Water Activities in New Zealand

We’ve got no shortage on water in New Zealand! Positioned in between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, the slice of land that makes up NZ also abounds with rivers and lakes, and that’s without mentioning the rainfall.

A whole raft of water activities have been developed over the years (excuse the pun!): canoeing and kayaking, jet boating, scenic cruises, white and black water rafting, swimming with the dolphins and sailing to name just a few. Kiwis have a close and harmonious relationship with the water and taking part in one of these activities will allow you to share their experience and come away with some great memories.

Once again the operators in the tourism industry are strictly regulated so you can be assured of safely undertaking the activity of your choice. 

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    Samoa - Postcard Perfect Destination

    Samoa is our firm favourite when it comes to the Pacific Islands, it’s not as well-known as other South Pacific Islands, but it is brimming with beautiful beaches and other unique places just waiting to be explored. If you are looking for the postcard perfect destination that is a little more off th

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    Enchanting Fiji Islands

    The most popular seaside destination in the South Pacific has a lot on offer. Whether you’re on your Fiji honeymoon or are planning a fun family holiday, we have extensive experience designing Fiji vacation packages to suit different needs.

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    Kayaking & bird watching in the Marlborough region

    Have fun on this easy two hour kayak safari, to photograph the royal spoonbill and find out more about the other birds of this wetland habitat.

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    Kayaking in Cathedral Cove

    If you've been wanting to kayak in North Island, think about the Coromandel, and in particular about Cathedral Cove - it is a fantastic spot and one of the few places where children can kayak too.

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    The Whanganui River Canoe Trip

    Laura and I set off one long weekend to try out the only one of New Zealand's 9 "Great Walks" that is done in canoes or kayaks; the Whanganui River Journey.

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    Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

    We have cruised the Milford Sound several times and along with the Milford Road we really enjoyed the experience but we were still left wanting to explore Doubtful Sound which is not as well-known as Milford and is a harder fiord to access.

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    America’s Cup Sailing in Auckland

    In September I decided to try out the adventure of sailing on one of the former America’s Cup yachts in Auckland. NZ was the first country to be able to wrestle the cup out of the Americans hands and it is a feat that is very proudly regarded here.

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    Swimming with Hector Dolphins in Akaroa

    Akaroa is one of our favourite destinations in New Zealand, and sure we have a few Frenchies in the office but in all objectivity this village is truly a little known gem.

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