Water-Based Tours: New Zealand’s rivers, lakes, and coastal areas offer fantastic opportunities for water-based tours. This includes kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park, sailing in the Bay of Islands, and dolphin-watching tours in Kaikoura. These tours provide unique perspectives of New Zealand’s scenic beauty and marine life, suitable for all ages and skill levels.
Day 1: Arrival in Auckland
Begin your aquatic adventure in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, surrounded by beautiful harbors. Check into the Hilton Auckland, conveniently located on the waterfront. Spend your first day exploring the city. Stroll around Viaduct Harbour, and for dinner, enjoy fresh seafood at The Crab Shack, offering a casual atmosphere with stunning views of the harbor.
Day 2: Sailing in the Bay of Islands
Travel north to the Bay of Islands, a subtropical region known for its stunning beauty and historical significance. Join a sailing tour with Explore Group, offering a unique experience around the picturesque islands. You’ll get a chance to steer the yacht, swim in secluded bays, and maybe even spot dolphins.
After sailing, drive to Kerikeri for dinner. The Pear Tree Restaurant, located beside the historic Stone Store, offers delicious local cuisine in a scenic setting.
Day 3: Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
Fly to Nelson, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, renowned for its golden beaches and clear waters. Book a guided kayaking tour with Wilsons Abel Tasman. Their tours explore the stunning coastline, featuring secluded bays and the chance to see a variety of marine life.
After a day on the water, enjoy dinner at Hopgoods & Co. in Nelson, known for its award-winning cuisine and local produce.
Day 4: Dolphin Watching in Kaikoura
Travel to Kaikoura, a coastal town famous for its marine life. Here, join a dolphin-watching tour with Encounter Kaikoura, which offers an opportunity to see the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins in their natural habitat. The tours are respectful of the wildlife, ensuring a sustainable and unforgettable experience.