New Zealand

Kaikoura

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Kaikoura is the place to see wildlife in New Zealand. This small town on the south island is home to whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sea birds who come for the nutrient-rich waters that are perfect for feeding in. Set against the might of the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range, this is a stunningly beautiful stop.

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  • Queenstown

    Queenstown

    The self-described ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown is a playground for adrenaline junkies...Read more
  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

    Even by New Zealand’s standards, Milford Sound is a truly spectacular sight...Read more
  • Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo

    A highland lake in the middle of New Zealand’s south island, Lake Tekapo is best known for its incredibly clear skies that are perfect for stargazing...Read more
  • Rotorua

    Rotorua

    An eggy scent hangs over sulphuric Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, which is home to spectacular geothermal springs, mud pools and geysers...Read more
  • Coromandel

    Coromandel

    Visible across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel offers pristine beaches, thick rainforest and plenty of adventure...Read more
  • Wanaka

    Wanaka

    Laidback Wanaka has a claim to be Queenstown’s cooler sibling...Read more
  • Northland

    Northland

    The site of New Zealand’s earliest Maori settlement, Northland is the birthplace of New Zealand and home to its best beaches...Read more
  • Auckland

    Auckland

    Forget the city’s high-rise centre; the beauty of Auckland is the scenery surrounding it...Read more
  • Hawke’s Bay

    Hawke’s Bay

    Hawke’s Bay is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and is a great place to try cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay wines...Read more
  • Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

    Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

    Aoraki Mount Cook National Park includes the majority of New Zealand’s only International Dark Sky Reserve, so head into the hills – or just Mount Cook Village near Lake Pukaki – and marvel at the light show in the sky...Read more
  • Stewart Island

    Stewart Island

    Sparsely populated Stewart Island is home to some of New Zealand’s most interesting wildlife, including penguins, dolphins and albatross...Read more
  • Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef’s icy mass once flowed all the way into the sea, but after decades of global warming, the glacier has retreated inland and is now only accessible by helicopter...Read more
  • Marlborough Sounds

    Marlborough Sounds

    A huge maze of beaches, bays and hills formed after the last ice age, the Marlborough Sounds are the perfect place to hike, bike or boat...Read more
  • Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo

    Vast Lake Taupo is as big as Singapore and was created 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption so huge it would have been seen from China...Read more
  • Hokitika

    Hokitika

    New Zealand’s wild west coast is linked by a single track through Greymouth, Kumara, Cowboy Paradise, Hokitika and Ross...Read more
  • Christchurch

    Christchurch

    Most travellers use Christchurch as a base for exploring the south island, but there is plenty to see in this upwardly-mobile city...Read more
  • Arthur’s Pass National Park

    Arthur’s Pass National Park

    Head into Arthur’s Pass National Park by road and you’ll encounter some of New Zealand’s most spectacular engineering, including viaducts, precipitous bridges and redirected waterfalls...Read more
  • Dunedin

    Dunedin

    Little Dunedin is full of pretty gardens and boutique cafes, making a lovely stop on routes on the south island...Read more
  • Nelson

    Nelson

    Nelson Tasman is known as one of New Zealand’s most artistic places, with painters, sculptor and jewellery makers are living here...Read more
  • Lake Heron

    Lake Heron

    Lake Heron Station is an authentic working sheep farm, making it the perfect place to experience high-country New Zealand life...Read more
  • Wellington

    Wellington

    Creative Wellington has a claim to be New Zealand’s most cultural city...Read more

New Zealand Lord of the Rings route

Head into Mordor, explore Isengard and chill out in Hobbiton
Approx. 19 days
Auckland (1 days) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (3) → Wellington (3) → Nelson (1) → Kaikoura (1) → Lake Heron (1) → Lake Tekapo (1) → Queenstown (2) → Milford Sound (1) → Queenstown (1) → Auckland (2)
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New Zealand wildlife and waterways

New Zealand in two weeks
Approx. 14 days
Auckland (1 days) → Lake Taupo (2) → Marlborough Sounds (3) → Kaikoura (3) → Queenstown (1) → Milford Sound (1) → Queenstown (3)
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South Island wildlife route

Whale-watching, birding and wildlife on New Zealand’s south island
Approx. 13 days
Christchurch (1 days) → Milford Sound (2) → Stewart Island (3) → Dunedin (2) → Kaikoura (2) → Nelson (3)
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Complete New Zealand

Explore everything New Zealand has to offer
Approx. 20 days
Auckland (1 days) → Coromandel (2) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (2) → Wellington (2) → Kaikoura (1) → Christchurch (1) → Lake Tekapo (1) → Queenstown (2) → Wanaka (2) → Franz Josef Glacier (2) → Christchurch (2)
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