Talk to anyone who’s traveled the world, and you’ll likely hear them say that New Zealand is one of, if not their favorite destination. It’s got something for everyone. Stunning mountain ranges sitting atop calm waters, translucent waters. Delicious food and some of the world’s best wine. Photography opportunities at every turn that will make even the worst cameraman look like a professional. And enough adventure to get your adrenaline pumping in every corner of the country.
Here’s a look at the 10 top-rated things to do when you visit New Zealand.
1. Explore Lake Wakatipu
We’d recommend taking the gondola up to Bob’s peak to see the breathtaking views of the lake from above. There are some remarkable views to take in – so remarkable that that’s what the range is called, The Remarkables. This is the perfect place to see them and snap that perfect photo.
2. Visit the Kiwi and Birdlife Park in Queenstown
This is a must. It’s five acres worth or park to explore, and most importantly, you’re guaranteed to see the illusive Kiwi.
3. Cruise Milford Sound
Arguably the most beautiful place in what’s one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Milford Sound is world famous, cruise the entire length of Milford to the Tasman Sea and enjoy the views of waterfalls, the rainforest, and everything this dramatic fjord has to offer.
4. See the Wanaka Tree
It just photographs so beautifully.
5. Taste the wines in the Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn regions
New Zealand is famous for its cool-climate wines, and people from all walks of life come here to learn about wine-making from the pros. You’ll want to get a good buzz going for what’s coming. Old Cromwell Town isn’t far from the Kawarau Gorge, where thrill-seekers can find…
6. The Original AJ Hackett Bungy
The Kawaru Bridge Bungy isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s 43 meters of free fall into the Kawaru Gorge, right above the water. It’s almost as terrifying as the Shotover Canyon Swing in Queenstown.
If it’s more adventure you’re after, be sure to check out our list of 16 insane, incredible, and life-changing things you can do in New Zealand.
7. Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
See the colorful and unique geothermal happenings in New Zealand at Waiotapu, including the Lady Knox geyser at 10:15AM sharp.
8. Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Head into these famous limestone caves and get to know stalagmites, stalactites and other kinds of formations that have occurred over thousands of years to create the beautiful caverns all around you. A tour of the caves will finish with a boat ride to see the famous glow worms.
9. Visit Waiheke Island
This 21-kilometer ferry ride from Auckland is worth the journey. The 92 square kilometer island boasts amazing vineyards and olive groves, and we’d recommend taking a full day wine tour to explore the tastes of New Zealand.
10. See the Sights in Auckland
Queen Street and Karangahape Road, Ponsonby Village, Waitemata Harbour, the Auckland Domain, Parnell Village, Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park…there’s much to see and explore in Auckland. Be sure to check out the views from Auckland Harbour Bridge, one of the most famous landmarks in the city. Waitemata Harbour is a great place to take a day or evening cruise to see the city from the water.
This article was sponsored by Maupintour.
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