New Zealand’s amazing biodiversity, from its idyllic inlets and sounds and picturesque wine country to its lush gorges and glacial peaks, make it the ultimate playground for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. Active travelers will love the variety it offers: thrilling whitewater rafting, hiking, sea kayaking, and glacier trekking, scenic helicopter rides, serene nature watching, and incredible winetasting. It’s small wonder that Kiwi film director Peter Jackson chose to film much of The Lord of the Rings trilogy here; New Zealand’s beauty is simply otherworldly.
We’ve focused our itinerary on the West Coast of the Southern Island, renown for its wild, rugged and spectacular landscapes. In 11 action-packed days, you’ll be able to taste the elegant sauvignon blancs of Blenheim, hike through a virgin rainforest on Queen Charlotte Track, kayak through Abel Talisman National Park, raft through the gorgeous Buller Gorge, take in views of Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks, explore the wetlands of Okarito, hike Fox Glacier and tour the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site by helicopter, and much more! Join our local expert guides in this untamed corner of the planet.