“If You Want To Buy A Slice Of Heaven, You Need To Make New Zealand Your Home”
That’s true this land of the long white cloud (Aotearoa) is undoubtedly a cultural, adventurous, and artistic country. For tourists, this first-world country has surreal locations. Check out the top New Zealand tourist attractions and things to do if you are soon planning a trip to the kiwi land.
Best Of New Zealand: 7 Beautiful Tourist Attractions To Visit
1. Milford Sound, Fiordland
One of the World’s wettest places, Milford Sound is an ice-age old glacier within the beautiful Fiordland National Park. The place is magical in its sense due to the magnificent waterfalls that flood the area during the rainy season.
The sky-touching mountain peaks, rainforests, and dark waters of the country’s 3 most important rivers cover the large part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though dangerous due to its steep surface, Milford Sound is one of the best places to visit in New Zealand.
Things To Do
• Humboldt Falls, Key Summit, Milford track are few popular walking trails within the park
• Must visit the Milford Deep Underwater Observatory, there’s no other like this one in the entire country
• Kayaking is another famous activity you can do here
Best time to visit– December to February is the dry seasons when you can hike, trek, and enjoy water sports at this attraction.
How to reach- Nearest airport is Milford Airport where flights from Queenstown arrive daily. Driving to the place is not recommended during the rainy season
2. Tasman National Park
Getting around this park will give you a coastal feel as if you are in Thailand. And for hikers, this is one of the favorite tourist attractions in New Zealand. The 60km long Abel Tasman Coastal Walk is the gate to all the wilderness and adrenaline-rush activities. Don’t miss the photogenic Awaroa bay during your trip.
Bird sightseeing, trekking, kayaking through tiny coves, and camping at Tasman are few more things to do on a trip to New Zealand.
Best Time to visit– December to March
How to reach– Fly from Auckland Airport to Nelson and take public transport to Marahau. Tasman Park is south to Marahau.
Timing-Opens at 8 am and closes at 5 pm
Fees– $16 for adults and free for kids under 17
3. Waitomo Glow Worm Cave
You will remember the trip to this glowing cave, one of the unusual tourist attractions in New Zealand. It’s very cold and dark inside as sunlight doesn’t enter the cave that reduces the temperature. And the walls of caves are covered with gnats that cause the glowing effect. The best way to explore this place is via a tour guide.
Best time to visit- Plan a trip in summer as the temperature drop to extreme level during winters
Fees- $55 for adults and $25 for kids under 14
How to reach-Matamata, Rotorua, Auckland, and Hamilton are four main centers that connect to Waitomo. You can either drive through these centers or take a bus from the intercity bus terminal (Auckland) to the caves.
4. Te Whakarewarewa Valley
It is a geothermal valley with mud pools and active geysers whose temperature can go up to 200 degrees F. These geysers are the natural source of heating for the locals of Whakarewarewa village where the iconic Maori community lives.
Their unique culture and tradition attract tourists across the world.
Best time to visit– You can arrive at the village any day between 11 am to 1:45 pm
Ticket prices- Visitors need to pay for exploring this unique place. A one-time fee is $35 for adults and $15 for kids under 15. Seniors can get a gold card worth $31.5 If you are coming with family take a family ticket worth $92.50.
How to reach– Arrive at Rotorua via bus or train from Auckland and book a tour guide to visit the village
5. Waiheke Island
Last but not least in our list of New Zealand tourist attractions is this wine island. Waiheke is famous for vineyards that are simply amazing. You can taste and learn more about the wine production on the Island.
Other than wine tasting, there are few more things to do in New Zealand’s wine island:
1. Plan a picnic at Onetangi or Palm Beach
2. Learn clay shooting and archery
3. See amazing artworks at art galleries of Oneroa village
4. Go hiking at Rangihoua mountain
5. Dine at The Oyster Inn
How to reach- Ferries from downtown Auckland are available for tourists.
Best time to visit- December to February
Opening time– Most of the vineyards close at 4 pm so arrive early if wine tasting is your goal
6. Bay Of Islands
Another tourist destination where you can have more fun and adventure is this chain of islands. It is famous for water sport activities and hole-in-the-rock architecture.
When To Go: February to March
How To Reach– You can easily reach the island from Auckland either by train or bus.
7. Napier, Hawke’s Bay
Well, you can spend all your holidays doing kayaking, sailing, and scuba diving. So when you want to see something new come to Napier. This is an architectural hub and the ultimate place for foodies.
When To Come: July To August are the best months when exhibitions and food festivals are held
How To Reach: Take a flight from Auckland airport to Hawke’s Bay Airport or reach Napier via intercity buses.
Best Time To Travel New Zealand
Most of the places to visit in New Zealand are crowded during Summer Months because of the outdoor activities they offer. Temperature is also less hot that makes the trip less exhausting. So plan the journey between December to March.
Things To Do In New Zealand
1. Bungee Jumping is a must-do activity for those who love adventure and are not afraid of heights
2. Foodies must-try drool-worthy Fergburger, both veg, and non-veg options are available
3. Play with dolphins on Kaikoura, a small town on South Island
4. Spend a night at Mountain hut within the Mount Aspiring National Park
5. Zorbing is another fun thing to do
Where To Stay In New Zealand?
Here are some affordable accommodations in Auckland that are worth your money:
• Quest Takapuna
• Fantail Homestay
• Maple Tree Loft
• The Loft Glendowie
• McLaren Air BnB
Now you are ready with your list of best places to visit in New Zealand and everything to do there, it’s time to book a flight.