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Top things to do in New Zealand

You will never be short of things to do in New Zealand. NewZealandAtoZ will keep you informed of the best things to see and do in the scenic adventure land that is New Zealand.

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These are all from New Zealand traveller's feedback and are in no order. NewZealandAtoZ have tried to put them in order starting at the top of New Zealand to the bottom of New Zealand.

New Zealand

Buy the Lord of the Rings location guide and do some looking

North Island

Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach

Swim with the dolphins in Paihia, Bay of Islands

Vertigo Climb, Auckland Skytower - beyond the observation decks, and wear an orange suit to do it.

Take a ferry or kayak from Mission Bay, Auckland to Rangitoto Island & climb to the top.

Waiheke Island - only 35 mins by ferry from Auckland, for some great wineries, maybe spend the night.

Raglan- & catch some wild surf.

Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes and tubing the glow-worm caves

Kayak from Whitianga to Cathedral Cove - then go to Hot Water beach and dig your hole in the sand

Drive from Opotiki to Gisborne then around the East Cape and back to Opotiki

Hawkes Bay- wineries, East Coast, North Island

Rotorua - to see the geysers, thermal activity and smell, visit Te Whakawerwera for your Maori cultural experience.

Drive out to Lake Tarawera near Rotorua- check out the Blue and Green lakes on the way

Taupo- Tandem Skydive 12,000ft

Craters of the moon outside of Taupo

Tongariro Crossing- one of the best one-day walks in the world, stunning scenery with volcanoes

Walk up Mount Taranaki- West Coast, North Island

Watch the sun rise at Te Araroa - the eastern most place in NZ

Martinborough- wineries- bottom East Coast, North Island

Te Papa Museum in Wellington- you could spend all day here learning about NZ / Maori -culture

South Island

Abel Tasman- for relaxing walking and kayaking around the National Park

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sounds- Top, South Island

Marlborough- wineries, top East Coast, South Island

Kaikoura- for whale watching and swimming with dolphins

4 day hike, Banks Peninsula - East Coast, South Island

Moeraki Boulders - East Coast, South Island for unusual round boulders

Christchurch- Arts Centre

Akaroa- for a bit of French New Zealand history

Dunedin- for historic homes, albatross, yellow eyed penguins and seal colonies

Oamaru- for Old Oamaru Stone buildings and Penguin watching

Pancake Rocks and blowholes- Punakaiki, upper West Coast, South Island

Mount Cook - South Island

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers- West Coast, South Island

While looking at the glaciers in the Fox/Franz Josef area take a cruise out to Lake Matheson first thing in the morning to take some amazing photos of the reflection of Mount Cook in the water

Wanaka- a relaxing place in Central Otago

Arrowtown- an old Central Otago Goldfields town with an old Chinese village, 20 minutes from Queenstown

Queenstown- for adventure activities and party atmosphere

Pipeline Bungy Jump in Queenstown

Drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy- have a beer at the Glenorchy pub, after stopping and taking plenty of photos whilst on the drive

Queenstown- wineries

5 day trek of Routeburn/Greenstone Track

Walk Milford Track- one of the Worlds best

Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park- lower West Coast, South Island

Doubtful Sound in the Fiordland National Park- swim with dolphins

The Catlins- for nature East Coast, South Island

Stewart Island- for nature bottom South Island

After you have taken in all these sights, smells and sounds you would have had a great New Zealand adventure.

Reviews / Comments for Top Things to do in NZ

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We loved the South Island and liked the North Island. If you can only pick one go for the South Island.
In particular, all down the West Coast, including the area around Queenstown.
But come back and see the North Island because there are some places that need to be seen.

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I went to N.Z. twice, May \'04 then Sept \'05. Both visits were spectacular. Both islands I visisted yet was partial to the So. Island. Milford Sound is a must no matter what the weather is. Also grab a bite @ Fergburger, a gr8 burger joint in Queenstown. Test your nerves canyon swinging or jet boating (queenstown as well). The Antarctic Center in Christchurch was amazing and very hands on! So much to do so if you are still unsure check out ANY i-site locations in New Zealand. They are wizards at customizing your itinerary!

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