Thanks to the fact that New Zealand was one of the last lands settled by humans, it happens to be home to one of the most diverse habitats in the entire world. That, and much of its vast wilderness, preserved as world heritage sites and national parks, has been left entirely unspoiled.
Adventure enthusiasts from around the world visit the unique country’s two islands in search of some of the most incredibly thrilling excursions in the world.
From 10 days of rigorous hiking amidst the snow-capped peaks and staggering glaciers of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, to utterly magical tours of Waitomo’s glow worm caves, these distinct islands offer countless opportunities to embark on exciting excursions — it simply all depends on what type of adventure gets your heart racing most.
“Swimming with the wild dolphins in Kaikoura Bay is an absolute must,” says Barbara Banks director of new trip development for Wilderness Travel. “The experience is quite amazing.”
Arrive by boat at Awaroa Lodge and you’ll immediately feel as though “you’re out on the fringes,” as Banks explained. “The coastlines of Abel Tasman National Park are just begging to be explored by kayak,” she said. “The waters are utterly translucent on a clear day. It looks as though the kayaks are suspended in the air.”