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4 Ways to Visit New Zealand With Kensington Tours

Tour Operator | Kensington Tours | Janeen Christoff | July 24, 2015

4 Ways to Visit New Zealand With Kensington Tours

PHOTO: Milford Sound. Courtesy Tourism New Zealand.

Last winter, I had the pleasure of summering in New Zealand and, while I was there, I learned how truly iconic a destination it is. Visiting New Zealand is akin to experiencing utopia, that is if you are a lover of wildlife, the outdoors and adventure. You will find bustling metropolises and eclectic neighborhoods, but where the country excels is in its craggy cliff faces, its rugged coastlines and its pristine landscapes that beckon exploration. Even the country’s most clichéd experiences border on quirky rather than kitsch and there seems to be some type of adrenaline-pumping adventure waiting around every corner.

Kensington Tours, experts in crafting tailor-made journeys for travelers around the world, can deliver a personalized tour of New Zealand that is curated just for you. From exploring the country’s wild west coast to its Southern Alps, Kensington can prepare an itinerary that combines all of the elements visitors want in their New Zealand visit. Here are four examples of how Kensington can provide a New Zealand journey worth dreaming about:

New Zealand Grand Tour

The New Zealand Grand Tour is a 19-day adventure around the country. It begins in Auckland, the City of Sails, and begins with a dinner cruise in Auckland Harbour. Guests can enjoy the forest and coastline of the stunning Coromandel Peninsula on a guided walk, visit Rotorua and explore the geothermal landscapes hiking, cycling and kayaking through the region. Queenstown is an adventure-lovers paradise. Kensington takes guests around this mountain jewel by helicopter, visiting Milford Sound. As the journey continues, there is glacier hiking in Franz Joseph, visits to New Zealand’s well known wine region, whale watching, a ferry through Marlbourough Sound, guided cycling through Blenheim and more.

New Zealand Family

The New Zealand Family journey is a 10-day adventure designed for a family of four. It includes sailing, kayaking, rafting, biking, rainforest adventures and volcanoes but, if your family prefers something a little more casual, Kensington can add beach time and relaxation – it’s up to you. Its mix of adventure, culture and beautiful scenery has something for all ages.

The tour is an introduction to the highlights of both the North and the South islands of New Zealand. The journey includes sailing on an America’s Cup yacht, traditional Maori performances in Auckland, a Funyak Safari on the Dart River, a kayak adventure to the thermal pools of Lake Rotoiti, a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a spa day at the Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve, a cruise on Milford Sound and more.

Adventure Seeker of New Zealand

For the adventure enthusiast, New Zealand is a paradise. Kensington’s Adventure Seeker of New Zealand is basically one big adrenaline rush, visiting Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown on a 10-day itinerary. On this trip, guests can expect to see New Zealand from the tops of volcanoes, from the caves of the Dart River and while free-falling from atop the original bungee bridge. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, and visitors will not be let down. But they can also to expect to find their adrenaline pumping on a black-water rafting adventure in Rotorua, heli-ing over the Remarkables and biking down, experiencing what it’s like to race in the America’s Cup and, perhaps, tandem sky diving.

Australia and New Zealand Grand Tour

It’s a long way to go, traveling to New Zealand, so for those who want to make the most of their journey Down Under, perhaps combining New Zealand and Australia into one grand tour makes sense for visitors who have extra time on their hands. Kensington’s New Zealand & Australia Grand Explorer combines Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Cairns and Sydney. Here, you’ll experience all of the extremes that these two countries have to offer, from sinking your feet into the red sands of Uluru to hiking through the misty alpine forests of Queenstown. Enjoy a camel ride in the outback, a visit to Hobbiton, a cruise in Milford Sound, a snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef -- all customized by Kensington to accommodate the needs of every traveler.

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