Do you remember the first time you took an overseas holiday? Boarded a plane, letting the engines take you away before stepping onto the tarmac a few hours later, in another country, mere footsteps from a world yet to be discovered?
New Zealand doesn’t hold back on adventure, thrills and the sort of chills that leave you breathless with happiness… and maybe a little adrenaline, if you’re into bungy, canyon swings or sky-diving. Nature-driven journeys; food and wine tours; attractions to delight the young, the hard-to-impress, the retired, the middle-aged, the 20-somethings, the 30-somethings and everyone in-between. You’re this close to unlocking it all. But what can you do? What should you see? We’ve nailed down three options to get you started.
See Auckland from the Sky
There’s more to Auckland than the harbour views, island adventures and world-expanding day-tours operating out of its lively hub. Look up. The City of Sails wouldn’t be complete without its 328m icon, standing proudly above the CBD, promising all sorts of sensations, including exquisite dishes to tickle your inner foodie. But the main attraction will always be the panoramic sky-deck, exhibiting the Auckland area for 80km in every direction – north, south, east, west… you’ll spend a while spotting landmarks and enjoying the view.
Travel Tip: Need an extra zing in your report back home? Why not try the SkyJump or the SkyWalk? There are weight limits though, so be mindful of the scale before booking.
Need-to-Know: Combos are available if both experiences tick your adrenaline-pumping boxes.
Join in the Gold Rush at Skipper’s Canyon
Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Combining 4WD fun with a splash of sight-seeing and liberal lashings of photogenic views, this Skipper’s Canyon tour isn’t your average day-trip. Recommended by locals and visitors alike as a must-do, you’ll be blown away (and a little unnerved) by the twisting roads of Skipper’s Canyon, stopping at the lovely Lighthouse Rock before carefully driving over the breath-stealing Skipper’s Suspension Bridge. Pan for gold, explore the historical township or enjoy a bite to eat at Skipper’s Schoolhouse before piling back into the 4WD to bump on back to Queenstown.
Travel Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for Lord of the Rings filming locations!
Need-to-Know: There is no minimum age! Car-seats are available upon request. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Conquer the Canopy of Rotorua
Leave the dash and dazzle of urban New Zealand behind and traverse 553m of suspended majesty, as the gentle Redwoods of Rotorua await your curiosity. Let the birds sound your way along this 30 to 45-minute nature walk with a difference, pausing to soak in the majesty of 22 forest giants and climbing to a towering 12m across safe suspension bridges strung in the treetops. Not keen on the daytime crowds? The Redwoods Treewalk welcomes adventurers when the stars come out, transforming a daytime escape into an evening experience.
Travel Tip: Is it raining outside? Perfect! There’s nothing quite like the ethereal beauty of Redwoods in wet weather. Grab a raincoat, rug up and head out!
Need-to-Know: No experience is required to explore the treetops. Walk at your own pace, harness-free, in complete safety.
Don’t dream about your next adventure, live it. Begin your New Zealand holiday plan today.