New Zealand is like one of those places most people have in their imagination. But once you visit New Zealand you will be amazed to see places like that actually existing in the real world. With majestic snow-capped mountains, fairytale landscapes, breathtaking lakes, and beaches, New Zealand is one of the most gorgeous countries that also holds a lot of history, culture and friendliest locals. That’s why we decided to compile a list of things to do and places to visit in New Zealand to ensure an unforgettable trip for you.
01.Try wine tasting in Waiheke.
Why don’t we begin with something sweet and exquisite? Well, we got you an island with 30 vineyards that produces the finest, world-class wine. Waiheke Island is reachable by a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland. You can enjoy sea views, beaches, olive groves while sipping some of the magical blends of New Zealand’s finest wine.
02. Walk around Cathedral Cove.
Cathedral Cove, located at the Coramandel Peninsula is a must-visit site in New Zealand. It’s only accessible by boat, kayak, or on foot. You can take a spectacular coastal walk on Hahei Beach to Cathedral Cove, but the best way to explore the caves and cliffs is to take a guided kayak tour.
03. Dig your own hot water pool in Coramandel.
After visiting the Cathedral Cove, you can get a relaxing, spa-quality hot water bath at the Hot Water Beach in Coramandel, which is located not very far from the Cathedral Cove. It’s one of the most popular places among both locals and tourists because you can grab a spade and dig your very own pool of hot water and soak in there while enjoying the stunning scenery that surrounds you.
04. Go boogie-boarding down the sand dunes at 90- Mile Beach.
For someone who’s seeking something more adventurous, the 90-Mile Beach might just be the perfect place for you. Situated on the Western Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, the most popular activity there is bodyboarding down the huge, pure white sand dunes. But beware of colliding yourself with another surfer because the beach actually can get pretty crowded.
05. Discover magic at Waitomo Glowworm Cave.
Waitomo is a village situated on the North Island of New Zealand and best known for its extensive underground cave system that’s lighted by thousands of glow worms. It’s like entering into a galaxy having millions of stars above, lighting up your way as you glide through.
06. Dine at a magical shire – The Hobbiton.
You can actually visit the Hobbiton movie set featured in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. It is located in Matamata on the North Island of New Zealand. Now it’s open to visitors and you can dine at a cafe from where Frodo Baggins began his adventure.
07. Wander around the Hamilton Gardens.
Hamilton garden is a public park in Hamilton, New Zealand. It’s a little known place and not included in the itinerary of many tourists. Located beside the banks of the Waikato River, it can be considered a fantasy garden since it displays art, beliefs, and lifestyles of different civilizations in separate gardens. Some of them are the Indian Char Bagh Garden, Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Italian Renaissance Garden, and Japanese garden of contemplation. It’s like taking a free walk around the world in a few hours. Yes! The entrance to the gardens is 100% free.
08. Meet traditional Maori people.
You wouldn’t want to miss getting to know New Zealand’s indigenous culture since it’s one of the most unique and must have experienced while visiting there. It can be the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua, waimara, Kaikoura, or a few other places if you want to engage in some Maorian activities like learning a new Haka (a ceramonial dance in Maori culture), eating a Hangi (Food that’s cooked beneath the ground) or even spend a night in a marae(Maorian meeting house).