What to See and also Do

Do not miss out on
With the enormous appeal of the South Island’s west coastline, its east coastline has long been overlooked. No more! Now it’s on the map, led by places like the wonderful historical seaside community of Oamaru. Intend to see some genuine New Zealand? This is it. From Oamaru, a drive via the wide-open landscapes of Central Otago is inspiring and well off the normal traveler tracks. Both locations now likewise have outstanding areas to stay.

Aspiring Helicopters, Mount Aspiring, New Zealand
Never mind
Bus-and-cruise package excursions to Milford Noise. The four-hour bus journey– each method– as well as crowded watercraft trip via the audio is not a delightful experience for most people. Jean-Michel flies his travelers in by helicopter or has them remain someplace near the Noise so they can enjoy the spectacular surroundings as well as not need to spend 8 hours when driving in eventually.

Hidden treasure
The Lakes District Gallery in Arrowtown is little and straightforward. Its outstanding and also appealing displays offer a thorough history of the location and also a remarkable consider the lives of the early settlers.

Low-cost excitement
A ferry ride to Waiheke Island in Auckland’s lovely Hauraki Gulf.

Huge thrill
New Zealand is well-known as an adventure Capital. Experiences for adrenaline addicts are plentiful throughout the nation, however the majority of are concentrated in the Queenstown region. This is the location, nevertheless, that declares to have developed bungee jumping. If you’re eager to try it (and you should!), take the leap at the Kawarau Bridge. You can also go hiking on one of the area’s several unidentified routes or go jetboating, rafting, sky diving, sliding, hill biking– whatever rocks your boat.

Where to Keep as well as Consume


Cape Kidnappers Ridge Suite, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers Ridge Collection, New Zealand
Cape Kidnappers Ridge Suite, New Zealand

Ideal bang-for-your-buck resort
Olivers Lodge and Stables in Central Otago, on the South Island. Every little thing concerning this area screams five stars, however the proprietors select to value it listed below that level. A fantastic remodelling of a leader structure, it also admits to Central Otago– a region completely without what little bit mass tourist there is in New Zealand.

Dining establishment the residents enjoy
The Depot in Auckland, which is enjoyable, casual, and also vibrant– similar to the city. The food selection is continuously transforming and also constantly reputable, so miss lunch to leave area for as much of the common plates as you can manage to eat.

In Wellington, try the busy brasserie design of Charley Noble, which has actually been an in position with the locals for a couple of years currently. Bookings are crucial.

Botswana Butchery in Queenstown has actually long been preferred with the citizens. Surprisingly good for an alfresco light lunch, it is much better called a heavyweight dinner competitor, usually making use of local wild game.

Saffron, in Arrowtown, is another superbly consistent dining establishment that offers a mix of New Zealand as well as Asian-inspired dishes. Every little thing is great here– specifically the bunny and also the curry.

3 winery dining establishments deserve a special reference: Male o War on Waiheke Island, where enjoying the locals get back on their watercrafts after a well-lubricated lunch is an exceptional viewer sport; Craggy Variety in Hawkes Bay, for a superbly sophisticated and also tasty lunch; and also Amisfield, near Queenstown, for one more relaxed sensory experience.

Picnic, Dunstan Ranges, New Zealand

Dish worth the splurge
Jean-Michel’s West Coastline Outing. It starts with a jetboat trip down the gin-clear waters of the Makarora and also up the beautiful Wilkin, with the Southern Alps as your backdrop. After some discovering, your chauffeur will certainly discover a private spot, where they’ll tie the jetboat to a birch tree as well as expanded a feast of wild local specialties that normally consists of crayfish (lobster), paua (abalone), whitebait, and also venison back steaks, all washed down with the most effective New Zealand white wines. After the dish, if you have actually gone easy on the a glass of wine, you can attempt your hand at driving the jetboat yourself.