Top Things to do in New Zealand
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful scenery it's also packed with cool cities, hidden spots, wonderful wildlife, and more. Here are our Top things to do in New Zealand.
If most people had to name a tourist attraction in New Zealand, Milford Sound would be one of the first to come to mind so that’s why it’s first on this list. Once called “the eighth wonder of the world” and arguably being New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attraction, you cannot leave the country without cruising through Milford Sound.
Go Bungee Jumping or Canyon Swinging
Queenstown is well known for being an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. Commercial bungee jumping was born in Queenstown at the Kawarau Bridge in the 80s, and now the city has two more jumps. While there are other bungee jumps throughout the country, it’s only right to do it in Queenstown! If you don’t fancy throwing yourself off a platform head first, why not try canyon swinging instead?
See Glowworms at Waitomo Caves
At Waitomo Caves, you can see thousands of glowworms and it looks pretty damn magical. For an extra fun adventure, go black water rafting while you’re there.
Stargaze at Lake Tekapo
Everyone loves a good stargaze and you can’t really get a better stargaze than at Lake Tekapo. Located in the centre of the South Island, the skies above Lake Tekapo are some of the darkest and clearest in New Zealand – or maybe even the whole world. P.s. It’s just as beautiful in the daytime too so try to see it both night and day!
Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Alternatively known as Mordor, and the home of the Dark Lord Sauron, Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. This 12-hour hike is one of New Zealand’s most popular day hikes and offers some pretty spectacular views over volcanoes and emerald green lakes.
Cross the Cook Strait by Ferry
Taking the ferry between the North and South islands is definitely a must for any visitor to New Zealand! The three-hour journey offers some lovely views across the Cook Strait.
Hike Franz Josef Glacier
It’s not every day that you get to climb a glacier and that’s why it’s a must when you’re visiting New Zealand!
See the Southern Lights
Everyone’s heard of the Northern lights but have you heard of the Southern lights, alternatively known as the Aurora Australis? In order to see one of Earth’s most beautiful natural light displays head to the most Southern point of New Zealand on Stewart Island during the Antarctic winter, between March and September.
Visit White Island
White Island is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Yes, you can actually cruise across the Bay of Plenty and step foot onto a live volcano! The island is a scenic reserve and is in pristine condition so exploring this island really is an extraordinary experience.
Visit Lake Wanaka
Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, visitors from around the world are drawn to Lake Wanaka, New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, by its outstanding natural beauty.
Whale Watch in Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a town on the South Island where mountains meet the sea (e.g. the perfect recipe for amazing views!). This picturesque spot is best known for its whale watching tours, New Zealand’s ultimate marine experience.
Visit Aoraki/Mount Cook
In a country packed full of amazing hiking opportunities, Mount Cook may offer the best. Standing at 12,218 feet, Mount Cook is New Zealand’s tallest mountain and the views look unparalleled.