If you want to truly experience our vast wilderness down here in New Zealand then there is only one thing you can do… get amongst it! Lucky we have a great network of hiking tracks, each offering a different perspective of our epic landscapes. Great walks in New Zealand are the elite of the elite. In New Zealand’s most iconic, untouched and beautiful places, these nine walks have something to delight around every turn – native wildlife popping up to say “kia ora,”indescribably magic views and landscapes so contrasting it’s like you’re visiting many different countries all at once. A True 100% Pure New Zealand Experience
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Wanaka is nestled lakeside, surrounded by huge mountain ranges and protected nature reserves, it is like Queenstown’s charming little sister – a lovely little mix of small town warmth and a slow, relaxed pace in one of the most beautiful settings in New Zealand.
If you love nature, adventure, relaxing, wine, or all of the above, you will find countless things to do in Wanaka, New Zealand. In winter, world-class ski resorts attract snow bunnies from all over; but, Wanaka is not just a skier’s dreamland, all year round you can hike, kayak, fish, mountain bike, tour vineyards or simply soak up that view with a glass of wine, lakeside!
Our little country packs quite a punch for its size - around every corner you’ll find diverse culture, unbelievable landscapes and colorful history – so we’ve handpicked the top tourist attractions in the North Island to give you a hand planning the most unforgettable New Zealand adventure.
The South Island is the ‘crown jewel’ when it comes to hiking, offering an overwhelming amount of the best New Zealand day hikes set amongst an untouched wilderness. We’ve put in the miles for you and come up with six world-class day walks to consider conquering on your South Island New Zealand vacation.
We are Juuso and Rosa, Tourism Management students from Finland. As a part of our studies we need to complete five months of internship, and we decided to do that at First Light Travel in New Zealand. During our stay we have explored the country, and one of our trips was to take 3-days and Hike the Tongariro Northern Circuit in the beautiful Tongariro National Park. For us it was something very special as we don’t have anything like that in Finland…
What first comes to mind when you think of New Zealand? Our soaring Southern Alps? Windswept coastlines? Glistening lakes? Our country was made to be explored on foot – it’s the only way to experience the full extent of NZ’s striking wilderness. To show you how to incorporate a little hiking into your New Zealand itinerary, we’ve put together a couple of posts about our favourite day hikes. Here’s the Best New Zealand Day Hikes – The North Island instalment.
Anne and Sophie get out of Auckland for a long weekend and explore tropical Northland and the Bay of Islands. With adventure on their minds they intend to make the most of the three day break and are looking for fun! Oh What to do in the Bay of Islands? Hiking, Sailing and Diving and thats just the beginning….
Fiordland New Zealand is probably one of our favourite regions in New Zealand, and it’s not hard to know why. Huge waterfalls, massive peaks, glass-like fiords and fascinating wildlife – it’s one of New Zealand’s crown jewels, and paradise for those that love the outdoors. To truly appreciate the drama of this place, we recommend taking a side step away from the more touristy places. Here are five ways to get off the beaten track in Fiordland New Zealand.
Famous world-over for its untouched natural environment, it’s no surprise 10 out of 14 New Zealand national parks are found in the South Island. This is kiwi wilderness at its best; we’ve been obsessed with the hiking trails, lakes, mountains and beaches of the New Zealand National Parks – South Island for as long as we can remember. Below, we review what we think are their finest features – warning – after reading this, you may want to explore all of them!
With over 18,000 square miles of diverse natural wonderland protected in our national parks, New Zealand’s best-kept secrets are well taken care of for all to enjoy.
Wondering which ones to visit on your New Zealand self drive vacation? Here’s an overview of each of New Zealand National Parks – North Island to help you decide which ones appeal the most.