Natural New Zealand

Fox, Franz and Tasman Glaciers, South Island – The Fox, Franz Joseph and Tasman glaciers are easily among the highlights of South NZ. You can walk on these glaciers, see bottomless crevasses, seracs (ice towers), ice falls and sink holes. The Tasman Glacier flows among the biggest mountains in New Zealand. Known for its spectacular ice formations, this 30 km long glacier is the longest in the country. Take a heli-hike to see the remote and inaccessible parts, past the famous Hochstetter Icefall and the Eastern Face of Mount Cook.

Milford & Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island – The star attraction of the Fiordland region, Milford Sound is all about tranquil waters, sheer cliffs and trees that hang in still motion. The Mitre Peak and cruises, complete with seals and dolphins, pull in millions of visitors every year.
Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord is more isolated and rugged. Untouched and pristine, rainforests, hidden inlets and majestic peaks await you here. Wildlife includes the Bottlenose Dolphin and the rare Crested Penguin.

Marlborough Sound, South Island – Located on top of NZ’s South Island, this region enjoys year round sunshine, a picturesque coastline and is also the country’s foremost wine producing region. Enjoy its unique flavour with a trip to the beautiful Marlborough Sound. Accessible for most part by water, savour views of bays, inlets, tiny islands and lush green wilderness. It is one of NZ’s top spots for sea kayaking, boating and hiking.

Geothermal wonders

Rotorua, North Island – The heartland of Maori culture, Rotorua’s geothermal parks are proud flag bearers of a 700-hundred-year-old tradition. Head out to the historic Hells Gate park, 50 acres of sacred Maori land dotted with geysers, mud pools, sulphur springs and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest natural, hot waterfall!
Compare the relaxation quotient between Wai-o-Tapu, and and Waimangu. Or do as the Maoris do in Whakarewarewa, also called the 'living thermal' village.

Hot Water beach, North Island – A spade is all it takes to luxuriate in your own private hot tub on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Head to the Hot Water beach during low tide, dig hard and get ready for the most surreal soak of your life. A complete family destination, the beach has superb surf, cafes and art galleries.

Volcanoes

Ruapehu, North Island – No trip to NZ is complete without a halt at Mount Ruapehu, the highest mountain on the North Island. Nestled in a complex of volcanic craters, this landscape is like none other on earth. In winter and spring, it offers the best skiing fields in this part of the world - the Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa on the southern slope. As for the rest of the year, it treats you to sights of snow capped peaks, tussocked deserts, alpine meadows and more.

Tongariro, North Island – Part of the Taupo Volcanic zone, Tongariro while not the tallest of the 3 major volcanoes, has a huge massif going over 18 kilometres in length. The landscape was 3,00,000 years in the making. And the result – the most scenic hikes in the world and a feast for the eyes that includes crater lakes, fumaroles, hot springs, and lava deserts.

Rangitoto, North Island – Set in the Hauraki Gulf, a ferry away from Auckland, Rangitoto Island is the youngest and largest of the 48 volcanic cones in this area. An iconic symbol of NZ’s natural beauty, it has the world’s largest Pohutukawa forest. The island has a number of walks, with stunning views of the bay and the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges. The most opted for is the short walk right to the symmetrical cone at the summit.

Footprint Favorites

Abel Tasman Walk

Nature offers a surfeit of exquisite and precious landscapes at New Zealand’s Abel Tasman coastline.

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Mt. Ruapehu

No trip to the North Island of NZ is complete without a halt at Mount Ruapehu. Nestled in a complex of volcanic craters, this landscape is like none other on earth.

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Geothermal Spas

Rotorua

The hot bed of geo-thermal activity, Rotorua has several geo thermal mud and water pools.

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Car Racing

Taupo

The home of New Zealand Motorsports, come here to take on tracks of varying difficulty and prove your racing creds.

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Heli-Hike Glacier

Fox & Franz Glaciers

Fly over these giant frozen rivers, take a guided tour and crawl through an ice cave.

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Heli-Hike Glacier

Tasman Glacier

Get close to New Zealand’s longest glacier that winds its way over 30 kms to the Tasman Lake.

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Whale watching

Kaikoura

Catch Giant Sperm Whales, migrating Humpbacks, Pilots, Blue and Southern Right Whales all year through.

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Fine Art Classes

Auckland

Some landscapes stir the deepest creative expressions. Such is the case with Auckland.

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Footprint Special – Sculpture trails & artsy events in NZ.