The locals will say it’s the most beautiful county in the world, and at Just Journey we have to say we probably agree. From the snow-capped mountain view of Mount Cook on one side of your car and the frozen colossal glacier of Franz Josef on the other, it’s hard to disagree with them!
This is just our suggestion for an itinerary, remember at Just Journey it’s your holiday, your way.
Begin your New Zealand adventure in Auckland and spend time exploring the country’s largest city before heading to Rotorua, a great place to learn about Maori culture and experience geothermal activity such geysers, hot bubbling mud and hot springs. Continue south to Taupo which lies on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. Both Rotorua and Taupo are great places to seek out adventure from parachuting to jet boating there’s plenty here to get the heart racing.
From Taupo, head south to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. Visit the impressive Te Papa museum, see the parliament buildings or take in a scenic walk in one of the city’s many parks.
Time to leave the north island, taking the ferry on to the South Island. Spend your first night in the town of Nelson, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park located in the heart of wine country.
From Nelson, travel along the west coast of the South Island exploring the amazing scenery before reaching the township of Franz Josef, famous for the Franz Josef glacier. Get great views of the glacier, or for the more adventurous take a hike on it or a helicopter flight over it.
Continue to Queenstown, the highlight of any visit to New Zealand. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains it’s a beautiful town and great views can be had by taking a trip on the Skyline Gondola. It’s also the birthplace of many adventure sports, most notably bungee jumping and there is plenty to do here, including a visit to witness the awesome scenery at Milford Sound
From Queenstown cross from west to east to the historic town of Dunedin. Here a visit to Otago peninsula is a must to see the Royal Albatross colony, two species of penguins as well as rare sea lions and seals.
From Dunedin head north, ending your New Zealand holiday in the historic city of Christchurch. Enjoy a ‘punt’ on the River Avon or head out to nearby Kaikoura for a spot of whale watching.
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