However, there are times when you need inspiration — especially when a country is full of amazing places to choose from. One of those locations is New Zealand, which has so many exciting things to do and places to visit that you may need some guidance on where to start.
The good news is that we have you covered! This is Feet Do Travel’s list of some must-see places to add to your New Zealand bucket list.
Are you a fan of The Lord of the Rings? Or maybe you’re just a fan of movies in general? Whatever your passion, Hobbiton outside the Waikato town of Matamata is a must-see location for those who want to see the Shire from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. It’s an immersive fantasy village that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling with kids or adults — people of all ages can enjoy Hobbiton!
2. Enjoy a Natural Hot Tub
At Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula, visitors can create their very own makeshift hot tub by visiting the beach at low-tide and digging a hole in the sand. The hole will then fill with geothermally heated water which can be enjoyed at your leisure. So dig, then sit back and relax in this outdoor luxury experience!
3. Explore New Zealand via the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This nine-hour trek is the most famous day walk in New Zealand — and it’s not hard to see why. Those who take part in the trek can expect to absorb a large selection of sights and landmarks, including volcanic areas and crater lakes.
Once described as the eighth wonder of the world by British journalist and novelist Rudyard Kipling, Milford Sound is a tranquil space which offers clear waters, waterfalls, and wildlife to create one of the most peaceful locations in New Zealand.
5. Bounce Back with Some Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping can seem like a generic bucket list experience to some adrenaline junkies, but it’s worth noting that New Zealand was the first country to introduce bungee jumping commercially! So it makes sense that New Zealand is home to some of the best jumps available, with locations including the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the Kawarau River.
6. Experience Glow Worms in Waitomo Caves
Visiting the Waitomo Caves is truly an experience that you can only do in New Zealand, as these glow worms don’t live anywhere else in the world! Enjoy the natural wonder of glow worms, which provide the guiding light as you explore these dark caves. You can take a walking tour, boat tour, or even ziplining!
For nature lovers, one of the main appeals of New Zealand is that the glaciers can be explored with a fair amount of ease. Fox Glacier can be trekked, whereas those wanting to see the Franz Josef Glacier can only do so via helicopter. Both are exciting options that will leave you with some breathtaking sights.
8. Witness the Tane Mahuta
New Zealand isn’t short of natural wonders, and the Tane Mahuta is no exception. Waipoua Forest in Northland is home to the largest kauri tree in the world, which is said to be over 2,500 years old.
9. Enjoy Adventure in Queenstown
Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is the place to be if you want your blood pumping and adrenaline racing. This quaint town is especially popular for skiing and snowboarding, so explore different Queenstown ski packages to get the best winter sport experience that the country has to offer.
10. Go Diving or Snorkelling and Explore the Poor Knights Islands
Those looking to get close to the sea life of New Zealand can enjoy the sights of whales, dolphins, and fish while exploring the carved out remains of ancient volcanoes.
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