Did you see that Ikea recently made an epic mistake! They were selling a world map in the US, without the country of New Zealand being depicted. So, we thought that this week’s #PrePartureThursday we would share all our favourite activities and experiences available on the North and South Island of New Zealand. We came up with so many items that it turned into a bucket list.

Have you already visited New Zealand or is it on your destination wish list?

If you have visited the home of the Mauri’s before, let us know how many you have already done and whether we have missed anything that should be added. Feel free to make this list grow and grow.

On the other hand, if you visiting New Zealand soon, we hope this inspires you and if you have any questions, ask them in the comment section below.

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New Zealand Bucket List

Ø  See the All Blacks Rubgy Team play

Ø  Drive 90 mile beach

Ø  Hug Tane Mahuta, the giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest

Ø  Go zorbing, if you dare!

Ø  Take the ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island and drink wine

Ø  Dig yourself a hot tub at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula

Ø  Go glow-worm caving at Waitomo Caves

Ø  Ride the Wellington Cable Car to the Botanical Gardens

Ø  Take a surf class in Raglan

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Ø  Climb sea cliffs as Castlepoint

Ø  Cross the famous Crook Strait by ferry, either to or from the North Island.

Ø  Plan a kayaking adventure in Abel Tasman National Park

Ø  Brave the SkyWalk, in New Zealand’s capital city, Auckland

Ø  Hike the Fox Glacier in Franz Josef

Ø  Relax with a movie in Wanaka, at Cinema Paradiso. The wacky cinema is filled with a variety of comfy sofas and armchairs.

Ø  Visit the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, in Wellington

You’re about half way though this epic bucket list. As you can see New Zealand has lots of amazing outdoor adventures waiting for you. Which one sounds the most exciting?

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Ø  Star gaze near Lake Tekapo for a view of pure clarity

Ø  Bungee jump or ski in Queenstown, depending on the time of year.

Ø  Stand in the presence of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mount Cook (12,218 feet)

Ø  Spot a whale in Kaikoura

Ø  Be amazed by Hakua Falls in Taupo

New Zealand is a great country to start implementing an eco-friendly travel lifestyle. You can get some easy to follow tips and life hacks at ‘How to become an Eco-Traveller.’

Ø  Visit New Zealand’s third island, Stewart Island, and cage dive with great white sharks

Ø  Speed across the Southern Alps at Arthur’s Pass, via the Transalpine train

Ø  Become a master hiker on the Queens Charlotte Trail. It’s 43 miles long and passes through the gorgeous and not to be missed Marlborough Sounds.

Ø  Witness the Southern lights aka Aurora Australis

Ø  Experience WWOOFing, live on an organic farm and learn about sustainable agriculture. In return, you’ll get free accommodation and food.

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Ø  Sky dive in Taupo

Ø  Visit Milford Sound, described as “the eighth wonder of the world.”

Ø  Hike the 12 mile volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Crossing

Ø  In Dunedin, walk/run up or down Baldwin Street. It the World’s steepest street

Ø  Visit a spa in Rotoura, cover your body in the mud that is produced in the geothermal pools

Ø  Experience Maori Culture and participate in the hangi dinner, which is food cooked in the ground

Ø  Become a hobbit when you visit Hobbiton, don’t forget to visit the Green Dragon for a beer. (If you read the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit books, then you will be interested in our 6 Book Challenge: To Inspire Wanderlust.. Literature really is a great inspiration!

 

We hope, that this PreParture Thursday post has you feeling inspired to explore the award winning  New Zealand. Don’t forget to tell us your favourite New Zealand activities below in the comments section.