Navigating exhilarating seashores, lush forests and glacier slopes on this trip highlighting New Zealand’s legendary wilderness will be easy thanks to VBT-designed hikes such as Franz Josef Glacier walkaround and glowworm night adventure.
Discover a vibrant culture. From historic gold rush towns to volcanic geothermal areas with boiling mud pools and tranquil lakes, this trip of a lifetime is sure to amaze.
Lake Wanaka provides this picturesque town with the ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to come together year-round and indulge in activities such as hiking, biking and water activities – while winter brings visitors seeking skiing opportunities in the Southern Alps.
Make the most of your visit to Wanaka by exploring its array of restaurants and cafes, such as Burrito Craft, Charlie Brown’s Crepes and Big Fig. Additionally, enjoy rafting or kayaking tours on Lake Wanaka; go fishing; or engage in one of many outdoor activities available here.
Discover a fantastic variety of shops and activities in the surrounding area, perfect for hiking and mountain biking. The Pisa Conservation Area is an extremely popular biking spot; boasting 22,000 hectares of breathtaking high country with breathtaking views of Upper Clutha and Wakatipu basins as well as the Southern Alps!
If you’re an experienced mountain biker, guided bike tours offer the best way to experience Wanaka’s trails. There are various tours available, offering everything from relaxing tours for beginners and intermediate bikers all the way up to more advanced technical climbs. Plus, booking private tours gives you even more freedom!
Auckland provides a diverse selection of bike trails that run through tranquil neighborhoods and coastal areas, perfect for first-time and experienced bikers alike. There’s something here for all, including families with young riders or newcomers looking for an easy experience such as the Lookout MTB Track at Shakespear Regional Park which features an easy route that won’t challenge younger cyclists.
Totara Park in Manurewa provides another family-friendly option with its network of trails winding through its forests. Popular among mountain bikers, you’ll also have ample chances to spot native birds and other forms of wildlife here.
Mt Eden, one of Auckland’s dormant volcanoes, is an impressive landmark that offers spectacular views and offers visitors an insight into Maori heritage. A short ferry ride will bring them directly to its summit for viewing its crater rim.
Rangitoto Island, an iconic dormant volcanic cone located just offshore Auckland city, provides visitors with an iconic experience. They can explore it on foot or kayak tour while watching the sunset over Auckland harbour. Other must-do activities include scaling Sky Tower to appreciate panoramic city views or taking a guided hike up One Tree Hill (an extinct volcano with former Maori pa settlement) for breathtaking panoramas or simply strolling its scenic paths and taking advantage of world-class shopping and dining in Auckland’s downtown district district for added luxury shopping and dining experiences!
Hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and steam vents have earned this region its moniker of “thermal wonderland.” Explore volcanic sights with a guide, such as Lady Knox Geyser or Wai-O-Tapu Park’s crater lakes; you may even get lucky enough to spot walking pathways traversing across them for exceptional views of all volcanic activity!
Whakarewarewa Village, where Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahia tribes welcome visitors to discover traditional Maori culture and heritage, features hangi cooking demonstrations, song and dance performances and historical landmarks – a perfect open-air museum of Maori heritage!
Ride the Skyline Gondola up Mount Ngongotaha for breathtaking views of Rotorua and its surroundings – such as distant mountains and lakes. You will experience panoramic vistas that stretch like a 2D map across your viewfinder!
Hike the Tarawera Trail for expansive views of lake areas and hilly terrain. At Te Rata Bay, there’s even a natural hot water beach where hikers can soak their feet! A convenient lake water taxi offers convenient transport between hikers and the bay.
Rotorua Canopy Tours offer a unique adventure: ascend an ancient rimu tree and swing across bridges while learning about local plants and fauna from your guide. Plus, every tour supports forest restoration!
Christchurch offers a range of bike rides that showcase its beauty and charm, from city trails to the Port Hills peaks. Admire Avon River as flat-bottomed punts glide slowly along its banks; cycle tree-lined avenues for an inner city experience; Christchurch Botanic Gardens are nearby as are Hagley Park as well as transitional Re Start container mall and Cardboard Cathedral, local markets or boutique stores for an unforgettable shopping experience!
If you prefer climbing rather than walking or mountain biking to reach your goal, take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola and enjoy aerial views of the city, mountains, and sea from above. It can serve as an enjoyable break between walking, hiking or mountain biking trips.
For an exhilarating ride, check out the Rapaki Trail starting from Sign of the Kiwi car park off Summit Road. This moderate track boasts several steep sections that will get your blood pumping. Also popular among walkers, be mindful to maintain a safe speed and remain respectful at all times.
New Zealand may be small, but there’s so much to discover! From peaceful boat cruises on Okarito Lagoon to adventurous hikes up mammoth glaciers – New Zealand offers incredible nature and culture on every side! Explore its South Island to uncover more.