New Zealand is just pure magical in so many ways. Its jaw-dropping landscapes combined with the most easy-going energy, it’s not hard to feel immediately relaxed in this country. While New Zealand is also a place of thrill and adventure, you should take advantage of some of these tranquil activities during your stay.
Horseback riding is one of the best ways to explore New Zealand and all its mysteries – from mystical beaches and flat fields to skyscraping mountains and snow dusted volcanoes, horseback riding can take you through any inch of land you desire. It’s also one of the most relaxing activities you can engage in, as horses are exceptionally trained and know their routes inside and out.
There’s tons of horseback riding opportunities in New Zealand, where guests simply choose their terrain, length, and setting. You can find horseback riding tours on Viator and TripAdvisor, or Blue Duck Station and Walter Peak Horse Trek.
Natural Hot Springs
Because of New Zealand’s geography and incredibly diverse ecosystem, the country consists of several beloved hot springs. New Zealand is uniquely situated where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet. This initiates a large amount of geothermal activity, which permits the flow of warm water to steam through the earth’s crust. The end result? Glorious, mystic hot springs. New Zealand’s hot springs are like a spa in nature, and many believe the water’s natural minerals help with skin issues, medical problems, and stress.
So, where can you find hot springs in New Zealand?
- POLYNESIAN SPA – ROTORUA
- HANMER SPRINGS – CANTERBURY
- PARAKAI HOT SPRINGS – AUCKLAND
- SPA THERMAL PARK – TAUPO
- TEKAPO SPRINGS – TEKAPO
- KEROSENE CREEK – ROTORUA
Each of New Zealand’s hot springs destinations look different and have their own character, however, they all share the similarities of feeling absolutely amazing and allowing you to experience the country’s remarkable landscape.
Camping and Glamping
What better way to enjoy New Zealand than spending the night under the stars? New Zealand is home to some of the wildest glamping setups, from Hobbit Hole to an earth dome. No matter which site you opt in for, the experience is as enchanting as can be. Explore camping and glamping spots here.
New Zealand Wineries
New Zealand has one of the most interesting landscapes of any country – high-rise mountains, sand dunes, beaches and more. Its diverse geographic layout makes the perfect setting for a picturesque vineyard. The country has been known for its impressive Sauvignon Blanc, which has become a household name in the wine industry. The best vineyards in all of New Zealand include:
Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant – Waiheke Island
Mudbrick is one of the most beautiful vineyards you’ll ever see. It sits on a hill facing the gorgeous waters of Hururaki Gulf and the city of Auckland. The winery combined restaurant is decorated with botanical gardens and pillows of lush greenery.
Mudbrick has a partner hotel located a short distance from the vineyard. Classified as “the most romantic place on earth”, both the winery and hotel attract honeymooners and couples throughout the seasons. It’s encouraged that guests taste or shop the “Mudbrick Icons” which include the Flagship Chardonnay, Flagship Syrah, and the Velvet 2020.
Lakeside views, mountains scraping the sky, and One of the most charming wineries in the world, Amisfield is located right in front of the snow capped mountains of New Zealand. This spacious winery and bistro is one of the most stunning around, so it’s no wonder the wines and restaurant have both earned accolades over the years. Displaying nothing but a snug feel and positive energy, Amisfield is the perfect midday lunch spot with friends, or evening wind-down hub. Every wine here is worth sampling, but Amisfield is best known for their Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Pinot Gris.
Spy Valley is a family owned establishment, one where you can get complimentary wine and olive oil tastings right at the cellar door. Deriving its name for its neighboring location to a “spy station”, Spy Valley is decorated with pictures and artifacts from espionage movies like “James Bond”. An elaborate indoor tasting area and charming outdoor patio create an eccentric and distinctive ambiance. If you happen to stop by Spy Valley, you have to taste the Sauvignon Blanc, which is internationally recognized.
Cozy, classy, and refreshing, Cloudy Bay is another must-see winery. The winery has more of a friendly, uplifting feel about it, while also radiating sophistication and class. Inside, guests taste test Cloudy Bay’s renowned Pinot Noir while warming up by the stone fireplace. Outside stands an aesthetically pleasing patio finished with picnic tables and lavish furniture. Views and beverages combined, this is a spot you won’t want to leave.
Craggy Range is an internationally recognized establishment, and in 2014 was rated “New World Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Everything about Craggy Range is irresistible – from the contemporary mansion winery to the tan mountainous backdrop. The building’s exterior is bright white and gold, while the inside is filled with leather, rustic features. The setting speaks for itself, but you’ll also fall in love with the restaurant’s expansive wine collection and mouthwatering dishes.
Omata Estate is a boutique winery in the Bay of Islands district. Ocean views, gourmet dining, and some of New Zealand’s finest wines await you at this superior facility. The gorgeous line of grape vines plummet over the water and New Zealand’s rocky terrain, while guests wade through the fields and snack on charcuterie. Perfect for both daytime and evening ventures, as well as friends, families, and couples.