Top Things to Do In New Zealand

Milford Sound

Sep 29, 2014 by Smart Blog

In Maori New Zealand is called Aotearoa or the “Land of the Long White Cloud”. This lovely phrase helps to capture the beauty of this island nation located in the pacific. The country is best known for its natural beauty including the rugged mountains of the Southern Alps, sunny beaches and lush forests. Here you can find some of the top attractions you must see when you visit New Zealand.

Milford Sound

The Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful locations not only in New Zealand but arguably the world. Located at the southernmost end of the South Island it is part of the Fiordland National Park. The park features some of the bluest waters and untouched beauty that remain on this planet. The Milford Sound has at its back drop towering mountains.

Te Papa Museum

New Zealand is a relatively young country but it is home to a culturally diverse population. An institution that celebrates that diversity is the national museum called Te Papa. The museum is located in New Zealands capital city Wellington. No matter when you visit New Zealand there is no excuse for missing out on a visit to Te Papa - it is open 365 days a year!

Sky Tower

The sky tower is the tallest building in New Zealand and a great way to view the city of Auckland. At the foot of the tower is Auckland’s only casino which features table games, poker, and slot machines. At the top of the tower you can take in the view from the observation deck or enjoy dinner at the restaurant.

Tongariro National Park

If you are only going to visit one national park in the North Island, then Tongariro would be a good choice. It is an incredibly diverse park which contains a mixture of wild forests, volcanoes and towering mountains. During winter you can enjoy skiing on Whakapapa. There are also hiking huts throughout the park so you can enjoy hiking all year round.

Rotorua

This city is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. As soon as you enter the city limits the smell of sulphur will immediately give away what the area is most famous for - it’s geysers and hot springs. One of the most visit locations in the city is the famous “Polynesian Spas”. These warm baths offer a great way to relax and take in the natural beauty of the hot lake the spas are located next to. The Polynesian Spas feature private pools which allow you to warm yourself in peace. If you are looking for something a little more exciting try a ride on Rotorua’s luge. Part go-cart and part toboggan, this downhill ride will certainly get your blood pumping. 

Queenstown

Queenstown is one of the premier tourist locations in New Zealand. The lake and alpine resort is located in the South Island and best known for skiing, adventure sports and luxurious accommodation. While in Queenstown you can participate in activities such as white water rafting or bungee jumping. Skiing and snowboarding season is from June to early October which you won’t want to miss.