“A brilliant day”: eight experiences recommended by other Kiwis to add to your summer


“Geneviève, our guide, was very informative and fun. As she stopped to tell us about the history of Wellington and New Zealand, we also learned about the social and political dynamics of this beautiful capital.

“Riding the e-bikes made the tour easy and effortless. The guys at the bike shop were extremely friendly and helpful, making the whole checking out process quick and easy. There are some great restaurants nearby to get some good food. food after the trip. “

5. Beachcomber Cruises – Paua Pearl Tour

Departing from Picton, this cruise takes you through the Queen Charlotte Strait, a myriad of other waterways and tranquil bays. Your friendly skipper is on hand with all the information you need on all the amazing things you will see, but chances are you will be left speechless.

Since the end of the historic whaling industry in this area, it has given way to the salmon, mussel and oyster farms that the cruise crosses towards Whekenui Bay, home of the Radon family.

Upon arrival you will be greeted by Mike and Antonia Radon, the owners of Arapawa Seafarms, where the unique Blue Pearl or Paua Pearls are grown. They will personally guide you on a tour of the farm, which is not only a workplace but also their home. Find out how the Blue Pearl was born and see how they are produced.

One reviewer said the experience was a “brilliant day!”

“I did a four and a half hour courier around the Sounds. Our captain was brilliant with an entertaining and educational commentary.

“The boat has both interior and top seating. Definitely bring a warm jacket if you plan to stay on top.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to glimpse a unique part of New Zealand’s marine life and spend time with paua industry experts. Tours last approximately one hour.

6. Welcome Rock – Hiking and Biking Trails and Unique Accommodation

What makes this region so beautiful is the view from 1,000 meters above sea level.

At the top of Welcome Rock station, you will be amazed by the absolutely stunning panoramic views, the shale rocks towering above you, the giant tufts, the pristine beech, and complete and utter privacy.

Within these 2000 hectares of paradise on earth, there is only you, a few deer and sometimes a hawk. This location takes stepping off the grid to a whole new level. Still, it’s only five minutes from Garston or a 45-minute scenic drive from Queenstown.

Just below Welcome Rock is the Slate Hut, the newest hideaway that offers shelter, outdoor cooking facilities and a bath at 1,100 meters above sea level. Yes, a bath in the middle of nowhere.

Imagine the stars.

Watch the sun set over the Mataura Valley and Eyre Mountains with extraordinary views, beneath a towering falcon-shaped natural shale rock formation. If you make a reservation, the cabin will be reserved exclusively for your privacy.


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