10 Best things to do in New Zealand 2019
May 21, 2019
New Zealand is a paradise of high outdoors. It boasts of the immense expanse of unspoiled nature that provides everything from ski slopes to majestic waves. A visit to this country would not be complete without spending enough time having intimate contact with nature.
You don’t need to go far to find an isolated beach, forest, and maritime parks where you can wander freely. New Zealand promotes itself as the adventure tourism capital of the world where you’ll find places to skydive, paraglide, scuba dive bungy jump, ski, trek and much more.
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Tagged as “the 8th wonder of the world,” Milford Sound is New Zealand’s prime tourist destination. Situated at the South Island, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s vast wilderness, a unique spot that looks terrific rain or shine.
A fiord surrounded by steep rock cliffs, verdant rainforest, and waterfalls. Penguins, seals, dolphins and the occasional whale visit the waters. There are several cruise tours available, and an underwater observatory offering views of the black coral and marine life. Traveling to Milford Sound by helicopter is the easiest and perfect way to get a great view of the Sound. There is a lot of airstrips or a helipad in the country to fly guests for an awesome flightseeing.
Great Barrier Island
“The Barrier,” as locals call it is the 4th largest of New Zealand’s islands. This rocky, mountainous island is the last stop on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf before the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean. 90 km from Auckland city, it offers a series of stunning beaches, from wild surf to lazy lagoons.
Accommodation is available with a wide range of selections from beach houses to a luxury beach house to a one-bedroom eyrie in the mountains.
Raglan’s surfing spot
A classic surf town, Raglan’s Manu Bay was introduced in the highly acclaimed 1966 film for possessing the most extended left-hand break in the world, and a sound wave can carry a surfer up to 2 km. The town itself is as laid-back, and surfer-friendly as a Kiwi small town can be, with a pretty main street and plenty of hearty fares, beer and local accommodation on offer.
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The west coast beaches of Auckland
Muriwai, Karekare, Piha, and Bethell’s Beach hold unique places in the hearts of the people of Auckland.
Although within comfortable driving, the beaches are separated from the city center by the misty Waitakere Ranges, through which narrow roads gradually wind down to the wild coastline. Here, generations of artists and surfers made Auckland their home.
Maruia Springs has thermal mineral pools in a tranquil natural setting. Indulge and enjoy the picturesque national reserve, go on camping and explore the area on many hiking trails.
The Milford Track
A set of well-maintained hiking tracks mainly designed to let travelers see New Zealand’s best, and otherwise inaccessible, picturesque spots. The Milford Track starts at the head of Lake Te Anau, which can be accessed by ferry or by climbing Dore Pass from the Milford Sound Road. Also, Sandfly Point, at the Milford Sound end, can be located only by sea.
Tongariro National Park
New Zealand’s first national park, Tongariro is also a World Heritage area, featuring three significant peaks – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. The 8-hour route put on view an active crater, lava flows, emerald-colored lakes, and steam vents.
Geothermal zone of Rotorua
Three hours’ drive from Auckland, Rotorua is New Zealand’s main geothermal area, boasting a wide variety of hot springs, geysers, and Maori cultural spots. It would be great to relax for hours at Wai-O-Tapu hot springs on the geothermal high road to draw in the sulfur and see different types of thermal pools and bubbling mud in action.
Franz Josef Glacier
Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Its cyclic process of advance and retreat has at times seen it extend more than 70 cm a day; a flow rate ten times that of other glaciers.
Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, the glacier’s Maori name refers to the legend of the tears of adventurous, mountain climbing Hinehukatere,
Travelers take a trip to this beautiful alpine town at the border of Lake Wakatipu for the skiing in the colder months and for its stunning beauty year-round. They also have a dynamic setting.
Arrowtown is also near, a former gold rush spot.
Experience Adventure in New Zealand
Adventure travelers are born on adrenaline and independence. Thus they will feel right at home in New Zealand. It’s where their spirit shines through all the tremendous outdoor opportunities.
New Zealand’s coast offers a unique setting for windsurfing and surfing. Big beach resorts offer outlet catamarans, renting dinghies, canoes, and windsurfers.
Whitewater rafting is one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure activities providing gorgeous scenery and challenging rapids. October to May is the primary season with the number of visitors being restricted depending on weather condition.
New Zealand is a paddler’s paradise, canoes or kayaks can be rented basically any place with water.
For the ultimate thrill, less risk but higher cost, bungy jumping is challenging to beat. For a bit of variety, you can try something similar to bungy, the bridge swinging.