New Zealand, also referred to as Aotearoa, is a popular tourist destination year-round, in the native language of Maori.
Many tourists come here to enjoy the world-famous beauty of nature and the local culture and traditional experiences of Maori people.
You will find some fun, thrilling towns and high-adrenaline events in both islands to get your cardiac racing. The country really has something for everyone and will leave you wanting to stay longer.
One good way to explore all of the main attractions is to reserve a tour throughout the world. 15 of the best available at present are here.
1. Driven tour Hobbiton Film Collection
Tons of Lord of the Rings fans visit New Zealand every year and one of the top excursions on their list includes the Hobbiton Movie Set.
At Hobbiton one of the true sets of Hobbit films can be walked around. You can even go to a tavern at Hobbit and enjoy a drink for free.
This choice allows you to visit the site led by an expert in filming the films and take a picture of them in front of a Hobbit hole.
2. Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Lunch, and Underwater Observatory
This magnificent fjord has several tour options, most of which involve boat trips through the sound itself, shaped like the seismic rift through the South Island. This tour focuses on Fiordland’s diverse wildlife, including blue penguins and the strong kea.
In order to learn about marine life, you can visit an underwater observatory and enjoy a free lunch.
3. Island Bay: Half-Day Island escape for helicopter and cruise
A common summer stays for many kiwi people in the Bay of Islands area and one can easily see why. The view over the various islands in the bay showcases some of North Island’s finest natural views.
This excursion takes you to all of the islands by helicopter to enjoy them in the exclusive perspective of the sky.
It also involves a cruise to one of the remote islands of the archipelago to relax and avoid the crowds in the rest of the country.
4. Scenic Helicopter Transfer Franz Josef Glacier 3-Hour Walk
The West Coast Glaciers are genuinely special places for visitors to see and their fascinating creation feeding many South Island lakes’ natural blue waters.
It is only via helicopter that the glacier can be reached safely, so this is one of the only ways to get near. This tour also comprises a walk across the glacier to see the wonderful natural forms of ice.
Your info-guide will tell you how the glacier has been shaped and what will happen to the area in the future.
5. 45-minute experience Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
The Caves of Waitomo are world-famous for its rare display of glowworms; only a guided boat trip can reach them.
It takes only 45 minutes to discover the best parts of the cellars and save yourself time for other attractions in the city.
The know-how guide gives you details on how the cavities have developed and why the glowworms have chosen to stay there. It blends some time on foot with a boat trip around the field.
6. Cultural Encounter Tamaki Maori Village
Prior to British colonization, the Maori people were the indigenous people of the island. To the people of New Zealand, their culture is still very relevant.
In the village of Tamaki Maori, you can encounter the culture, the customs, and the beliefs of the inhabitants of the country.
You can enjoy a traditional hangi meal just outside Rotorua – a meal prepared from below the ground with volcanic heat.
7. Lunch or dinner Skyline Queenstown
The abundance of adrenaline-free sports and spectacular views of the southern Alps and the Wakatipu Lake makes Queenstown a key attraction on the southern island.
The Skyline Gondola takes you to Skyline Queenstown, one of the surrounding mountains, where you can savor go-karting, zorbing, and scuba jumping.
This tour will also include a lunch or dinner in the restaurant and bar in Stratosfare, suitable for a treat after a day filled with adrenaline. The restaurant offers a panoramic view of the mountains and the lake and encourages you to dine.
8. Day tour of White Island Whakatane or Rotorua
White Island consists of one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes – the only on the sea in New Zealand.
This tour involves a boat ride from Whakatane to White Island (and a bus ride from Rotorua if you want that). Walk around the crater and see some of the unique sights such as hot mud basins and steam craters.
The guide will speak to you about the island’s history and educate you about the creation of volcanoes.
9. Wellington Jump on City Tour Wellington:
You can take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to one of New Zealand’s cities. Many of the country’s cities are smaller than the other metropolises, and all major sights are easily visible every day.
The ‘Coolest Little World Capital’ has many curious and fascinating places to visit. Learn about the government’s seat, the history of filming in the area, and the strict coffee culture of which Wellingtonians are proud.
10. Jump on Bus Ticket for Auckland Hop-on Explorer
Many tourists skipped Auckland in favor of other, more famous attractions in the country as the key international gateway to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s largest city, the City of Sails, has many more modern attractions and surprising views of the history and culture of Kiwi.
You can experience these at your own speed with a sound guide on board that can explain everything on this hop-on-hop bus tour. If you only have a few days – or even hours – in Auckland, this is a wonderful choice.
11. Entry and cultural optional performance of Te Puia Maori village
This is another excellent way to learn about Maori culture in Rotorua. Some of the sites such as Pohutu Geyser and Mud Pools are clear to you.
If you’re lucky, you can even see the kiwi native birds. The guided tour teaches you all about the importance and preservation of Maori culture in New Zealand.
You may also opt for an extended ticket to take part in this 45-minute cultural exhibit, which allows you to enjoy haka, poi shows, and other Maori culture displays.
12. 2.5-Hour Sailing Cruise Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carving
On Lake Taupo, one of the best-preserved Maori art examples in the country is worth a visit to the extraordinary Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay.
This boat tour leaves Taupo – the main city on the lake – and gives you detailed information on the sculptures.
This is done by means of an electric boat, which makes the boat one of the most environmentally friendly ways of viewing the rock carvings. The tiny yacht takes a few passengers and provides an intimate atmosphere.
13. 2-Hour Kayaking Guide Experience in Haruru Falls
Kiwis love their water sports, and kayaking is something local people and visitors enjoy all over the world.
The 2-hour guided kayaking trip takes you to the Haruru Falls and shows you some of the best spots in the Bay of Islands.
You will get up and personal to the native wildlife and experience the mangroves on the way. Your guide will explore the history and the effect of the region on the Maori community.
14. Wellington Lord of the Rings Half-Day Tour
Weta, the main company behind the film Lord of the Rings, is headquartered in Wellington; if you are limited in time but want to learn how the films are made, this tour is a good choice.
You will launch your tour by visiting some of the local filming sites.
You also visit Embassy Theatre – the location of the movies – and Weta Studio, where you can discover how the special effects have been accomplished.
15. Skydive Tandem in Taupo Tandem
Seekers of adrenaline enjoy their time in New Zealand – a country that appreciates and supports a wide range of exciting activities.
Skydiving is the ultimate in adrenaline-enhancing adventures and Taupo is the country’s capital for sport. This experience will put you together with an accomplished diver who talks to you about all your skills.
You’ll sail out of a plane across the stunning Taupo Lake and enjoy the landscape as you feel the thrill of diving.