10 Things You Should See & Do While Vacationing in New Zealand

You can’t stop looking at “God’s Own Country”, as New Zealand is known – guaranteed. There are many wonders and exotic locals in New Zealand. This location has glacial mountains, stunning rivers, gorgeous lakes, powerful geysers, and steaming mud. It’s often referred to as the “Kiwiland”, and New Zealand is also famous for it’s unique native flora and fauna.

Situated in the southwest Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is famous for loads of outdoor adventures, including hiking, skiing, rafting, and bungee jumping. You can fish in unspoiled streams and rivers, play with the lambs, or watch the whales, or even swim with the dolphins. Surely there are lots of things to do and see in New Zealand, but do not ignore these 10 items.

1. Located on the southern end of the North Island, the capital city of Wellington is known for the arts, culture, entertainment, and fine foods of New Zealand. Wellington has it all – fine dining, cultural attractions, shopping centers, all there waiting to be enjoyed. Within only a few hours’ travel time, lies a grid of walking and biking trails waiting for you to be discovered, all mapped out along beautiful wineries and vineyards.

A few of the great places to visit in Wellington include: Mount Victoria, Brooklyn Windmill, Frank Kitts Park, Karori Cemetery, Elmscourt, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Parliament Buildings, and the National Library of New Zealand

2. There are many things to do and see in Auckland, the biggest city in the northern portion of the North Island. Sailing and yachting are just a couple of things you can enjoy in the Hauraki Gulf Pacific Ocean in the east side of the city. Enjoy beautiful waterfalls, amazing views, and fantastic beaches at the foothills of Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and northwest of Auckland. This part of New Zealand is perfect for walks and picnicking. The Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand National Maritime Museum, Sky Tower, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, The StarDome Observatory, Kelly Tarlton’s, and Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens – these are a few of the recommended places to visit when you are in Auckland.

3. One of New Zealand’s biggest attractions is Rotorua, which is considered the thermal miracle of New Zealand. It is a community on the southern coast of Lake Rotorua, in the Bay of Plenty vicinity of the North Island. For over a century, the town’s springs and geysers have drawn crowds from all over the world. Rotorua is well known for its geothermal activity, resulting in geysers, hot mud pools, steaming craters, and the Maori way of life. Must-see sites in Rotorua include the Government Gardens, The Lakes, Okere Falls, Whakarewarewa Forest, Te Puia, Wkakarewarewa Thermal Village, Skyline Skyrides, Rainbow and Fairy Springs, The Agrodome, and The Buried Village.

4. Bay of Islands in the Northland area of the North Island is a fantastic location for fishing, diving and sailing. The Bay of Islands is one of the major sightseeing attractions and is situated 60 kilometers northwest of Whangarei, near the northernmost point in the nation. You can travel by boat through the Hole in the Rock, just off Cape Brett, go dolphin watching, and dive down to explore the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior. Some of the sites you can visit include the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Haruru Falls, Stone Store, Puketi forest, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Kemp House, and the oldest church.

5. Located on the south of Hamilton on the west side of North Island, is the amazing tourist spot called Waitomo Caves. The little town of Waitomo has a network of subterranean rivers which take you on an unforgettable journey through 25 miles of caves. The pale green glow of glow worms, against the pitch dark of these caves, is simply awesome; and it feels like you are outside under a starry night.

6. Wanganui City is a lovely metropolis, located on the west shore of the North Island, on the Whanganui River flowing from Mount Tongariro via the magnificent Whanganui National Park. Attractions include Wanganui in Bloom, Whanganui Regional Museum, Sarjeant Gallery, Bason Botanic Gardens, Whanganui Riverboat Centre Museum, Wanganui Collegiate School, Royal Wanganui Opera House, and Cook’s Gardens. Whanganui National Park can also be visited. Wanganue can be reached by car in six hours from Auckland or two and a half hours from Wellington.

7. After it was hit by a huge earthquake in 1931, Napier, the vital city of Hawke’s Bay, was rebuilt in Art Deco flair. It is located 10 kilometers to the south of its counterpart, Hastings; Napier and Hastings are often dubbed “The Twin Cities”. You can stroll by the beach, alone or with a guide, or shop for Art Deco, even eat Art Deco. Among the most popular places for tourists to visit are Marineland, the Aquarium, and Soundshell.

8. A huge attraction in New Zealand is the Tongariro National Park, one of the oldest national parks in New Zealand. UNESCO has designated the Park, situated in the central North Island, as one of the 24 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. When it snows, it is breathtaking. Whakapapa, Tukino, and Turoa are three ski areas located here. It’s a popular tourist spot in the summer, because it is several degrees cooler than other parts of North Island.

9. A major sightseeing destination in New Zealand is Lake Taupo, which is centrally situated on the North Island. This lake is renowned for trout fishing and boating. It is a great starting point to begin exploring the local countryside. The most popular sightseeing destination in the country is Huka Falls, which is situated in nearby Taupo, a village on the northernmost shore of Lake Taupo. Among the most interesting places to visit are the Aratiatia Dam, Huka Falls, Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery, Lions Walk, Waipahihi Botanical Reserve, Wairakei Tourist Park, and the Volcanic Activity Centre.

10. South Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, and it has scenic mountains, fjords, big beech forests, and stunning beaches. Catch a ferry from Wellington to the South Island. The island is famous for its glorious scenery. You can enjoy the beautiful island scenery. Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson, Franz Josef, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Milford Sound, Omarama, Picton (Gateway to the Marlborough Sounds), Queenstown, Southern Alps, and Wanaka are some of the towns and sites you can visit while on the South Island.

Whether you choose to explore one of the destinations mentioned here or you choose to venture out into the unknown, you’ll fall in love with the majestic landscapes of New Zealand – without question. Throughout both the North Island and the South Island you will find many types of accommodation suited to all travelers, including small inns, hotels, resorts and unique options like farmstays, timeshare rentals and guest cottages.

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One Response to “10 Things You Should See & Do While Vacationing in New Zealand”

  1. prem says:

    yes, new zealand is just very beautiful peaceful country with beautiful people, have visited 3 times.

    it is really true where natures describes it own way. God has created it so beautifully, with so many beautiful amazing features it can be just called wonderland of the pacific. i wish if could leave in this wonderland,

    “”even so beautiful in the eyes of my 2 children who cant stop commenting about this wonderland “”.

    just so lovely

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