Top 10 Things to do in New Zealand, New Zealand
New Zealand (/njuːˈziːlənd/ ( listen); Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
1. Sky Tower
4.5 based on 10590 reviews
Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, this tower is more than 300 metres high. Offering stunning views, along with award winning restaurants, a gift shop and an opportunity to push your limits by walking the outside of the viewing platforms, or by jumping off from 192 metres above Auckland's CBD. Off Peak Season - (1st May - 31st Oct) 9:00am - 10:00pm daily - Last tickets sold at 9:30pm Peak Season - (1st Nov - 30th Apr) Sun - Thurs: 8:30am - 10:30pm - Last tickets sold at 10:00pm Fri & Sat: 8:30am - 11:30pm - Last tickets sold at 11:00pm
Reviewed By DiscerningTourist - Nottingham, United KingdomNottingham, United Kingdom
Great views of the city day & night
What fantastic views we experienced whilst visiting the Skytower both day and night. Having bought a 24 hour pass we visited in both daylight and at night-time and it enabled us to obtain a great orientation of the city. Was impressed too by the choice of
2. Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
4.5 based on 1687 reviews
Reviewed By peter2780 - Blue Mountains, AustraliaBlue Mountains, Australia
Watch the road
Great scenery for the passenger, but a road that demands the driver's attention - narrow in many places, winding crests, short and blind curves. And as par for the course, single lane with not much scope for overtaking.If you have time, keep driving past
3. Queenstown Garden
4.5 based on 3098 reviews
Reviewed By mebates00 - Belfast, United KingdomBelfast, United Kingdom
Stunning autumn colour!
Fabulous colours everywhere. The perfect day made the reflections on the lake magical! Parking is challenging but worth some hassle to enjoy nature at her best.
4. Mount Eden
4.5 based on 3585 reviews
A trip up the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland offers striking views of the downtown area and harbor.
Reviewed By Nicholas T - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
Worth the Effort
Drove here on our way to Rotorua and were glad we did. Views of Auckland and surrounds were excellent. The crater to the extinct volcano is huge. Definitely worth the effort to go there. You need to have a degree of fitness as it is a bit of a climb from
5. Auckland War Memorial Museum
4.5 based on 6246 reviews
Discover the history and culture of New Zealand through this memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in wartime.
Reviewed By 494PatriciaS - Monmouth Junction, New JerseyMonmouth Junction, New Jersey
Impressive Collection of WWI and WWII Artifacts
We were surprised at the extensive collection of memorabilia and exhibits documenting all the wars New Zealanders participated in, and the roles played by other countries who helped defend New Zealand — such as the U.S., Canada and the U.K. There is an im
6. Queenstown Hill
4.5 based on 1411 reviews
Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, TexasBellaire, Texas
A great Kodak moment in Queenstown
AS you drive from the airport towards the center of town, you come to this place with gorgeous views of the lake, the neighborhoods on the opposite side of the lake and the more distant mountain ranges. It is beautiful views and lovely country
7. TranzAlpine Train
4.5 based on 3128 reviews
The TranzAlpine is a long-distance train between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Unlike normal passenger trains, the TranzAlpine is designed to provide a window to New Zealand's best scenery, with large reclined seating and huge panoramic windows. The spectacular TranzAlpine journey begins by roaming through the vast farmsteads of the Canterbury Plains to the spectacular gorges and valleys of the Waimakariri River. The TranzAlpine then ascends into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature panoramic windows, reclined seating, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, toilets, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine is operated by The Great Journeys of New Zealand, and runs daily throughout the year.
Reviewed By TiffanyChch - Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch, New Zealand
So happy we finally took the kids
Just did the return trip from Greymouth. We got some sort of 20% off deal so it was a bit more affordable, too. Wish there was a locals deal so more kiwis could afford to take the kids on the train!The food was edible and affordable, neither being what I would expect. The staff were kind and helpful and seemed quite happy in their work. The views were good, not quite as great as I’d always been told, but if I lived next to a railroad I’d plant trees too. The kids were given very nice keepsake type activity packs for free. There were stickers, drawing paper, activity book, coloured pencils, and a deck of cards. The perfect thing for them. Overall, it was a memorable journey with pretty views. The best part was spending real quality time with the kids, thanks!Hi TiffanyChch,Thanks so much for writing us a review and for sharing your experience with your family! I'm glad you enjoyed the on-board experience and great to hear the activity packs were a hit! All the best,Zoe | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
8. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
4.5 based on 8060 reviews
"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre.
Reviewed By Dale K - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia
Great place to see thermal activity
This place was a bit of surprise. You see a great selection of thermal sites with colours of blue, green , yellow and orange. The smells and steam are all part of the experience especially when the steam blows into your face. The cafe and gift shop are al
9. Lake Wakatipu
5 based on 860 reviews
Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, TexasBellaire, Texas
A great body of water for all water-based activities
Lake Wakatipu "makes" Queenstown. This city grew around this lake, which provides it with amazing scenery and great opportunities for boating, fishing, transportation and all water sports you can imagine. Restaurants all along the waterfront provide peace
10. Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
4.5 based on 13126 reviews
Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas Day. General admission is free.
Reviewed By costaricatravel09 - Battle Ground, WashingtonBattle Ground, Washington
A Quality Museum Not to be Missed
This is New Zealand’s National Museum. More than one and a half million people visit every year and I can see why. The museum is in an inviting setting with interactive exhibits. We learned so much about New Zealand’s natural environment. We were particul