Summer Fun in New Zealand
Summer Fun in New Zealand
New Zealand is a breathtaking country, brimming with fun all year round. As the temperature rises, the outdoor action also heats up.
It wouldn’t be summer without the outdoors, sunshine and water – and New Zealand has all three in spades. With summer just around the corner, these are our top picks for a new season escape.
Nothing says summer like long days by the water. Renowned for adventure in all forms, New Zealand is just as celebrated for its water sports.
Australasia’s largest lake, Lake Taupo is teeming with activity, not only attract tourists but the locals too. Whether you’re water-skiing or fishing, kayaking or swimming, the lake is a safe spot for all the family to cool off and is celebrated as one of the region’s best lakes. If you’re in the area and seeking something to get the heart pumping, whitewater raft through Taupo’s own 14-kilometre volcanic gorge for a thrilling ride you’ll never forget. With more than 60 rapids amongst some of the best scenery to conquer, you’ll even uncover hidden secrets that can only be accessed by boat.
You might be in a boat but you’re guaranteed to get wet on a Jet Boat tour in Queenstown, as you drift around corners, skim over 10cm of water and squeeze through narrow canals. There is no better way to sightsee the historic Skippers Canyon, Kawarau River and Shotover River as you hit speeds of up to 85km per hour.
If you’re on a family holiday and looking to keep the kids entertained, Tauranga’s Waimarino Adventure Park will put a smile on all faces. Situated on the banks of the Wairoa River, you can bounce on a water trampoline, try out New Zealand’s only Kayak slide, show off your skills on the diving boards or slip down the slides.
The Great Outdoors
Fresh air, sunshine and nature – is there anything better? Lace up your sneakers and embark on an easy two-hour return walk along the Waikato River to Taupo’s Huka Falls. Described as a natural fire hose, witness more than 220,000 litres of water per second as it explodes through the hard volcanic rock.
Go island hopping to Rangitoto Island, just 8km off central Auckland’s coastline. Renowned for its volcanic landscape, hiking trails and natural beauty, there are more than 10 short and long walks to conquer on the island and summer is the prime time to do it! When you reach the summit, sweeping view from the Hauraki Gulf to the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city await.
Stay and Play
Summer is event season in New Zealand. With Christchurch’s World Buskers Festival, Taupo’s Summer Concert and Auckland’s premier Maori celebration Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival to name just a few on the summer lineup, there is no better way to truly immerse yourself in a destination than by celebrating like the locals at some of the country’s best events.
Want to experience the summer, New Zealand style? With exclusive access to Classic Managed Resorts in New Zealand, there is no better time to get in touch with Classic Holidays and book your summer escape.