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Planning Your New Zealand Holiday Around a Theme


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To simplify planning your New Zealand holiday or vacation itinerary I suggest you think about the kind of holiday you are looking for. What are your interests, some “must-do's", how much time have you got, then look at an overall theme.

This does not mean you limit yourself to just this theme activity, but it will help you plan a route that encompasses your special interest. Along the way you will come across plenty of other interesting attractions, and activities to include. You will end up having a holiday with a wonderful range of never to be forgotten experiences.

Below I am listing some themes that will give you a wonderful New Zealand Holiday experience. You may decide you will incorporate say . . . .4-6 experiences from a theme, along with other tourist activities that fit into the destinations your theme takes you to.

I am putting in some sub categories in the list. As an example you may decide you will try several bungee jumps throughout New Zealand. Or you may decide you want to try a diverse range of adrenaline rush activities and do one of each.

Theme Suggestions

Adventure Activities

  • Bungy Jumping

  • White Water Rafting

  • Jet Boating

  • Black Water Rafting

  • Kayaking

  • Luge

  • Parasailing

  • 4 WD vehicles

  • Hot Air Ballooning

  • Tandem Skydive

    Outdoor Activities

  • Golf

  • Beaches- Surf

  • Beaches - snorkelling

  • Fishing

  • Day hikes /tramps ( as we call it in New Zealand)

  • Horse Riding

  • Mountain activities - hiking, skiing, snowboarding

  • Tramping tracks - Milford Sound, Heaphy Track, Routeburn Track, etc


  • Art Galleries

  • Historic sites

  • Maori culture

  • Museums

    Special Interest

  • Lord of the Rings sites

  • Wine Tasting

  • Thermal Pools

  • Visiting Private Gardens

  • Bird Watching - visiting colonies eg gannet, kotuku, albatross, penguins, kiwis

  • Theme and Fun Parks

    I am sure you will come up with many more. New Zealand is a playground that has something for everyone. So think of your theme and plan a great itinerary. If you need further ideas on activities, and information on your theme, you will find a wealth of information at

    I am a New Zealander who has travelled extensively internationally and lived in several countries. Despite all the places I have been, I still think New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries, and for a holiday, it is not only scenically truly spectacular, but also has a huge variety of exciting activities. Having had so much experience planning international travel, I appreciate the difficulties in getting all the relevant information for visas, itineraries, flights and accommodation. Keen to share my comprehensive knowledge of my beautiful country with others, and make their holidays and vacations an enjoyable experience, I have built a website to ensure a one stop shop for independent travellers to New Zealand.

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