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Since Auckland is the City of Sails, you really ought to launch yourselves into the Harbour—it's an exhilarating way to see the sights, and this outfit will teach you how to sail, too. If that's too strenuous, take a sunset sail or a dinner cruise.
BAY OF ISLANDS
Ferries or charter boats will take you to this playground of every Aucklander, with all kinds of sporting activities, beaches, and vacation-ready towns like Russell, Paihia, Waitangi, and Kerikeri. The Bay of Islands Information Centre can reserve any special itineraries for you if you call or e-mail ahead.
DIG YOUR OWN SPA
Between Whitianga and Tairua
A drive around the Coromandel Peninsula is a highlight all on its own, with beach after beach lined by the baches (vacation homes) of Aucklanders and pohutukawa trees. At Hot Water Beach, if you dig a hole at low tide it will fill magically with hot mineral waters, a legacy of long-ago geothermal activity.
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Sydneysiders have their Harbour Bridge Walk; Aucklanders walk up their Harbour Bridge—and then jump off it. The latest jaunt from A.J. Hackett, who in the 1980s popularized this dubious sport of jumping off high things with an elastic band around your ankle, is an especially good bungee, since you can do it in tandem. If you dare to do it, you'll never get over the buzz.
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Probably the silliest and most amusing thing you can do on honeymoon is strap yourselves together inside a ten-foot plastic ball with a bucket of water sloshing around the protective air pocket and get rolled down a hill. They swear it's safe.
HAWKE'S BAY WINERIES
Centered in the North Island Art Deco town of Napier, this is not only one of the country's premier wine-producing regions, it's also well-organized and accessible, with trails for wines, amazing food, and art. Grape Escape (tel: 6421-227-7211; grapeescapenz.co.nz) offers half-day, full-day, and custom tours, or you can rent a car and navigate by yourselves.
THE TRANZALPINE TRAIN
A wonderful way to experience the majesty of the mountains; board at Christchurch at 8.15 a.m., and by the time you arrive in Greymouth at 12:45 p.m., you'll have seen Springfield and the alpine sheep stations of the Waimakariri valley, Arthur's Pass, and much more. You can explore the West Coast, or hop right back on the eastbound train at 1:45 p.m.