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Your guide to New Zealand

Let’s talk about New Zealand; an island region in the Pacific Ocean that consists out of two large sized islands (North and South) and a few smaller isles. The area is famous for its stunning nature subsisting of glaciers, highlands, rain forests, rock formations, lakes, geysers, and volcanos.

There are plenty of things to do and explore in the island region. And, if you’re planning on heading over there in the future; you’re probably looking for some additional inspiration. The following ideas and tips will aid you in maximizing the most out of your next trip to New Zealand! Let’s get started.

A wide variety of cities: Wellington, Queenstown, and Auckland

If you’re in a bit of a time crunch, you’d probably want to know which cities would be most worth to visit. Look no further, these three are a must.

Each city in New Zealand has its own unique character and identity – making it almost impossible to not fall in love at first sight. For many, Auckland is the first city to arrive to. Mostly because of the presence of Auckland Airport. The city is famous for its importance in arts, education, as well as trade.

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city and it has much to offer. Be it food, exploring the coastal hinterland, or experiencing a real cosmopolitan city – Auckland is the place to be. Here’s a small list of places to visit when you’re in the area:

  • Central Business District (CBD): lively centrum filled with commerce, offices, cafés and much more.
  • Eden: it takes about 10 – 15 minutes to arrive at the foot of the volcano (which is climbable!)
  • Mission Bay, Kohimarama, or Stanley Bay: several swimming beaches to surf or relax at.

Since Auckland is the largest city within the island region there are also plenty of activities to book ranging from cave exploration to boat trips.

Then there’s Queenstown: the adventure capital of the world! This alpine region is known for being used as THE set of Lord of the Rings. Queenstown is, as its name suggests, a town rather than a large city. And, carries a pleasant and easy-going vibe.

Now for the adventure part; in Queensland you’ll be able to reach insane altitudes to bungee-jump from, swing over (at Nevis Swing), skydive, paraglide, and mountain bike from. You could also decide to explore its wonderful nature by visiting the Queenstown Gardens (a botanic garden) or Arrowtown (an historical village at the Arrow river).

Finally: Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Known as Windy Wellington due to its turbulent weather conditions, Wellington is the place you just can’t miss out on.

If you’re into museums, you’ll definitely dig Te Papa (“Our Place”). However, if you’re not, you would probably still enjoy exploring its amazing collection. The museum is free to enter and huge in size as it consists out of 6 floors in total.

As the capital of culture there is plenty to explore in Wellington. Of course, its main streets – Willis Street, Cuba Street, and Courtenay Place – are filled with restaurants, bars, and café’s. Climbing Mount Victoria allows for a breath-taking view of the city. And, then there’s Wellywood at the peninsula Miramar that has gained its booming popularity due to the film industry.

Activities in New Zealand

New Zealand is an adventurous place and allows for an insane amount of adventures and explorations. To bring you some inspiration, here is a list of a few things to activities to spend your time on:

  • Spotting whales, sharks, and dolphins on an Eco-boat.
  • Kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, and surfing.
  • Sky walking, skydiving, bungee-jumping, ziplining, etc.
  • Wine tasting, dining, and recreational tours.
  • Visit the bird island: Titirangi Matangi.
  • Various cruises and boat trips.
  • Gondola and ferry rides(!)
  • And, much more…

Visiting New Zealand at the right moment

To avoid mass tourism and still enjoy comfortable temperatures; the best period to visit New Zealand is definitely around February to March, or October to November.

In February and March, temperatures may soar to 25°C and up as the seasons are reversed. As for October and November; New Zealand enjoys average temperatures between 17 °C and 21°C.

Some additional fun-facts before you go

Every country has its own do’s, don’ts, and fun-facts. Most of the time you will figure these out on your own when visiting a place. However, it’s always fun to be prepared:

  • Tipping is not common.
  • You can only purchase alcohol when you’re over 18.
  • There are no snakes.
  • It’s one of the world’s least populated islands.

Well, there you have it –some inspiration for your next trip to New Zealand. To be honest, it’s an impossible task to inform you about the island’s endless possibilities.