“Kia Ora!”! Join AdventureWomen on this February 2018 "insider's tour" and active adventure to New Zealand as you experience Summer in the the southern hemisphere! Home to some of the most dramatic, astounding and magnificent scenery anywhere on earth, you'll enjoy spectacular views accompanied by excellent food and delicious New Zealand wines in company of the uniquely friendly and hearty locals - known as Kiwis.
AdventureWomen co-owner, Judi Wineland and her family have been visiting New Zealand for the past 30 years, and have traveled to the far corners of the country to craft the perfect New Zealand women's trip for AdventureWomen. Come with us as we step into nature, pure, clean and beautiful. This is the perfect island destination for your next adventure travel vacation!
Start your New Zealand tour on the Great Barrier Island – Aotea – a sanctuary that few travelers (or native New Zealanders) have ever set foot on. This rugged and remote island is part of the Gulf Marine Park, where the sea is filled with dolphins, whales, blue penguins, and orca, and sweeping white sand beaches give way to tidal creeks and wetlands. As you explore this remarkable island, you will swim, kayak, paddle board, surf, and walk to hot springs. You’ll even have a special lunch with local Kiwi women hosted at Judi’s NZ home!
Then we travel to Waiheke Island, where you’ll sip New Zealand's wines and explore local olive groves. Tantalizingly close to Auckland and blessed with its own warm, dry microclimate, blissful Waiheke Island has long been a favorite escape for city dwellers and visitors alike. Enjoy lunch at Peacock Sky Vineyard on your own where you will taste their estate-grown wines accompanied by sample-sized portions of chef-inspired dishes designed to enhance your appreciation of their wines; each tasting is designed to celebrate the intimate relationship between wine and food.
Head to New Zealand's South Island where the sheer majesty of New Zealand’s landscapes and the hospitality of the “Kiwi’s” continues on the South Island: Crystal clear lakes, striking land forms, soaring mountains, clean air, good energy, and a great sky for stargazing. Here, you’ll get an insider’s view of Wanaka, TeAnau, and Queenstown.
Spend two nights in Wanaka, the mecca for outdoor adventurers. The town of Wanaka is situated at the southern end of New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, Lake Wanaka, and is bedecked by the Southern Alps. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. If you love the great outdoors and you enjoyed exploring the Barrier, you’ll love the natural beauty of Wanaka. Kayak on Lake Wanaka, hike to the summit of the island (which is on the lake), enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, and take a scenic boat cruise, relaxing on board.
If you are an Adventure Woman, you will love Queenstown. Surrounded by the magnificent Remarkables and framed by the meandering coves of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is considered to be the adventure capital of the world. Now is the time to do things you’ve never done before: bungee jump, skydive, zipline, or take a wild swing and enjoy views of Queenstown from atop the Skyline Gondola or choose to spend the afternoon relaxing at the Queenstown Gardens.
From Queenstown, follow the road to Te Anau as it winds around the gentle curves of Lake Wakatipu. The scenery here is stunning - lakeside vistas are framed by the rugged face of a magnificent mountain range appropriately named "The Remarkables". Easy rolling countryside soon leads you to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the South Island’s many lakes. Wending your way deeper into the southern forests and beautiful farmlands, unique native birds such as the Kaka, Tui, Kea, and the Parakeet are plentiful.
Enjoy the world-renowned tracks of New Zealand's South Island. Heli-hike on the Kepler Track, walk part of the Routeburn Track, and stroll to the Giant Gate Waterfall on the Milford Track. Cap off your New Zealand adventure with a cruise in the Milford Sound where, waterfalls cascade hundreds of meters, ancient forests cling to mountains, and the world feels untouched by human life.
- New Zealand Adventure Tour for Women: Day-by-Day Itinerary
- What's Included on your New Zealand Adventure Tour
- What to Pack for your New Zealand Vacation
- Travel Tips & Information for Traveling to Auckland, NZ
- NZ Insiders Tour for Women: Detailed Itinerary
- Explore the Great Barrier Island, a remote area rarely even visited by New Zealanders, and an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.
- Enjoy a lunch with local New Zealand women at Judi Wineland’s home on the Great Barrier Island
- Swim, kayak, paddleboard, surf, and explore on foot throughout your trip
- Walk segments of the dense forests of the Routeburn, Kepler, and Milford Tracks
- Sip exceptional New Zealand wines with your new AdventureWomen friends
What You'll See and Do
- Boat Cruise
- Bungee Jumping
- Cooking Class
- Hot Springs
- Local Delicacies
- National Parks
- Natural History
- Sky Diving
- Spa Element
- Wine Tasting
- Yoga Class