A Backpacker’s Guide to Sightseeing in New Zealand – Travel Tips

New Zealand attracts a lot of visitors. Sightseeing in New Zealand is destin. Literally everywhere you look there’s something to behold. This isn’t a myth: New Zealand literally has one-thousand-and-one amazing opportunities that await travelers. As the adventure capital of the world, Kiwi country packs a massive punch into a landmass that isn’t mind-blowingly huge.

 

Tips on Sightseeing in New Zealand

 

A Helpful Hint:

 

A lot of New Zealand’s awe lies in its natural landscapes, so you’ll probably need to do a lot of exploration by means of hiking if you want to get the best experience. We recommend taking a lightweight backpack for all your backpacking needs, and who knows, you might just lose your heart in the wilderness! Sightseeing in New Zealand has been known to change people.

 

Here’s what you need to see and do in order to make the most of your time in New Zealand:

 

Head to Queenstown for a Bungy Experience

 

Originally invented by AJ Hackett in Queenstown, bungy jumping might be an age-old adventure sport, but there’s something special about doing it in the place where it originated from. You’ll have a variety of jumps to pick from while you’re here, ranging from the first-ever bungy to the terrifying 134-meter high Nevis Bungy!

 

Hike Fox Glacier

 

The Fox Glacier comprises of a quick and easy walk over an ancient glacier, and since it lies at a low point of elevation, your level of experience won’t make you any better or worse at your attempts! 

 

Visit the Bay Of Islands

 

The Bay Of Islands is iconic for sightseeing in New Zeland and offers you an opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience: swimming with dolphins! You’ll probably lose yourself while swimming with the bottlenoses, and the best part of the deal is that the waters are very warm, so you can even undertake the adventure in a bikini if you’d like to.

 

See Milford Sound

 

Also referred to as the 8th wonder of the world, Milford Sound is a very popular New Zealand tourist attraction, and with good reason too! The fiord is absolutely breathtaking, and cruising your way through it allows you to sit back, relax, and soak up all the natural wonder on display as you gaze upon the some of the world’s highest cliffs!

 

Zorb in Rotorua

 

Adrenaline-packed activities are never far away in New Zealand, and in Rotorua, you’ll have the opportunity to run around in a giant hamster ball! After the day spent spinning around, make sure you stop at the Rotorua hot spring to relax and end the day on a high note.

 

Get Lost in Thermal Wonderland

 

The geothermal pools and volcanic acid lakes at Wai-O-Tapu is a sight you can’t afford to miss as part of your exploration adventures. Take a guided tour and see the bubbling mud and volcanic craters in one of the 20 most Surreal Places in the World.

 

Visit Rotorua’s Tamaki Maori Village

 

Since the Polynesians settled in the Tamaki Maori Village back in the 13th century, their way of life has been very well preserved, and the historical tour offers an almost tangible mystery in the air.

 

See the Phenomenal Moeraki Boulders

 

Sitting peacefully along the Otago coast on Koekohe Beach is Moeraki Boulders, a popular natural attraction of New Zealand. The boulders of the South Island were allegedly formed by muddy sediments that formed the boulders through an erosion process millions of years ago. The site is fascinating and truly captivating, and it’s definitely something you have to see.

 

Live the City Life in Auckland

 

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest city, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. The city has a lot on offer; from the Auckland Art Gallery to the Parnell Farmer’s Market. There’s also the Auckland Bridge Climb and bungee for the more enthusiastic. Whatever you do, make sure you get a bird’s eye view of the area by visiting the Sky Tower.

 

Cross the Waters to Waiheke

 

Waiheke Island is just 30 minutes away from Auckland, and it’s probably one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. The island is home to a range of vineyards, which means that a wine-tasting tour is at the order or the day while you’re in the area. The island also has a few beaches, forests, and a vibrant art community on offer, making it the ideal day-trip destination!

 

The Wrap Up

 

Whether you see it as a dream destination or perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime place to visit, there’s no denying that New Zealand could just as well have been called heaven on earth. We hope that you have enjoyed reading this post and that it has somehow inspired and challenged you to plan an itinerary that includes at least half of the must-see places we just told you about!

 

 


About Dan T

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I’m Dan, and I’m the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. I’m also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. I enjoy all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. I currently live in Brazil where I can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around my city!

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