You’ve probably heard about cruising on Milford Sound or the famous Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu but have you taken a jetboat ride on the Whanganui River, sailed to secluded hot springs by Catamaran on Lake Rotoiti or seen the rare and majestic Kotuku on a wildlife cruise on Okarito Lagoon on the West Coast?
Being an island nation, nowhere is that far from the sea, you can follow in the wake of navigators Kupe and Captain Cook spotting plaques and memorials to them.
But it’s not just the coastline where we can get out onto the water. Thanks to Bill Hamilton, a New Zealander, who developed the jet boat we can discover some awesome lakes and rivers.
We've been touring all over New Zealand on our small group tours since 1971 and in that time we've lost count of how many amazing scenic cruises and boat trips we've done, here's a summary of our favourites from the Far North to the Far South.