I spent Jan - March 2018 in New Zealand. It was MAGICAL!
One of my goals was to find small, unique tours that would let me meet locals and really experience a place.
Here was one of my favorites (I’ll try to post more soon!):
I went on a paddleboard tour of glow worm caves with Rotorua Paddle Board Tours.
I met the guys that created the business at the Rotorua weekly farmer’s market (which is amazing, it happens on Thursdays, if I remember correctly). They were two friends who had just opened their business the week before. When I told them I’d love to go on a tour, but was leaving in the morning, they said, “find one friend to do it and we’ll take you right now.” Clearly, I went. It was incredible. It felt way more like going out on the lake with friends than a paid tour. We paddled in the sunset, tried to do acrobatic tricks (I fell off my board several times), paddled through caves, and ended the tour laying down on our boards looking up at glow worms. I relive that adventure often.
If you have questions about traveling New Zealand, I’ll do my best to answer them!