"This was our 3rd vacation with Kensington & was truly fantastic, probably the best to date. The balance of adventures & activities in New Zealand and a restful couple of days in Bora Bora was just right." Iain Campbell, 2012
From cuddling with koalas to pearl farms, Middle Earth, island hopping by helicopter & dining with kangaroos, we’ve got it!
Outdoor enthusiasts and wine aficionados alike can rub elbows on the rugged and unpredictable New Zealand's North Island - a land of glaciers, vineyards, beaches and volcanoes. A road tour of New Zealand is perhaps the best way to first get acquainted with the area, though travelers will only get a taste of what this fascinating land has to offer.
The road trip from Auckland to Wellington has been highlighted as one of National Geographic's "Drives of a Lifetime," and deservedly so. The trip offers a wide variety of prime New Zealand sights and activities, starting in New Zealand's largest city.
In Auckland, travelers will find the hustle and bustle of any major metropolitan area, as well as the Auckland Museum, an acclaimed primer on the history of the land and its people. From there, travelers can drive up to Huapai, and indulge in wine-tastings, jazz concerts and a myriad of art exhibitions.
Culture, however, is only one small part of what makes New Zealand captivating. Heading south toward Waikato uncovers hiking under the massive Kauri trees found in the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve. Those looking for a something a little bit more awe-inspiring can climb an ancient volcano up the Karioi Summit Track.
The Waikato region is also a prime destination for movie buffs. It is in this area that fans of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy can look upon the location of the Hobbit village in the films, as well as a few other famous grassy locales caught on tape.
Take a bath
The drive becomes more rugged as travelers head south. Rotorua is a popular destination pocked by geysers, boiling mud and active volcanoes. The Pacific Ring of Fire is to thank for all the steaming activity. Travelers are encouraged to visit Hell's Gate, a self-proclaimed geothermal park that offers guided tours of the area, bush walks, trips to steaming cliffs, mud baths and sulfur spas.
Waterside Wellington provides a breath of fresh air from Rotorua. Just off its coast is a pristine nature reserve, rigorously preserved as a home for both land and marine wildlife. Bird lovers can spot the stitchbird?, the kokako, the takahe and even the famed kiwi, which is extinct on the mainland. Anyone looking to make a journey to the beautiful island, however, must plan ahead. The island is only a 15-minute boat trip, but only 50 people are allowed to visit per day.
It’s easy to feel the haunting spirits of Australia’s rich convict past as you stroll among the colonial buildings and cobblestone pathways of Sydney’s historic Rocks district.
Value tour of the best sights on New Zealand's North Island. Visit cosmopolitan Auckland and the cultural heartland of the country, Rotorua.
(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns)
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart.
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