9 Unmissable Things to Do on Your Trip to New Zealand

by Julia on December 12, 2019

One of the great things about staying in New Zealand hotels, whether that’s in the city or in the country, is that you are only a hop and skip away from a beautiful memory. Here are the top 10 must-see things on your visit to New Zealand.

Sandboarding at Te Paki Sand Dunes

Fly down sand dunes on the North Island that can reach up 100 meters, with the wind in your hair and only your toes to slow you down. A truly magical experience that will bring joy to all ages.

Explore the Waitomo Caves

This is one for your Facebook or Instagram feed. Take a peaceful boat tour through the visually stunning underground caves, with the journey, lit up by thousands of glow-worms. An experience that is bound to leave anyone in awe.

Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Home to the world’s youngest geothermal system, experience spectacular volcanic craters, and natural hot water springs. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is not only rich in Maori culture but is where the 8th wonder of the world was once situated—The Pink and White Terraces. While no longer visible after the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, you are still able to take a boat tour to visit the resting place of this natural masterpiece.

Wine Tasting in Marlborough

The Maori describe Wairua Valley as ‘Kei puta te Wairau’ – ‘the place with the hole in the cloud’. It is known for being one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest regions, and the best Sauvignon Blanc in the country. Try a tipple or three on an amazing wine tour.

Dolphin and Whale Safaris

There is no experience more magical. Kaikoura is famous for its dolphin and whale watching tours. Watch from the comfort of the boat or dive right in and get up close with these incredible creatures. It’s an experience that you will never forget.

Walk on a glacier

Get up close to a 7000 year old giant, by taking a helicopter ride and landing on Franz Joseph glacier. Explore this natural wonder from the air and the ground.

White water rafting

If you are after a thrill-seeking activity, white watering rafting will not disappoint. Take on the river in this extreme adventure experience, rafting where jetboats fear to go. Follow the rollercoaster ride of pounding rapids down the Tongariro river.

Embark on many adventures in Queenstown

Famous for its outdoor activities, explore the breathtaking Southern Alps, bungee jump off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, go jet boating or skydiving, with something thrilling waiting around every corner.

Experience the natural beauty of Fiordland

Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. Absorb breathtaking views and natural treasures, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare pink dolphins famous to the region. The land is carved by glaciers over 100,000 years old, with cascading waterfalls and ancient rainforest. You will find no place quite like it and a must-visit for anyone in New Zealand.

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