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Backpacking and Wilderness Adventures New Zealand
New Zealand is every traveller’s dream – full of amazing backpacking tours and wilderness adventures. The country takes adventure tourism experiences seriously, after all, it is here in Queenstown that bungy jumping was invented.
Expect everything on our range of New Zealand adventures from snow-capped mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes and roaring rivers, to golden sand beaches and rugged remote coastlines – all made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies.
Travelling in New Zealand has a special place in the hearts of many adventure travellers. Who knows you might even see some Hobbits.
AucklandAuckland is New Zealand's largest city holding nearly one-quarter of the entire population. It is also one of the most spread out cities in the world making exploring difficult. However it is a beautiful city hugging the shores of its harbour and nestled between the hilly landscape sculpted by over 20 extinct volcanoes 0 the move obvious perhaps being Rangitoto which sits in the middle of the harbour. Make the most of your time in Auckland but getting just out of the city for areas such as Waiheke Island for its wine tasting and beaches, the Waitakeres for its natural bush lands and wild black sand West Coast beaches, or grab a bike and cycling around the bays for a summer ice-cream in one of the many bars and cafes.
CoromandelThe township of Coromandel itself is the gateway to the peninsula where artists and alternatives have made their home amongst the beautiful beaches and mountainous rainforests. Join the slow-down crowd and enjoy life sipping a late coffee in one of the fabulous cafes.
Coromandel BeachesThere are too many fantastic beaches along the Coromandel coast to mention. Hahei is known for its pink sand and underwater marine sanctuary, Whangamata for its fantastic surf, and Hot Water Beach for it's yup you guessed it - hot water! Dig a hole in the sand and make yourself a natural spa pool. Don't miss the opportunity to take a hike or sea kayak to the iconic Cathedral Cove.
HobbitonThis is perhaps the most famous village where no one lives in the whole world. Hobbiton is the original movie set of the Shire, where the Hobbits live, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Complete with a sheep farm, the hobbits' small homes, The Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can have a real Hobbit ale.
RaglanRaglan is an amazing small beach full of arts and crafts in a really laid back environment. Raglan is also known in surf world for having arguably the longest left hand break in the world. It is the perfect place to learn to surf. In the harbour sea-kayaking and paddle boarding are really popular summer activities.
RotoruaRotorua may look normal when you drive through the streets, but once you get close, you can almost feel the ground bubbling under your feet, and you can certainly not escape the sulphur smell penetrating the air. Rotorua is alive with geo-thermal activity - bubbling hot mud, shooting geysers, and natural hot springs. Get your self immersed in a mineral hot pool and replenish your skin and your soul. Rotorua is also one of the hearts of traditional Maori culture in New Zealand. Explore the Buried Village and experience an incredibly rich cultural rooted in family and giving.
TaupoLake Taupo is the caldera of one of the largest volcanic eruptions to hit this planet. There are some that attribute the extinction of the dinosaurs to that eruption. In the summer the lake and it's name sake township are a playground for boating and water activities. To the south the Tongariro National Park provides a mountainous backdrop which is covered in snow in the winter.
Tongariro National ParkThe Tongariro National Park comprises of 3 active volcanoes: Tongariro; Ngauruhoe; and Ruapehu. In winter it is a playground for mountaineers and snow skiers. In the summer the full-day Tongariro Crossing hike is considered on of the best one-day walks in the world. One side of the park is lush native New Zealand forest while the other side is a stark bitter alpine desert. The scenery is stunning and certainly Peter Jackson thought so when he cast Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Whanganui National ParkThe spectacular Whanganui River winds its way 290km through the Whanganui National Park carving itself through steep natural bush covered slopes and lunar like landscapes. It is the perfect playground for one-day and multi-day hiking, mountain biking, horse-trekking and kayaking.
WellingtonNew Zealand's capital city might take some ribbing from the rest of the nation but Wellington is hive of culture, history and nature. The food and cafe scene is amongst the best in the world (in fact Wellington is regularly rated as one of the top 3 cities in the world to live) and more recently the craft beer culture has explored. Visit the Te Papa Museum, take a cable car over the city, wander the seafront at Oriental bar or just grab one of those amazing beers and watch the world go by in a Cuba Street cafe. But hold on to your hat as the name Windy Wellington did not come about from the hot air from the resident politicians. The Cook Strait between the islands and the Southern Ocean are right there knocking on the harbour door.
PictonPicton is the gateway to the South Island for those arriving on the Cook Strait ferry. It is a quaint small harbour town nestled around the water edge. The harbour famously changes colour with the seasons and weather. Relax in one of the many cozy cafes, head out in to the Marlborough Sounds for a dolphin safari, go sea kayaking or visit the floating maritime museum.
MarahauMarahau is also the main gateway to Able Tasman National Park for your sea-kayaking or hiking adventures. Meaning windy in Maori, Marahau is a natural beauty, with a delicious beach at high-tide while at low-tide locals dig for pipis and clams to cook on the BBQ.
NelsonSunny Nelson is a popular city close the golden beaches of the Able Tasman National Park and the surrounding artisan villages like Takahe. There is a real artistic vibe in the city with great restaurants, craft beer and wine. Take a walk to the top of Botanical Hill to the "centre of New Zealand" for beautiful views of all of Nelson and Tasman Bay.
KaikouraThe name Kaikoura actually means "food from the sea" in Maori. And the coastal town of Kaikoura is plentiful for sea life - from birds to whales, dolphins, and seals. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean a deep water warm current stocks the shores with plenty of smaller fish that attracts the large ocean dwellers.Whale watching is the most popular activity but we highly recommend swimming with the wild dolphins or seals as even more fun!
ChristchurchThe central city of Christchurch was virtually completely flattened by an earthquake only 10 years ago. The rebuild has been astounding and today it is a modern vibrant city. Buzzing cafes and bars, mix with pedestrian areas in a unique combination of traditional English heritage and amazing modern architecture more akin to a Northern European city. The central city is flat making it the perfect place to explore by bike or electric scooter.
Franz JosefFranz Josef feels like it is slowly being squeezed by the rainforests on the sides of the mighty southern alps into grasps of the Tasman Sea and the Southern Ocean. It is a lovely village perched almost precariously between the snow-covered high Alps and the wild West Coast. A hike to the receding Franz Josef Glacier is a must-do visiting New Zealand or choose the option to take a helicopter further up to explore the ice. Other hikes around the area are equally spectacular. If time permits a visit to the Okarito seal-colony on the coast is well worth the visit. New Zealand's glaciers are the faster receding glaciers in the world. Franz Josef glacier has retreated almost 10km in the last 30 years.
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