New Zealand's landscapes are already some of the most awe-inspiring worldwide at ground level. But take to the skies on one of the amazing scenic flights around the country, adding an out of this world dimension to the breathtaking NZ scenery for an unforgettable experience.
Here are some of the most scenic flights around New Zealand that should be on your bucket list.
1. Milford Sound
A Milford Sound Cruise is already likely to be on your itinerary as it's one of the highlights of any New Zealand tour or holiday, and for good reason. The scenery here is so jaw-dropping there's a chance you will wet your eyes upon first sight! But for an even more extraordinary experience of this stunning region with its steep mountains, deep fiords, ancient rainforests and incredible waterfalls, take to the sky on a scenic flight to Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, and you will be rewarded with unimaginable views that will remain imprinted in your memory for the rest of your life.
2. Taupo Floatplane and Tongariro National Park
The central North Island of New Zealand features the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park which provide an incredible array of activities for the active traveler, most famous of all the epic full day Alpine trek which is the Tongariro Crossing. For a unique way to experience the beauty of these moon like landscapes, float plane scenic flights depart from beautiful Lake Taupo with the exciting take off and landing on the lake itself.
Options are also available to fly over the active marine volcano of White Island, which lies just each off the shores of the Bay of Plenty, for a look from above into the active crater and remains of old sulphur mines of New Zealand's most active and dangerous volcano.
3. Franz Josef Glacier Flights
There is no better way to discover the breath-taking beauty of this unique region than from a helicopter's view. With mesmerizing views of Franz Josef Glacier and its crevasses and rugged seracs, New Zealand's highest snow-capped peaks, and an alpine snow landing to cap it off, a Franz Josef Heli-Flight is an unmissable New Zealand experience.
4. Mt Cook Heli-Flights
If dramatic alpine scenery is what you are looking for, your destination for a scenic flight must be the magnificent Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, including aerial views of the largest glaciers, glacial lakes and the towering mountain peaks of hte impressive Southern Alps.
Many flight options include a snow landing with the might Mt Cook in front of you, and alternative options are also available which cross the "Divide", soaring above the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.
5. Abel Tasman National Park and Tasman
Golden sandy beaches, countless idyllic bays, green and turquoise waters and lush rainforests, the views from above of Abel Tasman National Park are so inviting, you wishe
There are also options to head over Golden Bay and Farewell Spit, taking in the sights of the rugged West Coast with a beach landing. You can also fly a little further south for photo opportunities on Mt Olympus, one of the Lord of the Rings film sites.
The alpine terrain of the remote Mt Aspiring National Park is phenomenal from the bird's eye view of a helicopter, and wilderness exploration flights take in Mt Aspiring and its neighbouring peaks.
Combo flights combining hiking, jetboating and a scenic flight with snow landing are available for the ultimate experiene in Mt Aspiring National Park.
Quenstown offers it all, and scenic flights are available in every direction, whether towards Mt Cook, Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring National Park or above and around Lake Wakatipu. You can also fly in whichever aircraft you prefer : whether from a scenic helicopter, fixed-wing flight, hot air balloon or flight charter.
And Queenstown wouldn't be Queenstown if you were not able to combine a scenic flight with one of the countless adventure activities on offer. Jetboating, rafting, skiiing, mountainbiking are all options to include on full day excursions.
Alternatively, for a more relaxing experience, you can also opt to have a picnic on a mountain peak, or experience a unique heli-wine tour including wine tasting at world-class wineries.
Other great places to visit and things to do in New Zealand
Southland is most famous for Milford Sound, and while a visit to Milford Sound simply cannot be missed, it is well worth spending a little more time in this incredible frontier of rugged fiords, mountains, spectacular coastal scenery and an abundance of marine and bird wildlife.
The spectacular Fiordland National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, includes some of the best walks in New Zealand such as the world famous Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Along the Milford track you'll find a sign somewhere "the finest walk in the world", and we don't argue that. It is right up there and the scenery is jaw-dropping from start to finish. Three of the walks in Fiordland National Park also belong to the Great Walks of New Zealand, the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn. The gateway into Fiordland National Park is Te Anau, beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Wellington is a destination with many superlatives. It is beautifully nestled between bush clad hills and one of the most picturesque harbours in the world, it was named the best city to live in the world in 2017, and it is also one of the windiest cities in the world. But as Wellingtonians say : You can't beat Wellington on a good day, and we certainly have a soft spot for this fantastic city.
Wellington is the nation's centre for arts and culture, with the National Museum Te Papa one of the main icons of the city. The city also contains a plethora of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and activities and is also home to New Zealand's parliament. Due to its compact size it is easy to explore the city on foot.
Taranaki might be a slightly less known region in New Zealand, unless you're a keen surfer or windsurfer. The landscape is dominated by the perfectly shaped volcanic cone which is Mt Taranaki, or Mt Egmont. At 2500m not only does it entirely dominate the landscape, but it also creates its own climate. On any given day, the winds may be reaching gale force on one side of the mountain, while on the other side you may be relaxing on the beach without a sigh of wind, such is the impact of the mountain.
In winter you may ski down the mountain in the morning, and in summer there are a number of excellent hiking opportunities, including hikes to the summit or right around the mountain.
Surf Highway 45 offers word class surf and windsurfing conditions and the black iron sandy beaches are wild and beautiful and aplenty.
When travelling from the North Island to the South Island on the Interislander ferry, the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds are the first sight. Picton is the destination port, and a good base to go walking, fishing, sailing, kayaking and exploring the many secluded bays in the Sounds.
The Marlborough region is internationally recognized for its world class wine, most notably its Sauvignon Blanc, and there are many different ways to sample these wines as their are many wineries offering excellent wine tours. By bike, or by luxury old timer cars, the creativity with which these tours are organized is brilliant. The seafood in this region is also sumptuous, great to combine with a glass of the local wines.
Those put off by the large crowds on the Abel Tasman Track will love the Queen Charlotte Track. The beaches are a little less exquisite, but the coastal scenery is still stunning and there are many accommodation options aolong the track.
Nelson - Tasman
The Nelson-Tasman region is blessed with an incredibly diverse natural beauty, offering no less than three of the finest National Parks in the country. From the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, dramatic and lush rainforests in Kahurangi National Park, to the alpine environment of Nelson Lakes National Park, this region has it all. The area around Nelson is also one of the sunniest in the country, due to the protecting surrounding hills, so it's a popular region with travelers.
Nelson is the South Island's second largest city, noted for its fruit-growing industry in the Motueka Valley, wineries and micro-breweries. It also has an energetic local arts and crafts community with local artists exhibiting their products on the famed Nelson market every Saturday. Nearby Rabbit Island boasts great swimming beaches, boating fishing and forest walks.
Further west, Motueka is the centre of a green tea, hops and fruit-growing area, and is a good base to explore the nearby parks. The drive over Takaka Hill takes you into Golden Bay, whre you may find the biggest cave in the Southern Hemisphere as well as New Zealand's largest freshwater spring, the Waikoropupu Springs, simply called "Pupu Springs", with reputedly the clearest water in the world.
Kaikoura is a unique place by the sea where marine wildlife lives in abundance, against the backdrop of the impressive Kaikoura mountain ranges. It is well known for its range of eco-tourism activities and getting up close with the main inhabitant along its shores, the giant Sperm Whale.
Whale watching in Kaikoura is simply a must-do as you're guaranteed to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and along the way you're most likely to see a pod of bottlenose or duksy dolphins play in the water, be impressed by the take-off and water landing of the Royal Albatross, and see a bunch of sea lions lazing about on a rock, suc is the diversity.
The ocean here also provides some spectacular seafood, and a stay in Kaikoura may not go by without having tried the crayfish
Aoraki - Mt Cook
The approach to new Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook, via the blue lake of Lake Pukaki is something you will remember for a lifetime. At 3754m Mt Cook entirely dominates the landscape and as you draw ever closer, its imperious glaze on you only gets more and more impressive.
Mt Cook National Park, along with Aspiring and Westland National Parks, have been incorporated into a World Heritage Area extending from the Cook River in Westland down to the base of Fiordland. Of the 27 mountains in New Zealand which are over 300om, 22 of them are in Mt Cook National Park. The park also boasts New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier.
The park offer numerous hikes to get up close with Mt Cook, but also offer many other exciting adventure activities, such as mountaineering, helicopter flights, heli-skiing and sea-kayaking on glacial waters.
West Coast - Glaciers
The West Coast or Westland is a rugged and wild land with rocky beaches, deep river gorges, bush-clad hills and towering icy-peaks. Extending across a 600km long stretch on the western side of the Southern Alps, a visit here takes you through a myriad of five National Parks, yes five!!, including the World Heritage Area - Te Wahipounamu. Each of the national parks - Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur's Pass, Westland and Mt Aspiring National Parks - have their their own unique and distinct features. You'll find New Zealand's highest mountains, most dense and lush rainforests, natural rivers, glacial lakes, deepest gorges, and of course the two phenomenal Glaciers themselves, Fox and Franz Josef.
Canterbury is the hub of the South Island and contains its largest city, Christchurch. It is also one of the driest and flattest areas of New Zealand. The moisture-laden westerlies from the Tasman Sea hit the Southern Alps and dump their rainfall on the West Coast before reaching Canterbury. The region is dominated by the expansive Canterbury Plains, dead-flat farming land backed by the Southern Alps.
Christchurch was hit by devastating earthquakes in 2011 which damaged a lot of the inner city's infrastructure, but the city is bouncing back remarkably and the creativity and community spirit has made the city a vibrant place once again. The city's botanic gardens receive international acclaim and a great place to relax before you start your journey or have concluded your journey, as you're most likely to start or end your tour in Christchurch. The nearby Banks Peninsula was formed by two giant volcanic eruptions and has a strong French influence. The picturesque harbour of Akaroa is well worth a visit.
In North Canterbury the thermal waters of Hanmer Springs have been attracting visitors for many years, but the region is also popular for outdoor activities including hiking, rafting, bungy jumping and skiiing in winter. All of this action means it is a favourite weekend spot for people from Christchurch.
Wanaka receives slightly less attention than it's more famous neighbour Queenstown, only about an hour away, but one may argue which of the two towns is nestled in the most impressive scenery. While that may be a very difficult question to answer, Wanaka boasts a similar range of adrenaline activities, but with some more serenity about it all. The town offers fine dining and living and is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and the Treble Cone, Cardrona, Harris Mountains and Pisa Range ski areas. Every second Easter, Wanaka hosts the incredibly popular Warbirds over Lake Wanaka, a huge international air show that sees the town swell with visitors.
The central feature of the region is Mt Aspiring, surrounded by the national park with the same name. The alpine scenery does not get any more dramatic than this in New Zealand, and offers some of the best hiking in the country. The park has wide valleys, secluded flats, more than 100 glaciers and towering mountains. The southern end of the park around Glenorchy receives most visitors and includes popular hikes such as the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's great walks, but there are also excellent shorter walks and more demanding hikes in the Matukituki Valley close to Wanaka.
For a long time Queenstown in Central Otago has had an international reputation for its spectacular scenery and adventure activities, but the region is now also recognized for its award winning wines.
Queenstown is the unofficial 'adventure capital of the world', but the entire Wakatipu region with its stunning lake and surrounding mountains alone are a real attraction. The aptly named Remarkable mountains provide the most breathtaking backdrop, whether snow capped in winter, or at sunrise or in the afterglow at dusk.
Facilities in Queenstown are excellent as well, from budget to boutique accommodation options, some of the best dining in New Zealand and a buzzing nightlife with numerous cafes and bars.
There's also great skiing in winter on Coronet Peak and Cardrona and plenty of substitute adrenaline activities in summer. Bungy jumping was invented in New Zealand and Queenstown offers a plethora of jumping options. There's also skydiving, jetboating, mountainbiking, canyoning, white water rafting, hiking, sledging, parapenting, the list is simply endless.
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Right in the heart of the action, Millennium Hotel Queenstown is just minutes from Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating. The popular ski destinations of Coronet Peak, Remakables, and Cardrona are also close by.
This luxury hotel also offers accessible rooms for special needs guests with their friendly staff on hand to assist you anytime. Most of this accommodation also offers scenic views of Queenstown city and mountains, providing the perfect backdrop to your trip. Millennium Hotel Queenstown is a 4-star plus and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated hotel, with an Environmental Sustainability Plan for the future.
Citylife Wellington (Heritage)
Wellington prides itself on being not only the country’s capital, but also its cultural capital – and there’s no better place to soak up the atmosphere than CityLife Wellington, with hotel accommodation located right in the heart of the city. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.
When you want a breather, the hotel offers plenty of ways to make the most of your downtime. Enjoy a hotel experience unlike other Wellington hotels.
Whether you’re seeking Wellington accommodation for work, rest or play, our spacious rooms offer you the comforts of home - with the added benefits of housekeeping and room service.
Offering a range of one and two bedroom serviced apartments, After an exciting day of sightseeing or business, you can now enjoy an even better night's sleep with extra comfy beds in all rooms.
Rutherford Nelson (Heritage)
Whether you’re visiting our incredible region for business or pleasure, Rutherford Hotel Nelson is the obvious choice for luxury accommodation in Nelson.
Rutherford Hotel Nelson is Nelson’s only 24-hour fully-serviced hotel, offering luxurious rooms and suites – ideal for corporate travelers, families and conference delegates. The central locationmeans Nelson’s many galleries and City attractions are just a stone’s throw away. All rooms have a view of the harbour, city, historic South Street or Nelson’s beautiful cathedral.
The stylish accommodation will suit anyone looking for a great place to stay in Nelson, whether you’re here on holiday, in town for aweddingor visiting Nelson for a conference.
Distinction Hotel Lake Te Anau
Get away from it all, and escape into the serene surroundings of Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. With its range of modern hotel accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, FREE unlimited WiFi, complimentary guest car parking and an excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore Hotel will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable..
Conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and a short stroll from Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake and launching pad for many water based activities. The 180 room Distinction Luxmore Hotel offers guests a wide range of modern, refurbished hotel accommodation.
Alpine Resort Wanaka (Distinction)
Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort is nestled in a quiet Lake Wanaka location and guests can enjoy access to the resort facilities whilst staying in the serviced apartments. The stylish, self-contained, serviced apartments each provide a high level of personal comfort and convenience, perfect for all seasons.
They offer a fully equipped kitchen, televisions with 50+ channels of SKY channels, free WiFi, under-floor heating in the bathrooms, private & secure car garages, perfect for storing additional equipment such as skis and bikes. Enquire about daily, weekly and longer term servicing options..
Scenic Hotel Napier
We invite you to enjoy quality 4-star hotel accommodation of an international standard. From the moment you step into our spacious, light-filled lobby, you will experience our commitment to quality and customer service. If you fancy waking up to serene ocean views, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is the perfect place to start your day in Hawke’s Bay. Simply leave the curtains open, roll over in bed, and soak it all in.
Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, with Napier hotel enjoying a premium waterfront location on Napier's Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests are treated to sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street and is located in close proximity to many of Napier's attractions..
Scenic Franz Josef
In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.
This hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.
Funyaks + Jet Boat
This day in and around Queenstown takes you deep into "Paradise", near Glenorchy in Mt Aspiring National Park.
An unmissable experience with the exhilaration of a wilderness jet boat ride combined with a leisurely downstream float on easy to use Funyaks (inflatable kayaks) awaits you. This trip is a must-do to explore the truly unique Dart River. Your amazing journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Dart River deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. From here you’ll then travel back down river at your own pace in our unique Funyaks exploring pristine waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Wakatipu, hidden side streams with amazing rock pools and dramatic chasms. Just when you think your Funyaks adventure is over, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch before heading via 4 wheel drive coach to locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth from ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.
Peppers Bluewater Resort - Lake Tekapo
Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s central South Island, isPeppers Bluewater Resort. Overlooking Lake Tekapo this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world.
Peppers Bluewater Resort is set amongst the purest natural landscape. Romantic and secluded, your accommodation in Lake Tekapo reflects the beautiful landscape surrounding you.
You can explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region from here. Marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars. Ride horses through the mountains, catch a scenic flight to Franz Josef glacier, go skiing, or immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools.
Glacial Day Spa
Experience total relaxation and rejuvenation at the day spa with a full range of treatments designed to enhance and maintain your health and beauty. Each of the 4 therapy rooms features beautiful views of the hot pools, Lake Tekapo and the mountain ranges.
Treat yourself to the healing benefits of massage in the beautiful, calm space of our Glacial Day Spa. Our expert staff are skilled in a wide range of treatments designed to revitalise the body and recharge the mind.
Massage has many benefits which include a boosted immune system, reduced pain and inflammation, improved sleep, increased flexibility and range of motion as well as enhanced wellbeing by reducing anxiety, stress and depression.
Huka Falls Jet
Hukafalls Jet in Taupo is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls. The half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and natural hot springs. Combine 360° spins while passing through nature incredibly closely at disorientating speeds for an amazing must-do visitor experience whilst in Taupo, and that's even before reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls.
Trek across volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views.
This challenging trip begins at 1120 m, climbs the Mangatepopo Valley to the saddle between Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, through South Crater before climbing again to Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1886 m.
You will then descend on a volcanic rock scree track to the vivid Emerald Lakes, known as Nga Rotopounamu (greenstone-hued lakes). After passing Blue Lake, also known as Te Wai-whakaata-o-te-Rangihiroa (Rangihiroa’s mirror), the track sidles around the northern slope of Tongariro, then descends in a zigzag track down to the road end at 760 m.
Maori Cultural Experience
An intricately carved gateway leads you to the fringe of a lush 200 year old native Tawa forest. Warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows you and other visitor’s safe passage into the village. As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the village is alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training.
Watch as the earth is carefully scraped away to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining on the traditional hangi buffet feast!
Bay of Islands
Northland is a region in New Zealand rich with historic significance, and it is also the birthplace of New Zealand. It is one of the first regions settled from Polynesia, and also the place where the European settlers first made contact with the Maori. The main attraction in this region is the sublime maritime park of the Bay of Islands, with no less than 144 islands and secluded bays. Most visitors queue up for the Bay of Islands, but all along the East Coast you'll find scenic, sheltered bays and exquisite beaches.
Also called the "Winterless North", the subtropical climate is pleasant throughout the year, and an aquatic playground for a whole range of leisure and adventure activities such as diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, kayaking and dolphin swimming. The main gateway for these activities is Paihia.
Green rolling hills and lush farmlands are the main decor in Waitomo/Waikatoa, and it is home to some well known icons such as the world class surf breaks in the bohemian seaside town of Raglan, which also happens to be our home. The set for the Shire in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies in Matamata is a unique experience not to be missed, and the world famous Waitomo Caves are a magical place, with numerous options to explore the caves, whether participating in one of the many adventure activities or marvelling at the wonderful light display created by glowworms.
Rotorua is New Zealand's main geothermal area and a centre where Maori culture thrives. It is situated on the shore of Lake Rotorua, and the whole region offers a mix of pristine lakes to enjoy. Explore the many geothermal wonderlands with boiling mud pools, geysers, steamy and colorful lakes, and unwind at a natural hot spring spa or choose from one of the therapeutic spa and massage therapies
The Coromandel Peninsula is a favourite among New Zealanders themselves, and it's not hard to understand why. Its only a 2 hour drive from the major cities Auckland and Hamilton, but yet it feels quite remote and isolated, so it's an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The fact that is also boasts some of New Zealand's finest and most pristine beaches may obviously play a big role as well!
Lifestyle in the Coromandel is very relaxed and there are many coastal towns each with their own distinct character scattered across the peninsula. It is a haven for those seeking an alternative lifestyle away from the city.
Taupo and Central North
New Zealand's main volcanic area, the Taupo Volcanic Zone, stretches in a line from White Island, north of the Bay of Plenty, through Rotorua and down to Tongariro National Park, which proudly claims the title of dual UNESCO World Heritage Area. The Central Plateau, at the heart of the North Island, is the centre of New Zealand's volcanic activity, and the volcanoes put on a spectacular show from time to time, perhaps once around every 7 years.
The Ruapehu/Tongariro National Park region is a mecca for outdoor lovers, year round! Summer is a great time to hit the hiking or biking trails, and in winter you can ski down an active volcano, and it is also the largest ski field in New Zealand! The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand's premier day hike, if not one of the world's! For an even greater appreciation of all the volcanoes, the Tongariro Circuit is a 3-4 day tramp around the volcanoes and is one of New Zealand's Great Walks. The fresh rivers near Turangi provide for world class trout fishing, which can also be found in Taupo.
Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake. In fact, it is the largest fresh water lake in Australasia, and with the plethora of activities on offer (from fishing and boating on the lake or scenic flights over the voclanoes to the adrenaline pumping activities such as skydiving, bungy jumping, jetboating) it is on most traveller's itineraries. Taupo is also the source of New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River, and the Huka Falls are a spectacular sight to behold.
Hot Air Balloon
As you rise to altitudes as high as 6000ft and drift with the breeze, you will witness quite possibly the best panoramic views of Queenstown and its surrounds - “The Hobbit” filming locations, Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables mountain range, NZ’s finest golf courses and much, much more.
The four distinct seasons offer beautiful scenery all year round, so make this your opportunity to get some of the most stunning photographs you will ever take
The passengers can assist the crew to inflate the balloon and also to help pack it away after the flight. Celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime experience with a delightful champagne celebration with juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cheese selection, crackers, sweet treats and muffins in the field after your flight.
Sunrise Balloons is a family-owned and operated company which has been flying in the region since 1998.
The Spa offers a high-quality boutique retreat and day spa experience. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the magnificent Shotover River and amidst a stunning mountain range, this old gold miner’s town is just 10mins from Queenstown or 13km from Arrowtown making it a convenient, tranquil escape from the more action packed, adrenaline filled activities and winery offerings in the region.
In addition to the beautiful exclusive use cedar hot tubs with breathtaking views that we are world renowned for, The spa is also home to a tranquil day spa with high quality therapists delivering an extensive range of face and body treatments for women and men. With the option to book either our exclusive use cedar hot pools or a hot tub and spa package, it offers the best in pure indulgence.
Ship in Waitomo Valley
Glampers can enjoy a unique getaway near Hamilton in Waitomo Valley with this accommodation on a ship on New Zealand's North Island. The room is spacious and can accommodate up to four glampers, ideal for a family vacation. The accommodation boasts an upper level where glampers will find a living area and an equipped kitchenette as well as a queen-size bed. In the hull, there is a bedroom with a set of twin beds and a bathroom that features a shower and a toilet. Linen and towels are kindly provided by the host. Other amenities include a TV, heating, and electric blankets.
Additionally, there is a shared barbecue area with picnic tables where glampers can enjoy the surrounding scenery while grilling up a delicious lunch.
On this stunning property, there is a restaurant and bar as well as a unique stage arena for shows and music. Facilities also include private ensuite bathrooms, self-contained kitchens, non-smoking rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, and wedding/banquet/event facilities. Each unit has designated parking.
Lift & Rental
Lift and Rental
A Lift and Rental ski or snowboard package is great for anyone who doesn't want a lesson, but still needs to rent ski or snowboard gear. Package it all together and save!
Lift and Rental packages include a full mountain day pass and skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots
0–4 years: Lift pass is free
5 year old: Lift pass is free
Child: 6–17 years still attending school
Adult: 18 years+
Full chairlift pass and full set of skis, boots and poles OR snowboard, boots and wristguards.(Accessories not included)
•Change from skiing to snowboarding during the day if desired
•Equipment can be left in overnight on-mountain storage for consecutive rentals
•Any equipment issues on the mountain will be taken care of immediately at no extra cost
•No need to transport equipment up & down the mountain
Fly cruise Fly ( Milford Sound)
Take off from Queenstown, and fly above the rugged backcountry of Central Otago, before heading westward to where the glacial-fed rivers empty into Lake Wakatipu. Witness what the power of nature has created over the years, as you journey over two remarkable National Parks; Mt Aspiring and the world heritage listed Fiordland National Park.
Upon landing at Milford Sound Airport you are welcomed to a view of Mitre Peak, standing tall at the head of the fiord. Surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, you’ll board your Mitre Peak Cruises vessel and begin your voyage cruising the length of the 16km fiord out to the Tasman Sea. Listen to the informative commentary, and interact with our hosts while enjoying the complimentary tea, coffee and water on-board.
Complete your journey with a scenic flight over the Southern Alps back to Queenstown, and be captivated by the breathtaking and awe-inspiring views that can only be experienced from the air.
Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour - Queenstown
The 4 hour Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour departs daily from central Queenstown at 3.45pm and returns around 7.45pm.
Less of a traditional wine tour, this experience is more of a fun and entertaining late afternoon taste bud adventure! Visit three unique locations in the wider Wakatipu region with a minimum of 10 wine or beer tastings and delicious shared antipasto platters. Now here’s the twist…if beer is more your thing then swap the wine tastings for local craft beers instead.
We aim to please! The best part is that this awesome Queenstown wine and craft beer tour departs at 3.45pm meaning you can still go paddle-boarding or bungy jumping in the morning or even fly in from out of town. You are guaranteed to have fun, taste some amazing local wines or craft beer and make some cool new friends on the way!
Travel in comfort and style in our luxury Mercedes vans complete with onboard videos, complimentary wifi and bottled water.
Experience New Zealand with our genuine luxury collection of Boutique Hotels .Classified as boutique by virtue of their intimate size, experienced friendly hosts and individual style.
Take time to slow down, indulge and just enjoy luxury accommodation in some of New Zealand’s most picturesque surroundings.
Discover the unique New Zealand tradition of Luxury Lodges set in outstanding locations, owned and operated by people who share a deep love and knowledge of their surroundings. The Luxury Lodges of New Zealand is a select group of the finest boutique properties in New Zealand – all set in compelling locations, whether by a sandy beach, high in the mountains or in a trendy lakeside village.
Hotels 4 stars :
When you're looking for a refreshing contrast to the everyday, trust us to deliver a superior and uplifting hospitality experience.,we will ensure you experience the best of Kiwi hospitality in the most desirable New Zealand travel destinations. Each of our hotels will deliver unparalleled service that is tailored to your needs.
Motels 3 Stars :
We offer quality motel accommodation year round which is ideal if you want the convenience of preparing meals etc from your own unit. Units are fully self catering and may be serviced, with full kitchen facilities, shower and toilet. The linen is provided, and units are usually more spacious than some other options. They work well for families or couples spending several days in a location. Parking is normally provided close to your unit.
Bed & Breakfast :
Bed & Breakfasts are a wonderfully eclectic mix of all types of hosts and houses, and this is part of the attraction. By opening their homes and their hearts to travellers who need a comfortable bed for a night or two, B&B hosts are like instant friends you meet along the way. You have your own room in the host's house and you're served breakfast in the morning. You can share travel tips with other guests over your eggs, bacon and coffee - who knows, you may even make new friends!
It offers a new and unique range of rental properties that consists of a Colonial Wagon, House Truck, Yurt/Ger, Tipi/Teepee, and Farmers Cottage. Fitted out to a high standard, these options include a range of modern comforts and conveniences. Include free entry to the Kaikoura Farm Park and exclusive access to our early morning animal feeding.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and will most likely be your entry point into New Zealand. Also known as the City of Sails, or as Kiwis themselves name it Little Big City, Auckland is certainly the most vibrant and most happening city in New Zealand. By international standards it's quite small, but it's also one of the world's most exciting waterside cities. Situated in the Hauraki Gulf the city is surrounded by water, and this is reflected in the number of leisure boats per capita, which is the highest in the world. To really appreciate it, you have to take to the waters, sailing on the harbour or taking a ferry to one of the numerous islands, including Waiheke and Rangitoto Islands, or a little bit more off the beaten track, Great Barrier Island.
d unwind at a natural hot spring spa or choose from one of the therapeutic spa and massage therapies
Take a step into the Winter Wonderland and experience life like a penguin in extreme temperatures of MINUS 5º and colder! Dressed like an Eskimo, you get to explore this Antarctic World created by over 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice architecture, ice furniture, and hand-made ice carvings. Drink from ice glasses filled with the famous yummy non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids or delicious alcoholic cocktails for the parents. A family experience you will never forget! Jackets, gloves and warm footwear is provided.
Tarawera & Lakes Eco-Tour
The Rotorua District is home to 18 stunning lakes, amazing natural landscapes and lush native bush. The Tarawera and Lakes Eco-Tour will take you from the centre of town into a culturally, ecologically and historically significant area.
Home to ancient Maori tribes the tour route takes you through the Tikitapu scenic reserve visiting 3 lakes and splashing down onto 3. You’ll learn about ancient Maori history, the establishment of tourism in the area, geothermal forces that shaped our land, agriculture, flora and fauna and the list goes on. It is an cultural, ecological and historical eco-tour that is informative, fun and unique!
The eco-tour is a 2-hour extravaganza.
Discover the history of our area with a fun & entertaining fully guided commentary, delving deep into Maori history, geothermal activity, volcanoes, legends and more
Splash down onto three different lakes; Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu and iconic Lake Tarawera
See breath taking views of the volcanic domes of Mt Tarawera and learn about history of this devastating eruption
Surround yourself with the stunning lake scenery that our district has to offer
Wanaka Nature Encounter
Begin your day with a cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka to Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A guided walk to the spectacular summit reveals the island’s secret – a lake on top of an island!
Enjoy ‘high tea’ up close and personal with rare native birds, including weka, wood pigeon and bellbird. Plant a tree as part of this unique eco experience.
After lunch in one of Wanaka’s many fine cafés (own expense), discover the secrets of Wanaka’s highcountry with a leisurely 4WD tour of a local sheep station.
Trip duration: allow 8.5 hours
Dart River Wilderness jet
Queenstown is synonymous with adventure, it is dubbed the "adventure capital of the world". Regardless of the season, Queenstown gets your adrenaline flowing year round, and the options are endlesss. Want to throw yourself out of a plane in amazing scenery, jump off a bridge in the birthplace of Bungy, jetboat, raft down a river, you name it...Queenstown has it all.
Today you will do the Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey from Glenorchy deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.
The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breathtaking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Māori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.
Jet boat & Wilderness walk
Flowing from Glaciers, the pristine waters of the Matukituki River are perfect to experience river jet boating on the longest and most adventurous jet boat tour in New Zealand. Travel at speed over shallow braids, drift into turns and yes… experience thrilling spins, stopping in deep pools to breathe in the magic of the landscape & hear stories of our land from your local guides
And there is MORE…
Deep in the mountains & off the beaten track, enjoy a 50-minute remote walk through moss covered forest, waterfalls and glacier fed streams. Walk in awe beneath Avalanche Glacier when conditions permit or into McGills Creek to explore one of the most beautiful and serene forest walks. Hear stories from your guide of our people and our land and enjoy photo opportunities of this unique ice carved landscape not to be missed. The only jet boat company to see Mount Aspiring and Glaciers
Classic Wine Tour Wanaka
The accent is on leisure as you immerse yourself into the flavours and sights of this vineyard paradise. We’ll take you to the little places that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners. This tour is an unhurried amble through up to six of the regions finest, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and enjoy the indulgence of an award-winning gourmet platter lunch, made from local fresh produce.