With the help of our Facebook fans and with some healthy debate here at Active HQ, we’ve come up with our Top 10 Views in New Zealand. Have we hit the nail on the head?
Thank you to our amazing Active Adventures New Zealand guests who have shared these photos with us. The Top 10, in no particular order.
Gazing at Aoraki/Mount Cook from the working sheep farm, Braemar Station.
The view from Braemar Station to Aoraki/Mt Cook
Feel the ground rumble as the Pohutu Geyser erupts - Whakarewarewa, the geothermal centre of New Zealand.
Take a Gondola ride high above Queenstown to look over Lake Wakatipu and across to the Remarkables Mountain Range.
View of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables from the Gondola
Milford Sound from any angle!
Kayaking on Milford Sound
Take the best day hike in the country (and possibly the world!) over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and savour the panoramic views at the top.
Slip into an outside spa at Lake Ohau Lodge as the sunsets and the emerald Lake Ohau turns pink.
Sunset over Lake Ohau
Start the day on a high with an energizing hike up Mount Maunganui for views up and down the Bay of Plenty and across the harbour to Tauranga.
Climb to Key Summit on the Routeburn Track and see Fiordland wilderness unravel in every direction.
Key Summit, Routeburn Track
Take a stroll up Mt Eden in Auckland, the city of sails and enjoy a flat white on the other side.
View from Mt Eden
Follow in Sir Edmund Hillary’s footsteps up the Mueller Ridge in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park for expansive glacial views.
View on the way up to Mueller Ridge, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Rimu Ultimate South Island Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$5499 + tax
This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.
Tui Essence of the South Island
- 8 Days
- South Island
- From US$3999 + tax
This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll explore some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness. It works well if your vacation time is limited, since you can fly from North America on a Friday evening, sleep on the plane, and be back at work ten days later to share your photos and stories on Monday morning. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. Typically hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete.
Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure
- 11 Days
- North Island
- From US$4899 + tax
You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.
Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.
Manuka Milford Hiking Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$6399 + tax
If you wish to concentrate on hiking the iconic tracks of New Zealand and like your creature comforts, we’ve crafted this trip just for you. It has a strong focus on New Zealand’s natural history. Our guides have plenty of time to interpret the flora and fauna and explain the geological and social history of the areas you’ll visit. You also have the choice of a selection of the best day hikes Fiordland National Park has to offer, along with an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track in its entirety. The ‘Manuka’ really is hiking New Zealand in style!
Activity level: The 'Manuka' is an active hiking trip, but has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the 'Manuka' trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Milford Track Guided Walk option.