Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo
Enjoy one of New Zealand's most scenic drives towards World Heritage site Aoraki Mt Cook National Park with beautiful mountains and lakes.
Dunedin’s dramatic hills surround a long, natural harbour, which attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago.
More recently the area was settled by whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China. Memorable for its historic architecture, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Catlins is the southernmost coastal route, some of which is on unsealed roads but makes for a totally absorbing journey with majestic sweeping beaches, native forests and wildlife opportunities at every turn.
Stewart Island, off the far south coast of the country, is New Zealand’s third-largest island and a truly unspoilt spot; trek one of the many tracks, spot kiwis on the beach and enjoy the rich birdlife of Stewart and nearby Ulva Island.
The area around Dunedin is home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin as well as the world’s smallest penguin; the little blue. Also residing on these southern beaches are fur seal colonies as well as hooker sea lions and elephant seals with the oceans beyond being a playground for dolphins including the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, the hector which can often be seen surfing in on the waves.
This area is also an ornithologist’s delight with a colony of albatross as well as kiwi and a host of smaller species.
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Take in early pioneers engineering feats alongside spectacular scenery on this rail journey from Dunedin to Taeri Gorge.
Settled by Maori, whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China, Dunedin has some fabulous historical architecture.
Take a stop to visit the Moeraki boulders, located on Koekohe Beach, north of Dunedin. Formed over millions of years, these large spherical boulders are scattered along the beach.
Visit Kapiti Island, a nature reserve off the west coast of the North Island, which is home to a wealth of birdlife including the kiwi.
Search for sealions, Hector’s dolphin and abundant birdlife in the little-visited Catlins.
View wonderful wildlife including penguin, sea lion, albatross and kiwi.
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