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New Zealand Activities

New Zealand offers a wide variety of activities to suit every kind of traveller. Nobody knows what's hot and what's not better than the locals. The various activities listed here have been recommended by locals, by the Experience New Zealand team, or by both. These are only a few examples of the wonderful things you can do in New Zealand. There are hundreds of options available and we are happy to assist you with choosing the best activities to suit your interests.

 

Hiking and Cycling

New Zealand has many national parks and outdoor areas suitable for hiking and cycling. Whether you are looking for a relaxing experience or want to test your limits there is something for everyone.

Adrift Outdoors
Hike, kayak and bike in a world heritage status area as you take in the amazing views of the Volcanic Plateau and other scenic locations.

Hollyford Track
In the heart of spectacular Fiordland National Park, the 3 day Hollyford Track is one of the best guided walks in New Zealand.

Adventure Capital
Enjoy a fun, leisurely and interactive private guided bike tour along Auckland's iconic waterfront.

Adventure

New Zealand is known as the adventure capital of the world. As well as being the home of bungy you can experience the thrills of jet boating, hiking on glaciers and more.

AJ Hackett Bungy
Located in Auckland and Queenstown, there are several activities on offer including bungy jumps and swings.

Shotover Jet
Take a unique and breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, holding on tight for the full 360° spins.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Explore the majesty of Franz Josef Glacier on a range of hikes that you get you up close to the ice.

Food and Wine

As well as producing world class wines, New Zealand is full of fresh and gourmet food that can be experienced in our many cafes and restaurants as well as on guided tours of the best food and wine producers in New Zealand.

Appellation Central Wine Tours
Small group, personalised wine tours designed to give you a great day out in a world class South Island wine region.

 

Explore Marlborough
Take a gentle wine tour by bike, learning from expert guides about how the landscapes, climate and people forge the world's best wines.

Zest Food Tours
Gourmet food tours in Wellington that take in local sights and culture. Visit and meet passionate producers on small group tours.

Family Friendly

New Zealand is the perfect location for your family holiday. There is a huge range of activities on offer which are suitable for kids of every age.

Cathedral Cove Kayaks
Explore spectacular volcanic coastline on tours designed for all levels and abilities. Explore remote areas and the stunning Cathedral Cove.

Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw
Cruise on a coal fired vintage steamship around Lake Wakatipu with options to stop at Walter Peak Station for lunch, dinner or even a cycling tour.

Southern Discoveries
Explore Milford Sound on a cruise to suit you. Options include small groups, on board nature guides and cruise/kayak combos.

Lord of the Rings

To really bring to life your favourite scenes from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit you can visit one of the movie sets as well as take tours to famous sites.

Hobbiton
See hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

Weta Workshops
Learn about the artistry and creativity behind 20 years of award winning filmmaking with a range of tours and experiences designed to suit everyone.

Southern Lakes Sightseeing
Be wowed with stories, anecdotes and knowledge from specialist guides as you see amazing scenery used in Lord of the Rings movies.

Wildlife

New Zealand is home to a wide range of wildlife including whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. View from afar or get up close to wildlife on a variety of tour options.

Whale Watch Kaikoura
Every tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant sperm whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents.

Dolphin Encounter
Swim with or watch dusky dolphins in their natural environment off the coast of Kaikoura. View their leaps, acrobatics and interactive behaviour.

Elm Wildlife Tours
Experience close-up viewing of rare yellow eyed penguins, Hooker's sea lions, NZ fur seals and little blue penguins within a restricted wildlife conservation sanctuary.

Maori Culture

Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. Visitors can explore Maori culture through a wide range of activities including interactive performances, traditional meals and museum exhibits.

Mitai Maori Village
An entertaining evening of song, dance and food in a beautiful bush setting. See warriors paddle down a stream and the scared Fairy Spring.

Auckland Museum
New Zealand's first museum which tells the stories of New Zealand's place in the Pacific and its people. Explore extensive collections and enjoy a cultural performance.

Te Papa
The national museum of New Zealand which holds many interactive exhibitions including Te Marae and Mana Whenua. Explore on your own or on a guided tour.