At The Road Trip, we believe that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We’re proud to offer a wide range of tours and activities to help you explore its natural wonders. While many tourists flock to the classic destinations like Milford Sound and Queenstown, we’re excited to share some of our favourite off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer unique and unforgettable experiences.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is a paradise for nature lovers, boasting pristine golden beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush native forest. Adventurous travellers can explore the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track, while kayaking and wildlife tours are popular activities. Snorkelling or diving tours allow visitors to explore the park’s crystal-clear waters, and guided sea kayaking trips provide a unique perspective on the hidden coves and scenic bays.
Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers offer some of the best glacier experiences in the world. Take a guided tour to explore the ice caves and crevasses, or embark on a thrilling helicopter tour for an unforgettable aerial view. Hike along the glacier valleys for stunning landscapes, and learn about the region’s unique geological history. These two glaciers are two of only three in the world to be surrounded by rainforest! (along with the Grey Glacier in Chile).
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Aoarki/Mount Cook National Park is a nature lover’s paradise, home to New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Take a scenic flight or helicopter tour for incredible views of the glaciers and snow-capped mountains. Explore the park’s stunning hiking trails and discover hidden waterfalls and alpine lakes. The park is also renowned for stargazing, with clear night skies providing the perfect backdrop for a memorable astronomy experience.
Doubtful Sound is a pristine wilderness area and the second-largest fiord in New Zealand. Take a scenic cruise to witness breathtaking landscapes and wildlife, or embark on a kayaking or fishing tour for a more intimate experience. Explore the area’s hidden coves and inlets and witness playful dolphins and seals that call the fiord home.
Punakaiki is a small coastal town renowned for its natural wonders, including the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Take a leisurely stroll through the Pancake Rocks Walk and marvel at the limestone formations and impressive blowholes. Explore the nearby Pororari River Track for stunning rainforest and river scenery.
Kaikōura is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts, with its stunning marine life and natural wonders. Take a whale watching tour to witness the majestic creatures up close, or embark on a dolphin swimming or seal kayaking tour. Explore the nearby peninsula for scenic hiking trails and breathtaking ocean views.
Wānaka is a picturesque alpine town that boasts stunning scenery, adventure activities, and a relaxed atmosphere. Explore the nearby Mount Aspiring National Park for stunning hiking trails and backcountry experiences. Take a scenic flight or helicopter tour for unforgettable views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wānaka or indulge in some of the town’s world-class restaurants and wineries.
Rakiura/Stewart Island offers a unique and unforgettable nature experience. Witness the island’s stunning birdlife including the iconic kiwi, on a guided nature tour. Explore the island’s hiking trails and beaches, or indulge in some of the island’s famous seafood and locally sourced produce.
Whitianga is the perfect destination for relaxation and adventure, with an idyllic beach town feel. Explore the stunning Mercury Bay and Cathedral Cove on a kayaking or snorkelling tour, or take a scenic flight to discover the area’s hidden coves and beaches. Indulge in some of the town’s famous seafood and wine, and unwind with a beachside massage or spa treatment.
Paihia is a charming coastal town and the gateway to the stunning Bay of Islands, offering a plethora of activities and experiences. Take a dolphin watching or fishing tour to explore the bay’s crystal-clear waters or hike to the famous Haruru Falls for stunning scenery. Explore the town’s local markets and boutique shops and indulge in some of the best seafood and wine the region has to offer.
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