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8 Fun Things to Do in New Zealand

Guest post by Carol T.

New Zealand is famous for its extensive natural wonders, friendly people, and extremely successful rugby team.

From mountains and glaciers to beaches and vineyards, New Zealand has a very diverse range of landscapes to explore, making it one of the best places to visit if you want to get a varied holiday.

Whether you’re feeling that adventurous spirit or are ready for some relaxation, we’re sure to have something that suits you.

Let’s dive right into the most fun things to do in New Zealand for first-timers!

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1. Explore Culture and Nature at Rotorua

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Māori culture, language, and traditions are ingrained into the identity of New Zealand, so spending some time in a Māori Village on the shores of Lake Rotorua is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.

Watch a demonstration at the Arts and Crafts institution and listen to the retelling of mysterious myths and legends from your Māori guide to get an insight into traditional life.

However, this is not all the area has to offer, lying on the Pacific Rim of Fire makes this area a hotspot for geothermal activity. From shooting geysers to mud pools and spas, there’s something to excite everyone.

It’s the perfect place to take your vegan hiking boots or backpack made from recycled materials.

2. Visit Glowworm Cave 

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Located in the center of the north island of New Zealand, the glowworm cave of Waitomo is a magical place to visit due to its exceptional natural beauty.

Take a guided tour through this dark carven, and marvel at the impressive stalagmites and stalactites, as well as the shimmering glowworms that give this place its name, as you boat across part of the streamway system that connects this important location with other impressive caves. 

If a leisurely boat ride through the cave isn’t too high octane for you, you can also visit many of the other caves and do a bit of caving, which will include a lot of abseiling and is a far more adventurous way to explore some of New Zealand caves. Make sure to always do this with professional supervision, as it can be dangerous. 

3. Visit Sky Tower

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Sky Tower is the biggest and most impressive manufactured attraction in New Zealand and is worth visiting if not for the views you can get at the top of the structure.

Situated within the big city of Auckland, from the top of the tower, you will get a fantastic view of the Viaduct Harbour and the rest of the city.

It also has a restaurant for any foodies that are traveling, and you can also test your nerve with the perilous skywalk, which gets you to walk around the top of the structure, which is not something for the faint of hearts. 

4. Eat A Fergburger

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The Fergburger has become a fabled foodstuff for travelers to New Zealand, but when you see it, you’ll understand why. The burger consists of a huge beef patty, generous toppings and there are so many tasty versions of this well-loved eatery.

There are options for vegetarians as well, but it’s worth noting that due to the popularity of this dish, you might be waiting over twenty minutes for your meal. 

If you’re looking for a more traditional New Zealand meal while out there, you can also get your hands on Maori Hangi, Crayfish, and Jaffas.

5. Go “Tramping” in The Mountains

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What would be known by non-Kiwis as backpacking, “tramping” involves you spending the night (or a few) in a hut on the mountains?

These are perfect for taking on multiple-day treks as there are over 1,000+ across the country. Huts generally consist of dormitory-type sleeping arrangements, some are remote and hardly ever booked up, others are easy to get to but can be booked up for months.

Either way, a night in a hut is guaranteed to have amazing views, great people, and a lot of laughs!

6. Learn to Ski 

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With extensive mountain regions, New Zealand is a go-to place for avid skiers and snowboarders.

Don’t worry if you don’t already have the skills to get down the mountain in one piece, there are plenty of opportunities to take a lesson with a knowledgeable and trustworthy instructor! Cardrona and Mt Dobson are thought to be the best resorts for beginners, with Craigieburn and Mt Olympus best left to those than know what they’re doing!

7. Become a Hobbit for a Day

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A day out that is high on the priority list for many Lord of The Rings fans across the globe, it would be rude not to visit!

Nestled in the picturesque farming mountains of Matamata is The Shire, home of the Hobbits. Have a tour guide steer you towards the most famous spots, tiny details, and indescribable scenery.

Your Middle-Earth adventure is sure to spark some excitement.

8. Wind Down on Waiheke Island

After all the fun and excitement, it’s time to take a relaxing trip to Waiheke Island. Being the second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf, the numerous vineyards and pristine beaches provide tranquil energy to the island.

Relax on a vineyard whilst tasting those sweet New Zealand wines, laze around on the beach whilst trying your hand on spincasino.com, or take a stroll across the Stony Batter Historic Reserve. 

With a huge range of fun activities to suit anyone and everyone, there’s no wonder New Zealand remains top of the list for all kinds of travellers.

From backpackers and adventure junkies to boutique hotel goers and wine enthusiasts, New Zealand has something fun for you.

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