Best Outdoor Adventures in New Zealand


It sems the perfect time to share this 2021 Virtuoso article below entitled, "Plan Your New Zealand Adventure Trip for When the Borders Reopen," now that the borders have reopened! Enjoy!

Article excerpt below produced by Virtuoso with Tourism New Zealand from 3/16/2021 can be found HERE.

Think big for your next expedition, from private helicopters to a Southern Alps mountaintop to winetasting by bike. From rugged alpine terrain to shimmering waters of subtropical coves, New Zealand’s diverse landscapes are home to some of world’s top adventure experiences. It’s a place that feels made for laid-back luxury in the great outdoors.

Known in Maori culture as manaakitanga, the country’s traditional warm welcome crops up in, for example, the way you’re treated as a regular while lodge-hopping across the North and South islands. The handful adventures below are just a sample of what awaits in Aotearoa, as the Maori call their homeland. Take to the skies, hit the trails, grab a fly rod, and explore the Pacific coastlines to get the most from time in New Zealand. Virtuoso travel advisors’ connections throughout the country help them tailor trips to nearly any outdoor pursuit.

A View from Above

Whether you’re looking for prime heli-fishing spots or scenic views of New Zealand’s mountains, volcanoes, lakes, and coastlines, seeing the country by air provides a refreshing perspective.

From the four-room Minaret Station, guests can explore rain forests and Fiordland National Park’s Dusky Sound by helicopter, with stops to fish and view wildlife. Don’t be surprised if the pilot makes a surprise detour for a glacier-top Champagne break with views of Milford Sound.

GCH Aviation offers private helicopter flights throughout the islands, such as an outing along the Kaikoura Coast to view sperm whales and deep-sea canyons formed over hundreds of years, as well as flightseeing in the Southern Alps to New Zealand’s tallest peak, Mount Cook.

Down to Earth

To discover what makes New Zealand so popular with outdoorists, you’ll need to get off the beaten path. Virtuoso advisors can arrange expert guides for everything from trekking to horseback riding, e-biking to ATV adventures, and more. And just because you’re outside, it doesn’t mean you have to rough it (although there are plenty of opportunities for that too.) Be sure to taste the pinot noirs.

Coastal Perspective

Travelers can also try their skill at trout fishing during a stay at Glenorchy’s 17-room Blanket Bay or the 25-room Huka Lodge in Taupo. After an exciting day on the river, return to the properties where chefs will prepare your catch for dinner.

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