There are so many incredible things to do in New Zealand. I mean, where do you even begin? From exploring the active volcanoes, spectacular caves, deep glacier lakes, valleys, fjords and sandy beaches, to paying homage to Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films, New Zealand truly has something for everyone. Not to mention Auckland, home to the iconic Sky Tower with views of Viaduct Harbor, full of super yachts and lined with bars and cafes. So here is what we consider to be the top 10 amazing things to do in New Zealand, certainly worthy of a place on your Oceania Bucket List that’s for sure.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in New Zealand
Queenstown, South Island
Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The original home of commercial bungee jumping, Queenstown is famous for its outdoor activities – from the extreme to the more laid-back – against the backdrop of a rugged natural setting. During winter, it’s a popular base for skiers and snowboarders, but Queenstown is a busy destination all year round. While here explore wineries, epic film locations, adventure activities or spoil yourself with a trip to a spa.
Drive a Campervan Across New Zealand
Experience the ultimate freedom of traveling the stunning New Zealand countryside at your own leisure in a campervan. New Zealand is a very campervan friendly destination and this is an amazing (and budget friendly) way to see New Zealand.
Walk the Tongariro Crossing
New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro alpine crossing is regarded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and about a 19.4 km steep journey.
Bungee Jump in Queenstown
Maybe the best Oceania travel adventure for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Do a bungee jump in Queenstown, New Zealand which is considered the home of the world’s first bungee jump.
Kayaking in Nelson National Park
Located in the south island of New Zealand, Tasman Bay. Separated by valleys and forests and surrounded by the steep mountains of Rotorua and Rotoiti, Nelson enjoys one of the South Island’s sunniest, warmest and most spectacular coastlines. Kayaking (and canoeing) provides a great opportunity to explore these dramatic coastlines – including the famed Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay and the magical Kaiteriteri Beach as well as the rivers and lakes.
The most famous walk in New Zealand, the Milford Track has been a haven for happy hikers for over 150 years. Admire the pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks and deep valley views.
South Island Expedition
New Zealand’s South Island has vast tracts of wild unpopulated high country just waiting to be explored. Amazing NZ scenery, unique destinations and off the beaten track, what more could you want from an Oceania Travel adventure?
Auckland, North Island
Auckland, also known as the “City of Sails,” is New Zealand’s biggest and most densely inhabited Polynesian city. The sandy beaches, picturesque coves, volcanoes and islands surround the city making it the ideal base for day trips. While in Auckland climb up the 328 meter high Sky Tower for spectacular panoramic views.
Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting
Waitomo black water rafting is not for the faint hearted, but is definitely up there with the top Oceania travel adventures. An adrenaline-charged and fun way to explore the stream caves system.
Blue Penguin Colony
Visit a natural colony of the smallest penguin in the world, the Blue Penguin, in Oamaru, New Zealand. As the evening approaches, cute little penguins from the Oamaru penguin colony wade towards the shore. They head to their nests located in an old quarry close to the waterfront.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do in New Zealand.
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