A Maori feast and haka in Rotorua at Tamaki Maori Village culture. Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa; the geothermal activity hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools there. Rotorua is a hit bed of volcanic activity, you can smell the sulphur in the air in the town. The buried village (from a previous volcanic eruption) is fascinating & if you can fit in a flight over the volcano you'll have the full experience.
Is a beautiful city with a lovely marina area with nice restaurants. If you take a sailng trip into the bay all the better. You can abseil down that tower if you want to.
Lake Taupo: Tongarino Crossing 1 day trek.
White Island volcano.
Glow worms caves: North Island Waitomo, South Island Queenstown by boat.
Wellington: Beautiful city
Queenstown: Beautiful town in stunning location. Jetboating e.g. Shotover experience/Gondola/lake trip
Fjordland: Te Anau: boat trips to the fjords (Milford Sound)
Lake Tekapo: Great Lake Vista
Kaikoura (or Pahia): Dolphin swimming/encounters.
Mount Cook glacier: Landing on it in a fixed wing plane/Franz Josef/Fox glacier.
Tranz Alpine Railway from Christchurch to Greymouth
Nelson: Abel Simble N. P. Whalewatching/trekking.
Paiha: Bay of Islands: Driving along long beach, boat trips if every variety, tall ship sailing, overnight houseboat, Maori canoe with almost naked maori 'warriors' & an initiation into some of their rituals, dolphin swims.
Stewart island: Kiwis
I would have said Christchurch but heaven knows what's left of the poor city.
Opps, I'm cheating; That's more than 10, don't limit yourself. Have a look at these guys, they have it sussed. http://www.magicbus.co.nz/?/activities-accommodation/listings/ almost 7 years ago
Nice list Hilary!
I would had to add Milford Sound in the South Island as well.
Also If you're into wine, visit the Marlborough region, best Sav blancs in the world I reckon.
NZ is pretty small (to an Australian!) and easy to travel around, you'd be amazed how much you could fit in without rushing too much. almost 7 years ago
We have changed our dates from march to right after Christmas and into the new year. We realize this is a busier time, how should we adjust our trip?
Do hotels require two night reservations for new years?
Should we get out of the big towns on new years to avoid the craziness, or should we join in the public party?
We are flying in to Auckland and out of Christchurch, does that route suggest anything as far as itinerary?
Any other suggestions are appreciated, thanks! over 6 years ago
New Zealand is still on my wish list, but there's a place called Hokitika I've been wanting to visit ever since I learned about it: https://www.tripping.com/blog/blog/2011/09/02/visiting-hokitika-new-zealand/ from a fellow Tripper. over 6 years ago
You should have kept it as March - then you could have come to the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival! over 6 years agoAnswered by Bex via WorldNomads.com