If you’re planning a holiday to New Zealand, make sure you pack your camera. There’s a reason it’s labelled one of the most photogenic countries in the world. New Zealand’s stunning landscapes will blow you away.
Top 10 things to do in new Zealand:
1. For an adrenaline hit
New Zealand is an adrenalin junkie’s paradise and it’s the home of the bungee jump, ever since Kiwi AJ Hackett opened the world’s first commercial bungee at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown. Where else can you bungy jump, canyon swing, sky dive, jet boat ride, white water AND black water raft and scuba dive, all in the same day if you wanted to? Find out how to get your adrenalin hit:
2. The Kiwi People
Kiwis are incredibly proud of their Maori heritage. The language, culture and traditions are still a massive part of modern New Zealand. On top of that, Kiwis are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you’ll meet. And they really love their country…
3. Explore the 8th Wonder of the World… by kayak. (Milford Sound)
Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the 8th wonder of the world, and if that’s not enough, it was voted the world’s top travel destination in an international TripAdvisor survey in 2008. Most people take a Milford Sound boat cruise, but we prefer to meet the local wildlife while paddling among the incredibly steep forest-clad mountains, with more than their fair share of waterfalls, plunging almost vertically into a deep fiord. If you’ve never kayaked before, there’s no better place to start and if you’re a seasoned paddler, this place will feel like the first time all over again. Just be warned, it might just spoil you for kayaking anywhere else.
4. Whale watching in Kaikoura
There’s a 95% chance of seeing whales in the waters near Kaikoura year-round, so it’s no surprise the whale-watching boat tours have become one of the most popular activities amongst New Zealand tourism. The Serengeti of the South Pacific, as it’s known, boasts a vast array of marine wildlife feeding in the nutrient-rich waters on the northeast of the South Island, so you may also see seals and sometimes penguins.
5. It’s made for road trippin’
Compared to Australia, New Zealand really isn’t that big – you could comfortably explore both islands in a month or two. The population is only 4 million people – that’s hardly anyone – so you’ll often have long stretches of road to yourself. Hire a campervan and set off on your four-wheel adventure.
6. Amazing Natural Landscapes
New Zealand has mind-blowing glaciers like Franz Josef. The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers, and one of the most impressive sights to be found anywhere in the world.
7. Swim with dolphins off the bay of islands.
This is one of the most exhilarating excursiosn you can do in New Zealand. The bay of islands is one of New Zealands most scenic locations and journeying along the coast at the same level as a pod of dolphins is an unforgettable experience. This part of the country is often overlooked but the myriad of islands, warm waters and balmy climate is just like paradise.
8. Visit the geothermal attractions of Rotorua
Rotorua is a unique place with some of the most interesting scenery and smells in the country! A natural playground of geothermal activity, creating bubbling mud pools, hot springs and shooting geysers, it’s a fun place to visit and a must if youre venturing through the north island.
9. It’s home to The Hobbit
And Lord of the Rings, of course. Love it or hate it, it’s a movie phenomenon that brought the beauty of New Zealand to the masses. The setting is part of what made the films so epic! See the movie scenes for yourself and pay a visit to Hobbiton…
10. Tranzalpine railway
Take in the South Island’s stunning mountains and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine. New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey. Soak up the stunning views on a day tour to Arthur’s Pass on the scenic Tranzalpine railway from Christchurch.