10 Best things to do in New Zealand 2019
May 21, 2019
New Zealand is a paradise of great 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 great wilderness, a special spot that looks amazing 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 a number of 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 outrageous 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 longest left-hand break in the world and a good 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 special places in the hearts of the people of Auckland.
Although within easy 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. Each beach has its own character, from the aching isolation of Karekare (featured in the 1993 film “The Piano”) to the surfer community at Piha, to the dozens of outdoor activity spots at Muriwai Regional Park.
Maruia Springs has thermal mineral pools in a tranquil natural setting. Visitors can bond with nature, sweat it out in the sauna and take a dip in mineral hot springs and enjoy the views of the mountains and rivers. Indulge and enjoy the picturesque national reserve, go on camping and explore the area on a number of hiking trails.
The Milford Track
A set of well-maintained hiking tracks particularly designed to let travelers see New Zealand’s best, and otherwise inaccessible, picturesque spots. Also available are comfy, fully functional cabins which, due to their popularity, operate on a booking system to control the number of visitors. 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 accessed only by sea.
Tongariro National Park
New Zealand’s first national park, Tongariro is also a World Heritage area, featuring three major peaks – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. A great hotspot for hikers, its most famous track, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, passes through majestic volcanic terrain much of it still active. The 8-hour route put on view an active crater, lava flows, emerald-colored lakes, and steam vents. The little ski town of Ohakune is also situated at Ruapehu’s Southwestern slopes on the south end of the park and operates as a base for snowboarders and skiers using the nearby Turoa ski field.
Geothermal zone of Rotorua
3 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. Voted one of the top 10 spas in the world, the Polynesia Spa is usually and offers bathing in alkaline rock pools of various temperatures.
Franz Josef Glacier
Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef Glacier is 12 km long and one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers. It descends from the shoulders of the Southern Alps to the green temperate rain forest of the South Island’s west coast, one of the few glaciers in the world to take in such extremes. Its cyclic process of advance and retreat has at times seen it extend more than 70 cm a day; a flow rate 10 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, whose lover Wawe was carried away by an avalanche, leaving her heartbroken. A helicopter is a famous manner to reach the glacier, which drops visitors daily at the first or second icefall for a guided walk through the changing glacial landscape and ice tunnels.
Travelers take a trip to this beautiful alpine town at the border of Lake Wakatipu for the skiing in the cooler months and for its stunning beauty year-round. They also have a dynamic setting.
Queenstown successfully combines a humble small-town vibe with first-rate slopes at neighboring Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and the Remarkables. Arrowtown is also near, a former gold rush spot that continues its heritage status without being twee and is home to Saffron restaurant which presents the best central Otago cuisine with a global influence. Going to Queenstown you’ll see the site of the world’s first commercial bungy jump, the Kawarau Bridge. The food scene of this resort town is well reputable with some top restaurants.
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 epic outdoor opportunities. It’s also where you’ll find the locals, the Kiwi people to be easy-going, friendly, and always eager to get out and do something memorable. Very welcoming, the Kiwis will immediately make you feel at home and encourage you to take a leap of faith and throw yourself off something high – for adventure’s sake.
The country has always been a dream experience for young travelers, boasting some of the trendiest festivals and most adrenalin filled experiences and spectacular wildlife and natural beauty.
Nature trekking, tramping, bushwalking, hiking are some of the most convincing reasons to travel to New Zealand. The main tramping season is from October till May, in summer, and the most famous tramps are in South Island’s Routeburn, the Milford, and Kepler.
New Zealand’s coast offers a great setting for windsurfing and surfing. Big beach resorts offer outlet catamarans, renting dinghies, canoes, and windsurfers. Other regions where there is constantly good surf you might also come across surfboards and boogie boards, and beach hostels usually have some for use of guests.
The country’s numerous harbors studded with tiny islands and encircled with deserted coves, make sailing a favorite past time, thus explains why New Zealand and Kiwi sailors have been so significant in the future of America’s Cup. Though many sails all year-round, the summer months starting December till March are busiest.
Whitewater rafting is one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure activities providing gorgeous scenery and challenging rapids. October to May is the main 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. At times this is merely a chance to move around in boats but a lot of times there are guided tours available, highlighting the grandeur of the scenery with the picturesque Whanganui River being a constant favorite.
For the ultimate thrill, less risk but bigger cost, bungy jumping is difficult to beat. Global interest continues to attract bungy hopefuls to New Zealand’s spots which undeniably are some of the world’s best, with bridges on top of deep canyons and stands to plank out over rivers. For a bit of variety, you can try something similar to bungy, the bridge swinging. This activity offers a similar gut-wrenching fall accompanied by a super-fast swing along a gorge while being tied to a cable.
The most convenient way to get your hands on New Zealand rock is to go canyoning or coasteering along the ocean. This involves following sharp and curbed river gorges or streambeds down shafts and over waterfalls for a few moments, jumping, sliding and abseiling all the way. Guided tours are available in some places, the most accessible are in, Queenstown, Auckland, Wanaka, and Turangi.
The country is well established to mountaineering activity than rock climbing, though most of what is presented are fairly serious stuff, fitting just for the well-equipped parties with a good chunk of experience.
New Zealand’s Tandem paragliding experience includes you and an instructor both set off on top of a hill, swung below a controlled parachute, for maybe a good ten to twenty minutes of graceful gliding and stomach-churning banked turns. On the other hand, tandem hang-gliding or parasailing are also available.
The ski season in New Zealand’s where snows on northern hemisphere slopes melt away begins from June to October, which, combined with the South Island’s backbone of 3000 meter peaks, the North Island’s likewise lofty volcanoes and the relative affordability y of the skiing, states that New Zealand is an increasingly popular global ski destination.
All over the coast are yachts, canoe, and launch trips on which there is always a moment for some casual fishing, but you will also find a lot of trips intended for more dedicated anglers. Starting from December to May you may scout the seas off the northern half of the Northern Island for shark, marlin, and tuna.
The country’s highly developed populace still leaves a huge amount of landscape available for horse trekking, occasionally along beaches, usually through patches of native bush and tracts of farmland.
You will find a lot of spaces for renting mountain bikes. The prime trails for biking areas are around Queenstown, Rotorua, Hanmer Springs, and Mount Cook and will frequently have a couple of companies eager to take you out on guided rides.
With awe-inspiring panoramic landscapes, the home of world-class directors, and a top production company, New Zealand is a movie fan’s dream. Do you know that Hobbiton is situated amid rolling farmland on the Northern Island? It is the famous setting where some parts of Hollywood movie The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were shot, and it’s one of the only ones where production sets were left intact for tourists to visit and enjoy. Whether you are hopping fences or re-enacting scenes from the film or just wandering around wishing you could move into one of the hobbit holes, it’s a very cool place to check out. The most recognizable location set of the film Narnia is New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove, Coromandel. The country’s own Weta Digital studios were commissioned to creating the epic adventure film Avatar’s sci-fi epic’s computer-generated scenes, and parts of the real-life elements were shot in the capital city Wellington.