Discover New Zealand
Home to Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand’s two largest cities, the North Island is best place to indulge in metropolitan spoils.
Both Auckland and Wellington offer world class dining, entertainment and leisure activities, whilst being only a short distance from many adventurous activities, breath-taking lakes, forests and volcanoes.
The larger of New Zealand’s two islands, the South Island is home to some of the most dramatic geography and scenery in the world. The South Island ranges from snow-capped Alps, long coastlines, lakes, inlets and sounds to volcanic and fertile agricultural lands.
South Island adventures aren’t complete without climbing a volcano, skiing, a trip to the geothermal baths or an overnight stay on board a vessel in Milford Sound.
Adventure activities beyond Auckland
Hobbiton More info
Experience the real Middle-earth in Matamata with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Just 2 hours’ drive south of Auckland, Hobbiton Movie Set attracts thousands of Lord of the Rings fans each year. Hobbiton truly takes you to another world.
Golf More info
Within the Auckland region alone there are over twenty golf courses, including PGA championship course Gulf Harbour, which is rated consistently within the top 5 in New Zealand. ‘Kauri Cliffs’ is the North Island’s most acclaimed course - currently ranked #39 in Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the world. This challenging yet stunning cliff-side par 72 course is located 3.5 hours north of Auckland.
Wine tours More info
Both the North and South Islands of New Zealand sport world class wine regions. Taste your way through the Marlborough Region in the South Island, an area famous for producing Sauvignon Blanc or explore the Chardonnay vineyards of Hawkes Bay.
Adventure activities in Auckland
Despite Auckland being considered an urban area, Auckland’s surrounds offer many adventure activities at varying levels of exhilaration.
In Canyoning, adventurers scale and traverse ravines and crevasses over flowing waterfalls. Tours are available as close as 40 minutes outside of Auckland’s CBD and throughout the North Island with reputable providers.
AWOL Canyoning hold day and night tours closest to Auckland at Piha and Blue Canyon, just 40 minutes west of Auckland’s CBD. For more information, visit their website.
For tours further abroad on the Coromandel Coast, 2.5 hours South East of Auckland, visit Canyonz.
2.5 hours South West of Auckland in the Waitomo region, adventurers can explore caves by raft and on foot in guided tours. For more information about the Waitomo Caves, visit their website.
Auckland Jet Boating More info
The fastest and most exciting way to see Auckland Harbour is by Jet Boat. One of New Zealand’s most popular activities, Jet Boating is a high speed ride on a jet engine water craft. Conducting acrobatic twists and rotations at speed Jet Boating is a high adrenaline thrill that’s easily accessed from Auckland’s waterfront district, The Viaduct.
Atop Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, 200 meters above street level, SkyWalkers hang from the edge of a 360 degree gangway to take in the thrills and sights that only the highest manmade point in the southern hemisphere can offer.
If the SkyWalk isn’t enough, SkyJump is a controlled fall from 200 meters to a standstill in only 10 seconds – taking you up to 85km/h.
Snow Planet More info
New Zealand’s only indoor snow sports centre, Snow Planet is the quickest and easiest way to hit the slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.