New Zealand is one of the most exotic places in the world. A land of mystery and magical
scenery that just excites the imagination. A country where you get to ski, surf, and hike on a
glacier right before you hit the mystical land of Hobbiton all on the same day.
Getting around New Zealand
It is relatively easy to get around as most attractions are accessible by car and are no more than a few hours’ drive
apart. I highly recommend renting a car whilst you’re visiting New Zealand, as it means you can do so much more exploring and really explore on your own schedule too! Tours are available in New Zealand, which are a lot of fun – but self-driving is highly recommendable as you will get that authentic experience of enjoying the country’s nature at close range.
It’s also easy to fly around New Zealand – there are lots of local flight routes (it only take just over an hour to fly from one end of the country to the other) – so if time is of the essence, flying can be a great choice. Air New Zealand are the country’s air carrier, and they’re one of the best airlines in the world, I highly recommend flying with them!
Unforgettable things to do in New Zealand
Here are 12 remarkable things you can do in New Zealand during your life-changing trip to this amazing country!
Two of the most impressive glaciers are Fox Glacier and Franz Joseph Glacier, located on the South Island. Helicopter rides are used to access the top of the glaciers, but the thrill is experienced by walking on the giant icebergs. There’s nothing quite like it!
Immerse in the Maori Culture
You should ensure to get acquainted with the country’s native culture, the Maori culture. The Tamaki Maori Village gives a full-course treat on the culture, from being welcomed with a powhiri (a traditional dance) to spending the night in a Marae (a Maori meeting house) and learning about the Maori heritage at Te Papa.
Visit Queenstown and Glenorchy
Queenstown and Glenorchy are located side by side on the South Island of New Zealand. They’re considered one of the best locations in New Zealand, offering up some of the most incredible views in the country. If you love Lord of the Rings, you’ll recognise some of the filming locations around this area too. It’s a great place to have as your base for a few days, enjoy the nightlife and all the activities – it’s wonderful. The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is one of the best roads in the world – so don’t miss it!
Have a night on the town
New Zealand might not be best known for it’s nightlife – but actually there are some pretty great opportunities for a night out in New Zealand! From the big Casino in Auckland (brush up on your online pokies beforehand if you need to!) to smaller ones in Queenstown and Wellington – there’s plenty of opportunity for a fun night on the town.
New Zealand is one of the best places in the world that you can experience skydiving. For the more adventurous amongst you – it’s one of the ‘ultimate’ activities that NZ is famous for! And what better place to try it – the views from the sky will be beyond incredible!
Climb a Volcanic Island
Rangitoto Island is New Zealand’s youngest volcano. The uninhabited reserve is saved for the native birdlife, which renders it perfect for exploring walks. That allows you to experience the breathtaking views of Auckland and its islands. A short walk will have you at the top of Auckland’s highest volcanic cone, Mount Eden viewing the relics of an ancient Maori village, and on the way down, check out the Eden Gardens.
Visit Milford Sound
Milford Sound is one of the most iconic destinations in New Zealand, and it’s not to be missed. Whether you drive yourself there, or do a tour group day trip from one of the nearby towns – there’s no wrong way to see this incredible place. It’s bound to take your breath away. It feels like the edge of the world, and is seeped in mysterious magical energy.
Interact with the Aqua life
From swimming with Hector’s dolphins in the marine reserve at the Akaroa Harbor to spotting humpback whales on their migratory route from Antarctica in the winter and pods of orcas in the summer as well as the sperm whales in Kaikoura will get your adrenaline pumping and mouths in awe. And dolphins too of course!
Rock the Boat
One of my favourite things we did in New Zealand was the Rock the Boat tour in Bay of islands. It was an overnight tour that was so varied, fun and laid back – and I’ve recommended it to everyone and anyone ever since! It was such a highlight for us, and it let us meet so many new people and learn loads about the local wildlife! And we saw dolphins too!
Dig your Spa at the Hot Water Beach
At Coromandel, not very far from the Cathedral Cove, is the hot water beach where you can get your hot water pool by digging up the sand. Just by use of a simple spade, and you get your spa treatment in the warm water!
Replenish Your Inner Movie Geek At The Hobbiton.
The Hobbiton is among the most incredible attractions in New Zealand for being the movie set for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films. It would be preposterous to miss the magic of this amazing place whether you’re a fan of the Jackson films or not.
Do a roadtrip
Actually one of the best (and cheapest) things to do in New Zealand, is just to enjoy the ride. Rent a care, sit back, and enjoy those views and go on a summer road trip in New Zealand. Driving through New Zealand is like nothing else, there’s always something to see and admire, and the views never stop coming. It’s incredible.
New Zealand is, without a doubt, a destination that will leave you spellbound in the least. You will find what you’re looking for, whether you want to relax for your vacation or enjoy an adrenaline rush.