BEST NZ ADVENTURES
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If you’d like to avoid the long lines of Disneyland but still enjoy a theme park experience, the sea-themed Ocean Park is the place to go. There are two parts to the park, connected by a sky tram — which happens to offer some of the best views of Hong Kong Island. As well as rides, the park offers a number of animal encounters, so be sure to check the schedule and see what’s on — the Honorary Panda Keeper programme is a particular highlight.
From spectacular picnic spots to water sports, short walks and biking trails, if you’re craving some adventure this summer, New Zealand has it all
WThis historic ferry will take you from Central or Wan Chai to Kowloon in just a few minutes, also visiting the Disneyland hotel once a day. Kids love a boat ride and they can see the sights of Hong Kong from prime position on the top deck. The ferries run frequently, so there’s no need to check the schedule. If you want to ride for longer, book a Star Ferry harbour tour — if you go in the evening, you can take in the ICC and Symphony of Lights light shows at the same time. e take a look at a few gems to explore in our own backyard this Christmas.
Take a walk at Taranaki Falls
Located in Tongariro National Park, this two-hour round trip through alpine grassland and beech forest offers views of the nearby volcanoes and spectacular Taranaki Falls.
Stand up paddle boarding at Lake Tikitapu, Rotorua
Take in the piercing blue waters of Lake Tikitapu on a stand-up paddle board. Soak in the stunning shoreline and forest.
Kayak Abel Tasman National Park
Explore the breath-taking Abel Tasman National Park via a sea kayak. Take in the stunning coastline and stop off along the way at one of the many camping and picnic spots.
Bike through Karangahake Gorge
Immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings of the Karangahake Gorge and take in the rich history of the area. This track forms part of the Hauraki Rail Trail and is great for all skill levels.
Camp at Otamure Bay
A great spot for a family getaway off the beaten track, camp among the Pōhutukawa trees at Otamure Bay near Whangarei.
Hong Kong is known for great shopping and kids will be delighted to hear that there’s a whole street there dedicated just to toys. Head to Tai Yuen St to indulge in a bit of retail therapy for the little ones. You’ll find classic toys that were made in Hong Kong before the 1980s, as well as plenty of the latest offerings they’ll go wild over. It’s also a great place to pick up festive decorations. Planning a summer adventure? Torpedo7 has all the gear you’ll need from bikes and stand up paddle boards to hiking and camping gear.
We want to know your favourite New Zealand adventure spots and why they are so special — the old favourites from family holidays of years gone by, or the new destinations you’re looking forward to visiting this summer. Any secret spots you’re happy to share? Or tips for tackling the most popular tourist destinations? Whatever it is, we want to hear from you.
Share your favourite adventure spots with us (in no more than 200 words) and go in to win a $1500 prize pack from Torpedo7, including:
Surf or boogie board at Tawharanui
Just an hour north of Auckland, Tawharanui Beach is a great spot for a weekend roadie, offering spectacular coastal walks, surf and boogie boarding.
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To be in to win, go to nzherald.co.nz/travel and fill in the online entry form. Or email us at sunday[email protected] heraldonsunday.co.nz Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes 5pm on Tuesday, December 18. Winner will be notified by phone on Wednesday, December 19.
● ● ● Wakeboarding on Lake Kaniere
Take in the stunning surroundings of Lake Kaniere on New Zealand’s West Coast, one of the country’s most spectacular water sports spots.
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