A Special Find

Doubtful Sound
Although Milford Fjord is more famous, Doubtful is 3 times longer and 10 times larger than Milford. According to Maori legend, the godly figure Tu Te Raki Whano created this incredibly beautiful fjord with the assistance of four young sea gods who carved out its sheltered arms. Come see Doubtful Sound and leave the crowds behind!



Climbing Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, both found on the West Coast of the South Island, are a remarkable show of the sheer enormity of glaciers. While a lot of glaciers are retreating, these still flow almost to sea level. You can do guided glacier walks, helicopter or ski plane in, do ice-climbing, or just take a short walk at the base. Any way you see them, you’ll be amazed at the glaciers of New Zealand

Whale Watching

Kaikoura Whale Watching
Come face to face with these magnificent creatures aboard vessels designed specifically for this purpose. A typical whale watch tour also encounters fur seals, dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. You have a 95% chance of seeing whales here. Your chances don’t get much better than that.

The most famous fjord by far is Milford Sound. Receiving over 200 inches of rainfall a year, the resulting glorious waterfalls are a wonder to behold. A trip onto the sound is to experience the quiet beauty of this unique spot with the opportunity to view birds and underwater sealife. Most go for just a day, but did you know you can spend a night on the sound?

Bay of Islands

Cape Rienga, the very northernmost point in New Zealand, starts the Bay of Islands. See beautiful beaches and turquoise coves and go where the Kiwis go to vacation. Take a cruise to “Hole in the Rock” and visit the treaty house in Waitangi for a sound and light show covering from the time of Kupe, the first Maori to arrive, up to the present.

Auckland Harbor

Called the “City of Sails”, the Aucklanders do love to get onto the water. The extensive ferry system takes you to the lovely town of Devenport or to the many commuter towns for Aucklanders going to and from work. You can go match racing aboard the NZL40 and the NLZ41, the authentic America’s Cup yachts, or enjoy the many restaurants and bars of the Viaduct district.

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park
You can only visit Abel Tasman by boat or by foot…no cars allowed! Sea kayaking or sailing are two popular ways to visit this lovely park nestled at the top of the South Island. Or you can walk the many trails and then catch a water taxi to take you back to civilization. A truly unspoiled paradise.