Water sports
Water sports
With its vast coastline stretching from sub-tropical to sub-Antarctic, its inland lakes and spectacular rivers, gulfs and fiords, sounds and islands, Aotearoa is defined by its relationship to the water. You don't have to travel far to make the most of these incredible watery playgrounds.
Wellness holidays

Sea meditation and a giant slide: Auckland's new floating day retreat


Inside NZ's hidden mountain hot springs

Tucked among the snow-capped Southern Alps is a hot spring heaven that won't remain off the radar for long.

Nelson Tasman

Three of the best things to do in Murchison

This tiny town at the top of the South Island isn’t known as the white water capital of Aotearoa for nothing


Why you should consider getting a bird's-eye view of the America's Cup

On a sunny day, with the sea a glamorous turquoise and the boats looking balletic, your 40-minute flight will be a properly memorable experience.


Couple quit jobs and use house deposit savings to buy a boat

Family holidays

Cardboard boats, wakas and Pacific beats: Events to keep kids occupied this weekend

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Hiking holidays

I feared prejudice at a remote DOC hut because I'm gay. Instead, I found paradise

Road trips

The Kiwi families who've fallen for campervanning during the pandemic

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Voyaging on Gisborne's Waka Hourua

Kiwis have the opportunity to share a taste of our ancestors’ sailing experience.

Water sports

How to learn about the secrets of the sea for free

Out there in the bay, under the sea, is an entire ecosystem that’s just waiting to be spied upon.

Adventure holidays

Meet 'Red' Paterson, the woman who kayaked around NZ

“I think my mum would describe me as pig-headed."

Back Your Backyard

Sell-out water park needs more staff

A new Central Otago water park is so popular more lifeguards are needed.

Travel news

Swimming spots likely to be crowded this summer due to less overseas travel

Water Safety New Zealand expect beaches to be inundated this summer and is calling on everyone to take extra precautions to stay safe.

NZ Travel

Summer in New Zealand's cities - Where to eat, play and stay

If you’re staying in your own city or visiting another one, here is inspiration of what to do.

Adventure holidays

Roaming round Ruapehu: The best activities in the region this summer

If you can tear your eyes away from those mesmerising mountains, there’s a lot of fun to be had getting hands-on with that magnificent scenery.

Adventure holidays

The 50 best outdoor adventures to try this summer

Brook Sabin took a 100-day road trip around Aotearoa and has mapped out 50 of the best adventures to experience over the summer months.