Bored and can't get out of the country just yet? These sporadic lockdowns aren't helping, either. But on the plus side, we're lucky to be living in such a beautiful country. Check out the best spots to travel around NZ!
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Local or not, there are plenty of things you can do in New Zealand. With unspoiled natural landscapes, unique destinations, and exciting activities to offer, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and decide on which one to check out first.
Look no further! Here are some attractions and activities you can add to your itinerary for your next New Zealand trip!
The North Island is the right place for those who want a diverse and cultural vacation experience. Warm climate, national parks, wineries, and cosmopolitan cities, this island has everything to offer! Learn more about the Maori and its rich culture, try different cuisines, and take in amazing views when you visit beaches and coasts on the island.
Hailed as one of New Zealand's best and most popular natural attractions, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a must-visit for a magical and cultural experience. Take a walking or boat tour and discover Mother Nature's spectacular light display as you pass through the Glowworm Grotto. These glow worms, known as Arachnocampa Luminosa, are unique to New Zealand! Explore the cave's upper and lower levels, which will greet you with the Cathedral, cave formations, and stream passages.
Head to Rotorua, the cultural heart of New Zealand, and learn about the interesting Maori culture and its indigenous people. Have the option to join a hangi (Maori feast) or watch a cultural performance depicting the Maori heritage and stories through singing, dancing, and more. For a complete cultural experience, you may book an overnight stay at Tamaki Māori Village for an immersive and educational trip. It was also a recipient of the Supreme New Zealand Tourism Award!
Relive your favorite scenes from the iconic The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit when you participate in a Hobbiton Movie Set tour in Matamata. Admire your view of the Waikato countryside, see the rolling hills of the shire, and enjoy unique drinks at the Green Dragon Inn, such as the Southfarthing ale.
The Poor Knights Islands is a paradise waiting to be explored! It's the perfect place to bring out your adventurous side and join fun water activities such as snorkeling and diving. Beneath the islands are caves, cliffs, arches, and more, making it one of the top 10 dive spots in the world because of its unique biodiversity.
Recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet, Wellington is a must-add on your New Zealand itinerary! Located at the southern end of the North Island, this quaint capital offers various foods and views for days! Try different kinds of well-crafted coffee made from locally roasted beans at the many cafes in the area, try seasonal dishes from quality restaurants, or go craft brewery hopping.
Reward yourself with a relaxing bath in one of Rotorua's geothermal waters or at one of the many luxurious and top-quality spas in the city. Say goodbye to stress with a massage, bathe in bubbling mud pools, discover thermal pools at Kerosene Creek, or Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach during your visit.
Feel the rush of adrenaline as you hop on a raft and take on 60 heart-pounding, Grade 3 rapids down the Tongariro River. This activity is perfect for both first-time and expert rafters. You can also do raft fishing on the river, known for its trout fishing, or see the endangered Blue Duck along the river.
Apart from its beaches and emerald landscapes, Waiheke Island has excellent wineries and lush vineyards that you can visit to try some of New Zealand's finest wines, all while enjoying a scenic view of the sea. One of the wineries you can see is the Tantalus Estate in Onetangi, which also has a craft brewery, and a lovely restaurant that offers delicious dishes made from the freshest, local ingredients. Another must-visit is Mudbrick, a winery and restaurant that has been a go-to destination for many and has hosted icons and celebrities, including Cindy Crawford and Taylor Swift. The place offers an impressive menu, wine tasting options, and gorgeous gardens where you can relax and stroll.
Home to some of the most pristine lakes, beautiful landscapes, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and fun activities, the South Island has everything you need for an unforgettable experience.
Visit the impressive Larnach Castle, the only castle in Australasia. Step back in time as you discover Dunedin's history. Explore the castle's grounds, including its 3,000 square foot ballroom, a tower that offers stunning views of the Otago Peninsula, and Victorian-style gardens to take photos at. Cap off your visit with a high tea experience!
Queenstown has the perfect combination of majestic lakefront views, green vineyards, and exhilarating activities to add to your itinerary. From skydiving, white rafting to lake sightseeing, you'll never run out of things to do in Queenstown!
Central Otago has a unique climate, panoramic landscapes, and world-class wineries that offer some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Explore Black Ridge Vineyard, known as the world's southernmost vineyard and winery, and visit its tasting room for some delectable wines. Head to Gibbston Valley Wines for a fun wine experience; they offer winery tours, a charming restaurant with a tasty menu, and cellar door tastings.
Spend a relaxing day at the bays of Abel Tasman National Park. See more of its beauty when you participate in sailing or kayaking and have the chance to spot some seals and dolphins! Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at the park or hike the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, where you can enjoy amazing views of the cliffs and beaches along the way.
Explore Christchurch, a cultural and artistic hub where you can visit charming cafes surrounding the area, wander the city streets, and admire street arts from inspiring artists. Some notable arts you can check are Organic Matters and David Kidwell in Lichfield Street, Alice in Wonderland in Tuam Street, Rise from the Rubble in Ibis Hotel, and Erika Pearce in Allen Street.
An attraction you can't miss on your New Zealand trip! Milford Sound is considered New Zealand's "Most Popular Tourist Destination," which offers well-preserved landscapes, majestic waterfalls, and dark waters that will leave you in awe.
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