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Top Things to do in New Zealand

Thursday, 11 June 2020

New Zealand is well known for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful beaches and exciting adventure destinations. There are a lot of things to do in New Zealand and it can be hard to know where to start. As well as some suggestions for top things to do in New Zealand we’ve also got a few tips so you don’t miss a single opportunity to explore our beautiful country!


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10 Top Kiwi Inventions

Sunday, 7 June 2020

New Zealanders are well known for being innovative and creative. These ten top kiwi inventions have gained world wide reputations. Check out how they were made and the talented inventors behind the amazing ideas!

  1. OGO Ball 

  2. Jet Boat 

  3. Bungy 

  4. Electric Fence 

  5. Shweeb

  6. Spiral Hairpin 

  7. Jogging

  8. Martin Jetpacks 

  9. Springfree trampoline

  10. Referee Whistle



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Best New Zealand adventure activities

Sunday, 7 June 2020

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 has it all. We have put together a list of the best New Zealand adventure activities you've got to try in New Zealand.

1. Bungy Jump in Queenstown

2. Walk the Routeburn track on the West Coast 

3. Eco ziplining tour in Rotorua

4. The Squeeze on the Waikato River

5. Kayak in the Abel Tasman

6. Diving on Great Barrier Island

7. Canyoning in the Coromandel

8. Dune Surfing in Te Paki


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Plan the ultimate New Zealand bucket list

Sunday, 7 June 2020

New Zealand is a country like no other, home to so many amazing activities and breath-taking scenery. From incredible landscapes to unique culture, we've put together a list of our top must dos to add to your ultimate New Zealand bucket list for both kiwis and travellers. 

1. Do some wine tasting on Waiheke Island

2. Go whale watching

3. Zipline in untouched New Zealand forest

4. Explore geothermal landscapes

5. Do a great walk

6. Stargaze

7. Visit Cape Reinga

8. Walk across the Harbour Bridge

9. Snorkel or dive at Poor Knights Islands

10. Visit Milford Sound

11. See Glow worms

12. Go glamping

13. Sail across Lake Taupo

14. Jump off the Sky Tower

15. See a kiwi

16. Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach

17. Experience Maori culture

18. Go to an All Blacks game

19. See spectacular glaciers

20. Go zorbing


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Top 8 Best New Zealand Beaches

Sunday, 7 June 2020

There are so many different beaches to visit in New Zealand and majority of our beaches really capture the beauty of our county's coastline. The Rotorua Canopy Tours team love exploring our best New Zealand beaches to enjoy a surf, swim or a leisurely walk with their dogs - they have put together their top 8 best New Zealand beaches they think are the top things to do in New Zealand.

  1. Taputopotu Bay, Cape Reinga

  2. Puheke Beach, Kaitaia

  3.  Tawhitokino, South East Auckland

  4. Makarori Beach, Gisborne

  5. Bark Bay, Abel Tasmankk

  6. Hokitika Beach, West Coast

  7. Taylors Mistake, Christchurch

  8. Purakaunui Bay, Southland


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Ten things you should never do on a New Zealand Road Trip

Sunday, 7 June 2020

There’s nothing better than packing up bags, piling the kids in the car and hitting the highway for a good old-fashioned family New Zealand road trip. While holidays are all about ditching the rules, we've put together some tips to make your New Zealand road trip more fun when you have little ones in the car.

  1. Don’t fit too much into one day

  2. Don’t forget the snack bag

  3. Don’t leave the bug spray behind

  4. Don’t forget to plan ahead

  5. Don’t drive for too long

  6. Don’t forget to have fun along the way

  7. Don’t stay indoors. Plan lots of outdoor activities

  8. Don’t forget backseat games

  9. Don’t be rigid with your itinerary

  10. Don’t plan big hikes


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Best kiwi foods you have to try in New Zealand

Sunday, 7 June 2020

New Zealand is home to a bunch of quirky, delicious food. We're proud of these highly unique best kiwi foods and love to get visitors to try these when they're travelling around:

1. Whittakers Chocolate 

2. Pineapple Lumps 

3. Marmite

4. White Bait Fritters

5. Pies

6. Classic Sunday Roast

7. Hangi 

8. French Fry Sandwich

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Places to visit in New Zealand - South Island itinerary

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Our beautiful South Island is one spectacular place, with snow capped mountains, rugged coastline, beautiful fjords and so many amazing activities and hikes. Planning your road trip in New Zealand can be a bit overwhelming with so much to fit in, so we've put together an action packed 5-day itinerary to help plan your ultimate South Island itinerary. 

Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef

Day 2: Franz Josef to Wanaka

Day 3: Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

Day 5: Tekapo to Christchurch


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Top 6 Natural New Zealand Hot Springs

Sunday, 7 June 2020

When it comes to choosing what to do on vacation, you can't beat natural New Zealand hot springs. Dotted all over the country, our New Zealand hot springs have some of the best scenery and look out to spectacular views.  They all will undoubtedly provide you with relaxation and an amazing experience.

Here are our top 6 natural New Zealand hot springs:

1. Otumuheke Pool

2. Butchers Pool 

3. Kaitoke Hot Springs

4. Welcome Flat Hot Pools

5. Hamner Springs 

6. Maruia Hot Springs 

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Unique proposal ideas New Zealand

Sunday, 7 June 2020

If you're thinking of popping the question, you’ll no doubt want to make it special – it's one of the biggest moments of your life! You’ll want to come up with proposal ideas in New Zealand that are unique and perfect for you and your significant other. Doing an activity together as part of your proposal will help make it that much more unforgettable. So, we’ve put together a bunch of the best romantic proposal ideas in New Zealand:

1. Do a treasure hunt somewhere special

2. Go on an ecotour flying through the forest

3. Take a helicopter flight

4. Go on a glamping getaway

5. Cosy up under the stars

6. Do some wine tasting among the vines

7. Go to a beautiful beach

8. Hike to a breath-taking spot

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