With its captivating scenery, fascinating culture and high-octane activities; New Zealand is certainly a country that knows how to show travelers a good time. But with such a large number and such a vast array of excursions on offer as part of a New Zealand cruise, it can be pretty overwhelming choosing the top New Zealand shore excursions that are right for you.
Top New Zealand shore excursions
While the great choice of shore excursions can be overwhelming; on the other hand it also means that there’s definitely the perfect trip out there to suit everyone. Whether you want to stroll around a breathtaking vineyard or get your adrenaline pumping; here are some of the best New Zealand shore excursions.
Tour around the Hobbiton film set
You don’t have to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan to be charmed by Hobbiton. This huge film set, located within stunning Matamata in North Island, showcases some of New Zealand’s finest scenery, dotted with more than 40 charismatic Hobbit Holes.
Hop on one of the guided tours and prepare to learn loads of behind-the-scenes info about the famous trilogy from a friendly guide; and snap one-of-a-kind photos you can’t get anywhere else. Tours end with a coffee and a sweet treat at the onsite Shire’s Rest cafe; where you can soak up fabulous views of the countryside.
White water rafting on the Kaituna River
Equally suited to first-timers and experienced rafters; white water rafting along Kaituna River is a sure-fire way to feel truly alive. The hair-raising river features 14 rapids and 3 waterfalls; each of which is followed with a calm pool, where everyone can regroup and catch their breath before continuing.
This exclusive white water rafting location is one of the few places in the world where adventurous travellers can take on the challenge of Grade 5 rapids. There’s a bailout side path (quaintly nicknamed the Aussie Highway) before the final thundering 7m waterfall. But if you sit tight and and face it head on, you’ll be rewarded with bragging rights for years to come.
Explore Hawke’s Bay Wine Country
Home to around 500,000 hectares of lush, rolling hills; Hawke’s Bay provides the perfect natural backdrop for sipping full-bodied reds, crisp refreshing whites, and sweet aromatic rosés. This picturesque location is bursting with family-owned wineries; many of which are happy to open their cellar doors to travellers and show how they transform fresh, juicy grapes into glasses of pure deliciousness.
Ngatarawa is one of New Zealand’s longest-running boutique wineries, housed in a century-old racing stable. Within this delightful setting, you can sample a generous variety of locally-produced wines, complemented by creamy local cheeses and indulgent artisan chocolates.