7 Best Places To Visit In New Zealand

New Zealand is an adventure junkie’s paradise. Its enchanting natural beauty, dramatic snow-capped mountains, majestic ice floes, glacial lakes and dormant volcanoes, is perfectly tailored for those seeking adrenaline and excitement. 

Not only did New Zealand invent bungee jumping, its skiing is world class, its ski-dives are magnificent (especially over Wanaka)  and it’s white water rafting is unmatched. Once you’re done playing, search for whales and dolphins that hug the coastlines, learn the haka with the friendly locals or explore Middle Earth and the Village of Hobbiton.

From beaches to volcanoes to inspiring lakes, New Zealand is truly an adventurer’s playground.

However, before we dive into the must-see tourist attractions in Tanzania, first we must cover the important “essentials”.

Essentials

Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

When to Travel

The most popular time to visit New Zealand is during summer: December to March. Due to the weather, Peak season is around Christmas. This is a magical time to go because the Kiwis themselves are on holiday.

October-November is generally quite quiet and the weather is also generally moderate. 

The winter months (June – September) are quite very wet, especially in the North Island, so bear that in mind when planning your adventure-seeking activities.

 

Visa Requirements

Depending on where you are travelling from, you may need a “Visit Visa” or a “New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority” before entering the country. These will allow you to visit and travel around for a set amount of time. 

Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the New Zealand embassy in your country or visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz

 

WHAT ARE THE NATIONAL LANGUAGES?

England and Māori

 

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY?

New Zealand Dollar

 

TIMEZONE

New Zealand  timezone is GMT+12

The Must-See Attractions and Destinations in New Zealand​​

In no particular order

1. Queenstown (South Island)

Queenstown, New Zealand

Snuggled down the southwest side of New Zealand’s Southern Island, Queenstown is the countries adventure capital. For those in search of adrenaline, you may have just found your dream location. Bungee jumping, white water rafting, hiking trails, paragliding, jet boating, rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing are just a small handful of the adrenaline-fueled things to do in Queenstown.

During the winter and spring months (June to October), Queenstown is known for world-class skiing, while the summers see travellers tackle the world’s highest cliff jump (Shotover canyon swing) and top-grade white-water rafting routes.  

In addition to the adventure sports, however, Queenstown also offers some finer comforts. With first-class hotels, spas, restaurants, galleries, and shops, Queenstown can act as the perfect getaway after an acion-packed weekend. It’s also a great base for sightseeing trips to the Central Otago (gold-mining towns and the Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings movies) and sits right on the banks of the deep-blue Lake Wakatipu- a must see!

Queenstown also boasts a vibrant nightlife with the town’s small central area packed with bars and restaurants for all to enjoy.

2. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park (South Island)

Mount Cook, New ZEALAND

Exquisite glaciers, epic mountain ranges and remarkable rocky terrain, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is utterly breath-taking!

Situated in the heart of the Southern Alps, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mt Cook, boasts over 23 peaks (all over 9,800 ft), a World Heritage area (Te Wāhipounamu) and unbeatable views. Whether you are a comlete beginer or an experiencer climber, Mount Cook National Park provides for all.

Incredibly, over 40% of the park is covered in glaciers and attracted the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary, who trained here before his legendary Mount Everest ascent. 

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna, with more than 300 species of alpine plants and 40 species of birds. The famed 

Mount Cook Village is a great base for exploring the park and acts as the perfect starting point for activities including ski touring, heli-skiing, wild hunting, and backcountry hiking.

Make sure you stay past sunset for a visit to the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, where light pollution is strictly controlled for amazing stargazing opportunities.

3. Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound (South Island)

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Often referred to as the “eighth wonder o the world”, Fiordland National Park is a renowned Wolrd Heritage Site and home to the great Milford Sound. 

Formed by glaciers during the Ice Age, the landscape around Milford Sound still bears evidence of its creation in the form of epic scenery. The secluded fiord welcomes thousands of visitors each year – who normally spend a full day cruising the inky waters and admiring the natural scenery by boat or kayak.

For the more adventurous type, however, visitors have the chance to hike the stunning “Milford Track”. Cliffs rising from fjords crowned by mountains and waterfalls, glaciers sculpting dramatic landscapes and waters carving the faces of MilfordDusky, and Doubtful Sounds – many visitors spend between 2-5 days galavanting through one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Routes will take you to explore gushing cascades, offshore islands, rain forests, abandoned lakes, and craggy mountain peaks. 

If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see wild dolphins and penguins that hug the icy shores.

New Zealand Adventure Tours

New Zealand is an adventure junkie's paradise. Its enchanting natural beauty, dramatic snow-capped mountains, majestic ice floes, glacial lakes and dormant volcanoes, is perfectly tailored for those seeking adrenaline and excitement.

4. Bay Of Islands (North Islands)

Bay of Islands

Three hours north of Auckland, sits the beautiful Bay of Islands. Not only is it one of the most popular vacation destinations in the whole of New Zealand, but the Bay of Islands also boasts more than 144 spectacular islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula.

This spot is perfect for sailing, fishing and many other watersports, including scuba diving and cliff jumping. What’s more, Penguins, dolphins, whales, and marlin live in these fertile waters making it a hotspot for cruises and yachting. 

If you are a bit more adventurous, visitors can sea kayak along the coast, explore the secluded coves, hike through many of the island trails, tour Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock, and explore subtropical forests where famed Kauri trees grow. 

The quaint towns in the area such as Opua, Kerikeri, Russell and Paihia are great bases for exploring this scenic bay. If Bay of Islands wasn’t on your must-do list, you better make sure it is now.

5. Franz Josef Glacier, (South Islands)

Franza Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Not only is The Franz Josef Glacier one of the most accessible glaciers on the planet, but it is also incredibly beautiful. Many visitors around the world hike the glacier itself or take the jaw-dropping helicopter tours that fly over it. 

Adjacent to Franz Josef is the equally breathtaking Fox glacier. Both of these rivers of ice flow from some of the highest peaks in the Southern Alps to near sea level, where the warm coastal climate makes it easy for visitors to explore them on foot. 

Tours in Franz Josef offer everything from ice climbing to more relaxed hikes and walks. Guided hikes can take you to the frozen landscape of ice caves and pinnacles at the foot of the glaciers, as well as offering climbers the chance to bath in the incredible hot pools that a fed by the waters of the glacier. 

What’s even more amazing, is that the temperature around the Franz Josef Glacier almost remains the same as in the towns surrounding it; so don’t worry about wrapping up.

6. Auckland (North Island)

Auckland New Zealand

Surrounded by two stunning harbours, New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is one of the best places to visit in the entire country. Commonly known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland boasts a vibrant metropolis, foodie culture, black-sanded beaches, rain forest hiking trails, picturesque coves, and 50 volcanoes that hug the cities border. In short, Auckland it a perfect base for every visitor. 

From epic day trips to wilderness adventures, Auckland ticks all the boxes. 

Rich with culture and history, Auckland houses stunning galleries and museums – including the Auckland Art Gallery. The Auckland Art Gallery is the largest art institution in New Zealand and features more than 15,000 works of historic, modern, and contemporary art. If that’s not enough, check out the Auckland Domain; the oldest part of the city. Here, you’ll find great exhibits of Maori and Pacific Island artefacts at the iconic Auckland Museum.

For those looking for nothing more than a good time, Auckland boasts an incredible multicultural nightlife. Amazing bar, restaurants and nightclubs, downtown Auckland is the perfect place to let loose. 

What’s more, if adventure is more up your street, Auckland offers Bridge climbing, bungee jumping, sailing experiences and volcano treks. It is literally impossible to get bored. 

To appreciate Auckland’s stunning location, we highly recommend you making your way to the top of 328-meter Sky Tower. The Sky Tower offers spectacular views across the city and hinterland.

7. Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park (North Island)

Tongariro National Park New Zealand

Tongariro, one of the oldest national parks in the world, is a land of dramatic beauty. Boasting glittering glacial waters, towering active volcanoes and plateaus, turquoise lakes, herb fields, alpine meadows and numerous hot springs, its no surprise by Tongariro National Park has made our list. 

On the outskirts of Tongariro, sits the country’s largest lake; Lake Taupo. As a result, this region has become recognised as a dual World Heritage Site. Due to its spectacular volcanic features and its importance to the Maori culture, the volcanic peaks of Tongariro (an alpine crossing), Ngauruhoe, and part of Ruapehu were actually gifted by Maori chief “Te Heuheu Tukino IV” in the 1980s to the people of New Zealand in order to preserve this sacred land for being destroyed.

Today, visitors can hike the stunning trails, visit the Taranaki falls, climb the surrounding volcanos, trek through the forests and scrublands or camp under the stars come sundown.

Being apart of the International Dark Sky Reserve, the area after dark becomes a stargazing paradise; an opportunity you do not want to miss.

We really hope this has helped and if you wish to ask any more questions or simply want to contact us, please do at:

info@gokotravels.com

New Zealand Adventure Tours

New Zealand is an adventure junkie's paradise. Its enchanting natural beauty, dramatic snow-capped mountains, majestic ice floes, glacial lakes and dormant volcanoes, is perfectly tailored for those seeking adrenaline and excitement.

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