Open Beaches to Vast Mountain Views and Vineyards
The natural beauty of New Zealand makes it a popular destination for adventure vacations. From the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding the island nation to the majestic mountain peaks that serve as a stunning backdrop from coast to coast, New Zealand travel offers plenty of active adventures.
The remote location in the South Pacific offers some unique things to do in New Zealand. For instance, you can visit Great Barrier Island, the world’s third Dark Sky Sanctuary, to see the night sky in all its unobstructed glory. The secluded island features one of the best environment’s in the world.for viewing the Milky Way and other celestial sights.
If you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, you’ll want to add Bungy’s assortment of daredevil activities to your list of things to do in New Zealand. With heart racing active adventures like leaping from Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge or the Auckland Bridge or experiencing the world’s biggest catapult as you’re shot across the Nevis Valley, this is an adrenaline seeker’s dream. For a slightly less intense yet still exciting experience, you can also try zip lining at Kawarau or climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
A New Zealand vacation wouldn’t be complete without exploring the wonder of the Fiordland National Park. As the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks, Fiordland covers over 3 million acres of glacier-carved valleys, rivers and, of course, fiords that can be explored by boat, kayak or foot. Be sure to visit the picturesque Milford Sound at the northern end of the park to view what many consider one of the natural wonders of the world.
Other popular adventure trip ideas for a New Zealand vacation include river rafting or jet boating on Queenstown’s Shotover River and whale watching in Kaikoura, where you could see sperm whales, seals and dolphins.
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