Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Mon September 12 2016

Where to Go Wild in New Zealand

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 12, 2016

Where to Go Wild in New Zealand

PHOTO: Bethells Beach (courtesy Janeen Christoff) 

"The Lord of the Rings" showcased New Zealand’s majestic mountains — and continues to attract visitors today, but a new movie is shining the cinematic spotlight on the country once again, according to the Guardian
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a comedy drama starring Sam Neil. 

“The story of a city kid’s adventures in the wilderness broke box office records at home and had rave reviews at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (winning the coveted Audience Award),” reports Anna Smith. 

For those who see it, the country once again becomes inspiration for travel and Smith recommends a few adventures for those looking to go wild in New Zealand. 

One of her suggestions is learning how to survive the bush with SOS Survival Training. 

“Stu Gilbert from SOS Survival Training coaches anyone from airline crews to schoolchildren, so a session with him is a good start for would-be Wilderpeople, as Ricky dubs himself and Hec,” writes Smith. 

Horseback riding is another important skill and Auckland’s nearby Waiheke island is the place to do it. 

“Waiheke HorseWorx is a new operator that tours the beaches and bush tracks, taking in traditional Maori culture and Waiheke’s famous wineries. Some of their steeds are film stars too: ask for Shaman if you’re a Hobbit fan (she was dwarf king Thorin’s mount),” suggests Smith. 

Hiking on Bethells Beach is another must. 

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“The 8 kilometer coastal walk from Bethells Beach to Muriwai takes in breathtaking views of the coast west of Auckland and is a winner with locals and visitors alike,” says Smith. 

These are but a few of the many adventures visitors can have on the North Island. For more suggestions, go here

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