Top 5 must do New Zealand experiences

  • Bunnik Tours
  • 21 Jul 20

There’s no doubt that Australia’s ‘Tasman cousin’ New Zealand is an impeccably beautiful country. With spectacular fjords, impressive nature parks, and captivating caves, there’s a never-ending list of things to discover. It can be hard to know where to start with so much beauty on offer here, that’s why we have compiled our top 5 must do experiences of New Zealand, allowing you to get the best of the best on your next holiday here.

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1.        Waitomo Cave glow worms

Said to be one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, the Waitomo Cave houses a magical array of thousands of tiny sparkling glow worms. Being split in to two levels, you can experience the glow worm grotto both by foot and boat. In the upper dry chamber, is where you’ll explore by foot and find delicate cave formations. Take a boat ride through the lower chamber to uncover the serene atmosphere of a spectacular cave decorated in living lights. What is extra special about this experience, is many of the guides here are descendants of the first Māori chief who originally explored the cave. They are truly able to bring the experience to life as they explain the ancient history and legends of this cave and its glowing inhabitants.

 

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2.      Hangi dinner

The Māori people are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand; their culture is an integral part of life in New Zealand, where it is integrated into everything from food to language. One of the best ways to learn about and be immersed in this fascinating culture is by visiting a Māori village and enjoying a traditional Māori Hangi dinner. Made with a centuries-old technique of steaming meat and vegetables in the ground over volcanic rocks, Hangi is a delectable feast made to bring people together and a must-try in New Zealand!

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3.      Tranzalpine Train

Not only is the Tranzalpine train a convient way travel across New Zealand, it is also described as one of the greatest train journeys in the world due to its stunning scenery.  Travelling between Christchurch and Greymouth, the Tranzalpine boasts views through the spectacular Southern Alps, as well as the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River and native beech forest. Taking just over 5 hours and traversing 223 kilometres, this is the train journey of a lifetime!

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4.      Lake Taupo

Located in the North Island of New Zealand, Lake Taupo was created thousands of years ago by a volcanic eruption so large the skies across the globe in Europe and China were darkened. There is still evidence of the geothermal activity here with the geysers at the nearby Craters of the Moon, as well as the warm water currents at some of the local beaches. Taking a boat out on Lake Taupo will help you experience the unique Māori rock carvings in Mine Bay. Hailed as one of New Zealand’s most remarkable contemporary art pieces, the Māori rock carvings were crafted by carver Matahi Brightwell from 1976 – 1980. The exceptional detail of these impressive carvings makes it easy to see why they have become one of the North Island’s most popular attractions and a must see on your visit.

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5.       Skyline Gondola in Queenstown

Take in the extraordinary views over Queenstown as you ride 450 metres above the city and Lake Wakatipu, on the steepest cable lift car in the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll enjoy a breathtaking 220-degree panorama view over Queenstown as well as Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and Walter and Cecil Peaks as you ride towards Bob’s Peak. At the top you can enjoy a drink at the bar, ride the luge, have a delectable meal, and look to the stars as you finish your visit with an awe-striking stargazing tour.  

 

If you'd like to find out about some more must-see experiences in New Zealand, read up on the impressive Wai-o-tapu thermal wonderland and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

You can find more about Bunnik Small Group tour to New Zealand here.

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