Must See Attractions In New Zealand
Every year, millions of travellers flock to New Zealand, not for it’s award winning wine, mouthwatering cuisine or adrenaline pumping adventure, they come here for the view. A land of unspeakably stunning beauty, New Zealand is filled with must see attractions. With imposing glaciers, dramatic mountain ranges, vast creeping forests and an untouched, untamed coastline, New Zealand’s landscape is as diverse as it is splendid. The challenge then falls to you, to try and see it all before your trip comes to an end. Luckily, we’re on hand to offer you our list of must see attractions around New Zealand and a few suggestions.
North Island Attractions
A land of astounding natural beauty, where geothermal activity has birthed, vast and pristine beaches, active volcanos, hot springs and fertile farmland. The cradle of early life, with a proud Maori culture and some of the best things to do in New Zealand.
The Lake Taupo region is where the world comes to play. With New Zealand’s top tourist attractions and adventure activities in an incredible setting, you’re going to love your stay in the Lake Taupo area.
Lake Taupo is home to the world famous Huka Falls. Said to be one of New Zealand’s landmark destinations, and certainly one of its most visited, the Huka Falls are not to be missed.
The most impressive part of any visit to Huka Falls, is watching incredible cliff top waterflow. The volume of water varies from day to day, causing the height of the falls to fluctuate between 7 and 9.5 metres. Although constantly changing, we suggest you visit Huka Falls anytime of the year to enjoy this magnificent sight.
Lake Taupo Activities
Hold on tight as you explore New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. The Hukafalls Jets are the only jet boat operator allowed to deliver you right to the foot of the majestic Huka Falls. FIND OUT MORE >
Nowhere in the world will you enjoy such a thrill with such a great view. Set in the Waikato River Valley, you’ll fall head over heels for Taupo Bungy. FIND OUT MORE >
Taupo Tandem Skydiving
You’ll love the view from 15,000 feet above the beautiful Taupo, on New Zealand's North Island. Strap in and get ready for the ride of your life with Taupo Tandem Skydiving. FIND OUT MORE >
An area of outstanding natural beauty, Rotorua is a New Zealand destination just waiting to be discovered.
Looking for Rotorua’s most family friendly attractions? Make your first stop Agrodome. A unique New Zealand farm experience with fun and interactive attractions like the world-famous farm show, interactive nursery and adorable petting zoo.
Buried just beneath Rotorua, is a primeval geothermal power that still amazes tourists and locals alike. With hot pools, mud baths and the Miri Miri massage, visit the, Hells Gate geothermal spa and experience the power for yourself.
Voted the best geothermal landmark in New Zealand, by TripAdvisor, Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a sight not to be missed. Explore the geothermal spectacle with a walking tour or boat cruise.
South Island Attractions
Home to lakes, mountains, ski slopes and glaciers, the dramatic natural landscape of New Zealand’s South Island makes it one of the top sightseeing destinations on earth.
Franz Josef Glacier
No trip to South Island is complete without visiting New Zealand’s most impressive glacier Franz Josef.
Named after Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, and standing at 2700m above sea level, Franz Josef Glacier stretches from the Westland National Park all the way to the Southern Alps. The very best way to explore the imposing natural structure is with a guided tour.
Explore the glacier with Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Franz Josef Glacier Guides offer a number of different touring options to help you explore one of the top tourist attractions in New Zealand.
Glacier Heli Hike
Flying high above the Franz Josef Glacier is the very best way to experience the true majesty of this ice giant. You will begin your journey to one of the most impressive landmarks in New Zealand with a scenic helicopter flight. Take in the breathtaking landscape as you travel over the forests, lakes and valleys, and above snowcapped mountain peaks. The touch down on the ice terrain, ready to explore the extraordinary glacier. Book Now >
Glacier Valley Walk
Over the three hour walk, you will be guided along the valley floor to the foot of the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. On your tour you will learn about the area's geological makeup, ancient history and rich culture. A great walk suitable for most people with average fitness and abilities, this easy-going guided tour will not take you on to the ice, but will get you nice and close. Book Now >
Fiordland National Park
Established in 1952, The Fiordland National Park is as diverse, as it is beautiful. The distinctive landscape and breathtaking scenery make this World Heritage site one of new Zealand’s top tourist attractions.
Follow the Hollyford Track to experience the true majesty of the Fiordland National Park. From its snow covered mountain peaks and untouched rainforest, to its calm lakes and savage coastline, this hike is one of the best things to do in New Zealand.
You can see it all with Hollyford Track Guided Walks. Offer an all inclusive, three day walking tour. Under the guidance of the Hollyford Track team, you’ll enjoy a guided tour, delicious food and a comfortable stay at Fiordland lodges. Find Out More >
Mount Aspiring National Park
Home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain peaks, glacier filled lakes and pristine snowfields, Mt Aspiring National Park is an unmissable destination for tourists.
Dissecting the National Park is the winding Dart River. Take a trip along its babbling waters to fully explore the diverse landscape and rich ecology of the area.
Due to the river’s unique location and sensitivity of the local ecology, Dart River Jet is the only New Zealand company allowed to operate in these waters and your best bet for Dart River sightseeing opportunities.
Dart River Jet are based in Glenorchy, and offer two unique Dart River sightseeing options: Jet Boating and Kayaking.
The fastest way to travel down the Dart River is on board a wilderness jet boat. Journey deep into the ancient and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park, from the comfort of a speeding boat Dart River Wilderness Jet Boat.
Dart River Funyak Kayak
Explore the extraordinary environment of the Mt Aspiring National Park at your own pace as you paddle down the Dart River in an inflatable kayak.
New Zealand Helicopter Tours
If you’re short of time or if price isn’t a problem, a helicopter tour can be a great way to explore New Zealand’s best landmarks. Flying high above the stunning scenery, there’s no better way to experience New Zealand. Destinations across the country can be reached with ease, from valley floors to mountain tops, there’s nowhere a chopper can’t go.
Here are our recommendations for helicopter tours in New Zealand:
Heli Hike with Guided Walks New Zealand
Get more from a guided trek, with a sought after Heli Hike. The fleet of stateofthe-art choppers will enable you to explore much more of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations. With an expert guide and experienced pilot at your disposal, you can reach parts of the country and experience NZ like never before.
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
The Franz Josef Glacier is pride of the South Island and iconic New Zealand landmark, and the only way to experience the entire thing is with an unforgettable Heli Hike. From high above it, you can take in the alpine mountain peaks, stunning white snowfields and brilliant blue waters of the glacial lakes, before touching down on the glacier itself to begin your guided walk. Book A Glacier Heli Hike >
Just a short chopper ride from Queenstown is an incredible landscape covers in a blanket of brilliant white snow. Under expert supervision of your HeliSnowshoeing guide, you will be invited to strap on your snowshoes and start exploring. Book HeliSnowshoeing >
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