When describing New Zealand words like most, unequaled, unsurpassed, remarkable, and marvelous all come to
mind. New Zealand is a magical country filled with iconic experiences.
The Iconic New Zealand Holiday
New Zealand is the ideal country for self-driving as there is as much to see and experience between destinations as
there is at the destination itself. There is a reason to stop around every corner – numerous short hikes, picturesque
landscape, wild oceans, meandering rivers and active geothermal sites (most stunning are the three volcanoes in
Tongariro National Park).and towering Kauri trees. All photo opportunities, picnic stops, and places to take your
If your style of travel is flexibility, then you might want to consider renting a campervan/motorhome. The country
is well suited to this mode of travel with easy to find Holiday Parks readily available and most open year round.
When booking a campervan, Discover Downunder highly recommends that you don’t pre-book too many activities
as the advantage of campervan travel lies in spontaneity. Although you will have a general travel plan, you want to
be able to make changes on the spur of the moment in order to extend your stay and enjoy a location that says,
“Don’t leave yet. There is more than you knew.”
If you don’t want to be behind the wheel, why not consider a Great Sights Coach tour which takes you between
destinations, offers informative commentary, stops along the way and gives everyone the chance to take in the sights
along the road. Travel from Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves with its amazing display of glowworms,
Travel from Rotorua to Auckland via the Hobbiton Movie Set from Lord of the Rings. Travel to The Bay of Islands
and swim with dolphin. Travel from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook. Stay a couple of nights. Travel all
over New Zealand! Even if you don’t see yourself as a coach traveler, consider Great Sights as a real alternative to
self driving. See the Great Sights!
Iconic Lodges The Luxe-Experience
The luxe-experience begins with New Zealand’s iconic luxury lodges, destinations in their own right; so much more
than a pillow and a place to sleep. They are defined by their location and the unique experiences available to their
guests, by their superior food and world-class wines, by their excellent management and attentive staff who delight
in your first impressions and take seriously your immediate needs, your comfort, excitement, and appetite. Luxury
lodge stays are designed to exceed your expectations.
Iconic Adventure – A Whole New Level of Excitement!
There is adventure and then there is adventure New Zealand style. The jet boat was invented in New Zealand as
transportation on the shallow rocky-bottomed rivers, but as is usual in New Zealand, someone saw the potential for a
boat that skims on top of the water at breakneck speeds, can stop on a dime and spin in multiple circles. You can
find Jet Boat adventures all over New Zealand.
Travel Tip: If you want the best seat for the most exciting ride, sit right behind the driver.
A J Hackett from Queenstown, invented the experience we know as Bungy Jumping. Now an activity that can be
found all over the world, there is still nothing quite like leaning out over the Kaurara River and jumping into a free
fall of 43meters or 141feet. If you want an adventure packed day, try one of the combos: jet boat, helicopter, bungy
and 4WD. Whew!!
Of course there are other adventures that can be found in other places, but not with the drop-dead beauty of New
Zealand. How about flying over pristine rainforest, white water sledging (riverboarding), blackwater rafting (on a
river on an innertube through limestone caves) Zorbing (rolling down a hill inside a huge plastic ball), skydiving,
heli-skiing, heli-biking, and heli-hiking. If you are an adventure junky then we will find you all of the adrenalin
experiences you could want. If you are like most of the rest of us and like to be just a little afraid, then we have a
country full of soft adventure experiences for you too.