Whenever I meet people from overseas, they always tell me how lucky I am to live in New Zealand. They rattle off a list of amazing place asking me if I’ve been and I have to admit that I haven’t visited most of them. I’m a little embarrassed to say, but I haven’t always appreciated this beautiful country as much as I should have and the amount of New Zealand Travel I’ve done is limited.
Whenever I would dream about trips, I would always focus on faraway places. With international travel looking off the cards for 2021 I’ve decided to make this the year I explore my back yard and enjoy all it has to offer. Here are 8 places that have made it on to my 2021 New Zealand travel bucket list.
1. Tongariro Crossing
Considered one of the best day hikes New Zealand offers the Tongariro Crossing is located in the middle of the North Island. The trek is in New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site.
The 19.4km walk takes you across stunning alpine terrain and past Ngauruhoe, Tongariro, and Ruapehu’s volcanic peaks. Some training will be required as I haven’t done a hike this long in ages so , but I know the views will be worth it.
2. Kayaking in Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman is known for its golden beaches and amazing native bush. There are many popular walking tracks and tours available in the area. One thing that has always stood out to me is the ability to kayak and camp along the beautiful coastline.
3. Omarama Clay Cliffs
I only learnt about the Omarama Clay Cliffs a couple of weeks ago. At first when I saw the images, I couldn’t believe they were in New Zealand. As soon as I found out they were so close to home, I knew I had to visit.
The Cliffs are in the South Island about an hour and a half from Mt Cook. Around 20 million years ago layers of silt and gravel deposited by ancient glaciers formed the unique landscape.
4. Black Water Rafting in Waitomo
Waitomo is famous glowworm caves. The caves are considered one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions. To see the glowworms there are boat tours available, but if you’re like me and want to add an extra piece of adventure you can try black water rafting.
The tour takes you 80m below ground where you float through rapids and over waterfalls while enjoying a sky filled with glow worms. It sounds like an incredible, unique experience, and I can’t wait to try it.
5. Milford Sound
Milford Sound is deep within Fiordland National Park in the South Island. The most popular way to view the fiord is by cruises, but there are also flights and kayaking trips available. On the your trip stunning mountain peaks, deep water and ancient rainforest will surround you.
6. Martinborough Wine Tour
I love wine and live only an hour and a half away from one of New Zealand’s best wine regions. Yet I’ve never been there for a wine tour. There are heaps of options available from group to self-guided bicycle tours.
Martinborough is a charming area with over 20 wineries to explore. It seems like the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway.
7. Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier)
Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere also known as the Franz Josef Glacier is a 12 km long glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Guided tour of the glacier are available and accessible by an 8-hour hike or helicopter.
On the tour you’ll be treated to stunning scenery and get to enjoy the magic of being in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
8. Lost Springs Coromandel
Nestled in the trees of the Coromandel you’ll find The Lost Springs. A magical oasis of geo-thermal hot springs . The day retreat and spa looks like the prefect spot to relax and feel like you’re in a whole different world. While your relaxing if you get hungry the retreat also has a restaurant which you can dine in or have your food delivered poolside.
Making my New Zealand Travel Bucket List Happen
I have know idea how I’m going to make an of these trips happen yet but making the list is a good start. I’m sure if I set my mind to it I’ll figure it out. I’m also sure I’ll discover many more places I want to add to my New Zealand travel bucket list.
What are your must visit NZ spots?
More New Zealand Travel
- What To Do In Wellington: See, Eat, Drink and Stay
- Wellington Brunch: My Top 5 Places
- Hotels in Queenstown: The Rees Hotel a Review
- Queenstown: 7 Things We Did and If They Were Worth It