When it comes to the land of the long white cloud, you’ll find that the scenery rivals anything you will have seen anywhere in the world. While the journey may involve 13-hour flights, hours in transit, and the continual change of time zones, no one could say that New Zealand is not well worth the trip.
This is the country where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed, and has made headlines around the world for its natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle.
Here are some of the best things to do when in New Zealand:
Hire a campervan
Arguably the best way to see New Zealand is by campervan. You’ll find plenty of camping sites along the way where you can grab a hot shower, and free camping is available in many parts of the country. Hiring a campervan means you can travel at your own pace, and you can even take it on the Interislander Ferry between the two islands, or drop one off in Wellington and pick up another in Picton, traveling from one end of the country to the other.
Be adventurous in Queenstown
There’s a reason why Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world. Bungy jumping was invented in New Zealand, and the oldest jump in the world can be found in this picturesque little town. Along with jumping off bridges and swinging over canyons, you’ll find white-water rafting, skydiving, hiking, and helicopter rides are popular.
There are also some of the best restaurants in the country located in Queenstown, along with plenty of bars and clubs. The town is also popular for skiers and snowboarders during winter, and is one of the most photographed spots in New Zealand.
Try some of New Zealand’s best wines
New Zealand is home to some of the best wine in the world, particularly white wine. If you’re a wine fan, be sure to visit some of the wineries throughout the country, or shop for the best spy valley wines online for great savings.
Spot Whales and Dolphins
The wildlife in New Zealand is out of this world, so head to Kaikoura and go swimming with the dolphins, or jump on a boat to spot some of the whales migrating through the area. You’ll also find some of the best fish and chips in Kaikoura, which are a must for anyone visiting New Zealand.
Relax in some hot pools
New Zealand has plenty of natural thermal pools so you can relax and soak off some of the jetlag. Visit Rotorua in the North Island, or Hanmer Springs in the South island and spend the day detoxing and switching between hot and cold rock pools.
There’s no better country for those who like to get outdoors, and in New Zealand you can go skiing in the morning and be on the beach an hour and a half later. With some of the best hiking in the world, you also won’t need to watch out for bears or poisonous animals while enjoying the scenery.