Sightseeing

Sightseeing

NORTH ISLAND:
Northland
  • Cape Reinga – NZ’s northernmost point where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea dramatically meet.
  • The Bay of Islands – a premier holiday destination and Deep Sea Fishing.
  • Poor Knights Islands – diving in pristine waters.
Auckland and Districts
  • Hauraki Gulf – Ferry trips from the Waitemata Harbour to the outer islands. Visit
  • Waiheki
    Island wine trail.
  • Kumeu – a popular wine growing area in Auckland and beautiful bush walks.
  • Pahoi – Famous for boutique cheese. Visit the Art of Cheese shop to see how it is made.
Waikato and Waitomo
  • Hamilton – set around the beautiful Waikato River and the centre of prime farmland.
  • Cambridge – centre of horse-breeding and home of the famous horse, Sir Tristram.
  • Waitomo – World famous glow-worm caves and adventure caving.
Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay
  • Coromandel Peninsula – Best known for its great beaches and home to alternative lifestyles and craftspeople.
  • Hot Water Beach – Dig your own spa pool in the sand at low tide.
  • Bay of Plenty – Subtropical fruit growing area in Tauranga. Pacific Coast Highway travels along wonderful beaches. Visit White Island, an active volcano. Rotorua, a thermal wonderland, and Maori Culture centre.
  • Hawkes Bay – the City of Napier has fine examples of art deco architecture. There are 40 wineries and a visit to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers is a must.
Taranaki, Lower North Island, and Wellington
  • Wellington – Visit the Beehive where Parliament sits, and Te Papa the National Museum of NZ.
  • Taranaki – Visit magnificent public gardens in the coastal city of New Plymouth, and in particular Tuapre which has a wonderful historic Family Home which can be viewed daily. Mt. Egmont is a cone shaped peak.
  • Lake Taupo – world famous for trout fishing.
  • Tongariro National Park – Mt. Ruapehu for winter skiing and summer tramping. The famous Tongariro Track is visited by trampers from all over the world.
SOUTH ISLAND:
Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay
  • Marlborough – NZ’s largest and premier wine region. The Marlborough Sounds provide hundreds of tranquil coves and waterways for sailing, kayaking, fishing, and diving.
Canterbury
  • Kaikoura – Go Whale watching the sperm whales, and also seal snorkeling.
  • Mount Cook National Park – Where Sir Edmund Hilary trained for his Everest expeditions.
  • Christchurch – Take the Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth, a world-class attraction. And visit the International Antarctic Centre.
West Coast, Southern Lakes, and Central Otago
  • The majestic Southern Alps, the rugged Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers and Crystal Clear Lakes make up this region. Drive thru pristine rainforest to Jackson Bay to see seal and penguin colonies. Cruise the Milford Sound and view the magnificent Mitre Peak. Discover the unique “gold rush” township of Arrowtown, and the Victorian and Edwardian Heritage City of Dunedin which has the Royal Albatross Centre.