New Zealand is a dream destination for many people. If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, we have compiled a list of our top picks for the ten best places to visit in New Zealand.
1. Bay of Islands
It is one of the best places to go in New Zealand for fishing, sailing, watersports. This beautiful region is made up of 144 islands.
You can swim with the marine life in the Bay of Islands like dolphins and whales. Also, visit “the Hole in the Rock”, an opening in a rock formation that you can sail through only when the tide is right.
2. Milford Sound
Glaciers formed it during the Ice Age, and the landscape still bears evidence of its creation in the form of cliffs that rise from fjords crowned by mountains and waterfalls.
You can take a cruise on the fjord to see waterfalls and wildlife such as dolphins and penguins or go on a kayaking tour. You also have to visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, which is the only floating, underwater observatory in New Zealand.
Its the largest city in New Zealand and also its international air-travel hub, Auckland is one of the best places to visit in New Zealand. It was also named one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet.
You can visit the Auckland Art Gallery, which is the largest art institution in New Zealand, or take a stroll through Auckland Domain park. If you’re looking for adventure activities in Auckland, consider trying the Auckland Bridge bungee jump.
4. Waiheke Island
It is one of the best places to go in New Zealand for wine lovers as it is home to a lot of vineyards. Waiheke Island is also famous for its vibrant art community, beaches, forests, and olive groves so you can book a culture tour, scenic flight, or hiking trip is highly recommended.
Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which feature some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in New Zealand or take in the new and the old of Christchurch from high above with a journey on the Christchurch Gondola cable car which lifts you on a ride to the top of Mt. Cavendish.
6. White Island
It is the country’s most active volcano, meaning you’ll have to wear a hard hat and gas mask. Or you can take a scenic helicopter ride.
Its actual name is Te Puia o Whakaari, or “The Dramatic Volcano” in Maori. There are some other ways to explore like taking a boat to White Island or going scuba diving around the volcano’s underwater vents.
It is the adventure capital of New Zealand.
During the winter months, it is known for world-class skiing. The rest of the year, adventure activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and river rafting will let you get your dose of thrill. It is also home to the world’s highest cliff jump, the Shotover Canyon Swing.
8. Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Visit the Te Puia or the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts where you can get an authentic “steam box” meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques and experience a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and song and dance performance.
It is also home to many mud pools and active geysers, including Pohutu, the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere.
9. Waitomo Glow-worm Caves
It is naturally illuminated by thousands of glow-worms and is among the unique places to visit. You can also take a boat ride through the caves to learn about the science behind the phenomenon.