If you are one of those people who dismiss New Zealand as being a cousin of Australia, a rather small country, and nothing more, then you are missing out on some of the most amazing sites that our world has to offer. Called the adventure capital of the world, New Zealand boasts a wide variety of things to do and see and so is the perfect destination for adventurous travelers who want to explore a mystical yet jaw droppingly stunning location.
Here are 10 best things to do in New Zealand that you should not be missing out on if and when you do visit.
Get to know the Maori
The Maori culture is unique, interesting, and a big part of the traditions of New Zealand which is why you should not miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in it and experience what New Zealand is all about at its very core. Either do so in the cultural centre of Rotorua and get a guide in Auckland. Also be sure to visit Waiheke as it has some of the best wineries in the country.
Experience Milford Sound
Milford Sound boasts some of the most stunning scenes in the world, which is why it is often dubbed as the eighth wonder of the world. Set out on a relaxing cruise on the waters of Milford and watch in awe as you pass by humongous waterfalls and gigantic mountains.
You cannot go to the place where bungy jumping was invented and not bungy jump. Choose one from the plethora of bungy jumping platforms and sites available in New Zealand and have the time of your life doing this exciting activity.
The Abel Tasman is the perfect place to skydive and if this activity is on your wishlist, this is the ideal opportunity to check it off. Jump from 16,500 feet and take in the sights of the North and South Island as you make your way through the New Zealand sky.
Walk the glaciers
New Zealand is known for two of its biggest glaciers, namely the Fox and the Franz Josef glacier that are present near the West Coast of the South Island. Enjoy a helicopter ride as you traverse to the top of the glacier and then hike the rest of the way on top of the icy block for an unforgettable experience.
Swim with the dolphins
Swimming with dolphins is something you would imagine you could only do in your dreams but in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, you can bring this dream to fruition as you make your way through the blue waters alongside bottlenose dolphins.
Walk the volcanic cone
While Auckland is one of the busiest cities in New Zealand, it also boasts the likes of the Mount Eden and the Eden Gardens, sights that you certainly do not want to miss out on. Climb the volcanic cone on Mount Eden as you take in the view of the bustling city and its harbor and peek into the crater that goes 50 meters down.
Kaikoura presents a unique and fascinating opportunity for visitors to see a number of different kinds of whales up close- whether they are sperm whales which are visible all year, humpback whales who travel the Kaikoura waters as they migrate from the Antarctic, or orcas who are seen in the summer.
See kiwis in Kiwiland
What good is going to Kiwiland if you do not end up seeing actual Kiwis. These native New Zealand birds are hard to spot in the wild but you can see them in reserves and zoos to check another thing off your bucket list.
A nice glass of wine
End your trip- or begin it- with a nice cup of wine among the actual vines that are used to make some of the most delicious Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Traverse through winegrowing farms that stretch out for miles for a relaxing time and learn all about winemaking from local winegrowers.