The 33.5-mile Milford Track offers a landscape as diverse as New Zealand itself. Along the route you will see rainforest, rivers and glacially carved mountains. Moreover, as many experienced hikers will be surprised to learn, you are actually encouraged to drink the water. Bird enthusiasts will find the walk particularly exciting, as robins, kea, weka, fantails, parakeets, bellbirds and kiwi have all been spotted on the trail.
Only 90 hikers are allowed to walk the Milford Track per day during peak season; 50 of these spots are reserved for the guide company Ultimate Hikes New Zealand, while the other 40 must register with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (see Resources).
Fiordland is a glaciated area of New Zealand located in the southwest corner of South Island. Those wishing to explore the scenic beauty of Fiordland can do so by foot or kayak. The most popular hiking trail is the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. Along the trail, you will spot coastline, forests and numerous wildlife, including seals, dolphins and parrots. The track, however, should only be attempted if you are a fit and experienced hiker. As for kayakers, Fiordland Wilderness Experience offers tours from October to April. Those deciding to kayak are likely to pass under giant sea cliffs, waterfalls and granite overhangs. Moreover, kayakers will share the water with penguins, seals and dolphins.
If you are looking to wind down after a long day of hiking or kayaking, the Auckland shopping district is a good place to do so. Here you can visit the famous Harrowset Hall, which sells everything you need for a good night's rest, including nightgowns and bed linens. For those looking for a chic atmosphere, head over to Parnell, where you'll find several designer clothing shops, cafes, restaurants, sheltered courtyards and colonial villas.