TOp 10 Best Things to do in New Zealand

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#1

lupin hunting in lake tekapo

Why we love it

Because we can't get enough of these pink and purple pointed flowers especially the ones with background of beautiful Lake Tekapo. This is a fairly easy trip from Queenstown on New Zealand's south island (it's about halfway between Queenstown and Christchurch) but you have to visit during the spring and summer seasons in New Zealand from September - February.  The lupins in Lake Tekapo are best in late November.


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#2

Queenstown

Why we love it

Because Queenstown is the cutest little town nestled among the Remarkables Mountain Range on the crystal blue Lake Wakatipu. It really feels like you are at the end of the world here - and if you take the 45 minute drive west to Glenorchy you really are. At least at the end of a civilized road. There is plenty to do in Queenstown especially if you like adrenaline activities like zip lining or sky diving but there is also a lot to do outside of the city like wine tasting in the Central Otago region, taking a flight to the Milford Sound, heading south to Te Anau or North to Lake Wanaka.


Why We Love iT

Because if you're visiting New Zealand you are probably spending a lot of time outdoors and on the move and this is the perfect way to relax. These onsen hot pools are just about 15 minutes outside of Queenstown overlooking a beautiful river valley and mountains and they provide the perfect downtime for a busy trip. 

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#3

onsen hot pools


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#4

Stay on a working farm

Why we love it

Because there are so many sheep in New Zealand it only makes sense to stay among them for a few nights. There are a number of luxury lodges scattered across New Zealand and a few of them also happen to be located on working farms which adds a fun element to your hotel stay.


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#5

take a small plane

Why we love it

Because there is so much to see from the air in New Zealand. We took a flight to the Milford Sound from Queenstown but I preferred the views from the air more in the North like flying into Wellington. There are so many peninsulas and small islands scattering into the sea that this really is a country meant to be seen from the sky. It also depends a lot on where you are flying over.  In the South you'll see so many snow covered mountain ranges but in the North it will feel much more tropical.


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#6

road trip

Why we love it

Chances are you'll find yourself driving at some point and New Zealand is such a beautiful country to explore in a car. By skipping around from city to city you'll miss all of the beautiful scenery in beautiful in between, much of which you won't even find in travel guides.


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#7

take a break at the beach

Why we love it

New Zealand is all coastline being an island and there are many different beaches depending on what you are looking for. Many of the more traditional beaches are in the North Island where the climate is semi-tropical like the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Peninsula. 


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#8

eat a lot of lamb

Why we love it

Lamb is no joke in New Zealand. You can find it on pretty much any menu served so many different ways. Two standouts for us were lamb ribs and shoulder but with so many good options, you can't really go wrong with any lamb order.


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#9

wine tasting

Why we love it

New Zealand wine tasting is really beginning to come into it's own. Our favorite wines were from the Central Otago region outside of Queenstown which blew us away with surprisingly delicious French style Pinot Noir's but we also loved Waiheke Island for a day trip from Auckland and Hawke's Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island which felt just like Napa Valley


Why we love it

Rotorua is steeped in Maori history and we loved learning more about the culture of the indigenous people of New Zealand. Outside the town of Rotorua are a few geothermal parks where you can explore the hot pools and thermal activity. We loved all the colors of the water - the smell, not so much. This area is also only a few hours from Auckland so it makes for an easy driving trip and stop if you are heading East to Hawke's Bay or South towards Wellington and the South Island.

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#10

maori history and

geothermal pools