Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi of merit through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty and calm of the Marlbourough Sound.
Walk or bike between Queen Charlotte and Keneperu sounds and go as hard out or as comfy as you like in this slice of paradise with a seamless network of camping spots, resorts and lodges en route along with water and pack transfers when you need them.
Explore this enchanted, rocky gorge, an easy drive between Blenheim and Nelson, with its crystal clear river and towering, ancient forests where the dwarves and hobbits of The Hobbit floated downstream in their barrels before drifting ashore on to its sandy beach.
Fail to sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf and miss out on sipping the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world.
Watch the white sand of the lake bed dance in near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere.
Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal streams and exquisite beaches
Kayak the coastline of Abel Tasman, our smallest national park, and enjoy this absolute giant of exquisite sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal clear streams and exquisite sandy beaches.
Experience the striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach before travelling out along the longest natural sandbar in the world and sanctuary to over 90 bird species, including bar-tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones.
Experience two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps in this dynamic environment where huge tongues of ice cut through valleys and make for a spectacular sight in the form of the Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe and Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere.
Park up on the main highway at Punakaiki and enjoy an easy 20-minute walk into an ancient world of pancake-shaped rock formations 30 million years in the making, along with mighty blowholes and terrific surge pool.
Drive five kilometres west of Fox Glacier township and say hallo to Lake Matheson, a photographer’s dream nestled in ancient forest, best viewed at sunrise and sunset when still waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook .
Tear yourself away from the spectacular views along The Great Coast Road and take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, once home to the richest coal-mining seams and the infamous 45-degree Denniston incline.
Camping in Golden Bay: a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean
Base yourself under canvas in a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean as far as the eye can see.