7 New Zealand Must-Sees You Can't Go Wrong With!

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If you're looking for the best natural destinations in New Zealand, you're in the right place. Kiwi's are passionate about their back yard and believe that the best places to visit can't be seen from the window of a tour bus, but they're accessed on foot, behind handlebars, or with a paddle in hand.

So if you'd like to escape the crowds, discover the real New Zealand and get a great taste for kiwi culture and hospitality along the way - then read on for an introduction to the best places to visit when you're here. Take a look at which trips take you there, the best way to discover each destination, and see the best time to visit. 

If you can't find the answer to your questions here, then request a free brochure and tell us about your plans - we'd love to hear from you! Otherwise, give us a call or email us and we'll do our best to answer whatever query you might have. 

New Zealand's Top Destinations:

1. Milford Sound

Location: South Island
Highlights: Towering granite peaks, waterfalls, deep black waters, access point to the Milford Track.
Best time to visit: Year-round.
Best way to see it: By kayak, as sun rises off the misty fjord.
Which trips go here: All our New Zealand South Island trips

 

2. The Milford Track

Location: South Island
Highlights: Towering granite peaks, ancient native forests, waterfalls, crystal clear rivers.
Best time to visit: Late October to late April.
Best way to see it: Hike from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. Finish the incredible hike with a boat cruise of the fjord. If you're lucky - your captain will nose the boat right into a waterfall, and keep an eye out for the local families of native fur seals and dolphins.
Which trips go here: 'Manuka' - Milford Hiking Quest

 

3. Nelson Lakes National Park

Location: South Island
Highlights: Off the tourist path, dramatic craggy mountains, tranquil beech forests, meadows of tussock, clear streams and stunning lakes.
Best time to visit: November through May.
Best way to see it: Hike from Saint Arnaud to Lake Head hut on day 1, Lake Head to Angelus Hut on day 2, Angelus hut back to the Mount Robert Road car park on day 3. 
Which trips go here: 'Rimu' - Ultimate South Island Explorer

 

 

4. Doubtful Sound

Location: South Island
Highlights: New Zealand's deepest fjord, similar to Milford - but less crowded, overnight cruise option
Best time to visit: The summer months - November through March.
Best way to see it: Take the overnight cruise option - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in such a peaceful and isolated part of the world.
Which trips go here:  'Manuka' - Milford Hiking Quest

 

5. Fiordland National Park

Location: South Island
Highlights: Largest of New Zealand's 14 national parks. Access to Routeburn TrackKepler TrackMilford TrackMilford Sound.
Best time to visit: All year-round.
Best way to see it: On foot, hike the great walks (check out the Great Walk Discovery on our ' Manuka' trip).
Which trips go here: All our New Zealand South Island trips

 

 

6. The Tongariro Crossing

Location: North Island
Highlights: The world's greatest day hike, climb a live volcano, descend into lush native forest, stunning views of Emerald Lakes.
Best time to visit: All year-round.
Best way to see it: Start at Mangatepopo car park and hike to Ketetahi car park. If you're feeling really adventurous, then take the hike and winter (ice axe and crampons are mandatory).
Which trips go here: 'Kauri' Ultimate North Island Adventure

7. The Wild West Coast

Location: South Island
Highlights: Punakaiki, Hokitika,  Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Okarito Lagoon
Best time to visit: All year-round.
Best way to see it: Hike the stunning Amazonian rainforests in Punakaiki and Franz Joseph. Hike or heli to the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers, and sea kayak the picturesque Okarito Lagoon in the company of New Zealand's only white heron breeding colony.
Which trips go here: All our New Zealand South Island trips

 

 

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