One of the best things about New Zealand is that it’s full of surprises. It’s filled with a range of activities and adventures to suit every appetite. The only problem is trying to fit everything into one single trip. If you’re struggling to come up with a travel plan, we’re here to help with five things you definitely need to cross off your New Zealand bucket list.

punt-boat, New zealand, Image by skeeze from Pixabay
Punt Boat, New Zealand, Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Words: Colton Davis

  1. Go on a great walk or ride
    One of the main New Zealand attractions is the scenery. So something that should be on everyone’s bucket list is taking the time to really throw yourself in and enjoy the sights on offer. There’s no better way to do that than with one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. These are a range of easy tracks designed to take you through the best sites in New Zealand, including forests, lakes and rivers and of course, the famous mountain peaks. Want to take exploring into your own hands? We’d recommend hiking near Milford Sound, which was famously named by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world. Now, that’s a bucket list item to cross off!
Mount Ruapehu Mountains, New Zealand, Image by Holger Detje from Pixabay
Mount Ruapehu Mountains, New Zealand, Image by Holger Detje from Pixabay

2. Take the plunge with a bungee jump
If you’re a true adrenaline junkie, you can’t visit New Zealand without taking part in a bungee jump. If you’re looking for the best place to jump, try Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge. It will be an experience you will never forget!

3. See underwater treasures while diving or snorkelling
New Zealand is famous for its wildlife and sea life. What better way to experience this than by getting up close and personal with some of its underwater creatures? The Poor Knights Islands – located just off the east coast of the Northland region – are the perfect place to go snorkelling or diving in New Zealand. That’s because the islands were carved out of a series of volcanoes, leaving a set of gorgeous underwater arches and tunnels for you to explore.

4. Hike the Tongariro Crossing
You don’t need to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy some of New Zealand’s best tracks and trails. In fact, you can enjoy the day-long Tongariro Crossing, home to New Zealand’s oldest national park and world heritage site, with just an average level of fitness.

Quirky house, New Zealand, Image by StockSnap from Pixabay
Quirky house, New Zealand, Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

5. Journey into Middle Earth
What would New Zealand be without Lord Of The Rings? For fans looking to dive further into Middle Earth, there are several film locations you can travel to in order to immerse yourself into this world. In addition, why not visit the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, before heading to have a pint at the Green Dragon pub?

Whatever you plan to do in New Zealand, make sure you do your research first and stay safe out there, particularly for the thrill seekers out there! For more information and secret insider tips – including the one dish you need to try in New Zealand, Bluff Oysters – visit The Secret Traveller blog.

Have fun crossing off your New Zealand bucket list!