Touring New Zealand
New Zealand is a beautiful sovereign island country, with South Island, North island and 600 smaller islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean with an enormous variety of things to do and see. Thousands of travelers visit this amazing destination and enjoy ski on snow-capped mountains and bask on the exotic beaches, can learn about the dynamic culture and its wonderful heritage. New Zealand is the best place to try some of the world’s best wine and offer the incredible hiking tracks through the uninhabited wilderness.
When visiting this unique and top-notch destination, visitors/tourists must have knowledge about the comprises islands. The original names of the islands are Te Ika a Maui and Te Wai Pounamu. More than three-quarters of the population lives in the North region, that’s why tourists prefer to explore the culture and local communities.
If you are planning a trip to New Zealand, you should probably think about spending time on both major parts of the destination. We have enlisted 12 best spots/places for you that are full of adventure and are equally known among international tourists.
The first place, I will recommend visiting the beautiful capital of New Zealand, Wellington is the incredible destination for tourists, arts hub, cultural mix, and a great city to discover. You need to visit the famous places like the Museum of New Zealand (named as Te Papa Tongrewa or Te Papa) and buildings (The parliament of New Zealand known as Beehive) which present the wonderful creativity and art. A number of all-time great movies like “The Lord of Rings” are also filmed in this perfect small city. If you want to visit this city, consider at least two days’ tour so that you can have time to explore more.
Te Wahipounamu, South Island
For adventure and thrill lovers, I will recommend visiting the South Island famous places like Te Wahipounamu, which is also recognized as a UNESCO heritage site as well. The area contains four major national parks. The total area is more than 6.4 million acres, which is almost 10% of the New Zealand area. This place is home to several species of birds and plants. Once the authorities realized the uniqueness of this place, they marked it as the Heritage site in 1990 and opened for tourists around the world. Now, visitors hike or trek this amazing place and consider it a must-go place in their adventure bucket list. The most visited parks include Westland and Mount Cook National Park, and the Fiordland National Park is least populated that make it the ideal spot for enjoying your trip to wilderness.
On the western coast, this one unique and iconic Mountain Taranaki appeals to tourists to hike and enjoy the naturist’s points. Have you seen “The Last Samurai” action movie featuring Tom Cruise? This was the backdrop used in that movie. Tome Cruise notwithstanding, the area gets a huge number of tourists annually. The other name of this mountain is Mount Egmont, and it is well known for hiking as this magnificent summit got a lot of attention to adventure lovers.
The adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is a well-known city where tons of adventure sports such as trekking, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, and jet boating are offered. This one place is remaining famous and favorite of thousands of tourists around the world. If you are a fitness freak and want to enjoy the thrills along with hard physical work, canyoning, hiking, and world-class yoga would be the best thing to consider here.
The two hours hiking to Ben Lomond Summit will let you see the amazing scenes of wilds, and for short hikes, the Queenstown hill would be the best thing to consider. You can also go for a quick visit to Gibbstown Valley or can enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu. This incredible place has 28, 000 people and gets visits over 3.2 million every year approximately.
For a modern and full of high life, I will recommend visiting one of the biggest cities in New Zealand, which is Auckland. Right across the sea, this beautiful city has everything in one package. Unbelievable nature, the changing weather and dynamic culture mix of thousands of tourists, all in one place, it makes the Auckland one of the unique places to stay and enjoy your vacations.
You can find all sorts of restaurants, shops, nightlife, and accommodations that can help you add pleasure to your ideal vacations. Featuring 15,000 works of historical, modern, and contemporary art will blow your mind. You can also visit the sky tower for a great view of the whole city. For a historical background intro, you can visit the maritime museum of Auckland, New Zealand, that will help you understand your ideal destination in a better way.
Northland is usually famous for the summer holidays but equally visited in winter as well. The bay of Island is no doubt the most famous one to visit. You can swim in natural water and enjoy a sunny day for hours. This place is less populated and best for people who love such areas with less population. Another important spot is Waipu Caves, where you can see glow worms live and think about the amazement of truly living life.
The country’s most beautiful and active volcano, White Island, has it, and most of the travelers come to witness the amazing sights here. Most of the rides come by air (famous travel agencies offer helicopter with reasonable fare), and tourists enjoy watching the scenic views from the air. You will notice that the authorities, including volcanologists monitoring the volcano time by time, and you will have to use a hard hat and mask in order to get a close look inside from above. Note: Wai O Tapu Volcanic National park is a “cashless” site. Must use credit card or ATM.
It is translated as “The Dramatic Volcano” because when it was discovered by Captain Col in 1769, it is covered in a cloud of white steam; hence the name was given as Te Puia o Whakaari in moonrise language (The Dramatic Volcano).
Luggage to carry
- The big carry bag
- Microfiber towel
- Sunglasses, Mask
- Water Bottle (800 ml)
- Tote bag for accessories
- V-neck tank, Draw String shorts
An action packed tour of New Zealand includes a lot of adventure-filled activities and experiences. To plan your dream vacation, make a checklist of everything that is a ‘must-see’ for such once in a lifetime tour. I do hope your adventure trip go well and beyond your expectation. Don’t forget to like and comment on this article if you find it useful.