10 best places to visit in New Zealand
For many travelers, New Zealand is both a dream destination and a once-in-a-lifetime place to visit. If you're planning your first trip to New Zealand, or if you're planning a return trip to see more of this beautiful and wild country, you may want to know which places in New Zealand are at the top of the must-see list. Here are our picks for the 10 best places to go in New Zealand.
1. Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is one of the best places to go in New Zealand for fishing, sailing, and other watersports. The Bay of Islands is about three hours by car from Auckland. This gorgeous region is made up of 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. Try scuba diving to explore a whole new underwater world and view dolphins and whales from the boat.
2. Milford Sound
Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the "eighth wonder of the world," and if you visit this region of New Zealand, you'll see why. Formed by glaciers during the Ice Age, the landscape around Milford Sound still bears evidence of its creation in the form of epic scenery: Cliffs rise from fjords crowned by mountains and waterfalls.
The best way to see Milford Sound is via boat. Take a sightseeing cruise on the fjord to see waterfalls and wildlife such as dolphins and penguins. Or navigate the waters under your own steam on a kayaking tour.
Auckland is one of the best places to go in New Zealand. Get some culture by visiting one of the many museums in Auckland, such as the Auckland Art Gallery. The Auckland Art Gallery is the largest art institution in New Zealand, featuring more than 15,000 works of historic, modern, and contemporary art. Take a stroll through the 185-acre Auckland Domain park. If you're looking for adventure activities in Auckland, consider the Auckland Bridge Climb. And if you're really brave, try the Auckland Bridge bungee jump.
4. Waiheke Island
Just a little more than 30 minutes by boat from downtown Auckland is Waiheke Island, one of the best places to go in New Zealand. For a small island in the middle of Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island sure is home to a lot of vineyards. Waiheke Island is also famous for its vibrant art community, beaches, forests, and olive groves.
Despite being rocked by four large earthquakes between September 2010 and December 2011, Christchurch has made a true comeback. Visitors to Christchurch will see evidence of the city's rebirth everywhere, including new buildings made out of old shipping containers, such as the aptly named Revival Bar and the Re:START mall. One of the best places to visit is the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, a sprawling network of conservatories, walking tracks, and horticultural displays. The gardens also feature some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in New Zealand.
6. White Island
White Island is the most active volcano in New Zealand. Get up close and personal with White Island by taking a scenic helicopter ride with Volcanic Air Safaris. Your White Island tour won't be a leisurely stroll: Because this is a very active volcano, you'll have to wear a hard hat and gas mask. You may even see volcanologists monitoring the volcano.
Located on the southwest side of the South Island, Queenstown has a well-deserved reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand. During the winter and spring months (June to October), Queenstown is known for world-class skiing. Of course, there's plenty to do in Queenstown year-round. Adventure activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and river rafting will let you experience the region from dizzying heights and at breathtaking speeds. Queenstown is also home to the world's highest cliff jump.
8. Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
No list of the best places to go in New Zealand would be complete without mentioning Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute located in Rotorua's Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. At this Maori heritage center, you can get an authentic "steambox" meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques. You'll also experience a Maori welcome ceremony and traditional song and dance performance.
9. Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, naturally illuminated by thousands of glowworms, are among the best places to go in New Zealand—and a visit to the caves is one experience you'll be hard-pressed to duplicate anywhere else. You can take a boat ride through the caves to learn about the history and science behind the phenomenon.
10. Franz Josef Glacier
You can hike an actual glacier in New Zealand. The Franz Josef Glacier plays host to both guided walks and jaw-dropping helicopter tours. Tours offer everything from ice climbing to a more relaxed hike on the 6.8-mile-long glacier.
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