Top 8 Unmissable New Zealand things to do

Top 8 unmissable New Zealand things to do


The natural wonders of New Zealand need no introduction. From spectacular fjords carved by ancient glaciers to bubbling geothermal mud pools and gushing geysers, every feature of New Zealand seems straight out of a fantasy fiction novel. We can think of a hundred reasons to visit New Zealand, or Aotearoa as the Māori call it, but here are our top 8 best things to see in New Zealand. 

Milford Sound

Carved by ancient glaciers, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and brimming with waters that change colour with the changing moods of the sun, Milford Sound is a breathtaking enigma that has to be seen to be believed. It is indisputably the best thing to see in New Zealand’s South Island. Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls, and take a Milford Mariner cruise, stay overnight and wake up amidst the heart-stirring majesty of Milford Sound. If you’re lucky, you might even spot native wildlife like seals, dolphins and penguins.
Milford Sound New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier

It’s not always that you get to walk on an actual glacier. Visit the stunning World Heritage park of Te Wahipounamu, home to three glaciers, and take a helicopter ride, or join a guided ice walk to set foot on and explore the glorious Franz Josef Glacier. The steadily retreating glacier once stretched all the way to the sea, flowing right into the saline waters. Today, it lies 19 km inland and offers spectacular views of its pristine surroundings. 
Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand

Bay of Islands

Sub-tropical, unspoilt and fascinating; the picturesque Bay of Islands features 144 islands, incredible natural beauty and a whole lot of history. A short drive from Auckland, a visit to the Bay of Islands is one of the top New Zealand things to do. Hop on a cruise to explore the calm inland waters of the bay, journey through the Hole in the Rock on Piercy Island, take a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand, or take a foodie tour to delight your tastebuds with delicious locally sourced and produced fare, including wine, chocolate, oysters, and kombucha.
Bay of Islands New Zealand

Dunedin Moeraki Boulders

If you thought there was nothing exciting about a bunch of rocks, you’d be wrong. It’s not for nothing the Dunedin Moeraki Boulders have made their way into our list of top 8 best things to see in New Zealand. Nonchalantly sitting across the very photogenic stretch of Koekohe Beach, the bizarrely large and spherical boulders range in diameter from 1.6 feet to over 7 feet. Interestingly, the boulders are not boulders at all but clumps of minerals that lay buried under the mudstone, until millions of years of wave erosion revealed them to the world, looking like a nest of dinosaur eggs from another dimension.  
Dunedin Moeraki Boulders New Zealand

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Tāne Mahuta

During your travels through the North Island of New Zealand, take the time to meet the Lord of the Forest, Tāne Mahuta – the largest kauri tree in the world. Estimated to be over 2,000 years old and deeply sacred to the Māori people, the spiritual aura of the mighty tree is known to move visitors to tears. Join a guided tour to listen to the interactive interpretation from a local Māori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Māori people.
Tāne Mahuta New Zealand

Huka Falls

A walk along Huka Falls is another top New Zealand thing to do. Here, the massive Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, narrows from 100 metres to squeeze through a mere 15 metre chasm and plummet 11 metres. A foot bridge across the falls gives you an up close view of the roaring turquoise blue falls, but if you want a more intimate experience, try a thrilling jet ride or a relaxed cruise through the waters.   
Huka Falls New Zealand

Rotorua

The geothermal wonders of Rotorua will have you gasping in wonder. The steamy attractions, from the natural hot springs and spas to bubbling mud pools and baths, offer the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Watch in awe as the Pōhutu Geyser, the largest in the southern hemisphere, erupts in all her glory to reach nearly 100 feet high, truly one of the best things to see in New Zealand. 
Rotorua New Zealand

Hobbiton

Whether or not you’re a J. R. R. Tolkien fan, a visit to Hobbiton should be on your list of New Zealand things to do. Go on your own little Tolkien adventure in ‘Middle Earth’ as you visit the colourful Hobbiton Movie Set featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy. If nothing else, you will certainly come back with some awe-inspiring photographs to treasure for life. 
Hobbiton New Zealand
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