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Top Hiking Trails in Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

By Viator, September 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 435 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Set in New Zealand's Westland Tai Poutini National Park—part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site—the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are two of the world's most accessible glaciers. Unlike ...  Read more

Ways to Experience Maori Culture in Christchurch

By Viator, September 2018

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Maori, indigenous people of New Zealand, have had a deep-rooted and enduring influence on the country. From visits to Maori meeting grounds (marae) to performances of traditional songs and dances, ...  Read more

Milford Sound Cruises

By Viator, August 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 157 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Part of New Zealand’s scenic Fiordland National Park, the glacier-carved Milford Sound is lined with sheer cliffs and peaks, over which waterfalls cascade. Naturally, the best way to explore the ...  Read more

Wine Lover's Guide to Otago

By Viator, August 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Central Otago—one of the fastest-growing wine regions in New Zealand and the southernmost in the world—occupies a wide swath of mountainous terrain on the South Island. It’s the country’s only true ...  Read more

Top Hiking Trails in Mount Cook National Park (Aoraki)

By Viator, August 2018

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Hiking, bushwalking and trekking are called "tramping" in New Zealand, one of the top destinations in the world to strap on your walking boots and follow a trail. The country is crisscrossed ...  Read more

Akaroa Tours from Christchurch

By Viator, August 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

With its dramatic volcanic cliffs, dolphin-filled waters, and French colonial heritage, the coastal town of Akaroa has plenty to entice day-trippers from nearby Christchurch. Here are your options ...  Read more

Outdoor Adventures in Queenstown

By Viator, August 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 748 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

With mountains, lakes, and glaciers right on the city’s doorstep, Queenstown is New Zealand’s reigning capital of adventure sports. Whether you want to go hiking and climbing in the Southern Alps, ...  Read more

Wine Tasting from Christchurch

By Viator, August 2018

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Wine lovers visiting Christchurch have several wine regions within day-trip distance to choose from. One of New Zealand’s fastest-growing wine regions, the Waipara Valley alone has more than 75 ...  Read more

Milford Sound Overnight Cruises

By Viator, July 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 194 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

By day, the waters of Milford and Doubtful Sounds are two of the most beautiful corners of New Zealand. By night, the skies above the wilds of Fiordland are blanketed in a canopy of stars. At dawn, ...  Read more

Mt. Cook Helicopter Tours

By Viator, March 2018

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Famously the training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest ascent, Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s highest peak, soars 12,316 feet (3,754 meters) into the clouds. But you don’t have to don ...  Read more

Franz Josef & Fox Glacier Helicopter Tours

By Viator, March 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 328 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The glassy rivers and snow-capped peaks of the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier are among the highlights of New Zealand’s South Island, and the West Coast glaciers are even more spectacular from ...  Read more

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Queenstown

By Viator, March 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 595 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Queenstown is best known for its electric nightlife, alpine scenery, and adrenaline-pumping activities, but the fun-loving city is also one of the best places on the South Island to sample New ...  Read more

Mt. Cook Tours from Christchurch

By Viator, February 2018

4.5 star rating: Recommended 157 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Soaring 12,315 feet (3,750 meters) over the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, Mt. Cook (Aoraki) is Australasia’s highest mountain and the grand centerpiece of the Aoraki/Mount Cook ...  Read more

Milford Sound Tours from Queenstown

By Viator, February 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 221 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The dramatic focal point of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a popular natural wonder on New Zealand’s South Island. Whether you want to cruise the fjord, soar ...  Read more

Top Day Trips From Queenstown

By Viator, January 2018

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Queenstown has a reputation as New Zealand’s adventure capital, but head a couple of hours out of the city and you’ll be rewarded with some of the South Island’s most photo-worthy landscapes. Here ...  Read more

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