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🇳🇿 North & South Islands, New Zealand | The Essentials

1. WHERE TO STAY 💤

In your Britz Camper Van! Book the campsites in advance along your route (book early to avoid disappointment).

2. WHAT TO DO/ SEE? 🗺

North Island

Kaituna White Water Rafting, Rotorua

Fancy a challenge? Why not take on The worlds highest rafted waterfall. This was one of the best experiences we had in New Zealand, the water is ice cold but you will not care! The thrill of the rapids to manoeuvre the raft with your teammates and expert leader, make this an experience you’ll be telling the grandkids about one day. We rafted the Kaituna River but there are also options for Okere, Wairoa or the Rangitaiki River.

The pinnacle was tackling the world's highest rafted waterfall, Tutea Falls with a 7 metre drop - be sure you hold on. We completed the 50 minute session, costing 95 NZD and can highly recommend with the River Rats team

 

Bay of Islands

Surrounded by 150 undeveloped islands, this tranquil bay is home to the real locals in this part of the world; dolphins, Orca Whales, Humpback Whales and even Blue Whales roam these waters. New Zealand is known for its unspoilt, natural beauty and the Bay of Islands showcases this in abundance. If you want to switch off from the daily grind and the barrage of social media, we’d recommend to book the four hour 'discover the bay cruise' with Explore NZ and experience the full array of beauty on offer.

 

South Island

Sea Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park

A little short on time, we spent a half day trip walking and exploring from Sandy Bay to the stunning Watering Cove (Thailand hasn’t got anything on this place) at the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park. We then booked a sea kayak trip back via Abel Tasman Aqua taxi who met us at Watering Cove. When kayaking in the open sea, be sure to plan a pit stop at Adele Island to see the native seals, the stunning coastline and clear waters...with a little cardio workout in between.

 

Skiing The Remarkables & Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Ski season in New Zealand runs from June to September. Both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak had perfect snow and it accommodates for all skiing abilities with a variety of blue, red and black runs. Our favourite was Coronet Peak which will test your ability a little more with some challenging runs. Our top tip - take on the rare, night time ski opportunity here.

 

Skyline Luge & Gondola, Queenstown

Take a trip on the skyline gondola, enjoy the breath taking views with a beverage along the way - all before you take on your mates in an 800m, downhill winding course on three wheeled carts. Need we say more! With speeds of up to 15mph this really does provide a thrill seeking opportunity, that's a fun alternative to a hard day of skiing. The Skyline Luge is a true Queenstown gem!

3. WHERE TO EAT? 🍽

Fergburger42 Shotover Street, Queenstown

Home to the ‘best burger in the world’, this place does not disappoint! There is ALWAYS a queue but believe us when we say it’s definitely worth the wait. The Classic Ferg with cheese, fries and a beer is all you need to satisfy your hunger after a long day on the slopes. 

4. WHERE TO DRINK? 🍺

Pub on Wharf88 Beach Street, Queenstown

Queenstown’s après ski is well set with a few drinks in the Pub on the Wharf. Its quirky interior, live music and local New Zealand craft beers make for a perfect chilled night...before a stumble back to your bed.

5. WHERE TO TAKE THAT INSTAGRAM WORTHY PHOTO? 📸

Milford Sound...There is only one choice

On a clear day this place takes your breath away. Plan a trip and cruise to Stirling Falls known in Maori as 'Waimanu' or ‘cloud on the water’. Legend tells that the water from the falls makes you younger with every drop. Needless to say, we were all quite happy to get wet at this stage of the tour.

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