a side of adrenaline, there's canyoning, skydiving, and sailing to keep your heart racing.But wait, there's a tranquil side to Abel Tasman too. When it's time to chill, find a secluded lagoon and let the world drift away. It's the kind of peace and quiet where you can hear a fish swim (okay, not really, but it's super quiet).

As the sun sets, the night sky in Abel Tasman turns into a cosmic display of stars. It’s like a free ticket to the universe's best light show. So, grab your hiking shoes, paddle, or just your sense of awe, and dive into Abel Tasman National Park. It's small in size but huge in adventures and laughs.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Picks

Private Helicopter Tour with Beach Picnic: Helicopters Nelson
Helicopters Nelson offers private scenic flights over the Abel Tasman National Park. Their packages can include a beach landing for a secluded gourmet picnic, providing stunning views and an exclusive dining experience on a remote beach.

Yacht Charter through Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman Charters offers luxury yacht experiences tailored to personal preferences. Their bespoke itineraries can include activities like private coves exploration, wildlife watching, and on-board dining, all while cruising along the beautiful Abel Tasman coast.

Guided Kayaking and Glamping Experience: Wilsons Abel Tasman
Wilsons Abel Tasman specializes in guided kayaking tours paired with luxurious beachfront glamping. This immersive experience offers a unique perspective of the park’s coastline, coupled with comfortable overnight stays in well-appointed tents and high-quality dining options.

Private Vineyard Tour and Tasting: Neudorf Vineyards
Located near the Abel Tasman region, Neudorf Vineyards is known for its premium wines. A private tour here can include exclusive wine tastings, a guided walk through the vineyards, and a gourmet lunch featuring local ingredients, all in a picturesque setting.

Guided Nature Walk with a Conservation Expert: Abel Tasman Eco Tours
Abel Tasman Eco Tours provides an educational and immersive nature walk guided by conservation experts. This can include exclusive access to parts of the Abel Tasman National Park not commonly visited, offering insights into the local flora, fauna, and conservation efforts. The tour can be tailored to include private lunch spots in the heart of the park.


Kaikōura - where the southern alps meet the pacific ocean

Kaikoura, the seaside gem of New Zealand's South Island, is where the mountains meet the sea in a dramatic display of nature's artistry. It's a town where you can have your seafood and see it too, thanks to the ocean's generous bounty and the local talent for turning it into culinary masterpieces.

In Kaikoura, the wildlife steals the show. It's one of the few places on earth where you can spot a giant sperm whale doing its morning stretches while having your breakfast. Whale watching here isn't just an activity; it's an epic spectacle where the ocean's biggest stars come to perform. And let’s not forget the dolphins and seals, who seem to think the coastline is their personal playground. Swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura isn't just swimming; it's an aquatic dance party with some of the ocean’s most playful inhabitants.But the fun isn’t just in the water. The landscapes here are like nature's own version of a 3D movie – except way better. The Kaikoura Ranges offer hiking trails that promise breathtaking views and encounters with local wildlife that don’t require a ticket.

Food in Kaikoura is as fresh as the ocean breeze. The town's specialty? Crayfish. Here, it’s not just a meal; it’s a rite of passage. Paired with a glass of local wine, it’s a dining experience that'll make your taste buds do a happy dance.After a day of adventure, the night in Kaikoura is a serene affair. The town, with its laid-back charm and friendly locals, is the perfect place to unwind and share stories of your day’s escapades.

So, come to Kaikoura for the whales, the walks, and the wonders both above and below the water. It’s a place where every view is a postcard and every moment is a memory in the making.

Bespoke Kiwi's Top 5 Kaikōura Experiences

Whale Watching by Private Plane
Wings Over Whales offers private tours for an exclusive whale watching experience. This aerial perspective provides a unique vantage point to view the majestic sperm whales and other marine life. The tour can be tailored for photography, including expert commentary on the marine ecosystem.

Luxury Coastal Retreat with Guided Nature Walks
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses offers a luxury stay in unique accommodations like treehouses overlooking the Kaikoura ranges. Guests can enjoy private guided walks exploring the local flora and fauna, beach excursions, and farm-to-table dining experiences featuring local produce and seafood.

Private Deep Sea Fishing Charter
Kaikoura Fishing Tours provides private deep-sea fishing excursions. These charters offer an opportunity to catch local fish species, with the added luxury of a chef on board to prepare the day's catch. The tour can include scenic stops along the coast and insights into local marine life.

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway: Best Day Hike in Kaikoura
The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is renowned as one of the best day hikes in the Kaikoura region. This approximately 11.7 kilometer (7.3 miles) round trip walk offers a moderate challenge and takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail boasts spectacular views of the Kaikoura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. It's an excellent spot for wildlife enthusiasts, with opportunities to see seals, seabirds, and occasionally dolphins and whales.

Nin's Bin: Premier Destination for Fresh Seafood in Kaikoura
Nin's Bin, a renowned seafood caravan located on the Kaikoura coast, is the ultimate destination for fresh seafood lovers. Established over 30 years ago, Nin's Bin has become a local icon, offering a range of freshly caught seafood with a focus on crayfish, their specialty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, visitors can enjoy their meal right by the sea, enhancing the dining experience. Nin's Bin sources its seafood directly from local fishermen, ensuring the freshest quality. Open throughout the year, Nin's Bin is a must-visit for anyone traveling through Kaikoura seeking the freshest and most authentic seafood experience.

west coast

The West Coast of New Zealand’s Southern Island is an untamed natural wilderness

Come for the coastline, stay for the hospitality

Welcome to New Zealand's West Coast, or as we like to call it, the land where Mother Nature went all out and then threw the rulebook into a fjord. This stretch of the South Island is where rugged landscapes, untamed wilderness, and a bit of good ol' quirkiness blend into an epic backdrop for adventure.Let's start with the rainforests – they're not just green; they're a 50-shade-of-green extravaganza that would make even the most dedicated city slicker consider a tree change. These forests are so lush, you'll expect a dinosaur to pop out at any moment. Spoiler: they won’t, but the ancient trees and native birds will keep you company.

The West Coast is also home to the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki. These layered rock formations look like nature's attempt at baking, except with more limestone and less syrup. At high tide, the blowholes put on a show that's like a natural water cannon display, minus the cheesy sound effects.

But it's not all nature's drama. The towns along the West Coast have their own laid-back charm. Places like Greymouth and Hokitika are like that friendly neighbor who always has good stories and possibly a craft beer in hand.Speaking of crafty, Hokitika is the jade capital of New Zealand. You can pick up a piece of pounamu (greenstone) here that’s so beautiful, it might just turn your friends green with envy.

So, pack your sense of adventure (and maybe a raincoat) and head to the West Coast. It's a place where every turn on the road offers a new view, every local has a tale to tell, and the wilderness is always ready to party.


Christchurch 'The Garden City', abounds with arts, adventure, and optimism

Welcome to Christchurch, where the streets are filled with history, art, and a resilient spirit that's as strong as the coffee served in its countless cafes. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch isn’t just blooming; it's booming with a unique blend of traditional charm and innovative buzz.

In Christchurch, every park and garden is a canvas of vibrant colors, especially the Botanic Gardens, where the flowers aren't just growing; they're putting on a full-scale botanical ballet. And the Avon River, meandering through the city, isn’t just a river; it’s the perfect backdrop for a leisurely punt, complete with dapper gondoliers.

But let's get real – this city has been through a lot. After the earthquakes, Christchurch didn't just rebuild; it reinvented itself. The city is now dotted with quirky pop-up bars, innovative art installations, and shopping precincts that are as much about the experience as they are about the purchase.Street art here tells stories more captivating than a bestselling novel. Wander around, and you'll find walls that speak, alleys that surprise, and a sense of creativity that’s as contagious as a yawn in a meeting.

For those who think a city is just about buildings, Christchurch will change your mind. The Port Hills, with their crisscrossing walking and biking trails, offer views that make the climb worth every step. On a clear day, you can see forever, or at least to the Southern Alps.

Food in Christchurch is a serious business. From food truck eats to fine dining, the culinary scene is as diverse as the city itself. And the local wine? Let’s just say, it’s worth writing home about.In Christchurch, the vibe is a mix of laid-back, forward-thinking, and everything in between. It's a city that invites you to explore, engage, and even become part of the story.

So come for the gardens, stay for the art, and leave with memories of a city that’s anything but ordinary.

west coast glaciers

rivers of ice descending past emerald green rainforest is a sight you'll never forget

air so pure, you wish you could bottle some to take home

Welcome to the West Coast Glaciers of New Zealand, specifically the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, where nature decided to go big and definitely didn’t go home. In this corner of the world, glaciers aren’t just frozen water; they’re frozen masterpieces, slowly carving their way through the landscapes like nature’s own sculptors.

Franz Josef Glacier is like the cool kid on the block. It’s not just a chunk of ice; it’s a moving river of frozen wonder, sliding its way down towards the rainforest. That’s right, a glacier and a rainforest having a neighborly chat – only in New Zealand! Taking a hike here is like stepping into a freezer, except with better views and less frozen pizza.

Not to be outdone, Fox Glacier is like Franz Josef’s laid-back cousin. It’s just as stunning, but with fewer crowds and more chances to pretend you’re on an Arctic expedition. The views here are so surreal, you’ll want to pinch yourself – but don’t, because, you know, it’s cold.But wait, there’s more! These glaciers aren’t just for gawking at. You can hike them, fly over them, and even land on them in a helicopter. It’s like nature’s own theme park, but the rides are heli-hikes, and the souvenirs are memories (and maybe a selfie or two).

When the day is done, the nearby towns of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are as cozy as a pair of warm socks. They’re the kind of places where everyone knows your name by the time you leave, and the local pub feels like your living room – if your living room had stunning views and delicious food.

So, pack your warmest jacket and your sense of adventure, and head to the West Coast Glaciers. It’s a place where you can chill (literally) and thrill, all while basking in some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.


Settled amid breath-taking scenery on the crystal-clear waters of our fourth-largest lake

Ah, Wānaka, the jewel of New Zealand's South Island, where the laid-back vibes meet adrenaline-fueled adventures. This is a place where the lake glistens like a sapphire, the mountains dare you to conquer them, and the locals are as friendly as they come.In Wānaka, life revolves around the lake, and why wouldn't it? Lake Wānaka is like a giant, natural swimming pool, but with better views and no chlorine. Here, you can kayak, swim, or just lounge on the shore, contemplating the meaning of life or what to have for lunch.

But Wānaka isn't just a pretty face; it's an adrenaline junkie's dream come true. Skydiving, jet-boating, skiing – you name it, Wānaka has it, all served with a side of stunning scenery. It’s like Mother Nature built her own adventure park and forgot to charge an entry fee.Let's not forget the hikes. The trails around Wānaka range from 'I’m just here for the Instagram photo' to 'I eat mountains for breakfast.' And for those who like their walks with a view, Roy's Peak is where it's at. Yes, it's a bit of a trek, but the view from the top is like winning the nature lottery.

Wānaka isn’t of course all about burning calories. The town itself is a charming mix of cozy cafes, quirky shops, and art galleries. It's the kind of place where you can sip a flat white, browse a bookstore, and plan your next adventure, all on the same street.As the sun sets, the stars come out to play, and not just in the sky. The nightlife in Wānaka, while not wild, is as welcoming as a warm hug. Whether it's a quiet pint in a local pub or a gourmet meal in a lakeside restaurant, the evenings here are about savoring the good life.

So, come to Wānaka for the scenery, stay for the adventure, and leave with memories that are as vivid as the landscapes. It's a place where every day is a chance to play, explore, and relax in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.


The adventure Capital of new zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand's adrenaline capital, where the word 'boring' is considered a myth and 'thrill-seeking' is the local pastime. Nestled among the majestic Southern Alps and perched on the shores of the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is like a theme park designed by Mother Nature herself.

In Queenstown, bungee jumping is almost a rite of passage. It's the place where you can leap off a bridge or a platform with a giant rubber band attached to your ankles, and it's considered normal. If bungee isn't your style, there's always skydiving, where you can admire the stunning scenery – very, very quickly.But it's not all about making your heart race. Queenstown is also a haven for those who prefer their adventures a bit more low-key. Take a leisurely cruise on Lake Wakatipu, hike the numerous trails that crisscross the area, or hit the slopes in winter for some world-class skiing and snowboarding.

The town itself is a buzzing hub of activity, with a vibe that's as lively as the après-ski scene. It's a melting pot of cultures, which means the food scene is as varied as the outdoor activities. From gourmet restaurants to cozy cafes, the culinary options will satisfy any appetite. As night falls, Queenstown transforms into a twinkling wonderland, with lively bars and nightclubs offering a chance to dance the night away or simply enjoy a quiet drink with a view. The nightlife here is about as laid-back or as lively as you want it to be.And let's not forget the wine. The nearby Central Otago region is famous for its Pinot Noir, and a wine tour is a must-do for any visitor. It's like a sophisticated bar crawl with better scenery.

So, pack your sense of adventure (and maybe some motion sickness pills) and head to Queenstown. Whether you're jumping out of a plane or sipping a Pinot by the lake, Queenstown is a place that knows how to make every moment unforgettable.


The land that needs no Introduction

Te Anau, tucked in New Zealand's scenic embrace, serves as the front row seat to Fiordland's greatest hits – a region where Mother Nature shows off her flair for the dramatic, and even the wildlife seems in on the act. This is the realm of Milford and Doubtful Sound, two fjords that could easily star in their own nature documentaries.In the charming town of Te Anau, life moves at the pace of a leisurely kayak. It's the kind of place where the biggest traffic jam is caused by a family of ducks crossing the road. Here, the lake isn't just a body of water; it's a mirror reflecting Fiordland’s grandeur, making selfie-taking an almost spiritual experience.

Milford Sound is like the superstar of the fjord world – think the Beyoncé of natural wonders. It's a place of towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and cheeky kea birds that seem to know they're photogenic. Cruising through Milford Sound, you'll feel like you’re in an IMAX movie, except the popcorn is replaced by stunning real-life vistas.

Then there's Doubtful Sound, the strong, silent type, with a presence that’s both imposing and serene. It's more mysterious, like the James Bond of fjords – cooler, calmer, and with less fanfare but just as impressive. Doubtful Sound's serenity is only occasionally interrupted by the splash of a dolphin or the distant call of a bird. For those torn between the two fjords, we’ve got a treat – check out our insightful piece on "Milford vs Doubtful Sound."

But Fiordland isn't all about sitting in boats and gawking at scenery. It's also a hiker's paradise. Trails here range from 'I need a cuppa after this' to 'I need a new pair of legs'. The Milford Track is a particular star, offering scenes so beautiful you’ll run out of adjectives.As the evening descends, Te Anau twinkles back to life, welcoming you with cozy eateries and a night sky that’s less light pollution, more star-studded spectacle. It's the perfect place to reminisce about the day's adventures or plan the next day’s explorations.

Pack your sense of humor alongside your hiking boots and raincoat, and embark on a journey to Te Anau and Fiordland. It’s a land where nature puts on a show, the seals might wink at you, and every moment is a blend of awe and a chuckle.

Stewart Island

a birdwatching utopia

Welcome to Stewart Island, or Rakiura, the gem at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, where the kiwi birds outnumber the humans and the notion of 'rush hour' is as foreign as a penguin in a tuxedo (which, by the way, you might also see here).

This is a place where the word 'remote' is worn like a badge of honor. Stewart Island is the kind of destination where Wi-Fi is weak, but the coffee and community spirit are strong. It's a haven for those who want to disconnect from their screens and reconnect with nature.The island's main settlement, Oban, might be small, but it's big on charm. The locals are as friendly as they come, often greeting visitors with stories, a smile, and maybe a fish they caught earlier. It's the kind of town where you can leave your door unlocked and your worries behind.

But let's talk about the real locals – the kiwi birds. Stewart Island is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot these shy, nocturnal birds. Going on a nighttime kiwi spotting tour isn’t just a walk; it’s an enchanting game of hide-and-seek with one of the country’s most iconic birds.And the beaches! They're like secret pockets of paradise, often deserted, always stunning. Whether it's the golden sands of Mason Bay or the rugged beauty of Doughboy Bay, the beaches here are postcard-perfect, minus the crowds.

For the hikers, the Rakiura Track offers a glimpse into the island's wild heart, showcasing dense forests, coastal vistas, and the chance to ponder life’s big questions, like 'Why did I pack so much stuff?' When night falls, the stars come out to play in a sky so clear you’ll feel like you can touch the Milky Way. Stewart Island’s Dark Sky Sanctuary status means star-gazing here is next level – it’s like a celestial theatre with an ever-changing lineup.

So, if you're yearning for a slice of tranquility, where nature is up close and personal, and life moves at the pace of a leisurely stroll, Stewart Island is calling your name. It's a place where you can find adventure, serenity, and maybe, just maybe, a new perspective on what's truly important.

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