Embark on a 16-Day Adventure Across New Zealand's North and South Islands

AUCKLAND - The Gateway to Wonder Auckland consistently ranks among the world's top 10 places to live for a reason. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Tasman Sea to the East, it offers diverse experiences. Walk across the CBD in an hour or drive to the wild beaches of the Waitakere Ranges. A short boat ride transports you to the paradise island of Waiheke.

BAY OF PLENTY - ROTORUA - Geothermal Marvels and Sandy Shores Rotorua, the North Island's most visited site, showcases geothermal wonders akin to Iceland. For a splendid show, explore White Island and Rotorua, venturing beyond the city centre. Magnificent white sandy beaches in the Bay of Plenty offer views of the active volcanic site. A scenic three-hour drive from Auckland leads to Rotorua, where we recommend a two to three-night stay.

TAUPO - TONGARIRO - Adventure Awaits in Nature's Playground Lake Taupo, known for adrenaline tourism, rivals Queenstown in the South. Explore the "Hidden Valley" of Orakei Korako, off the beaten track. Geothermal enthusiasts shouldn’t  miss the volcanic Centre and a thrilling jet boating experience at Huka Falls. Tongariro National Park boasts breath-taking landscapes with three distinct volcanoes. A plane flyover reveals Mt Ruapehu's smoking turquoise crater lake.

MARTINBOROUGH - WAIRARAPA - WELLINGTON - Undiscovered Gems and Coastal Charms Wellington might be the most overlooked city, but it's a treasure trove of urban diversity. Just an hour's drive away, Martinborough captivates with vineyards and attractive hotel deals. Explore the spectacular coastline along Cape Palliser and Lake Wairarapa, where a seal colony awaits nature lovers.

CANTERBURY - Christchurch's British Elegance and Outdoor Delights Christchurch, the Commonwealth-influenced city, is the starting point for South Island journeys. Enjoy British elegance in parks, Victorian buildings, and university surroundings. Outdoor activities within two hours include beaches, whale watching in Kaikoura, and the French atmosphere of Akaroa. Experience a small ski resort, hot springs, and well-being in Hanmer Springs, with larger ski areas around Methven.

MT COOK - MACKENZIE COUNTRY - Stargazing and Alpine Wonders Don't rush through Tekapo, known for its iconic church and world-famous starry nights. The observatory, free from city lights, offers unparalleled views of the Milky Way. Mt Cook, at 3754m, caters to climbers and casual walkers. Explore secret addresses overlooked by tourist guides in this enchanting region.

FIORDLAND - Discovering Nature's Masterpiece Fiordland, a must-see for hikers, unfolds its beauty over 650km, from Queenstown to Milford Sound and back to Wanaka. Allow at least 3 nights for a comprehensive discovery. For time-pressed travellers, a flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound is a great option. Fiordland and Te Anau offer unforgettable experiences, including Routeburn track and Milford track.

CENTRAL OTAGO - Wanaka's Charms and Queenstown's Thrills Wanaka, a mandatory stay, offers a unique identity with its lake, vineyards, and vibrant city life. Queenstown, a haven for adrenaline junkies, tempts with skydiving, bungy jumping, and more. For a quieter experience, explore the outskirts and enjoy the natural beauty out of the bustling city centre.

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