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  • Cruise in Doubtful Sound
  • Snow landing, Mount Cook
  • Swimming with dolphins, Akaroa
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  • Dart River Jet Safari
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Here is a selection of special activities Meet New Zealand Vacations recommends you enjoy as part of your New Zealand self drive holiday.

 

Bay of Islands

Coastal Cruise

A cruise on a luxury catamaran featuring highlights of the Bay of Islands, the finest maritime park in New Zealand with over 140 islands, secluded bays and an abundance of marine life.

 

Dolphin Swimming

Watch the antics of dolphins and get fantastic photos. Swim with the dolphins in New Zealand’s warmest waters (subject to suitable conditions).

 

Rotorua

Maori Village Experience

An evening Maori Village experience journeying back in time to a pre-European lifestyle. Includes a Powhiri (formal welcome), Hangi (dinner) slowly cooked under the earth on hot rocks and traditional song and dance. A Maori guide provides guidance on correct Maori protocol.

Mount Tarawera Flight

A helicopter or floatplane scenic flight to view the huge crater rift of the dormant volcano Mount Tarawera (formed after a massive eruption in 1886).

 

White Island Flight

A helicopter scenic flight landing on New Zealand’s most active offshore volcano, White Island. A guided tour of the island is provided.

 

Nelson

 Coastal Cruise or Cruise & Walk

A scenic cruise or cruise and walk marveling at the idyllic golden sand beaches, bays and native bush that hug the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park.

 

Sea Kayaking

A guided sea kayak tour in the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s foremost sea kayaking destination.

Glacier Country

 Glacier and Mount Cook Heli-Tours

A heli-tour exploring the glacial icefalls of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and their neves. A glacier landing is a special highlight. Selected flights also offer the opportunity to view magnificent Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

Glacier Heli-Hike

A heli-hike on Franz Josef or Fox Glacier combines the excitement of exploring a remote part of the glacier with the thrill of a helicopter flight.

 

Glacier Guided Walk

A guided walk onto the ice amongst crevasses and ice ridges of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier (for those with a moderate level of fitness).

 

Queenstown

 Dart River Valley Tour

A tour of the Dart River Valley near Queenstown. Combines jet boating deep into the untouched wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park, journeying through Paradise (film location for the Lord of the Rings) crossing high country farmland and a guided walk in the ancient forests of this World Heritage Area.

Milford Sound

 Scenic Cruise & Wildlife Encounter

A daytime or overnight cruise enjoying the dramatic scenery and wildlife of Milford Sound. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, a majestic mile high vertical mountain dominating the skyline.

 

Doubtful Sound

 Scenic Cruise & Wildlife Encounter

Doubtful Sound daytime or overnight cruise. Known for its wilderness and wildlife including dolphins, seals and penguins, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the fourteen fiords in the Fiordland National Park.

Lake Tekapo

 Alpine Scenic Flight

A spectacular scenic flight over 200 kilometres of breathtaking alpine scenery in the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks, viewing New Zealand’s highest mountains, ice age glaciers and snowfields.

 

Kaikoura

Whale Watch – Boat Trip

A boat trip to meet one of nature’s most magnificent mammals – the giant sperm whale as well as dolphins, sea birds, seals and the migratory species of whales that frequent the Kaikoura coastline.

Whale Watch – Scenic Flight

A scenic flight to see and experience majestic giant sperm whales catching their breath before diving to the depths of the Kaikoura trench 1,500 metres below.

 

Maori Tours Kaikoura

An authentic and personal Maori experience. Learn the rich history of Kaikoura told by ‘Ngati Kuri’, the Maori of Kaikoura. Visit ancient sites and explore a bush walkway to hear about some of the traditional indigenous uses of the trees and plants.

 

Akaroa

 Dolphin Swimming

Swim with one of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins – the Hectors dolphins in Akaroa Harbour, one of two extinct volcanic craters making up beautiful Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch.

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