The ridiculously beautiful New Zealand is home to 4 million people over its two main islands, the North and the South. It is best known for being the adventure capital where every activity is geared towards getting you outdoors from hiking, biking, sky-diving, bungy jumping, Skiing, Surfing and much more, there is something for everyone.
Here’s our Top 10 Must Do’s in New Zealand!
1. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is arguably one of the world’s best one-day hikes due to its unique landforms and awe-inspiring scenery. With steaming vents, hot springs, old lava flows and beautiful water-filled explosion craters it’s not a place you will easily forget. On a clear day you can see the volcanic peaks of Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehue which make for an awesome adventure. There’s a reason why the Lord Of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson choose this world heritage listed site as a filming location – IT IS AMAZING! Read more about The Tongariro Crossing HERE!
2. Explore Milford Sounds: The 8th Wonder Of The World
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘8th wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice age. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. Explore this region of New Zealand by either kayaking or walking. Read more about Milford Sound HERE!
3. Climb Ice Walls, Heli Hike Franz Josef Or Fox Glacier
The magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast, and one of the most impressive sights to be found anywhere in the world. You can walk to the glaciers face for free or enjoy a breath taking flight through the valleys and over the mountains landing on the ice itself where you’ll explore, squeeze and slide around the constantly moving glacier. Standby to be amazed! Read more about Franz Josef HERE or check out the Fox Glacier Heli-Hike HERE!
4. Get Wild in Queenstown
Queenstown will satisfy all of your adrenaline junky needs. In New Zealand it’s obligatory that you do something crazy, weather that’s the highest bungee jump in NZ, a gut wrenching canyon swing, a 16,000ft foot plummet to earth (skydive) or all of the above, it can definitely be found in Queenstown. In fact, the phrase ‘adrenaline junkie’ was created here.* Read more about Queenstown HERE!
*Note: We have no idea if this is true but Queenstown is certainly full of crazy activities and people.
5. Swim With Dolphins In Akaroa
Found just 40 minutes east of Christchurch is this little French town which is home the worlds smallest and most rarest dolphin, the Hector Dolphin. These little sea acrobats grow to around 1.4 metres and even better they want to be your friend! Go on a dolphin swimming tour or simply hire a kayak and head out into the bay where you can swim with these beautiful creatures. Swimming with wild dolphins – now that’s a once in a life time experience that needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. Read more about Akaroa and see our awesome video of the Hector Dolphins HERE!
6. Meet The Locals and Experience Volcanic Activity In Rotorua
Rotorua is an amazing with a long list of awesomeness. Firstly, join a Maori tribe for the day to experience a ground shuddering haka and a tradition hangi,. Next, visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to see green and orange bubbling lakes along with the odd water explosion. Finally, go for a mountain bike is the Redwoods, the forest famous for it’s network of superb biking and walking tracks. See some amazing pictures of the Thermal Wonderland and read more about Rotorua HERE!
7. The Sparkling Black Caves Of Waitomo
The magnificent caves of Waitomo attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year because of their famous glow worms that line the ceilings of the black caves. There are are a few ways to explore the caves, black water rafting, abseiling and climbing or relax on a small boat and drift below this sparkling phenomenon.
8. Say Kia Ora To A Sperm Whale
Kaikoura is world famous for its exquisite whale watching. It’s another once is a life time opportunity that must not be missed while in New Zealand. Kaikoura also offers free close ups with seal lions and seals, read all about it HERE!
9. Learn Everything Kiwi, Te Papa, The Museum Of New Zealand
This is the most interesting museum in the southern hemisphere and an icon that kiwis are extremely proud of. Te Papa is an interactive museum which features a mind blowing walk through WW1 exhibit along side an interactive earthquake section. This is a museum that you wont want to leave, trust us.
10. Watch The Best Rugby Players In The World
New Zealand’s All Blacks are undoubtedly the best rugby players in the world, with that being said no top 10 list of New Zealand would be complete without including a trip to watch a game. You might not be able to see the All Blacks play but don’t fear, check out a Super Rugby game. There are 5 Super rugby teams in new Zealand and with 42 All Blacks littered within these teams you’ll be sure to see some world class rugby.
New Zealand is an amazing place and picking a top 10 is extremely difficult, you’ll have a sweet trip what ever you decide to do. All you really need to bring along with you is a set of hiking boots and some of that awesome kiwi sense of adventure.