New Zealand's South Island is a mecca for extreme sports and outdoors adventures. But it's also a haven for laid-back wine country tours and rapturously beautiful scenery. Rudy Maxa visits Abel Tasman National Park, whose famous coastal trails offers hikes that can last from 3-5 days. Rudy visits a local artist colony and gets a crash course in Maori bone carving. Topping New Zealand's list of popular destinations is Queenstown, the birthplace of bungee jumping! Rudy braves white-water rapids on river boards and straps himself in for high altitude thrills of soaring over Shotover Canyon on the world's highest giant swing.
Rudy Maxa veers off the tourist track to find New Zealand's best scenic beauty. Rudy explores the Bay of Islands magnificent coastline by kayak, and visits New Zealand's most historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where Maori chiefs signed a controversial treaty with Britain. Your itinerary also includes Hawke's Bay's fruit and olive groves, Cape Kidnappers, home to a massive colony of gannet birds, Napier, a blast from the Art Deco past, a primeval kauri forest, an oyster farm, Cape Brett Lighthouse and area wineries.
- Maori Challenge (Waitangi Treaty Grounds)
- Maori Stick Performance
- Mariori Warrior Practice
- Maori Goodbye Song
- Maori Singing Performance
- Cape Brett Boating Cruise
- New Zealand Balloon Tour
- Island Aerial Tour
- Marlborough Sounds Mussel Cruise
- TSS Earnslaw Steamship Ride