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Photo jump around the pure beauty of New Zealand

Do you like sheep? Well, you will be glad to know that they are far more than people in the great open areas of New Zealand. But that is only the beginning of the natural abundance that the island country has to offer. Havsten archways! Basking fur seals! Green and peaceful fjords! You can dig your crampons into azure glaciers one day and the next day search for the world’s largest buttercup in alpine meadows. It is an exciting and beautiful place, whether you are throwing yourself off a cliff, swimming with wild dark dolphins or immersing yourself in Maori culture. Let’s go!

1: Get on the water in Auckland alias The Sailing City

In all likelihood, you start your Kiwi adventure by landing in this scenic city surrounded by water. More than 500,000 sailboats are moored in local marinas, and you can even join the yacht crew (or join the trip) on an America’s Cup experience.

2: Duck into the natural sea arch at Cathedral Cove

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On the Coromandel Peninsula, you can choose a kayak or follow a cliff top path from Hahei Beach down to a giant arch with secluded coves and views of Te Hoho Rock. Or, if the tide is right, head to Hot Water Beach and dig yourself a geothermal bath in the sand.

3: Watch the earth bubble and boil in historic Rotorua

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As an active volcanic zone, the city of Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland full of bubbling mud pits, erupting geysers and multicolored basins. You can shoot the rapids, dip in hot springs and spend the night on a Māori wharepuni (sleeping house) to learn ancient customs.

4: Feel the wind whipping your hair in Wellington

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Wellington is not only the southernmost capital of the world, it is also the windiest. The advantage of all that blisters is minimal air pollution and clear blue skies. You can enjoy the fresh air and a great view of the city by jumping on the iconic Wellington cable car.

5: See fur seals on the Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

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While they share traits with sea lions, the New Zealand fur seal (kekeno) is characterized by its smaller size, darker coat and pointed nose. This pleasant walk from town offers ocean views (watch out for whales and dolphins!) And looks close to a large colony.

6: Swim near wild Dusky dolphins in Kaikōura

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In order not to be surpassed by the fur seals, another acrobatic marine mammal lives in the water off Kaikōura. Especially in the summer months of October to April, these very social Dusky dolphins often frolic around swimmers. It’s on their terms, so we give it two flippers!

7: Pull on Franz Josef Glacier’s ever-changing ice cream

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Whether you choose a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to the top or hike in the glacier valley below, New Zealand’s steepest and fastest-moving glaciers are impressive from every angle. It is one of the most accessible on earth and you can relax in the hot pools afterwards.

8: Go beyond the bungee in Queenstown

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It is known as the birthplace of bungee jumping, but it is only the beginning of adrenaline-filled activities that you can try. Let’s see you can throw yourself out of a plane, swing over gorges, paraglide over valleys, jet boat over rapids and zipline through forest canopies!

9: Cruise through the quiet silence of Doubtful Sound

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Go deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park and hop on a boat to explore one of the most pristine, remote locations in the world. As you sail between dramatic high cliffs, look for dolphins, fur seals and penguins and stop to look at rushing waterfalls.

10: Settle into alpine landscapes at Aoraki Mount Cook

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You can see how New Zealand’s highest peak served as a formidable training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest ascent. Learn more about his exploits at the Visitor’s Center, stroll through epic alpine views, and look for the world’s largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily.

On the way

Highlights in New Zealand
New Zealand Multisport
New Zealand – South Island Multisport
New Zealand – North Island Multisport
National Geographic Journeys New Zealand Journey

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