As a popular destination for travelers, New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world with incredible outside activities such as hiking, skydiving, caving, bungy jumping and skiing. New Zealand does things big: big landscapes, big activities, big hearts from friendly locals and generally big things.
If you're ready for your dream adventure, this guide on some of New Zealand's top-notch experiences is guaranteed to make your journey much more memorable. Then, you will see how easy it is to start traveling, start to expand your mind and start having the time of your life.
Make your way North to South
Both the Northern and Southern Islands have their own attractions. But for many, the wonderful South Island backdrop is the highlight of their journey. Auckland tends to be the main destination for many visitors, so skip all you have to see before catching an inter-island ferry from Wellington to the picturesque port town of Picton in the South Island.
Consider visiting in the off-season
The summer season (December-February) is the time when New Zealand welcomes the highest number of tourists. Activities like hiking, camping, surfing and kayaking are the best experiences during the warmer months. However, the climate is still mild enough in early autumn to enjoy these activities more peacefully. Spring is a good time to visit, and you will often find discounted rates for accommodation and attractions.
Hit the road
Rent a car or campervan and explore your horizon. This is the best way to get up close and personal with some off-grid gems that you might miss if you spend your entire trip on a tour bus. There are many scenic road trips to travel through, no matter which island you go to. If you hire a campervan, be sure to check out some of the camping options at your disposal.
Embrace New Zealand’s unique attractions
Where else will you get to experience Maori culture? How else would you face-to-face with geographically diverse landscapes that inspired many cinematic feats? From glowworm caves to spectacular mountains and breathtaking waterfalls, New Zealand has a wealth of unique attractions that all travelers should aim to see at least once in their lifetime.
3…2…1 Bungy! Do it.
New Zealand is an adrenaline junkies' paradise. If you can dream it, this is your chance to do it in New Zealand.
You can jump off the bridge or out of the plane. You can roll down the hill in large balls, full of water. You can run away from the cliff with parachutes strapped to your back. You can cruise down rivers narrowly missing canyon walls in a jet boat. Or you can go black water rafting deep below the earth’s surface. You can even learn paragliding. By yourself. Really, you can do it all.
Explore some of the Great Walks
If you’re an experienced hiker, tackling New Zealand’s nine Great Walks is an absolute must. These multi-day treks are revered for their stunning mix of forests, alpine backdrops, hidden waterfalls, mountain ranges, and even the odd coastal treasure. If you aren't quite ready to venture into these volatile terrains, consider exploring some shorter walks around the national parks that host these incredible expeditions.
Hike a glacier
There aren't many places in the world where you’ll get to walk on top of a glacier. New Zealand is filled with miracles, and you will find two on the West Coast of the South Island – the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers.
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Brave the backpackers
New Zealand has a large network of extremely affordable hostels (often called "backpackers"). Do you want bunk beds with five or six other people? Do not worry. Most hostels have at least a few basic private rooms offered, often with private bathrooms. In addition to the affordable price, they usually have kitchens for tourists to use, so you can further trim your budget by cooking some meals yourself.
Visit a local market
This is a good way to satisfy your inner foodie while keeping your costs low. Night markets in particular, especially in Auckland and Wellington, are known for bringing together a melting pot of treats for all palates and budgets. Weekend farmers’ markets are also great for getting cheap produce and foodstuffs straight from local producers — ideal for those warm days when a picnic is just calling out to you.
Do a self-guided wine tour
Vineyards in New Zealand are world famous, and visiting vineyards is something dedicated to rich tourists. Just choose your wine destination wisely and reduce your costs by taking self-guided tours. If you like cycling, the Tasmanian Taste Trail is a good way to see quite a lot of wine destinations in your time. Other notable areas for tracking your radar include Auckland, Hawke Bay, Marlborough and Otago Center.
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