Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter & Hiking Tour
Meet at the Franz Josef Village base in Westland National Park. Then, fly in a helicopter over the glacier and marvel at the panoramic views of the icefalls and waterfalls before landing on the glacier. After landing, put on your glacier boots and crampons and trek across the glacier to explore the various ice formations.
Middle Earth Helicopter Tour
Discover Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, on this helicopter tour from Queenstown. Fly over the Shotover River gorge recognisable as the ‘Ford of Bruinen’ as well as ‘Isengard’, ‘Lothlorien’ and much more. Land high on a glacier alongside the ‘Misty Mountains’ and get a sense of what it might be like to cross ‘The Redhorn Pass.’
Hobbiton & Rotorua Day Tour from Auckland
Depart from Auckland early and visit Hobbiton, the site where Peter Jackson recreated the Shire, the home of the hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous books. Then continue on to Rotorua, the center of traditional Māori culture and the site of the Te Whakarewarewa valley, an active geothermal area with hot springs, boiling mud pools and geysers. Choose from a variety of options in Rotorua including a visit to Te Puia, home to the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and several geysers and bubbling mud pools, or Wai-O-Tapu, home to famous geothermal formations like the Artist’s Palette and Champagne Pool, or a traditional Māori cultural experience with lunch or dinner. Alternatively, select from one of the many adventure activities on offer, from ziplining to a Zorb inflatable ball ride.
Milford Sound Cruise
Explore the breathtaking Milford Sound, a dramatic fjord on New Zealand’s south island that Rudyard Kipling once called the “eighth wonder of the world.” Depart from Milford Wharf and sail past Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, Mount Pembroke, and the mighty Mitre Peak all the way to the Tasman Sea, and lookout for fjordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins along the way.
Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump
No visit to Queenstown would be complete without a stop at the historic Kawarau Bridge Bungy center, the world’s first Bungy jump, which started operations in 1988. Nestled into a rock face overlooking the stunning Kawarau River, this 43 meter Bungy jump is still one of the most popular and exhilarating adventure experiences in the world!
Take a scenic gondola ride up to the top of Bob’s peak for breathtaking views of the Queenstown Area and Lake Wakatipu. Then, experience the various attractions on Bob’s Peak including fine dining at the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar (either for lunch or dinner), the Skyline Luge, various hiking and biking trails, or Skyline’s guided stargazing experience. Located just five minutes by walk from the center of Queenstown, a Skyline visit is a must do!
Shotover Jet Boat Experience
Experience the beauty of the Kimiākau (Shotover River) Canyons, and learn about the Ngāi Tahu, the indigenous Māori people of the Queenstown area, while traveling at over 90 kilometers per hour over water as shallow as 10 centimeters on one of the world’s most exhilarating jet boat rides.
Te Puia is an ancient Māori village dating back to around 1325, that is located in the Te Whakarewarewa geothermal area on the North Island of New Zealand. Te Puia features several active geysers and mud pools, and a Māori village and cultural center that showcases traditional Māori arts and crafts. There are several types of tours available at the site.
During the day, visitors can choose from the Te Rā Guided Experience, which covers the key hot springs, mud baths and other geothermal sites at the location, or the Te Rā + Haka experience, which also includes a cultural performance in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua, which includes a Pōhiri (Traditional Māori Welcome), Waiata (Song), Mōteatea (traditional chant), Poi and Haka.
There are also two night tour options. The first, Geysers by Night, is a guided walking tour through the geothermal valley at night. The second, the Te Pō experience also includes a traditional buffet dinner and a cultural show, similar to the Haka show during the day.
Wai-O-Tapu, Māori for “sacred waters”, is an active geothermal area with several colorful hot springs, located about 27 kilometers south of Rotorua in New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone. Some of the most famous sights across the 18 square kilometers of geothermal activity are the Artist’s Palette, Champagne Pool, Primrose Terrace and several boiling craters and mud pools. Visitors can access these sights by foot by walking along the wooden trails that run through the site.
SkyWalk and SkyJump
Experience heart-pounding excitement with the SkyWalk on top of New Zealand’s highest building, with no handrails to separate you from the 192m drop off the edge! Or treat yourself to 11 seconds of pure adrenaline with the SkyJump, as you jump off the edge of the SkyTower and plunge 53 floors down to Sky City plaza.1 2 Next »