Top 10 Sights In New Zealand – A Travel Collage

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The best way to see the top sights in New Zealand -in my opinion- is to hire/buy a car, throw in a tent and get going. I’ve travelled both islands on a tour bus and I must say that even though I normally don’t mind being part of a group tour, New Zealand is just not the country to travel in that particular way.

Some of the sights are just so beautiful, you want to sit down and stare at it with your mouth open – for about 2 hours. The last thing you want is 5 minutes at a great spot, only to hear the bus honking at you to hurry up. Trust me, I was always the last one.

 

Travel Collage - New Zealand

 

New Zealand’s North Island Top Sights

The North Island for me was a good warm up for what there was still to come on the South Island. There were some really interesting sights, such as Rotorua (where you can see – and smell – thermal activity and learn about the Maori culture), Paiha (in the bay of islands, a good place to swim with dolphins) and the lovely, harbour town of Wellington (don’t skip the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa for a complete history of New Zealand with many interesting artefacts).

Crazy Activities in New Zealand

If you’re the type of person that normally doesn’t jump out of planes, climbs down into dark caves, up on waterfalls, hacking through icy mountains or kayaking to forgotten beaches… chances are that you will do this in New Zealand. I did. It seems there is a unwritten law of people losing their sanity as soon as they step on either one of the main islands. There are just too many must-do activities in New Zealand. For skydiving I can recommend going to Taupo, as you will have a great view (if you’re not too busy screaming that is) over the lake. Kayaking was great at the Abel Tasman National Park. We stayed overnight on a house boat in the park and saw penguins during the day and glow worms at night. In Waitomo I found myself brave enough to go black water rafting, including a massive abseil into the caves. At the Franz Joseph Glacier we hiking up the icy mountain in protective clothing and with crumpets on, but you can also helicopter yourself op on the mountain to see even more snow and ice if you like.

New Zealand’s South Island Top Sights

As I said, the South Island is just a little more impressive as the North Island in my opinion, and there are some great 2 day (or more if you can) getaways to see the top sights in New Zealand. Take a trip to the Milford Sounds to make a boat cruise through the Fjords – and see the most spectacular waterfalls ever. And visit Steward Island for a chance to spot the rare Kiwi Bird (I did!) and many other interesting bird species. And when you get to Queenstown, one of the most pretty towns in the world in my humble opinion, sit back and relax on one of the terraces and enjoy the view on the (snowy) mountains that surround you. New Zealand is so pretty, make sure you don’t rush your way through it. Take some time to explore all these top 10 sights in New Zealand!

What is your top tip for making a journey to New Zealand unforgettable?

 

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The best way to see the top sights in New Zealand -in my opinion- is to hire/buy a car, throw in a tent and get going. I’ve travelled both islands on a tour bus and I must say that even though I normally don’t mind being part of a group tour, New Zealand is just not the country to travel in that particular way.

Some of the sights are just so beautiful, you want to sit down and stare at it with your mouth open – for about 2 hours. The last thing you want is 5 minutes at a great spot, only to hear the bus honking at you to hurry up. Trust me, I was always the last one.

 

Travel Collage - New Zealand

 

New Zealand’s North Island Top Sights

The North Island for me was a good warm up for what there was still to come on the South Island. There were some really interesting sights, such as Rotorua (where you can see – and smell – thermal activity and learn about the Maori culture), Paiha (in the bay of islands, a good place to swim with dolphins) and the lovely, harbour town of Wellington (don’t skip the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa for a complete history of New Zealand with many interesting artefacts).

 

Crazy Activities in New Zealand

If you’re the type of person that normally doesn’t jump out of planes, climbs down into dark caves, up on waterfalls, hacking through icy mountains or kayaking to forgotten beaches… chances are that you will do this in New Zealand. I did. It seems there is a unwritten law of people losing their sanity as soon as they step on either one of the main islands. There are just too many must-do activities in New Zealand.

For skydiving I can recommend going to Taupo, as you will have a great view (if you’re not too busy screaming that is) over the lake. Kayaking was great at the Abel Tasman National Park. We stayed overnight on a house boat in the park and saw penguins during the day and glow worms at night. In Waitomo I found myself brave enough to go black water rafting, including a massive abseil into the caves. At the Franz Joseph Glacier we hiking up the icy mountain in protective clothing and with crumpets on, but you can also helicopter yourself op on the mountain to see even more snow and ice if you like.

 

New Zealand’s South Island Top Sights

As I said, the South Island is just a little more impressive as the North Island in my opinion, and there are some great 2 day (or more if you can) getaways to see the top sights in New Zealand. Take a trip to the Milford Sounds to make a boat cruise through the Fjords – and see the most spectacular waterfalls ever. And visit Steward Island for a chance to spot the rare Kiwi Bird (I did!) and many other interesting bird species.

And when you get to Queenstown, one of the most pretty towns in the world in my humble opinion, sit back and relax on one of the terraces and enjoy the view on the (snowy) mountains that surround you. New Zealand is so pretty, make sure you don’t rush your way through it. Take some time to explore all these top 10 sights in New Zealand!

 

What is your top tip for making a journey to New Zealand unforgettable?

 

 
 

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