I'm travelling to NZ in January 13 with my wife and 9 year old daughter. We plan on travelling for three weeks and would like to see both Islands. I'd like to put together a list of no more than 10 must see/ do items. What I have so far is Milford Sound, Fox glacier, museum of NZ, Lake Tekapo, Paihia.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
The South Island is filled with must see spots, like the answer above. The top of the South Island is also great - Takaka, Waipoupou Springs, the West Coast. If you go to Queenstown, also check out Central Otago. Tis wonderful.
In the North Island, Castle Point in the Wairarapa is great. For a great city, check out Wellington. Epitomises the best of NZ city living - nice and cultural.
All the best! about 8 years ago
North Island: Rotorua (boiling mud pools)
Karangahake Gorge (old railway tunnels to explore, feed the eels)
Raglan (black volcanic sand beaches, the surfing lessons are great for kids, Karamu trail has great two hour horse trek rides)
Waitomo caves (glow worms in dark caves, experienced from a boat)
Kayaking on the Waikato river (check out the Boatshed café and Kayaks, Karapiro on the web) my 9 and 12 year olds loved the glowworm kayaking trip in the dark, plus campfire.
Auckland is really only good for a day..... Stroll the harbor and look at the $$$$ boats about 8 years ago
Wellington is definitely worth an overnight.
Queens town is beautiful, but a real tourist show
I recommend staying in the Arrowtown area, just near Queenstown. There is a wonderful resort there called Millbrook. I have stayed there several times. Not inexpensive, but reasonable. about 8 years ago
- Kawarau bridge for bungee jumping
-Walter peak station on lake wakatipu
- pancake rocks, punakaiki
- te papa museum in Wellington
- hula falls
- craters of the moon
- hokianga Harbour, home a a gigantic sand dune
- kawakawa toilets
- kerikeri mission station
These in addition to all the others given by others; of course you will need a month or so(smile)! about 8 years ago