New Zealand is packed with so many activities that it’s difficult to decide what to do. We’ve travelled around the country from the far north to the chilly south and this is our list of the Top 5 Free Things To Do In New Zealand.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is arguably the world’s best one day hike 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!
Franz Josef Glacier Walk
Visit the face of New Zealand’s most famous glacier, the views are amazing – you walk to a landscape in perpetual motion – grinding, breaking, and slowly but relentlessly pushing downwards to where you’ll be standing at the end of your walk. The route will take you through native bush land, alongside sparkling waterfalls littered with specks of gold and of course greeting you at the end, the magnificent glacier face. This is a relatively easy 45 walk, take it slow and enjoy the views. Read more about Franz Josef HERE!
Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see this mentioned when visiting New Zealand which is a huge shame. The Cave Scenic Reserve is, with out a doubt, one of the most amazing free activities in NZ. The cave is 594 metres long and is one of the most outstanding, natural features in the Canterbury region. Take a couple of head torches as its pitch black inside and walk, clamber, climb and sometimes swim through this ½ km adventure!
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.
Sand Dune Surfing, 90 Mile Beach
Heading North to Cape Reinga? Great – The cape in itself is a fantastic free self tour excursion but to make your visit up North even more fulfilling, find yourself a large piece of cardboard, a damaged boogie board, anything that you can sit on that’s flat. Take it to the giant sand dunes, along the 90 mile beach and surf that sand like a pro. This is truly an exhilarating experience!
These are our Top 5 Free Things To Do In New Zealand but we’re all different. Please comment below and help out fellow travellers – What are your top 5 free things to do in New Zealand?