Here are another 10 reasons why you should visit New Zealand – because New Zealand is awesome like that. Of course there are many, MANY more reasons why you should visit New Zealand, but these were some more of our favorites!
Check out our first post on WHY you should visit New Zealand!
1. Fly a plane in Wanaka
This was definitely Joren’s highlight of our trip! He flew for 20+ minutes over lake Wanaka and was even able to do the take-off and landing all by himself – and that for his first time! Couldn’t have been a prouder girlfriend!!
If you’re staying in Wanaka, we recommend everyone take this opportunity! It is so much fun and you get some spectacular views from Wanaka (and beyond).
2. River rafting in Rotorua
If you’re going to go river rafting in New Zealand, definitely do it in Rotorua!! It is such a fun and awesome experience that you’d want to do it over and over again. Also, it’s home to world’s highest commercial waterfall! Our guide Drax was the craziest and silliest of them all. First, he made us believe there were 7m long eels in the water and it was mating season – makes you not want to fall into the water haha!
3. Geothermal springs in Rotorua
Rotorua is well known for all its geothermal activity. You can take natural mud baths, jacuzzies, facials, etc. in one of their many spa’s. However, we just walked around the area to find some geothermal activity. We didn’t have to walk far until we found a lot! I must say, it doesn’t have the greatest smell haha, but you kind of get used to it after a while.
4. Eat a Hangi
Now you may wonder, WHAT is a hangi? Well, it’s the Maori’s traditional way of cooking.
We didn’t expect much when we saw they were putting ALL of the ingredients (potatoes, vegetables, fish, chicken, etc.) at once in the ground and told us it would be ready in 2 hours. After 2 hours of waiting, we had the chance to eat our very first hangi… WHICH TASTED AMAZING!!! Everything was well cooked, delicious and FULL of flavour. It’s a special way of having your dinner and definitely a must when visiting New Zealand.
5. Gollum’s Pool, National Park
If you ever want to see some of the places where the Lord of The Rings movies were filmed, the National Park is your go-to place! It’s HUGE!! We visited Gollum’s Pool, where Smeagel catches a fish and is singing at the forbidden pool.
In National Park you can also do the Tongariro crossing and see Mount Doom! Oh and if you remember from our previous post, it’s also one of the best places to catch the milky way at night!!
6. Go back in time in Russel
Whilst you are visiting the Bay of Islands, definitely take a boat ride over to Russel. Russel is a very cute, quiet and small town. So why should you visit Russel? Besides having a lovely walk and cup of tea in the sun, it actually used to be like the Tortuga from the Pirates of the Caribbean! It was THE place to be hahaha!! Fun fact, New Zealand’s very first liquor license was handed to the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russel AND you can visit the hotel to see the original license framed up on the wall.
7. The Bay of Islands
We actually spent Christmas in the Bay of Islands, the very first time we had warm weather on Christmas!
We recommend doing a day trip to Cape Reinga where you can go sand boarding and of course also see the beautiful scenery in the most northern part of New Zealand that you can get to. We also highly recommend doing the “Hole in the Rock”-tour!! On the way you see stunning scenery AND lots dolphins! The dolphins love putting on a show for everyone! 😀 If you’re lucky, you will be able to see some whales too. 🙂
8. Fergburgers in Queenstown
Hands down THE BEST burger place on earth!! Words can’t even tell you how delicious they are! Joren and I loved them so much we actually went twice in our 3 days in Queenstown hahaha! It is so popular that at any given time in the day, they have a big que outside, everyone just waiting in line to get one of these fresh and delicious hamburgers! The vibe there is really fun too, the atmosphere of the workers was so nice to see – singing and dancing and cheering everyone up!
9. Bungy jump in Queenstown
New Zealand is home to bungy jumping! It was actually invented here by AJ Hackett. You can bungy jump at world’s very FIRST bungy jump at the Kawarau bridge! Or you can simply just stand by the side and watch people bungy jump, if the thrill isn’t for you! 🙂 As Joren and I were already going to do the Fox Canyon and the Fox Swing, we opted for the zipline – it was fun, but we like more thrill haha. It is interesting to go though because you can also learn more about bungy and how/when it started!
10. Milford Sound
And lastly, Milford Sound, again. Honestly, we don’t even have to try and convince you how stunning it is. The pictures say it all.
Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a lovely week!