Into the Wild
There are few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline.
Horse trekking is one of the best ways to truly explore New Zealand. Choose from coastal treks along white-sand beaches in Northland or ride under the shadows of snow-topped dormant volcanoes in Ruapehu. If you’re a Middle-earth fan, head to Glenorchy in the South Island, a beautiful spot used for many locations in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Riding on horseback allows you to get back to nature and enjoy the solitude and harmony of New Zealand wilderness.
If you prefer sea to land, take a trip to Kaikoura and be truly humbled by the incredible wildlife. See whales, fur seals and dolphins in their natural, undisturbed habitat. Whale-watching tours operate all year round, with choices of viewing these majestic creatures from above or being up close and personal by boat. Here you can also swim with dolphins. New Zealand has many dolphin species that seem to seek out human company, playing, frolicking and even communicating.
For more wildlife experiences head to the Marlborough Sounds, a place that needs to be seen to be believed. With 1,500km of coastline, bays, beaches and native forest, the area is abundant with beautiful creatures, from penguins to rare King Shags to dolphins and fur seals. The awe-inspiring Sounds also offer some of the world’s best boating, diving, fishing and hiking.
New Zealand is full of natural wonders, from glaciers to mountains, fiords to waterfalls, rivers to lakes, and there are countless ways in which to experience each of these. Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years, Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand and can be enjoyed by water, air or land. Fiordland National Park is a World Heritage Site and includes Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds.