Your NZ Summer Fun List
Been to far off destinations in the Northern Hemisphere, but never been to New Zealand? First time travelling outside of Oz? Regardless of where you’re at in your travel bucket-list, NZ surely deserves a coveted spot.
Let’s start with these 10 excellent reasons to visit NZ in the summertime.
Rafting in Rotorua
Into water sports? Get rafting in Rotorua and conquer the Tutea Falls, the highest commercially raftable waterfall in the world. You could also try zorbing down the grassy knolls of Mt Ngongotaha, or give white water sledging a go—what’s sledging you ask? If you’re a ‘try anything once’ kinda traveller, get ready to legit boogie-board your way down some incredible rapids.
Cruise the Bay of Islands
Spend 24 hours sailing the 144 islands that make up the stunning Bay of Islands. Grab a snorkel and dive in to explore the archipelago up close. With any luck you’ll swim with dolphins, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a insta-worthy Pacific sunset to remember.
Gondola Up, Cycle down in Queenstown
Hit up Queenstown Bike Park where you’ll take a scenic gondola ride up Queenstown’s mountain ranges then choose from over 30 kms of trails to find your way back down. With trail names such as ‘Slippery Ninja’ and ‘Huck Yeah’, you’re bound to come away with some tales to tell.
Bungy Jump Queenstown
Known as the birthplace of bungy jumping, if there was ever a time to throw yourself off a ledge for kicks, this is it. Not only can you bungy in Queenstown, there’s different heights, locations and styles. Take the Kawarau Bridge for a 43m dip or brave the Nevis Bungy with a 134m drop.
Sunset at Lake Wakatipu
After all the action soaked adventure, give your adrenals a moment to zen out, catching the epic skies over Lake Wakatipu at sunset with The Remarkables iconic mountain range in the back drop.
Franz Josef Glacier
One New Zealand’s most famed natural wonders. Reach the glacier by helicopter then take a hike through the epic ice formations, or, check out the scenery from below on a quad bike adventure though the rainforest underneath the rugged Southern Alps.
Local Wine and Craft Beer
So you’ve heard NZ has a bit of wine scene? From Auckland to Otago, there’s plenty of the good stuff. Ferry across the Cook Strait through Marlborough Sounds and taste some of the world’s best Sauvignon blanc. More of a beer drinker? Check out the avantgarde Garage Project Brewery in Wellington.
The kind of NZ setting you picture in your head—Milford Sound is surely the country’s most breathtaking displays. Cruise onto the deep dark waters and marvel at the mountain peaks that engulf the lake. Kayak or take a scenic flight over the fiordlands.
Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park
So you’ve cruised, bungeed, cycled, helicoptered and hiked your way around the country, but there’s always time for a paddle. Especially when you’ve got the chance of meeting the resident New Zealand fur seals and take in even more insta-worthy vistas.
Connect with your inner hippy
Sure, we know hugging trees is hardly adrenaline inducing, but laying eyes on the Kauri tree will blow your mind, Tāne Mahuta, the the world’s largest surviving kauri tree spans over 51 metres high with a 4.4 metre diameter. It’ll sure give your indoor pot-plant obsession a run for its foliage. Check out these ancient trees on the North Island in the rainforest of Waipoua.
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