New Zealand is a popular destination for both international and domestic travellers year-round. It is home to some of the most incredible natural wonders and attractions. From the North Island to the South Island, there are plenty of adventures to be had! If this is your first time travelling the Land of the Long White Cloud we understand that it can be difficult to decide on what to do in NZ. So, to help start your next adventure, here are some of our New Zealand travel ideas.
1. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
It can be difficult to decide what to do in NZ, however once you start exploring this incredible destination you will understand how unforgettable it truly is. In New Zealand, there are three World Heritage sites which you can visit including: Tongariro National Park, Te Wahipounamu and Subantarctic Islands. These are all places with cultural or national significance, determined by the World Heritage Committee.
Tongariro National Park
In 1887, Maori chief Te Heuheu Tukino gifted three Mountains and the adjoining lands to the nation. These mountains were Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngaruhoe. The mountains and their surrounding land all have great natural and cultural significance, allowing them to be recognised as a word heritage site in the early 1990s.
In 1990 Te Wahipounamu was acknowledged as a world heritage site due to the incredible flora and fauna found in the national parks. The national parks that make up Te Wahipounamu are Aoraki/Mt.Cook, Fiordland, Mt. Aspiring, and Westland National Park. If you haven’t visited these destinations, we recommend that you add them to your New Zealand travel ideas.
The Subantarctic Islands are five island groups which received their world heritage status in 1998. The Bounty Islands, Snares Islands, Auckland Islands, Antipodes Islands, Campbell Island are home to some of New Zealand’s most incredible wildlife including the yellow-eyed penguins as well as sea lions.
2. New Zealand Hikes
If you’re into outdoor adventures and seeing new sights, why not experience some of New Zealand’s greatest hikes. Here are some of our favourites that you can also add to your list of New Zealand travel ideas.
New Zealand’s Great Hikes:
- Roys Peak, Wanaka
- Tongariro Crossing
- Abel Tasman Coast Track
- Kepler Track
- Paproa Track, Fiordland
- Routeburn Track
- Milford Track
3. New Zealand Wineries
Not only is New Zealand renowned for its incredible landscapes, it’s also known for its fine wines. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a wine connoisseur, the stunning landscapes are worth the visit anyway. Below we have listed a few of our favourite New Zealand wineries:
- Villa Maria Winery, Auckland
- Te Mata Estate, Hawke’s Bay
- Mission Estate, Hawke’s Bay
- Millton Vineyards, Gisborne
- Neudorf Vineyards, Nelson
- Brancott Estate, Marlborough
- Rippon Vineyard, Central Otago
- Pegasus Bay, Canterbury
4. Geothermal Wonders
New Zealand is known for its geothermal activity which can be found throughout the country. However, Rotorua and Taupo have some of the best natural hot springs and geysers in the world. Here are some of the best geothermal wonders to visit in New Zeland:
- Wai-O-Tapu, south of Rotorua
- Te Puia, Rotorua
- Craters of the Moon, Taupo
- Wairakei Terraces, Taupo
- Kerosene Creek, Waikato
5. New Zealand Beaches
If you’re planning on having a day in the sun or just want to explore, why not visit some of New Zealand’s best beaches? New Zealand is home to both white and black sand beaches, but be careful the black sand can be very hot during the summer months. Here are some of the best New Zealand beaches:
- Muriwai Beach, West Coast of Auckland
- Te Arai Beach, Wellsford
- Anchor Bay, Tawharanui Regional Park
- Cathedral Cove, the Coromandel
- Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
- Moeraki Boulders, West Coast New Zealand
New Zealand welcomes both international and domestic travellers year-round. This is due to New Zealand’s diverse landscape and natural wonders – there is just so much to see and do here! However difficult it may be to decide on what to do in NZ, there is always an adventure to be had. From the North Island to the South Island, there is plenty to see and we hope that our New Zealand travel ideas can guide your journey.