The walk between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea only takes a measly four hours on the Coast-to-Coast Walk. Find out more things to do in Auckland Region Guide for Backpackers.
Dunedin is famous for its wildlife encounters on the Otago Peninsula, as well as its gothic architecture. Find out more things to do in Dunedin Guide For Backpackers.
A short drive from Whangarei leads you to the Whangarei Falls, which is often referred to as the most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand.
4. New Plymouth
New Plymouth is the closest city to the Egmont National Park, a perfectly circular reserve as seen from above. Find out more in New Plymouth – Guide for Backpackers
The city is the worlds gateway to the Arctic, with a research centre from many different countries like the US, Italy and, of course, New Zealand. Most Arctic exploration missions leave from Christchurch. For more things to do, check out Christchurch City Guide for Backpackers.
Hamilton is the core of the Waikato region steeped in Maori history. In the city, the best way to learn more is in the Waikato Museum. Additionally, Hamilton makes a great base for road trips to Hobbiton, Raglan and Waitomo. Find out more in Hamilton – Guide for Backpackers
The southernmost capital of the world hides many Lord of the Rings locations in its surroundings, as well as being the home of the world-famous Weta Studio that created the digital effects for both Tolkien trilogies amongst many other blockbuster movies. Find out more in Wellington City Guide for Backpackers.