Play in New Zealand

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North Island

Matamata / Hobbiton / Taupo

 

Glow Worm Tours

ph: 78788228

A fantastic tour with guide Steve through the lakes and rivers of Wahoura and mystical Glow Worm crevices.  This was a highlight of our entire trip to New Zealand and is a must see must do. If want to see Glow Worms, do it with Steve and Lake District Adventures because you will get an exceptional experience with personal attention and a super- natural light show beyond belief!

 

 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

ph: 78881505

This extremely popular attraction is well organized and well worth it.  I have never seen a Lord of The Rings Film myself but even I was impressed.  The stunning scenery and creative landscape and backstory are very interesting and will be a hit with all ages. Reservations are a must and advance tickets are highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

494 Orakeikorako Rd, Taupo 3083 NZ

ph: 73783131

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orakei Korako boasts the most active geysers (23) of any Geothermal park in NZ, and when I say active, I mean active with a capital A.  Orakei is a wonder and a wonderful place to visit- things are just bubbling up all over.  A great place for all ages and quite a conversation piece for you to talk about when you return home from your super awesome trip.

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South Island

Marlborough

 

Cloudy Bay Vineyards

230 Jacksons Point Rd Blenheim 7240 NZ

Picturesque with great wine and a yummy outdoor raw bar.  Lots of options re tasting flights and yes; free Wi-Fi! Right across the road from Allan Scott Family Winemakers

 

 

Allan Scott Family Winemakers

239 Jackson Point Rd Rapaura 7273 NZ

Lovely family owned winery with a lovely restaurant and pairings. Both wineries are across the street from each other so you could easily make a visit to both.

 

 

Kaikoura

 

Kaikoura Kayaks

19 Kilarrney St. Kaikoura

ph: 6421462889

Multiple guided sea tour kayaking options where you can explore the coast and see Dolphins, whales, seals and Albatross.  Great knowledgeable guides and very reasonably priced.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is in the heart of Fiordland National Park. It is a breathtaking destination with tons of hiking trails, boat tours, camping, helicopter tours, kayaking and diving.  There is something for everyone, but you MUST plan your journey carefully.  Milford Sound is very remote and there is only one road in and one road out.  There are no groceries stores or gas stations in Milford so if you go, you need to stock up on supplies and gas up before you leave.  We did a boat cruise and saw dolphins and lots of incredible scenery.  I would highly recommend making a reservation for the cruise and bus tours.  There is also an underwater marine life centre you can stop at. The website I have provided is a great starting point for you to plan your journey.

 

 

Queenstown

 

AJ. Hackett Bungy

ph: 08002864958

 

These are the guys that started it all…in New Zealand! If you want to do something extreme and extremely dangerous go, see these guys.  The whole experience from start to finish was safe, professional, and loads of fun.

 

Vertigo Bikes

4 Brecon St. Queenstown NZ

The boys and I rented bikes and cycled around the park and lake in Queenstown.  There are heaps of waterside and mountain trails around the area so you should put a bike tour on your list.  You can do more challenging mountain bike trails or cycle through a winey with lunch. If you’re worried you can’t keep up don’t be afraid to get one of those e-bikes; I did, and it was awesome! I still felt as though I got a workout but had that extra oomph! when I needed it. The staff at Vertigo bikes are super friendly and knowledgeable so go see them.

 

 

Christchurch

 

Guided Walking Tours

You can find Mary and Abigail in the red booth across from the Canterbury Museum and the Royal Botanical Gardens.  Tours are $20.00 for a 3hr tour and you will learn a ton of history about Christchurch. Make sure you tell the girls I said hi!

 

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

City Centre Rolleston Ave. Christchurch Central Christchurch, 8013 NZ

 

Gorgeous grounds and gardens, perfect for a meandering walk during any season.  You can rent row boats and row down the canal plus a lovely gift shop and café on the grounds. 

 

Quake City

299 Durham St. North Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013 NZ

 

Quake City is an astounding museum. Through personal stories and hands on exhibits it chronicles the aftermaths of the 2010/2011 earthquakes in Christchurch and the hope and promise of this city, plus, you learn a lot about earthquakes you would not know otherwise.

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