The Top 10 Things to Do in New Zealand for a Little Adventure

New Zealand is a stunning country filled with crystal blue waters and rich lush landscapes. From its beaches and mountain views, to its bustling cities and quaint villages, New Zealand is both cosmopolitan and an adventurer’s paradise.

Since there is so much to explore, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 things to do in New Zealand for those looking for a little adventure.

Go Jet-boating. Feel the power of the water as you jet-boat a spectacular New Zealand river close to the thundering Huka Falls, or negotiate 360-degree spins on the awesome Shotover River rapids.

Jetboating on the Shotover River | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Jetboating on the Shotover River | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

See a Whale. Whale tours are popular in New Zealand, and for good reason. There’s a 90% chance of seeing a whale in the waters surrounding Kaikoura. If you’re lucky and camera-savvy, you may even be able to catch one on film. While you’re in Kaikoura, be sure to stop at one of the many delicious seafood restaurants for a bite.

Whale Watching in Kaikoura | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Whale Watching in Kaikoura | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier. The Franz Josef Glacier is located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the western coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is a major tourist destination. You can hike the glacier or take a helicopter ride to see the glacier from above.

Franz Josef Glacier | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Bungee Jumping. If you’re an adrenaline seeker, you will love visiting the “adventure capital of the world”, Queenstown. Queenstown is home to popular and exciting adventures like bungee jumping and will definitely fill your need for speed. If you’re not an adrenaline junkie, Queenstown offers more low-key activities such as wine tours and fine dining.

Natural Hot Springs.  Situated in the North Island, Lake Taupo is an affordable and desirable destination as it features dozens of exciting things to do, including  a visit to the Waikato River Spa Park. Visitors can enjoy an open air soak in one of the park’s natural hot pools.

Champagne Pool, Waiotapu | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Champagne Pool, Waiotapu | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Visit the Sky Tower. Auckland’s Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower that gives views of up to 50 miles. There is also a revolving restaurant located in the Sky Tower.

Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park. A hiker’s haven, Abel Tasman National Park is located on the northern tip of South Island and is not accessible by car. Hike the mountainous terrain and spot penguins, wood pigeons and other rare and exotic birds.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track | Photo Credit: Toursism New Zealand

Abel Tasman Coastal Track | Photo Credit: Toursism New Zealand

The Bay of Islands. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities in the Bay of Islands area including diving, dune riding and guided walking tours. A popular spot for fishermen and yachts, you may spot whales, penguins and even dolphins in this picturesque destination.

Dolphins, Bay of Islands | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Dolphins, Bay of Islands | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Milford Sound. New Zealand is so popular with hikers because it offers so many different opportunities for exploration. Milford Sound is one of the best hiking areas in the country.

Entrance to Milford Sound | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Entrance to Milford Sound | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Hang with the Maori. New Zealand’s indigenous culture is alive and well, especially in the North Island. You can attend a traditional tribal gathering or just enjoy a feast alongside the inviting and spirited Maori people.

Traditional Maori | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Traditional Maori | Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

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