Active New Zealand
WALKING, TRAMPING, BIKING & KAYAKING
It is the great outdoors for which New Zealand is loved and famed – there are boundless opportunities for you to get out, be active and enjoy it. Half day, full day, multi day, guided or “freedom” it is all available to you. So often experiences are the sweeter for your own effort! We have a heap of suggestions to get you out of your car – long or short walks, places where you can kayak or hire a bike – so Take on a Great Walk, kayak the Abel Tasman, bike the Central Otago Rail Trail, pedal around the vineyards, kayak around the Okarito Lagoon, stroll around Lake Matheson, hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We will point you in the right direction, to book huts or campsites, and will suggest places to go and organise hire of gear. In many cases you don’t even need to have done it before and the Department of Conservation tracks are well graded so there is something to suit all levels.
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
You and a couple of hundred dusky dolphins in their natural habitat – it doesn’t get much better than that! Swim, or watch from the boat – this experience will stay with you forever. No matter how good a swimmer you are, the dolphins will win.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Always a thrill, stomachs left behind at the top of a rapid – a family trip, to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – the choice is yours – a fabulous way to get the adrenalin flowing and be immersed in some more of New Zealand’s stunning country.
BLACK WATER RAFTING
With varying degrees of excitement, depending on location and tour, make your way through glow-worm caves in an inner tube! The cave formations are quite stunning and the sight of thousands of glow worms, one you are unlikely to have encountered before.
Take a scenic flight onto either the Franz Josef or the Fox Glaciers and spend a couple of hours on an unforgettable guided walk amongst glacial ice formations. You will never forget the blue.
Another kiwi invention! You can enjoy this as a crazy river trip full of 360 degree spins and coming perilously close to rock walls or as another way of exploring otherwise inaccessible country.
Perhaps an unexpected way to get out into our stunning country is on the back of a horse. A sunset ride along a beach or an afternoon spent in the backcountry there are many opportunities throughout New Zealand.
Trout in Lake Taupo, or rivers throughout; game fishing from the Bay or Islands or a fishing charter from many of our coastal locations – it is always a thrill to catch a fish. And of course, all with the back drop of our stunning scenery.
EXPLORE BY ISLAND
There are many good guide books to New Zealand but nothing compares to local knowledge. Jenny and Graham were excellent in providing this; it made a huge difference to the enjoyment of our trip, and enabled us to visit many wonderful places off the beaten track.
Our holiday was always going to be great because New Zealand is a stunning country but thanks to 'roundaboutnewzealand' it became a dream experience. All the pressure on making sure we visited the best places was lifted, there was no time wasted visiting attractions that didn't appeal to us as Jenny had ensured she knew our tastes and budget well in advance of proposing our itinerary.The attention to detail was incredible yet at the same time not onerous, pointing us in the right direction with suggestions on how long trips might take and even the best cafes in the small towns to experience the wonderful food and local wines. We didn't have to look over our shoulder wondering if we should have eaten at the 'place next door'.Roundaboutnewzealand ensured we maximised our enjoyment on what turned out to be a holiday of a lifetime. We certainly recommend Jenny and her team to anyone considering a holiday in New Zealand and we hope to be back very soon to enjoy their suggestions for further exploration.
Jenny this was the BEST holiday of my life! we had such an unforgettable time and it will be a memory for life deeply burned into our hearts” & "You and Graham had done such a wonderful job and put a magic trip together. We will never forget this and will be grateful for the rest of our life.
We had a wonderful holiday thank you very much. We loved Prospect Lodge and Blanket Bay – really superb!
....A superbly organised South Island trip by Jenny and Graham saving us hours of research. Our choice of destinations and the incredibly detailed itinerary they put together certainly gave us a wide variety of magical experiences. They certainly know and love their country and were more than happy to spend time to ensure the trip was personally suited to us. It's an amazingly 'wow' factor Island and with their exceptional guidance we had the most wonderful holiday .....