Posted by on 15 Apr 2021 , in Islands
Are you thinking about exploring all that New Zealand has to offer? As an ATAS accredited travel agency with over 50 years’ experience in the business, we have compiled a tried-and-tested list of some of the best things to do in New Zealand. From climbing towering peaks, to sipping world-renowned wine, to diving into the culture of the local people, here are our 5 must-do adventures to add to your New Zealand bucket list.
1. Visit the eighth wonder of the world
Milford Sound, the famous fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s south island, was once described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world. Hike to explore one of the most breath-taking places on earth or immerse yourself in the beauty of the fiord by kayaking. For those who want to get up close and personal with waterfalls, there are also cruises available. Don’t miss out on experiencing the glassy waters, towering mountains, and wildlife – a trip to Milford Sound is an essential New Zealand adventure.
2. Taste award-winning wines
Besides having picturesque beaches and mountains, New Zealand is also a paradise for wine lovers. Schedule a trip to the country’s best wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail or sample award-winning wines on ‘the island of wine’. A trip to Waiheke Island is one of the best things to do in New Zealand. With nearly 30 vineyards on the 92 square metre island, enjoy a wine tour of the more popular vineyards or stay for a few days in a cosy holiday villa!
3. Learn from the locals
Experience the power of a haka, taste a traditional meal and learn about ancient Māori traditions to get acquainted with New Zealand’s unique indigenous culture. Originally arriving in New Zealand in the early to mid-1300s, the Māori are the indigenous people of the North and South Islands. Even after European settlement, their culture still remains an important part of modern life in New Zealand and its national identity.
Include a traditional New Zealand adventure on your bucket list with a day-trip to the Tamaki Maori Village or spend a night in a marae (a Māori meeting house) at Te Papa.
4. Hike a volcanic island
Walk to the top of New Zealand’s youngest volcano and enjoy 360 degree views over Auckland and its islands! Rangitoto Island is an uninhabited reserve with thriving birdlife and is one of the best things to do in New Zealand. The island’s distinctive symmetrical cone shape and superb location just off the coast makes it Auckland’s most famous island. Take a short scenic ferry ride across the harbour and spend the day walking the various tracks or, for a more unique experience, book an evening kayak tour of the island, watch the sunset, and paddle back to the mainland under the stars.
5. See the southern lights
You may be familiar with the famous bucket list item, the Northern Lights, but have you heard of its southern counterpart? The Aurora Australis or Southern Lights is a captivating swirl of pink and green links that can be seen in New Zealand. Although harder to catch than the Northern Lights, the winter months in New Zealand promise more occurrences of this sensational display of natural gasses reacting with solar wind. See this natural phenomenon from the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve on the South Island of New Zealand.
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