10 Awesome New Zealand Travel Ideas
10 Awesome New Zealand Travel Ideas

10 Awesome New Zealand Travel Ideas

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The Top Trip Ideas for New Zealand

Where to next?! New Zealand is blessed with diverse landscapes, so you can travel a mere couple of hours away and experience a completely new side of Aotearoa. If you’re looking for your next long-weekend getaway or have some time off work to take advantage of, then get these New Zealand travel ideas into your life’s itinerary! We’ve picked New Zealand trip ideas for both locals and international visitors alike.

1. Escape to the Far North to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach

A must-do trip for anyone living in Auckland or spending time on the North Island, the Far North has so much to experience! Feel your toes in the sand in the Bay of Islands, walk among the forest giants in the kauri forests, and head all the way to the top of the North Island to the Cape Reinga Lighthouse! Sandboarding down the sand dunes along Ninety Mile Beach is also mandatory. If you want to see it all in just a four-day trip, give Backyard Roadies a call.

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2. Experience Queenstown, the Adventure Capital

Not just the capital of adventure, Queenstown is the capital of all things to do! Sure, there’s bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting… But if you want to tour a winery or relax in a hot pool with sensational views, go right ahead. Queenstown has is all, therefore, it’s one of the easiest places to fill up a weekend trip in New Zealand.

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3. Hit the Waves in Raglan

Another easy getaway from Auckland, Hamilton and elsewhere on the North Island, Raglan is an effortlessly cool bohemian town with a surfing obsession. Get in on the action by taking a surf lesson or simply hitting the waves of Ngarunui Beach if you’re already a pro. Other highlights include Bridal Veil Falls and the town’s own version of the Pancake Rocks.

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4. Go on a Geothermal Journey in Rotorua

Experience the hypnotic power of bubbling mud in the literal hotspot of Rotorua. Packed with geothermal parks, the city and surrounding landscape are awash with steaming lakes, erupting geysers and hot pools of all sorts of crazy colours. A great place to start is at the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, but the list goes on in the 8 Best Geothermal Parks in New Zealand.

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5. Take a Road Trip to Milford Sound

If the North Island beaches and geothermal parks already discussed in this list of New Zealand travel ideas aren’t your vibe, then head south to the glacier-carved fiords of Milford Sound! Tucked away on the coast down one of New Zealand’s most beautiful roads, Milford Sound is a coastline of dramatic proportions. Catching a cruise is the most popular way to soak in the scenery. Experience it all as part of the South Island parcel that is the 10-Day South Island Adventure with Backyard Roadies.

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6. Relax in Lake Tekapo

If kicking back is more your style, then you might want to take a road trip to the little town of Lake Tekapo. Soothe your skin at Tekapo Springs while gazing over the lake’s vibrant blue waters. When night falls, experience the vivid picture of the stars in an International Dark Sky Reserve, either independently or as part of a stargazing tour.

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7. Explore the Beaches of the Coromandel

The Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island is home to some of New Zealand’s most iconic beaches, such as Cathedral Cove. See its white cliffs and coastal arch either by walking the trail or taking a kayak tour. Additionally, don’t miss Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand.

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8. Get Amongst the Glaciers in Franz Josef

It’s not just about heli-hiking onto a massive river of ice that makes a trip to Franz Josef worth it – although, that’s pretty cool; it’s about the incredible landscape that the glacier has left in its retreat. Kayak on the glacier-formed Lake Mapourika with its inky black waters reflecting the Southern Alps or hike up the glacier valley on the Franz Josef Glacier Walk.

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9. Enjoy a City Escape to Tauranga

New Zealand’s wilderness often steals all of the limelight, but there are some cool city escapes too. For instance, Tauranga, with its glistening harbour waters and expansive beaches, is not only kind on the eyes but kind on the wallet with free art galleries and cheap eats around the city. If you do want to treat yourself, however, join one of the many dolphin swimming, fishing and diving tours.

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10. Experience it All with Backyard Roadies!

If you can’t make your mind up, or you want to do all of the New Zealand travel ideas mentioned above, then jump on a tour with Backyard Roadies. They offer small-group tours of both the North and South Islands ranging from four to 10 days, allowing you to make the most of a long weekend or any extra leave you have from work. Starting planning your backyard adventure on the Backyard Roadies website.

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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