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Nz marlborough sounds
NZ - Waitomo
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Nz stewart island kiwi encounter partner see and do easy going
The best places to visit

Where should you visit in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, you can find everything from an untamed wilderness to a rich culture. It has magnificent mountains, misty fjords, golden beaches and quiet bays. In a world of its own, New Zealand is an outdoor mecca with electrifying adventures, unique wildlife, Maori culture and Kiwi hospitality. Feel right at home on the other side of the world.

Where should you visit in New Zealand?

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Go kayaking at Marlborough Sound
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Take a scenic flight over Milford Sound

Waitomo caves

The name comes from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole). It is widely known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions and it's not hard to understand why. As you silently enter the dark caves, you'll be mesmerised by the natural light display that welcomes you in the Glowworm Grotto.

Discover a world of light and wonder

The adventure into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is an absolute must-do. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is only found in New Zealand and the whole experience of exploring the caves is unique and exciting. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they light up a dark world below ground.

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Explore on a walking tour of the caves
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Take a boat to truly experience this natural phenomena

Milford Sound

The 16-kilometres-long Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth Wonder of the World. A magical place, it is renowned for the towering Mitre Peak, and Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sides. Staying overnight is highly recommended because when all the buses leave you will feel like you have the entire place to yourself. The feeling of seclusion in one of the wildest places on South Island is amazing.

New Zealand's wild side at its best

Situated on the west coast of the South Island, hours from the nearest town, Milford Sound is where deep-cut cliffs and powerful waterfalls meet dark waters. Breathtaking in any weather, the fjord's cliffs rise vertically from the black waters, mountain peaks touch the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, the waterfalls gush down magnificently. It will truly be something you have never witnessed before.

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Visit one of the wildest places in New Zealand
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Experience the mystical Milford Sound

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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier was named after the Austrian emperor by geologist Julius von Haast. It is easily accessible five kilometres from Franz Josef town. Spend a day or two on the west coast exploring Franz Josef and Fox Glacier by taking a heli-hike, guided ice walk or aerial sightseeing. There are many shops and restaurants in Franz Josef and a cheerful atmosphere in which to mingle with locals.

Visit the steepest and fastest-moving glacier in New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier walk is easy to do making it perfect for families. It takes approximately one and a half hours to the base of Franz Josef Glacier from the car park. The steep form of the glacier creates the perfect conditions for ice flow. An intriguing fact is that the Franz Josef glacier has been recorded as moving up to four metres per day. Now that's impressive.

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Be adventurous and go on a guided ice walk
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Marvel at the beauty of nature
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Marlborough Sounds

With 1500 kilometres of New Zealand's coastline, Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The area consists of Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.

Discover a new location each day

To truly escape from it all hike along the breathtaking Queen Charlotte Track. Let your inner explorer out and find secluded bays, hike through the forest or kayak around the bays and inlets to unearth a new hidden gem each day.

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Spend the day getting up close to nature on a kayak
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Discover secluded bays and inlets

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometres south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait. The Maori's named it Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies'. It's a pristine piece of paradise, largely untouched by humans and a predator-free sanctuary for birds. Get to see and hear a myriad of bird species like nowhere else in the world.

Over 85% of the island is National Park

Most people come to Stewart Island for hiking and birdwatching. The island has just 28 kilometres of road, but 280 kilometres of walking tracks are suited for short walks, day walks and multi-day hikes. There's a good chance you'll spot the brown kiwi or Tokoeka because they outnumber humans by 50 to 1 on the island.

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Spot wildlife while out on a hike
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See kiwi in their natural habitat

Where to stay?

Make your trip extra special by experiencing a unique stay from our large collection of hand-selected accommodations in New Zealand. Your travel specialist will match you with accommodation that suits your wants and needs. A journey where your accommodation is an experience in itself.

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Relax at a mountain side chalet
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Stay in a lodge surrounded by stunning gardens

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