50 things to do in New Zealand Part 3
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.
Pancake Rocks, West Coast
An attraction 30 million years in the making. Includes a delightful 20-minute loop walk and great views.
Rotorua geothermal parks
The smell might be weird, but the photo memories here last a lifetime. Visit Te Puia, Hells Gate, Wai-O-Tapu or Orakei Korako.
Skiing on the Southern Alps
Come winter, the Southern Alps are your playground. Carve up Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Mount Hutt or Awakino.
Skippers Road, Queenstown
Though it would be wiser to take a tour along here (safety reasons), the mid-1800s historic sights will make it all worth it.
Sky Tower, Auckland
The tallest man-made structure in NZ (328 metres), and a landmark of Auckland.
Across the water from Invercargill. Come to enjoy its tranquil setting and many natural wonders.
Tane Mahuta, Bay of Plenty
At 51.2 metres, Tane Mahuta is the largest living kauri tree in NZ.
Tarawera Falls, Bay of Plenty
These cliffs were produced by an ancient lava flow, and now the falls pour out of a dramatic black fissure.
Te Paki Sand Dunes, Northland
Bring a boogie board, because sliding down these dunes is an unmissable experience.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
This is the ultimate wine road trip. It covers 80 per cent of NZ’s wine regions, according to Wellington’s website.
The Catlins, Southland
A rugged natural forest area just off the Southern Scenic Route.
Tongariro Crossing, Ruapehu
NZ’s oldest national park, and the location of Mount Doom from The Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy.
Our most active volcano can be found on White Island, Bay of Plenty. Dormant volcanoes include Rangitoto, Ruapehu and Tongariro.
Waiheke Island, Auckland
Just off the coast of Auckland, Waiheke presents a tranquil setting a world away from the city.
Waitomo Caves, Waikato
You’ll find blackwater rafting, glow worms and a fascinating cave journey here at Waitomo.
Wanganui River journey
Jump in a kayak and experience the multi-day, 145-kilometre-long Wanganui River Journey.
Weta Workshop, Wellington
Finally, for an activity like no other, visit Weta Workshop for its 45-minute movie-based tour.