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Waikoropupu Springs
With pristine waters, Waikoropupu Springs, near
Nelson at the top of the South Island, are
reputedly the clearest fresh water springs in the
world, with an outflow of approximately 2160
million litres of water every 24 hours.
  • Frying Pan Lake at Waimangu is one of the
    worlds largest hot pools 38,000 square metres
    in area, and fed by numerous acid springs. The
    lake fills part of a crater formed by the 1886
    Tarawera eruption. It has a flat floor, mainly
    about 6 metres deep, although some vents are up
    to 20 metres deep. Lake temperature is generally
    between 45 and 55C.

  • The Catlins area sits at the bottom of the
    South Island on the east coast, running from Kaka
    Point in the north to Fortrose in the south. This
    area is part of the Southern Scenic Route which
    runs from Dunedin, down through the Catlins to
    Invercargill and north-west to Te Anau. The main
    service area of the Catlins is the tiny town of
    Owaka (population 450) which is located 115km
    south of Dunedin and 130 km north of Invercargill

  • Sand, surf, sea life. One of the most
    popular West Coast beaches in the Auckland area
    is Muriwai, a surf beach of around 60km. The
    Muriwai Regional Park is an area of protected
    native bush, sand dunes and walking tracks. It
    features unique formations of pillow lava in the
    cliffs behind Maori Bay in the south, revealing
    the violent geological history of the area.

  • The seaside settlement of Kaikoura,
    situated midway between Christchurch and Picton
    on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South
    Island, is overlooked by majestic mountains which
    are snow-capped for many months of the year.

  • Aoraki/Mount Cook (70,696 hectares) is New
    Zealand's great alpine park. It contains the
    highest mountains and the largest glaciers.
    Aoraki/Mount Cook Village and visitors to the
    park are dwarfed by the immensity of the
    landscape that surrounds them.

  • Ninety Mile Beach is on the western coast
    of the North Auckland Peninsula. It is terminated
    by rocky volcanic headlands, Scott Point to the
    north and Reef Point to the south. Between the
    two points is a beautiful arching beach of white
    sand facing the Tasman Sea. The origin of the
    name is uncertain, for the beach measures only 55

Water Transport
Interislander Lynx
The Interislanders two passenger/ vehicle ships,
Arahura and Aratere, offer a convenient and
regular daily service across the 19 kilometre
stretch of water separating the North and South
islands. Cruising time is 3 hours.
By comparison, the lynx a high speed
car/passenger catamaran, reduces this to 135
Tourist Destinations
National Parks
Laundry Service
Room Service
Restaurant/ bar service
Bed Breakfast
Foreign Exchange service
Northland is made up of farmland and some of New
Zealands Most Beautiful Beaches. Much of New
Zealands earliest history is in Northland so
there are a Lot of attractions relating to the
Treaty of Waitangi and early settlers Some of
the worlds finest big game fishing can be
enjoyed in Northland, and there are lots of safe
swimming and surf beaches. In fact, hundreds of
miles of coastline remain unspoilt.
  • Kaitaia is the main centre for Northland. From
    here you can take bus trips to Cape Reinga which
    is located at the very top of New Zealand where
    the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. In stormy
    weather the waves can be 10m high. Further on is
    the famous Ninety Mile Beach.

  • Cape Reinga/ Ninety Mile Beach - A number of
    operators offer daily tours from Kaitaia to the
    above. Tours generally include Cape Reinga,
    Ninety Mile Beach, Te Paki sand dunes (toboggans
    on coach), Ancient Kauri Kingdom, Aupouri forest,
    Wagener Park and some include a picnic lunch.
  • Private tours to Cape Reinga/ Ninety Mile Beach -
    You decide exactly where you want to go. Travel
    in luxury 4x4 vehicles. Gourmet lunches included.
  • Visit Cape Reinga from Paihia - If you do not
    mind a really long day you can also visit these
    two attractions as a day trip by bus from Paihia
    (Bay of Islands).
  • Wagener Park Museum - This attraction is
    located north of Kaitaia and often included on
    day trips to Cape Reinga. It has museum, beach
    front café, golf course and camping ground.

Bay of Islands
  • The Bay of Islands is located 240 Kilometres
    north of Auckland, and is part of the Northern
    region. It takes about 4 hours 15 minutes to get
    there by car from Auckland. You can fly from
    Auckland to the Bay of Islands on Air New
    Zealand. The main town centre for the Bay of
    Islands is Paihia, and many tourists will base
    themselves here and visit surrounding attractions.

Paihia is right on the waterfront and tourists
can take many different trips on the water or
they can catch a ferry across to the quaint
township of Russell (NZs First Capital). They
could travel ten minutes north to Waitangi, or 15
minutes to Kerikeri, where there are orchards,
crafts and a famous landmark the stone store.
It is even possible to do a day trip from Paihia
to Cape Reinga the top of the North Island The
Bay of Islands is known as a centre for big game
fishing and many fishing charters leave from
Paihia. You can have a boat to yourself or share
the cost with others who also want to fish.
  • Waitangi is a place of national heritage
    and is a 10 minute walk from Paihia.
  • It was here that the treaty of Waitangi was
    signed on the 6th February 1840. You can visit
    the Treaty house, which is now a national museum
    and visitor centre. The treaty house is set in
    the park-like grounds and there is also a Maori
    meeting house and war canoe the largest in the
    world. Come back in the evening for an excellent
    Maori cultural performance.

Located 15 minutes from Paihia and close to where
the airport for the Bay of Islands, Kerikeri has
some wonderful arts and crafts shops, with a
particular Emphasis on pottery. There is an art
and craft trail laid out so you can ensure you
miss none of the main points of interest.
Here are some of Kerikeri attractions
  • Makana confections
  • If you love chocolate than you will love the
    Makana Confections. There is a visitor
  • viewing area where you can see hand dipped
    chocolates being made.
  • The Orange Centre
  • Enjoy a tour around the citrus and kiwifruit
    orchard on the orange mobile. The café
  • Has pure orange juice, an Art/Craft shop and
  • The Stone Store
  • This building was first used by missionaries to
    store their supplies and then later leased
  • to shopkeepers until the Historical Places Trust
    took it over. It is the oldest stone building
  • in New Zealand (1832).

Russell has a colourful history and was central
in the Northern Wars in the early 19th century.
Bullet holes from an early battle can still be
seen in the local church. It was once known as
the hell hole of the Pacific, as it was a shore
leave destination for sailors, whalers and
traders hence the scene of many drunken
brawls. After the signing of the Treaty of
Waitangi, Russell became the countrys first
Located three hours drive north of Auckland
Whangarei is situated on a harbour and is close
to some of New Zealands most spectacular beaches.
Waterfront well laid out area has lots of gift
shops, art and craft galleries, cafes,
restaurants and is where Claphams clock Museum
is located.
Beaches Most beautiful beaches can be found on
the east coast of Whangarei.
Kelly Tarlton's
Auckland is a major gateway to New Zealand and
75 of international visitors arrive into New
Zealand through Auckland. It was the official
capital of New Zealand from 1840-1865 and boasts
nearly a third of New Zealands Population.
Rainbows End
Pacifica Festival
Ellerslie Flower show
Starlight Symphony
The largest, most innovative and exciting flower
and garden.
Held each year in February it attracts huge
crowds. Bring your own picnic and wine.
Heineken Open
Around the Bays
Has a rich Agricultural base dominated by dairy
farming, but also featuring sheep and beef,
thoroughbred horse studs, deer farming and fruit
This City is now Bigger than Dunedin and is New
Zealands third largest city. It has the Waikato
River running through it with walkways along the
river bank and a pretty lake in its centre-
Hamilton Lake.
Popular Activities
Waikato River
Walking The paved walkways and wooden ramps make
the walk one of the best river side walks in NZ.
Cruising You can take a paddle steamer cruise
along the Waikato river
Facilities that support the activities on the
river range from accommodation to shops and
The Waikato river begins at port Waikato and
finishes in lake Taupo
Located 20 minutes north of Hamilton en route to
Auckland. The Huntly power station dominates the
skyline and is situated on the banks of the
Waikato River. Tours are available by appointment
A small rural town about 50 minutes east of
Located 15 minutes south of Hamilton, Cambridge
is well known for its beautiful tree-lined
streets and horse breeding in its surrounding
Waitomo caves
Otorohanga is an hours drive from Hamilton. It is
the closest town to thetWaitomo caves and is home
to the to the Kiwi House and Native Bird park. .
hanga is home
Black Water Rafting
World famous in New Zealand. for LP. Located on
the edge of the Hauraki plains and is a farming
centre for the area
Attractions not to be missed
Huka Jet- Jet boating Taupo Bungy De Bretts Hot
Pools Huka Falls Wairakei Resort International
Golf course A C Baths Prawn Farm River Rafting
"Travel and Tourism"
North Island
The Bay of Plenty
Te Puke
Mt Maunganui
"Bay of Plenty"
To travel from Auckland to Tauranga it will take
you 3 hours and 20 mins.
To travel from Hamilton to Tauranga it will take
you 1 hour and 55 mins.
To travel from Gisborne to Tauranga it will take
you 5 hours.
This is one of the main centres of the Bay of
Plenty region and is one of New Zealand's largest
It is known for its many historical attractions,
great beaches and is also seen as the gateway to
nearby Mount Maunganui which is a popular holiday
"Mount Maunganui"
Mt Maunganui township is located at the foot of
Mt Maunganui.
Which is 232 meters high and set on the end of a
narrow peninsula.
This is one of New Zealand's favourite summer
holiday spots, with fantastic beaches and great
conditions for a variety of water sports.
"Te Puke"
The kiwifruit capital of the world!!!!!
This is what Te Puke is most well known for
kiwifruit! But there are also some great bush
walks, beautiful rivers and excellent beaches.
Visitors come to Te Puke for these 3
things Kiwifruit country Te Puke vintage auto
barn. Longridge jets
Whakatane is located at the mouth of the
Whakatane river and right by the sea, with
excellent beaches nearby.
An awesome active Volcano situated in the Bay of
Plenty approximately 50km from the shore.
Accessible on scenic flights from Rotorua, Taupo,
Tauranga and Whakatane.
This is New Zealands most active volcano and is
always rumbling smoking or puffing out steam.
..White Island..
This is North Islands most famous destination
for overseas visitors. Here the absolute power
of natures forces will amaze you These are
some of the activities you can do in
Rotorua Lakeland Queen cruises Agrodome Sky
line Skyrides Rotorua museum Wai-o-tapu Zorb
Polynesian spa.
Millennium Rotorua chamber music festival
Located at Rotorua convention centre. Features a
variety of eight concerts in seven days. Held in
Rotorua to Matamata Fun Ride..
Held at lake Rotorua, in January. Boats from
across N.Z will bring the shores of lake Rotorua
to life with the thrill and speed that only
powerboats can bring. The race headquarters will
be at Hannahs bay reserve, lake Rotorua.
  • Gisborne is the first city in New Zealand, and
    the world, to see the sun each day.
  • A lot of people come to Gisborne to celebrate the
    New Year as it is one of the first places in the
    world to see sun rise on the first day on

Wainui Beach
Activities at Gisborne
Te Poho-o-rawiri Marae.
Morere hot springs.
Fish/scuba/shark-dolphin Try trout fishing in
the outlying rivers or excellent deep sea fishing
charters available. Surfcasting, fishing and
scuba dive at prolific offshore reefs in the
area. Eyeball a shark in specially designed cages
underneath water or get friendly with dolphins
view from vessel. All gear supplied as necessary.
A semi-coastal native ,hilly ,forest area with
great beaches, surfing, fishing, horse trekking,
camping and bush tracks too.
Mahia peninsula
Contains the largest area of virgin forest in the
North Island and has steep ranges and deep
gorges. One of the main features of the park is
Lake Waikaremoana, and the walks through the park
are popular.
Hunting is on the popular activity list in the
national park- but you must obtain a permit from
the visitor centre first! AND..only pigs and
Urewera National Park..
..Hawkes Bay..
The Hawkes Bay has two main cities, Napier and
Hastings. If you were flying to Hawkes Bay you
would be flying into Napier.
Hawkes Bay has a Mediterranean climate, varied
landscape and is one of three farmed winemaking
regions in NZ.
Napier and Hastings are often referred to as the
twin cities and are less than 20 minutes apart.
This area is known as the fruit bowl of New
Zealand and is the largest producer of apples,
peaches and pears in New Zealand.
Splash Planet
This is a 6.5 hectare leisure park that has a
castle, pirate ship and 15 rides for children
including bumper boats, dodgems, flying fox, and
a train, etc
Frimley Rose Garden
This Rose garden has more than 5,500 roses and
rare species of trees.
The Tongariro National Park has the volcano peaks
of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruruhoe. It
is one of 100 sites in the world with dual world
Heritage Status for its natural cultural
values. It also offers great hiking tracks for
the adventurous.
..Tongariro National Park..
Getting Your Bearings
  • Lets start our exciting tour of New
    Zealands South Island with some geography so you
    can find your way around. Did you know the South
    Island is one third bigger than the North Island
    but has one third of the population.

Main Areas
  • Often when South Islanders describe a place, they
    talk with reference to four main areas the
    Southern Alps, the West Coast, the East Coast and
    the South Coast.

Mountains and Glaciers
  • The Southern Alps are a huge mountain range along
    an earthquake fault running from Southland right
    up to Nelson/Marlborough. They are very important
    South Island landmark, with the mountain tops
    covered in snow for much of the year. They can be
    seen from every South Island region.

Major Cities and Towns
National Parks
  • Many of the National Parks in New Zealand are
    found in the South Island. Here is one of these
    National Parks - the Abel Tasman.

Mountain, Rivers Lakes
  • There are several mountains, rivers and lakes of
    importance in the South Island.

Roads Highways
  • One of the best things about the South Island for
    the independent traveller is that there arent
    too many main roads! State Highway 6 runs all the
    way from Picton to Invercargill via the West
    Coast, and State Highway 1 runs all the way from
    Picton to Invercargill via East Coast.
  • Other important roads usually cross the Southern
    Alps or other high mountain ranges.
  • These include
  • Arthurs Pass you cross this to travel between
    Greymouth and Christchurch. SH73 an alpine
  • Haast Pass this links Otago to Westland. Part
    of SH6 from Haast to Wanaka.
  • Lewis Pass you could use this to travel between
    Nelson and Christchurch via the Inland Road. From
    Christchurch travel north to Waipara where the
    Lewis Pass SH7 branches inland.

  • Marlborough is a diverse region the gateway to
    the South Island. From the native bush and
    beautiful inlets of the Marlborough Sounds, to
    the fertile Wairau Plains, to the wild and rocky
    East Coast, Marlborough has something for
  • Picton the South Island port of the
    Lynx/Interislander ferries.
  • Marlborough Sounds the Marlborough sounds are
    breathtaking and cover a large portion of the top
    of the South Island.
  • Queen Charlotte Track This walk winds its way
    around Queen Charlotte Sound. You can take day
    walks on the tracks or do the entire tramp in
    about 5 days.

  • A quaint town located an the inner end of Pelorus
    Sound on State Highway 6, half way between
    Blenheim and Nelson. Havelock is the Greenshell
    Mussel Capital of the world you can even buy
    mussel pies here! Many people also choose
    Havelock as the starting point of a Marlborough
    Sounds boat cruise or sea kayaking trip.
  • Sea Kayaking many companies offer both guided
    trips and freedom rentals (unguided) in the
    Marlborough Sounds. Guide trips can be anything
    from one to five days and usually include all
    meals and snacks.
  • Sail/Cruise/Kayak a number of operators offer
    cruises, sailing charters or kayaks. The ideal
    way to see the Sounds in the water - there are
    guided kayaking tours or half day, full day or
    overnight sailing/cruise boat charters.

  • Blenheim is Marlboroughs main centre and is
    situated next to the large Wairau River on the
    Wairau Plains. It is one of New Zealands
    principal wine-growing regions and is well known
    for producing excellent Sauvignon Blancs and
  • Event every year in February the BMW Wine
    Marlborough a wine and gourmet food festival
    takes place in Blenheim. Over 200 wines are
    showcased from over 40 wineries. You can sample
    the wines and gourmet food and meet Marlboroughs
    leading wine makers and top NZ chefs. People
    attend from all over the country and relax to
    soothing classical jazz bands.

Wairau River
  • This is a large river that runs north through the
    Wairau Plains and into Cloudy Bay. It is known
    for good trout fishing.
  • Deluxe Coachlines this company offers a range
    of wine trails or you can design your own. They
    will also combine full day wine trails or include
    boutique vineyards in the nearby Nelson region.
    General sightseeing tours can be booked.
  • Brayshaw Museum Park Here you can see the
    reconstructed village of Beaverton this was the
    original name or Blenheim. They also specialise
    in vintage farm equipment and have a miniature

  • This is the marketing slogan for the Nelson
    region and really does sum up the types of
    experiences you can have there. It is a large
    region covering the north western corner of the
    South Island, with three national parks
    Kahurangi National Park, Abel Tasman and Nelson
    Lakes. Nelson offers diverse scenery, culture and
    attractions. It prides itself on four main themes
    sunshine, adventure, arts/craft and wine.
    Nelson is one of those rare places where you can
    ski in the morning, tramp around noon, have a BBQ
    on a secluded beach in the evening and then head
    to funky bars and cafes. The city of Nelson is
    the regions main centre and is situated in the
    bottom corner of Tasman Bay. The town is focused
    around the Cathedral and the Church Steps at the
    end of the main street. There are eating places
    offering outdoor dining and fine menus. Nelson
    was one of the first European settlements. Much
    of this history has been preserved, and you can
    see many old colonial buildings.

  • Hooked on Seafood happens every March and is an
    outdoor festival celebrating wine and seafood.
  • Happy Valley Adventures see thousands of acres
    of beautiful remote bush, awesome sea views and
    the worlds largest Matai trees, on your 4 wheel
    drive bike!
  • Boutique Vineyards there are many located along
    the horticultural plains between Nelson and
    Motueka.. The region is well known for its
    excellent medal winning Sauvignon Blancs.
  • Hoglund Art Glass you can watch them glass
    blowing, browse through their shop, dine in the
    café or take a glass workshop.
  • Nelson Helicopters an award winning company
    that offers scenic flights on demand 20 mins or
    longer. See golden beaches, snow-capped peaks and
    much more.
  • Hang Gliding Adventures for the ultimate buzz
    go hang gliding on a tandem flight.

Abel Tasman National Park
  • Named after the a Dutch Explorer who discovered
    New Zealand in 1642 it is the smallest and most
    popular of New Zealands national parks.
  • Walking and Tramping the Abel Tasman Coastal
    Track is said to be one of the most stunning
    tramps in the world - native bush, golden beaches
    and more. It takes 3-5 days to tramp.
  • Kayaking this offers a variety of guided trips
    and freedom rentals (unguided) are available.
    Anybody can go sea kayaking, even if you cant
    swim! A popular trip is the one day guided which
    departs daily from Marahau. This trip included
    gourmet lunch, morning and afternoon tea on
    secluded beaches that only kayakers can get to.

  • Doc Office Department of Conservation
  • The Department of Conservation office is located
    in nearby Motueka and can assist tourists with
    information on tides, book DOC huts that are
    located in the National Park, and assist with
    maps and transportation.
  • Water Taxis there are numerous water taxis
    available that offer casual walkers or those who
    just want to do a day walk the opportunity to be
    taken in to the National Park and dropped off and
    then later picked up at one of the beaches. Some
    of the water taxis can take kayaks giving greater

Golden Bay
  • Farewell Spit Tour a world class wildlife bird
    sanctuary and southern nesting spot for seabirds
    from the Arctic. The spit is protected land and
    the public not allowed on to it. The lighthouse
    tour is and absolute must and takes 5 hours you
    will see ancient shell and marine life fossils.
  • Harwoods Hole the longest vertical shaft (176m
    deep) in the Southern Hemisphere, located on
    Takaka Hill. You can see amazing karst
    (limestone) landscape. This area used to be
    quarried for marble and has some amazing cave
    systems that can be accessed on a variety of
    guided trips. You can see Harwoods Hole by a
    scenic helicopter.
  • Golden Bay is a colourful melting pot of dairy
    farming families, alternative lifestyles and
    European immigrants. It is separated from the
    rest of Nelson by the magnificent Mount Arthur
    ranges to the east and Kahurangi National Park to
    the south. Its is well known for its awesome
    sandy beaches and great climate, making it a
    favourite holiday spot for New Zealanders. It is
    35km long and is a sanctuary for many birds that
    fly all the way from places like Russia, just to
    spend summer with us.

Kahurangi National Park
  • Kahurangi means treasured possession, and it is
    the treasured home to over 100 bird species
    including rare Kiwis, 50 of New Zealands plant
    species and 80 of our Alpine plant species. It
    covers 400,000 hectares of wilderness making it
    New Zealands second largest National Park. The
    Heaphy Track is the most popular track in the
    Park, taking 46 days and links Golden Bay to
    Karamea on the West Coast. Kahurangi formed the
    backdrop to many scenes in the movie Lord of the
    Rings especially the barren slopes of Mt Owen.

Nelson Lakes National Park
  • This is the southern area of the Nelson region
    and borders the Westland, Canterbury and
    Marlborough regions. This park is described as
    having beach forest, valleys, isolated glacial
    lakes and craggy mountains. Nelson Lakes National
    Park is centred on two beautiful alpine lakes,
    Rotoiti and Rotorua. It is a great place for
    skiing, white water rafting, trout fishing,
    alpine tramping or walk lakeside tracks.
  • Mountaineering there are a number of good
    winter climbing routes suitable for experienced
    trampers and climbers.
  • Snow Sports a small club field is located on
    Mount Robert. Getting there involves a 1 1/2- 2
    hours climb from the road end. The Nelson Ski
    club offer limited accommodation and instruction.
  • Walking there is a network of short tracks
    exploring the forest, lake shore and glacial
    features of both lakes. Longer walks and alpine
    tramping are available.
  • Boating and Fishing there is good fishing for
    trout in both lakes with one of the best spots
    being the headwaters for both lakes.

  • DOC office Department of Conservation
  • This Department of Conservation Centre is
    located at St Arnaud which is at the northern end
    of the National Park. There are comprehensive
    displays and information on the park,
    accommodation and transport.
  • Accommodation
  • There is very limited accommodation with
    mainly hostels, motels and camping grounds at St
    Arnaud and Lake Rotoiti although there is an
    exclusive fishing lodge at Lake Rotorua.

St Arnaud
  • This alpine village is set on the shores of
    beautiful Lake Rotoiti, the starting point of the
    mighty Buller River. The Buller River is a
    paradise for white water rafters and trout
    fishers alike. St Arnaud is also the place to be
    based if you want to go skiing at Rainbow Ski
    Area which is located only 1 and a half hours
    drive from both Nelson and Blenheim.

Buller River
  • Known as the Mighty Buller, as it is the
    largest West Coast river. It runs all the way
    from Lake Rotoiti, through the Buller Gorge to
    Westport, where it flows into the sea. It has
    awesome trout fishing, white baiting, fantastic
    scenery and is famous for thrilling white water
    rafting trips. Action packed jet boating trips
    are also on offer.
  • White Water Rafting exhilarating white water
    and rugged West Coast scenery make rafting the
    Buller Gorge an adventure not to miss.
  • Walking across New Zealands longest swing
  • The Buller Gorge Swing Bridge is the longest
    swing bridge in NZ at 110 metres and is an
    experience in itself. It is the best place to get
    photos of the mighty Buller River and the
    spectacular pink granite that lines the gorge.
    You can return by a high speed flying fox while
    strapped in a secure harness.

  • Swing Bridge Centre on the Buller river offers
    a café on site and information on walks, the
    swing bridge and flying fox and you can try your
    hand at gold panning
  • Westport offers a range of mainly motel and bed
    and breakfast style accommodation within easy
    access to the river. It also has one camping
    ground. Westport also has banks, shops and 5

  • Kaikoura is a small picturesque fishing town
    located half way between Picton and Christchurch.
    It is located on a rocky Peninsula and in the
    surrounding waters a complex marine system
    provides a rich habitat for whales, dolphins,
    seals and wild birds. It is renowned for its
    fishing grounds and colourful reef diving. It is
    set against the dramatic backdrop of the Kaikoura
    Ranges, (snow capped throughout winter), and has
    a wild, rugged coastline. Kaikoura is famous for
    crayfish, whale watching, seals and dolphins.
    There are also excellent tramping tracks nearby
    and great skiing at Mt Lyford.

  • Whale Watch Kaikoura boat trips last about 2
    hours and depart year round with the first trip
    of the day departing at sunrise. The boats are
    specially built to give good viewing and photo
    opportunities. All trips are dependant on good
    sea conditions.
  • Dolphins/ Albatross Encounter watch or swim
    with the dusky dolphins, or get up close with the
    albatross the bird with the largest wingspan in
    the world. These trips last about 2 hours,
    departs year round and are dependant on good sea
  • Whale Watching by Air a great way to see the
    whales is from the air you can get very close
    for some excellent photo opportunities.
  • Sharks if your nerves are made of steel you may
    want to get up close to this predator inside a
    steel shark cage. View sharks feeding.
  • Mt Lyford Ski Area a year round destination,
    this ski area has wide open spaces and is magic
    for skiers and snowboarders. Terrific views of
    the pacific ocean and the terrain is suitable for
    all levels.
  • Kaikoura Ranges known to the locals as simply
    The Kaikouras, these majestic mountains form
    the backdrop for the town of Kaikoura, and can
    even be seen from parts of Wellington.

  • Marlborough is diverse gateway to south island
  • Picton famous for being the south island port of
    the lynx/interislander ferries.

Havelock well known for its kayaking/sea kayaking
  • Blenheim well known for their BMW wine event
    every year in February.

  • Major event Hooked on Seafood, happens every
    year in March and is an outdoor food festival
    celebrating food and wine.
  • Nelson is in the bottom corner of the Tasman bay.

Abel Tasman National Park
  • Abel tasman coastal track is said to be one of
    the most stunning tramps in the world with native
    bush, golden beaches, turquoise waters and great
    views of the Tasman Bay.
  • It takes 3-5 days to complete
  • Sea kayaking is also available to do at the
    National Park

Golden Bay
  • Golden Bay is well known for their awesome sandy
    beaches and great weather. Making it a favourite
    holiday spot for New Zealanders

A scene from Golden Bay
Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Mountaineering
  • Snow sports
  • Walking

Buller River
Well Known for
  • White water rafting
  • Ultimate descents
  • Buller Gorge swing bridge

Kaikoura is a small picturesque fishing town
located halfway between Picton and Christchurch.
Kaikoura provides a habitat for whales, dolphins,
seals and wild birds.
  • Tours for whale watching
  • Dolphins/Albatross encounters

  • No where else in the world quite like the West
    Coast of the South Island. The scenery is
    breathtaking - wild, rugged and remote. It is
    seperated from the rest of the South Island by
    the magnificent snow capped Southern Alps and
    most towns are situated right on the wild
  • Westland is divided into 3main areas-Buller in
    the north, Central Westland and South Westland,
    which is a World
  • Heritage area. You can see all kinds of wildlife
  • Here - giant snails, Yellow-eyed penguins, Black
  • Petrels and seals.
  • However, Westlands main asset would have to
  • be its hospitality - the people are hardy,
  • friendly and straight to the point!

  • The Honeycomb Caves
  • Spectacular limestone arch caves, complete
    with Moa bones, and are found in an ancient rain
    forest. You can explore maze-like system - 13km
    of passageways and 70 entrances with tour guide
    or take a Kayak trip through. In the caves you
    might be lucky enough to see a Gradunula- a cave
    dwelling spider with a leg span of 10cm.
  • Karamea River
  • One of the scariest rivers to white water
    raft in the country. It is a Grade 5-6 river not
    for the faint hearted! Rafting trips here are
    truly an adventure. Look on youre AA Map and
    find Karamea. You will see a blue line running
    east from Karamea into Kahurangi National Park.
    This is the Karamea River.

  • Coal town
  • A museum that has reconstructed life in a
    West Coast Coal-mining town. Informative, with
    audio-visual presentations and excellent
    photographic displays, along with many
    coal-mining artefacts.
  • Dolphins West Coast
  • Meet the worlds largest collection of friendly
    Hector Dolphins. Trips are available through
    summer or by charter.
  • Norwest Adventures
  • A company offering cave rafting trips- the
    West Coast version of the Waitomo Black Water
    Rafting trip. Involes a tramp through amazing
    primeval rainforest, caving, glow worm grottos
    and an underground river.

  • Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • rocks that actually looks like huge stacks
    of pancakes. Huge caverns below these limestone
    rocks, water surges in during high tide. It
    forces itself up through holes in the rocks,
    making spectacular blowholes.
  • Horse Treks
  • Through the valley rainforest and towering
    cliffs of Paparoa National Park then along the
    beach towards the famous Pancake rocks with the
    Tasman surf crashing on the beach.
  • Westland Black Petrel Colony
  • This is the only nesting place of the Black
    Petrel, a very rare sea bird.

  • Shantytown
  • You can ride a steam train, pan for gold and
    even take a horse and cart ride. There are over
    30 buildings on display plus a café and bar.
    Opens daily, except Christmas Day.
  • Wild West Adventures
  • Able to go Black Water Cave Tubing past glow
    worms, underground waterfalls and down a 100ft
    hydro slide or try a Jungle Boat Rainforest

  • Well known for greenstone, Hokitika is famous for
    glass blowing, where you can visit factories to
    watch the glass-blower in action.
  • Glow Worm Dell
  • This is located a short walk from the town
    centre and a guide is not needed.
  • Mahinapua Hotel
  • Remember the Mainland Cheese TV advert with
    the old man sitting out the front of the pub?
    That ad made the Mahinapua Hotel famous, and now
    most tours stop there. You can also have your
    photo taken outside the pub next to a cardboard
    cut-out of the Mainland Cheese man!

Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier
  • Glacier guides
  • Range from half-day to full-day with all
    equipment included. Heli-hikes are also available
    and involve a helicopter flight that delivers you
    onto the glacier, guided walk and return flight
  • Scenic Flights
  • Offers scenic glacier flights in both
    helicopters and planes. Ski planes will land you
    on a glacier and you will experience the awe,
    power and beauty of mother nature on the Southern

Westland National Park
  • Whataroa Kotuku Sanctuary
  • White Heron, and Whataroa is home to their
    only NZ nesting place. Tours are taken to see the
    birds nesting.
  • The Bushmans Centre
  • Great place to stop and learn all about NZ
    bush-craft, including possum-trapping, and the
    best ways to fight off sand flies. Café serving
    bush tucker, and a great shop with some really
    unique West Coast souvenirs available.

  • Very, very tiny town that consists of roughly one
  • café/shop and motel-come backpackers. It is
    located about half way between Haast and Wanaka.
  • Mount Aspiring Flight- fly around Mount Aspiring
    and over the national park for high-up views of
    glaciers, peaks and snowfields.
  • Siberia Experience- the trip includes 30mins
    scenic flight, a 3 hour bush walk and a 45 minute
    jet boat ride. It takes you through some remote,
    beautiful mountain scenery and you may get a
    chance to see the rare Whio or Blue Duck (on the
    10 note) and the South Island Kokako.

  • Most known for sheep farming and its main
    centre, the city of Christchurch.
  • Excellent beaches, great rivers for fishing,
    rafting and jet boating, awesome skiing and
  • Most of the region is made up of the vast
    Canterbury Plains, where many huge sheep stations
    can be found, although much has been converted to
  • Northern part of the region includes most of the
    lush native bush and mountains of the Lewis Pass.

Waimakariri River
  • Fishing
  • One of the most fished in the South Island
    where salmon and brown trout are caught. It
    offers excellent sea-run salmon fishing between
    November and March. Best time to visit is during
    February when rivers flow tends to be stable.
  • Jet boating
  • One of the best jet boating rivers in New
    Zealand. Magnificent scenery in the Waimakariri
  • Tramping
  • To Carrington Hut - a very popular tramping
    route in the area for climbers and many
    backpackers. Attracted by the dramatic scenery
    which flanks both sides of the river, and the
    relatively easy nature of the route.

Tekapo Lake Tekapo
  • Church of Good Shepard
  • Pretty little stone church located right on
    the edge of Lake Tekapo. Large window in front
    with panoramic views of the Lake and Mount Cook
  • Sheepdog Statue
  • Outside the church is a bronze statue of a
    sheep dog. Tribute to their tireless work and
    loyalty to Mackenzie Country farmers who could
    not handle these large sheep stations without
    these amazing dogs

Mt Cook Mt Cook National Park
  • At 3754 metres, Mount Cook/Aoraki is the highest
    mountain in NZ. 27 other peaks along this alpine
    backbone reach over 3050 metres. Close to the
    foot of the mountain is the tourist resort,Mount
    Cook village.
  • Sadly the mountain often cant be seen due to
    mist or cloud, but a visit to the village is
    still worthwhile for the fascinating Visitors
    Centre, which has very interesting and
    informative displays about Mt Cook and the
    National Park

  • Otago is a huge region that has the South
    Islands main attractions. Often when people
    think of Otago they only think of Dunedin, but in
    fact it also includes Queenstown, Wanaka and
    parts of the South Islands East, South and West
    coasts. Also with around 180,000 residents you
    will notice a change in pace when you arrive

  • Located right by Mount Aspiring National Park and
    on the shores of Lake Wanaka, this tourist resort
    town is an excellent place for skiing, tramping,
    mountaineering, fishing or just chilling out!
  • The beautiful lake and mountains make this place
    very picturesque, especially in winter when the
    snow is low on the mountains.

Cardrona / Treble cone
  • Located 34 km from Wanaka these are two of the
    best ski fields in New Zealand and are also great
    for snow boarding. Cardrona is a high mountain
    renowned for dry natural snow.
  • Three Magic Learner lifts and dedicated
    childrens facilities make Cardrona a great place
    to start. There is a famous historic pub at
    Cardrona. It has been voted Snowboard resort of
    the year - repeatedly.

  • This is a tourist resort located 20 minutes north
    of Queenstown. Once a thriving place during the
    gold rush of the 1860s. The original part of the
    town has been preserved so that it looks like it
    did during the Gold Rush. There are several
    galleries, craft shops and the award-winning
    Lakes District Museum You can also see the
    largest gold nugget in New Zealand. A red
    double-decker bus offers half-day excursions to
    Arrowtown from Queenstown

  • Queenstown is one of New Zealands premier
    tourist resort towns and is famous for bungy
    jumping, skiing and its spectacular setting on
    the shores of Lake Wakatipu between the
    majestic Remarkable Mountains and Coronet Peak.
    It is located 284 km west of Dunedin. Almost
    every international visitor to New Zealand visits
    Queenstown. It is only 45-minute flight from
    Christchurch. There are two major ski fields in
    the Queenstown area. Coronet Peak and The

Coronet Peak-ski field
  • Located close to Queenstown (30 minutes), it
    offers some of Australasias best skiing. Full
    ski hire is available and there is an
    International Ski School located here. Night
    skiing and snow boarding are also available.
    Cafes are also available offering hot meals,
    snacks and drinks.

Remarkable Mountains
  • The Remarkables are approximately one hour drive
    from Queenstown. Although you can see them easily
    from the town centre, the mountain is 1935m in
    height and the road is steep.
  • The activities you could do are
  • Skiing
  • Mountaineering

Shotover River
  • This river winds its way through spectacular
    Skippers Canyon, and is certainly a wild and
    rocky river with lots of exciting rapids and
    steep gorges. It is popular for jet boating,
    white water rafting and gold panning.

Kawarau River
  • The Shotover River leads into Kawarau River,
    which in turn flows into Lake Wakatipu. It
    actually winds its way down the beautiful Kawarau
    Gorge, which you drive through if approaching
    Queenstown from the north on SH 6.

Lake Wakatipu
  • The activities you could do at the Lake are
  • Cruising
  • Fishing
  • Lake Wakatipu is New Zealands third largest
    lake. The lake water temperature ranges from 8
    deg C in the winter to 15 deg in mid summer, so
    hypothermia can be a real danger. Queenstown is
    situated on the edge of this lake.

  • This is a small, tranquil and very pretty town
    located about 40 minutes drive from Queenstown,
    at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Here you can do
    even more adventure activities such as jet
    boating, kayaking and horse trekking.

  • Dunedin is said to be the most Scottish city
    outside of Scotland, due to the fact that most of
    the European settlers to Dunedin were Scottish,
    and were attracted to the area as the
    landscape and climate reminded them of home.
  • Dunedin is well known for many other things such
    as the University of Otago, the Cadbury Chocolate
    Factory, Olveston House Taieri Gorge Railway and
    the home of Speights Beer.

Otago Peninsula
  • The Otago Peninsula offers many attractions such
    as Larnach Castle, the Albatross Colony, the
    Yellow Eyed Penguin colony and Glenfalloch
    Gardens. You can enjoy a scenic drive from
    Dunedin out along the peninsula to visit all
    these attractions. At the very end of the
    peninsula is the Albatross Colony which is 55
    minutes from Dunedin.

  • Located about half way between Dunedin and
    Oamaru, the beach at Moeraki is home to the
    famous Moeraki Boulders. They look like huge
    marbles or bowling balls that a giant has left on
    the beach. They feature in almost every calendar
    of New Zealand. A visitors centre and Café are
    also located nearby.

  • This region covers a large area of the lower
    south-west South Island. This scenery is varied,
    with large tussock plains, steep bush-covered
    mountains, lonely fiord, shimmering lakes,
    granite peaks and the wild South Coast. The main
    attraction of Southland would have to be the
    Fiordland area, which includes the tourist town
    of Te Anau, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and the
    world renowned Milford Track.

Te Anau
  • This is a small tourist resort town and seen as
    the gateway to Milford and Doubtful Sounds. It is
    set on the shores of the beautiful Lake Te Anau
    and many of its attractions are centred on the
  • Te Anau is renowned as the Sightseeing and
    Walking Capital of the World due to its
    proximity to National Parks and several major
    walks. These include the Milford, Routeburn,
    Hollyford, Greenstone and Kepler Tracks.

Lake Te Anau
  • This is the South Islands largest lake (second
    largest in New Zealand). The fingers of the lake
    were once glaciers and extend far into the
  • The activities you could do on this Lake are
  • Cruising
  • Kayaking

Te Anau Caves
  • The visit to these caves takes 2 hours 30 minutes
    round trip, Your Te Anau glow-worm cave adventure
    begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau
    to the western side of the lake. Upon arrival
    there is time to view informative displays at
    Carvern house before our friendly guides invite
    you to accompany them underground in small
  • As you explore by path and small boat, your sense
    will be overwhelmed. Observe how the rushing
    water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding
    through silent darkness to the glow-worm grotto.
    The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny
    glow-worms is a magical sight.

Fiordland National Park
  • This is the largest national park in New Zealand
    and one of the largest in the world. It covers a
    large portion of the south-west corner of the
    South Island. The park is characterised by
    majestic bush-clad mountains leading down to calm
    inlets, breathtaking waterfalls and amazing rain
    forest filled with all kinds of native flora and
    fauna. It has been given world heritage status
    due to its diverse beauty.

Milford Sound
  • The tiny tourist resort town of Milford sound is
    nestled in the corner of this amazing sound. The
    grandeur of the sound is best appreciated from
    the water dolphins and seals are regular
    visitors to the sound.
  • You can drive to Milford via the scenic Milford
    road and the Homer tunnel.

Lake Manapouri Doubtful sound
  • Doubtful sound is the sound of silence! It really
    is a truly spectacular place to visit. Three
    times longer than Milford sound and with a
    surface area 10 times larger, this is an
    unspoiled wilderness of many moods. It is
    actually 420 metres deep ( the deepest of all the
    fiords) and 40 km long.
  • you cruise over lake Manapouri, drive through
    Wilmot Pass with remote wilderness and rainforest
    to reach Doubtful Sound.

  • This is the main centre of Southland and New
    Zealand's southern most city. Nearby is Bluff
    with its legendary oysters. It is also the
    gateway to Stewart Island.

The Catlins
  • This amazing wilderness area is located on the
    south coast between Dunedin and Invercargill.
    Many are unclear as to whether it should be
    included in the Otago or Southland region, in
    fact it spans both. It is a beautiful place with
    towering Totara, Rimu and Kahikatea trees, and
    abundance of wildlife such as fur seals, Hookers
    Sea Lions, elephant seals, yellow-eyed penguins,
    kaka, blue ducks and the very rare Mohua bird.

Stewart island
  • With a population of about 400, Stewart island is
    unspoilt, beautiful and often overlooked. The
    Stewart Island kiwi, unlike its mainland cousin,
    is active during the day and night. The island
    has excellent tramping, boating, diving and
    fishing. Oban, situated in Half Moon Bay is the
    principal town on the island and can be easily
    reached from the mainland by sea or air.
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