STUNNING New Zealand, a tiny country made up of two main islands, is just one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations.
From unspoilt diverse landscape of rainforests, mountains, lakes, beaches and glaciers to the unique indigenous culture, it is the place to go for a laid- back holiday or a trip filled with endless adventure activities.
* Visit the Hobbiton movie set:
Dubbed the Home of the Middle- earth, New Zealand is iconic for being the filming site of the massively popular Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie franchise. Today, you can still see the magical movie set of 44 permanently reconstructed Hobbit Holes in the same detail as seen in the movies. Experience the Shire like never before with the evening banquet tour that starts off with a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit.
After dinner, stroll the wandering paths of the Hobbiton, with individual hand- held lanterns, path lighting and the glittering starlight as you see the village breathtakingly lit up.
Skyline Adventure at Rotorua and Queenstown:
A must- do activity in Rotorua or Queenstown with fun activities for the entire family.
While Skyline Adventure offers many activities, its ultimate experiences include the tranquil uphill gondala ride and the thrilling downhill Luge ride.
In Rotorua, the gondola will ride up 487 meters above sea level to the side of dormant volcano Mount Ngongotaha, giving you the best views around Rotorua.
With the Luge ride, choose three tracks to ride the three- wheel cart down New Zealand’s volcanic wonderland with dramatic scenery and lake views. Then get filled up at award- winning Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar, or the Market Kitchen Cafe.
Ski Holiday on Whakapapa, North Island
New Zealand in late June to early October is great for a ski holiday in Whakapapa, on Mt Ruapehu’s north- west slopes. Whakapapa’s slopes has levels for different skiing abilities with gentle long slopes and home to a big learner’s area of Happy Valley. Intermediate skiers can choose from more than 30- groomed trails with a large variety of choice for bumps, chutes, drops and nice wide runs.
Seasoned skiers can also keep up their pace and get their adrenaline pumping.
Magnificent whales at Kaikoura:
East coast of the South Island is Kaikoura – a magical place where tectonic plates collide, towering peaks fall to the sea and ocean currents converge to lure an abundance of marine wildlife, the most famous being the giant sperm whale, which can be seen year- round and close to shore.
Visitors can get an aerial view of whales or watch them up close on a whale watching cruise tour.
Scenic helicopter flights
Some of New Zealand’s most amazing views are from a helicopter flight – such as the Alpine Snow Landing flight – with spectacular alpine scenery before landing among snow- capped peaks. Or take “The Remarkables” flight soaring to the top of The Remarkables mountain range.
Then see New Zealand’s two most famous glaciers on a Twin Glacier flight, landing at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or the Fox Glacier.
Cruising the Milford Sound
Milford Sound is part of the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area and dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world”.
See the sound’s dramatic scenery on a tour cruise, with its cliffs rising vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scraping the sky and waterfall cascading downwards from ancient forests as high as 1,000m.
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Visit Holiday Tours at Booth No. 1245- 1268 ( Hall 1) or contact 03- 6286 6288 for more information.
cruise ship in remote dusky sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.
helicopter flight landing on the spur of The remarkables.
Auckland with the sky Tower dominating its skyline.
skyline adventure with a view at rotorua.
scenic helicopter flight over glaciers.