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Get your heart racing in stunning Queenstown, the ‘Adrenaline Capitol of the World’. From sky diving and bungy jumping to rafting and jet boating, the options are endless. This stunning four-season lake and alpine resort town is fantastically scenic and a haven for every kind of outdoor activity you can imagine. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown has awe inspiring landscapes, abundance of activities and a thriving party scene you don’t want to miss.
Set against a dramatic backdrop where rugged mountains meet the sea, the picturesque town of Kaikoura is famous for whale watching, among other wildlife encounters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are also plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore. Don’t miss feasting on a plate of the delicious local crayfish. An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way north to Marlborough for a little wine tasting.
Home to 144 spectacular islands with pristine beaches and sparkling secluded bays, the Bay of Islands is packed with activities to get you out on the water. Swim with dolphins, kayak, dive, sail and just relax. A 3 ½ hour drive north of Auckland will land you in Paihia, a great base town for you to explore the area. Be sure to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds while you’re there, one of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites. If you have more time, head north to 90 Mile Beach to the Te Paki Sand Dunes and body board down at thrilling speeds.
Grab your friends, a swimsuit and backpack and sleep under the stars in coastal paradise. Situated in New Zealand’s sunniest region at the top of the South Island, this national park is a nature lovers dream, surrounded by sandy beaches and lush rainforest. Camp, hike, kayak, swim with fur seals and stop for beach picnics along the way. If you have the time, hike the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, hailed as one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’. You’ll be rewarded with idyllic coastline, rare wildlife, and crescent-shaped coves, washed by the crystal clear waters of Tasman Bay.