Live in Auckland and looking for a weekend adventure? Maybe you’re travelling in NZ and Auckland is your base for a week or so. Either way – it’s the perfect place to kick off a day of adventure. Here are 10 day trips you should add to your list of places to explore in 2018.
Wine tasting west coast tour for two
Wine not begin with a winery tour? (See what we did there?). You’ll visit four wineries on the day, as well as tucking into a delicious platter for lunch. This tour will also take you to visit the famous Takapu sea-bird colony.
Zip line wine and dine coach tour on Waiheke Island
See the sights of Waiheke Island from above as you zip line through the trees. You’ll channel your inner Tarzan as you test your skills on three state of the art flying fox zip lines. This day trip also includes a guided bush walk, wine, olive oil and beer tastings, as well as lunch at the award-winning Stonyridge Vineyard.
Learn to surf day trip on the Tutukaka Coast
Imagine feeling the rush of surfing your first wave! Dive in and get ready for a full day surfing lesson on one of the incredible Tutukaka Coast beaches. Lunch is included, as you’ll be sure to work up an appetite after all that time in the water!
Bay explorer full day Island and wildlife cruise
Enjoy a day exploring the wonderful wildlife in the Bay of Plenty. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal wildlife including penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca. You also have the option to go swimming, kayaking, or even stand up paddle boarding!
Guided Cathedral Cove kayak tour
Ready to explore the stunning Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve? Jump in your kayak and get paddling! This guided tour is perfect for adults and children alike. After a paddle, you’ll land at Cathedral Cove where you’ll be treated to a cappuccino or hot chocolate on the beach!
Hobbiton movie set guided tour
This is a must for all Lord Of The Rings fans! You’ll get to explore the actual film set from the series. Wander through the Hobbit homes, visit the Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and take in the sights of The Shire.
Guided kayak glow worm tour at Lake Karapiro
This is a truly special experience. Your tour leaves in the early evening, where you will paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karapiro and over the old submerged Horahora Village. You’ll paddle upstream through a natural canyon until night falls. Once it’s dark you will float silently back downstream guided by the glow worms on either side.
Hells Gate Reserve walk with mud bath and sulphur spa for two
In the mood for a mud bath? This is the place to go! In this tour, you will explore Hells Gate Geothermal Park. After your guided tour you’ll have the chance to relax in a spa mud bath before cooling off under the spring waterfall.
Guided jetboard adventure tour
Firstly, what is jetboarding? It’s paddle boarding with a handy motor attached to take the hard work out of paddling and to give you more time to enjoy the ride. In this experience, you’ll have a one hour guided tour in one of the incredible Rotorua lakes.
Kaituna River and Wairoa River white water rafting
Get set for two epic river adventures in one day! Are you brave enough to take on the world’s tallest commercially rafted waterfall? You’ll need to pack your sense of adventure (and courage) for this wild day out!