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Extraordinary Adventures in New Zealand

New Zealand, a stunning island nation located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, is on almost everyone's bucket list, because it's...an absolute dream. Widely known as one of the most breathtaking countries on the planet, its rugged mountains, remote valleys, beaches, fjords, lakes, and forests have us questioning if there's anything New Zealand doesn't have. The gorgeous landscapes and diverse ecosystems combined with the rich cultural heritage of the Māori people makes for a fulfilling and awe-inspiring trip for every adventurer.



Split into two main landmasses, the North Island and the South Island, New Zealand is deceptively diverse. The North Island is home to the largest city, Auckland, as well as the Bay of Islands, world-renowned golf courses, fly fishing sites, and geothermal hot springs. The South Island has the country's most spectacular scenery: Empty beaches, stunning fjords in Milford Sound, adventure sports in Queenstown, the breathtaking Southern Alps, and the famous Abel Tasman National Park.


Best times to travel: New Zealand experiences a temperate climate with mild summers (December to February) and cool winters (June to August). Summer is peak tourist season in New Zealand and considered the best time to travel, but spring and autumn are also desirable with the changes in foliage, blooming flowers, and pleasant weather.


North Island


Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a cluster of 144 islands on North Island characterized by crystal-clear turquoise waters, secluded coves, and sandy beaches. The Bay of Islands is full of sites of cultural and archaeological significance to explore, as well as an abundance of outdoor activities you'd expect: swimming, snorkeling, island hopping, and hiking.


Stay here: The Landing is a beautiful and tranquil estate encompassing lush landscapes, secluded beaches, and pristine forests. The property sits within 1,000 acres of native bush, wetland bird sanctuary and farmland, which guests have full access to roam through on a network of tracks. The four luxurious residences are positioned for peace and privacy and are crafted from rich natural materials.



Do not miss: Private sea kayaking & beach fishing - a short 15 minute transfer to Mahinepua Peninsula, paddle through the gentle waters of rocky outcrops and clear reefs. At lunch time, enjoy a gourmet beach picnic fully catered by a talented chef using seasonal local produce, then have the opportunity for beach fishing, involving the setup of a traditional kiwi kontiki (25 hook longline) and casting surfcaster rods. A typical catch includes snapper, red gurnard, and kahawai (black back salmon).



Taupō

In the heart of the North Island, Taupō offers incredible beauty, outdoor adventure, and relaxation. Lake Taupō is the centerpiece of a region with spectacular volcanic cones and boasts the largest fresh water lake in Australasia, making it the perfect spot for water lovers to enjoy sailing, water skiing, or kayaking. Taupō is also the gateway to the Tongariro National Park.


Stay here: Huka Lodge is situated on the banks of the Waikato River, near the Huka Falls. The lodge is set within 17 acres of manicured grounds, providing a peaceful and private atmosphere for guests. The location offers views of the river, lush greenery, and the nearby mountains.


Do not miss: Guided heli adventure on Mount Tarawera - combine the thrill of landing on Mount Tarawera with a helicopter flight that includes spectacular aerial views of our stunning crater lakes, the renowned Tarawera Falls, and the vibrant Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu geothermal reserves. Once landed, ferry across the river and begin your land-based tour to experience hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland.


Fly fishing - the skilled and meditative pastime of fly fishing from the banks or shallows of a deep turquoise river is one of New Zealand’s most enduring sports. The Taupō region is New Zealand’s most popular trout fishing region and is renowned as home to some of the world’s best fly fishing rivers. The Waitahanui, Hinemaiaia and Tongariro rivers are great attractions, while the surrounding lush green scenery makes it a peaceful – if challenging – pastime for anglers of all ages and stages.



Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay is renowned for its world-class wineries and vineyards, but there is much more to enjoy here than an excellent Syrah or Sauvignon Blanc. The warm, dry climate is conducive to a number of outdoor activities including cycling, walking the trails of the Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks, heading up to Te Mata Peak for panoramic views of the entire area, or stroll the streets of Napier – the town boasts phenomenal Art Deco architecture that's considered one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world. Hawke's Bay is also a golfer's dream destination for both seasoned golfers and beginners. Golfers can enjoy teeing off against a backdrop of rolling hills, vineyards, and the sparkling ocean.


Stay here: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a luxurious lodge located in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Situated on a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm, the lodge offers a unique blend of natural beauty, upscale accommodations, world-class golf and unparalleled hospitality. Perched on a dramatic cliff-top overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers boasts gorgeous views of the rugged coastline, rolling hills, and pristine beaches.



Do not miss: Can-am ATV Experience - the sheer expanse of the property is hidden to many unless they take the Can-am Tour. Inaccessible to a regular vehicle, the Can-am Tour will take you to the furthermost reaches of the property with views south towards Ocean Beach and Bare Island and unrivaled vistas across the entire farm towards Napier and the surrounding ranges. Venture through an old creek bed, across expansive farmland, and down to historic Rangaika Beach.


Cycle to wineries on Hawke's Bay Trails - rent a bike and buckle up your helmet. The Hawke's Bay Trails are a network of cycle trails which link between Napier, Hastings, and the greater Hawke's Bay area. Passing through wineries and vineyards, this is the ultimate way for active-foodies to taste their way around the region.



South Island


Kaiteriteri

Stunning beach and crystal-clear waters, the tiny picturesque town of Kaiteriteri is used by many as a base for exploring the popular Abel Tasman National Park. Visitors can embark on scenic cruises, water taxis, or hiking trips to explore the park's scenic trails, experience beaches, encounter the diverse wildlife, including seals and dolphins, and grab some of New Zealand's freshest seafood or a coffee with a view.


Stay here: Nestled amidst native bushland and perched on a hill overlooking Tasman Bay, Split Apple Retreat offers a tranquil and rejuvenating sanctuary for those seeking relaxation, wellness, and natural beauty. Renowned for its gourmet Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine and myriad of health and wellness services, unwind in luxury.



Do not miss: Private Abel Tasman charter - join your skipper on board your private charter to explore the Abel Tasman National Park's coastline; past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round golden sandy bays, Adele and Fishermans Islands and on to Tonga Island seal colony. You’ll have the chance to kayak around Tonga Island and walk in the park.



Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park lies in the center of the South Island with its towering mountains, steep gorges, wide braided rivers and magnificent waterfalls. The wide riverbeds and vast beech forests of the eastern side of the park stand in striking contrast to the deeply gorged rivers flowing through the dense rain forest of the west.


Stay here: FLOCKHILL Homestead sits proudly yet peacefully in an elevated position in the center of a valley, attuned to the surrounding wilderness and bearing witness to undisturbed life in the Southern Alps. The homestead includes a private chef and attendant, daily breakfast, lunch, and four-course, family-style or BBQ dinner, and mountain and e-bikes. Fill your days with fresh mountain air, fine food and wine, and life-changing experiences.



Do not miss: Explore the 36,000 acre working sheep station on horseback. Be led through grassland, beech forest, crystal clear streams, manuka shrub, tussock valleys and boulder fields on barefoot New Zealand high country horses, who know the land as well as our Southern Alps guide. Your guide will share with you personal high-country experiences and the area's pioneering history.


Truffle hunting - with perfect timing you will be picked up for a helicopter flight over the back reaches of Flock Hill Station to the heart of Canterbury’s limestone country to the truffière - Kings Truffles. With the dogs, you'll be welcomed as part of a truffle hunt. The working dog who sniffs out the buried bounty receives a treat of his own providing you with a truffle treat to be brought back to the homestead for lunch.



Lake Wānaka

Lake Wānaka has something of interest for everyone. The lake itself offers great fishing, boating and even gold-panning opportunities, while the neighboring Mt. Aspiring National Park is home to glaciers, mountains and river valleys waiting to be explored. Wānaka, one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand, lies on the shores of the lake and attracts visitors with its relaxed atmosphere.


Stay here: Mahu Whenua is a luxury five-suite Lodge and Eco Sanctuary based in Wanaka. You will enjoy total privacy in a setting which spans over 55,000 acres of majestic beauty - towering mountains, lush green valleys, native bush, protected bird sanctuary, forests and meandering rivers. The relaxed farmhouse kitchen, large open plan living room, dining room and endless outdoor spaces give guests room to unwind.



Do not miss: Private heli hiking - directly accessed by helicopter, take off to explore Mt. Aspiring National Park in safety and private with a professional outdoor guide. The experience starts with a stunning scenic drive through the Matukituki Valley where you will rendezvous with a waiting helicopter. Here you will lift by helicopter fly over lakes, beautiful rivers, over glaciers and snow-capped mountains before coming to land on an alpine ridge with epic views of Mt. Aspiring.



Te Anau

Te Anau provides a serene and idyllic setting for exploring the wonders of Fiordland. The renowned Milford Sound, with its dramatic cliffs and cascading waterfalls, is easily accessible from Te Anau. For those seeking outdoor adventures, the region has an extensive network of hiking trails, including the world-famous Milford Track and the Kepler Track, and charming cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops.


Stay here: Located at the very gateway to the Fiordland National Park, Fiordland Lodge is the perfect base from where to explore. The lodge itself is an architectural marvel, designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment. Constructed with timber and stone, it exudes warmth and elegance, while large windows and open spaces offer captivating views of the surrounding landscapes.



Do not miss: Private guide for the day - allow yourself to be guided by nature with a tailor made itinerary that can be changed at any time. You are in control of your own journey at Fiordland National Park with a private vehicle and guide. Get away from the crowds and see the many hidden gems this area has to offer.



 

It's the perfect time to start planning your trip to New Zealand! Email us at info@tributravel.com to inquire.


 

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