50 things to do in New Zealand Part 1

50 things not be missed in New Zealand


New Zealand doesn’t get almost 2.5 million international visitors (from Statistics New Zealand) to its shores each year for nothing! If you’re planning a holiday to Aotearoa, make sure to pop a few of these ideas on your to-do list.

90 Mile Beach, Northland


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A beach so long it’s classed as a highway! Great sand dunes and ocean swimming.

Akaroa, Canterbury

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A charming French settlement with a scrumptious cafe culture.

Arthurs Pass, Canterbury

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For forest and mountain scenery, with plenty of mischievous kea, visit Arthurs Pass.

Baldwin Street, Dunedin

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The steepest street in the world.

Blue Lake, Nelson Lakes National Park

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The clearest lake in the world.

Bluff oysters, Southland

Famously delicious oysters, enjoyed around New Zealand between March and August

Cape Palliser, Wairarapa

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WARNING: Contains historic lighthouse (built 1897), adorable seals and stunning ocean views.

Cape Reinga, Northland

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Cape Reinga is where two oceans meet at NZ’s northernmost point.

Cape Foulwind Seal Colony, West Coast

Unfortunate name, but amazing seal colony.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

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A famous ‘must-visit’ of NZ.

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

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Don’t doubt, Doubtful Sound features nature at its best. Book a cruise to enjoy its ‘sound of silence’.

Fossicking for gold

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NZ history is filled with gold. To try your hand at finding some, visit Arrowtown or Shantytown.

Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, West Coast

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Grab a scenic flight, lace up your hiking boots or drive on up to one of these glaciers, almost adjacent to each other.

Goat Island Marine Reserve, just north of Auckland

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Established in 1975 – our first marine reserve. Excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Hamurana Springs, Rotorua

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The deepest freshwater spring in the North Island, surrounded by a pristine nature sanctuary.

Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

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Need we say more?

Hot springs

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NZ has numerous natural and commercial hot springs. Try Rotorua, Hot Water Beach and Hanmer Springs.