New Zealand is known for being full of adventure! You will always be able to find something that will push you to your limits. From ziplining through ancient forest to racing down giant sand dunes, New Zealand tourism has it all. We have put together a list of things you just can't leave New Zealand without trying, we call it....THE ULTIMATE NEW ZEALAND BUCKET LIST.
- Bungy Jump in Queenstown
- Walk the Routeborn track on the West Coast
- Eco ziplining tour in Rotorua
- Whale Watching in Kaikoura
- Kayak in the Abel Tasman
- Winery Tour in Napier
- The Squeeze on the Waikato River
- Diving on Great Barrier Island
- Cathedral Cove in Coromandel
- Dune Surfing in Te Paki
1. Bungy Jump in Queenstown
Everyone that visits New Zealand has to try a bungy! There are a few AJ Hackett jumps around New Zealand but the biggest and baddest is the Nevis bungy. The 134m bungy that has 8.5 seconds of free fall is not one for the faint hearted. It is quite the adventure to get to the location, a 35 minute 4x4 ride with a cable car ride out to the jumping platform. As you jump on the count of 3, your breath is instantly knocked out of you. At the Nevis jump you get pulled back up to the platform from where you jumped. It is truly an experience like no other!
Photo: Another AJ Hackett bungy jump at the Kawarau bridge in Queenstown.
2. Walk the Routeburn track on the West Coast
There is nothing better than getting out in New Zealand's backyard and exploring some of it's greatest scenery. The Routeburn track has everything you would want to see on the walk. From snow-capped mountain peaks, deep valleys and large waterfalls, you will not miss out on seeing anything. The 3 day walk that can be walked in either direction is a challenging but rewarding walk as you experience 360 degree views of New Zealand's finest beauty.
3. Eco ziplining tour in Rotorua
Rotorua Canopy Tours is a top attraction located in Rotorua, the heart of New Zealand Tourism. The two Eco-adventure courses deep in the native forest feature a network of ziplines, swing bridges and treetop platforms. Your unique kiwi guides will take you below the surface where you will learn about the past and all about our hopes for the future for this very rare New Zealand forest. This is definitely one attraction you must add to your New Zealand tourism bucket list.
Photo: Ziplining at Rotorua Canopy Tours, a top New Zealand Tourism attraction.
4. Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Whale Watching in New Zealand is another great attraction to add to your ultimate bucket list. Kaikoura Whale Watch gets up close and personal with sperm whales. They locate the whales by listening to their echos with an underwater microphone. Some trips are even lucky enough to see pods of dolphins. Seeing the whales rest at the top of the water while exhaling, causes the water to spray into the air. It is a magnificent view which makes for a very calming experience.
5. Kayak in the Abel Tasman
You can't leave the South Island without checking out Abel Tasman's famous coastal lines and clear waters first. The kayaking tours with Abel Tasman Kayaks is a really fun and unique experience. The atmosphere is so calming, there are no sounds of traffic or people while kayaking through some of the clearest waters alongside lush native bush. It is simply stillness with sounds of native wildlife in their natural habitats and is home to hands down some of the best New Zealand beaches.
Photo: Kayaking in the beautiful Abel Tasman, surrounded by clear waters and white sandy beaches.
6. Winery Tour in Napier
Napier is well known for one thing and that is wine! Being the driest and warmest regions in New Zealand you will not only experience good wine, but also get to experience warmer weather in this part of the country. The best way to tick this activity off your bucket list is on a bike. You can experience the wineries by biking from one to the other through the grape vines. Being amongst where the grapes grow is an awesome experience whilst relaxing in the warm weather, with good people and great wine.
7. The Squeeze on the Waikato River
Adding the squeeze to your bucket list would make for an ultimate New Zealand tourism experience. The squeeze is a narrow gap in a cliff face that you maneuver through to reach hot springs surrounded by bush. The special thing about the squeeze is that it can only be accessed by boat. NZ River Jet take exhilarating rides down the Waikato River stopping off at the squeeze. Wading through knee deep water and squeezing through large rock boulders is not an everyday opportunity so make sure you tick it off in New Zealand.
8. Diving on Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island is one of New Zealand's greatest hidden gems that is very remote and very special. It is located around 100km from Auckland via a ferry or plane ride. The island with very few shops and only 800 locals is very isolated because everyone just spends their time out on the water. The clear blue waters and amazing visibility means it has some of the best water for snorkelling and diving. The fish life is incredible with all sorts of breeds and colours swimming underneath you in large schools. It really is one of the most incredible places to go diving in New Zealand.
9. Cathedral Cove in Coromandel
This is one place you must see if you are heading to the Coromandel. It is breathtakingly beautiful with outstanding picture perfect views. The white sandy beach, lined with pohutukawa trees has a fairy tale feeling to it. The beach has a huge rock arch that joins the two coves together, where the name 'Cathedral Cove' comes from. It is the perfect beach to enjoy a swim or a picnic whilst looking out into the calmness of the blue, ocean waters.
Photo: Experience the white sands and the unique cove in Coromandel - one of the Top Things to do in New Zealand
10. Dune Surfing in Te Paki
Located at the top of the North Island in Te Paki are the best sand dunes in New Zealand. They are iconic in New Zealand tourism as they are some of the biggest - rising from the grass into beautiful large dunes of golden sand. If you like a bit of thrill try out some sand surfing - you will end up with sand all over you but we promise it is all worth it. There are multiple sand dunes that are all different sizes so there will always be a sand dune that is within your comfort levels. Yet another awesome New Zealand tourism activity to add to your backpacker list!