Kayak around Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo

Kayak around Lake Taupo

Enjoy a relaxing paddle in the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo and explore the mysterious Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be viewed from the water. The surrounding forests are also great for hiking and just north of Taupo you'll find the spectacular Huka Falls.

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Tackle the 21km Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Crossing

Tackle the 21km Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Go on a day-hike across the eery volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Sprinkled with emerald lakes and soda springs, the 21km trail, which takes around seven hours to complete, winds around active volcanoes and features panoramic views across the harsh rocky terrain.

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Sample Nelson's vineyards on a bike tour
Nelson

Sample Nelson's vineyards on a bike tour

Visit the small but sweet wine region of Nelson, situated in the north of New Zealand’s South Island, for an unforgettable wine tour. The area produces boutique wines and offers a wide range of outdoor activities. With its pleasant climate and rolling green plains, it’s best explored by bike.

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Tour the Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier

Tour the Franz Josef Glacier

If you’re travelling down the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island then don’t miss Franz Josef Glacier. Hike in and around the gigantic ice sheets or even take a helicopter tour and view this dramatic landscape from above.

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Dip your toes in the (very) hot springs of Rotorua
Rotorua

Dip your toes in the (very) hot springs of Rotorua

Unwind by the heavenly thermal pools at Rotorua, including the colourful Champagne Pool at Waiotapu and Waimangu Cauldron, otherwise known as Frying Pan Lake – where temperatures can reach a steamy 60C. For pools to swim in, try those at Waikite Valley.

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Skydive high above the Glenorchy mountain range
Glenorchy

Skydive high above the Glenorchy mountain range

The blue lakes and snow-capped mountains in and around Glenorchy are so stunning that they were used as locations for The Lord of the Rings films, and, for those who dare, skydiving is an incredible way to take in this amazing scenery.

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Marvel at waterfalls at Milford Sound
Milford Sound

Marvel at waterfalls at Milford Sound

Even by New Zealand’s standards, Milford Sound is a truly spectacular sight. Located in the southwest of the South Island, the beautiful fjord is packed with jaw-droppingly beautiful natural features, including Mitre Peak, rainforests and stunning waterfalls, such as Stirling and Bowen Falls.

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Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Victoria
Wellington

Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Victoria

Venture to the top of Mount Victoria and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. The Mount Victoria Lookout is a relatively easy walk from the city centre, along woodland trails that were used in The Lord of the Rings.

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Experience life in Tolkein's Middle-earth
Matamata

Experience life in Tolkein's Middle-earth

Take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, used for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series, complete with a pint (and optional dress-up) in the Green Dragon inn. For avid fans, visit on the 22nd September for the Hobbit Day festivities.

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Stargaze at Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

Stargaze at Lake Tekapo

Part of Unesco’s Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo’s sparkling emerald waters offer stunning views of the Southern Alps by day and fantastic stargazing at night. Flower-lovers should aim to visit between mid November-December for the thousands of lupins which decorate the waterfront.

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Mountain biking in Wanaka
Wanaka

Mountain biking in Wanaka

The Deans Bank 11-kilometre track through the Otago landscape offers fantastic mountain biking for intermediate-advanced riders, with views of the Clutha River and Southern Alps.

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