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Renowned as one of the most alluring adventure capitals of the world, New Zealand is the perfect blend of rugged, raw, and eye pleasing. The ultimate adventures galore is where dazzling tectonic volcanoes act as backdrops to lush misty fjords, and where sweeping landscapes give way to incredible seascapes. A rich culture heritage, a plethora of things to do and a sense of primate connection with nature are just a few of the things you can expect from New Zealand. In this articles we show the top 10 travel destinations in New Zealand!

From hiking, skydiving, bungee jumping or skiing to basking under the nodding palm trees or riding horses across cities – New Zealand caters to the type of travelers looking for life-changing experiences. It’s an unparalleled travel destination that packs an awful lot of highly diverse activities.

Get ready to explore New Zealand, with its glaciers, volcanoes, fiords and the seamless blend of Maori, European, Polynesian and British cultures. A roadtrip or backpacking trip around New Zealand serves to satisfy all your itching wanderlust needs. Here are the top 10 destinations you need to visit in New Zealand.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Milford Sound

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations

Milford Sound is probably the image that pops up if you ever search for “New Zealand”. Not only is it one of New Zealand’s top attractions, but it’s also symbolic to New Zealand as a hole and cannot be ignored from your itinerary. This fiord rises majestically from the middle of rushing deep water, with waterfalls peppering its exterior and wildlife surrounding it from below. Spend your time snorkeling with the unique wildlife next to the fiord, take a cruise around it, take pictures of Mitre Peak, explore underwater observatories or get lost in forests on the sound!

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Wellington

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations

Wellington is the sophisticated capital of New Zealand, a city that buzzes with life and picturesque backdrops. Of course, it’s the perfect place to start before embarking on adrenaline-inducing activities around New Zealand. Head over to the city and enjoy its harbor, steep hills, Victorian architecture and streets that emanate a buzzing lively atmosphere. Dubbed as the “coolest little capital in the world”, you’ll be able to experience a true quintessential Kiwi life.

Take scenic journeys in red cable cars that take you to lush green mountain tops and museums, unwind at colorful botanic gardens, take an immersive journey into New Zealand’s art, culture and science at the Te Papa Tongarewa museum, or take a picturesque walk up Mount Victoria.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Queenstown

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations
Loved by all, praised by many and renowned by the world – Queenstown is simply one of the most fun towns of New Zealand. Adventure, earth-shattering experiences and a bustling energy are all characteristics of this town. This is where you go to jump off a plane, to walk on soaring towers, to zip line through the forest and then end your day sipping on wine in a vineyard. Visit the Z-shaped Lake Wakatipu where you can enjoy gorgeous scenery on a cruise, with the backdrop of high green hills.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Auckland

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations
Auckland
is the largest city in New Zealand and offers the perfect balance of both, natural beauty and bustling city vibes. Perched amidst a stunning rainforest and lush hills, along with 40 volcanic cones, the city mixes gorgeous scenery with a rich cultural scene. From taking a boat cruise to the islands of Hauraki Gulf to visiting markets, villages and bustling city centers…You have it all in Auckland!

Things you can do:

  • Piercing the sky from between lush natural scenery, the Sky Tower ascends into the air in the most heavenly way. You can enjoy sweeping views from the Skydeck, get your blood rushing at the Sky Walk, or bungee jump from one of the highest platforms in New Zealand.
  • Visit the quintessential village of Mount Eden that is drenched in artsy vibes, gardens and exquisite harbor views.
  • Learn about the history of the war in the War Memorial Museum.
  • One Tree Hill – unwind at Auckland’s most prominent volcanic peak.
  • Take a day trip to the tropical Waiheke Island. From zip lining, drinking wine, basking under the sun or kayaking – this is one of the world’s top islands to visit.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Rotorua

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations
This is without a doubt one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand. If you had to choose one place to visit in all of New Zealand, definitely make it Rotorua. Maori history is reflected and showcased incredibly throughout every corner of the city and this is where you go to actually experience the culture first-hand. From geothermal attractions, mud pools and green forests to incredible activities – you cannot miss out on Rotorua.

  • Visit the Tamaki Maori Village and embark on a journey back in time to the time of Maori warriors and primitive ways of life. You’ll be able to indulge in Hangi feasts, dance to the thumping beats of drums, prepare for rituals and learn about the Maori culture in ways you might have never imagined.
  • Go to Wai o Tapu for its world renowned champagne pools.
  • Get lost in exhibitions at the Rotorua Museum

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Bay of IslandTop 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations

Bay of Islands is a living, breathing postcard. Think powdery beaches with nodding palm trees, quaint villages, dozens of islands and an incredible demonstration of Maori culture. Visit Paihia Island for all types of water-related activities, from kayaking, speed boating and snorkeling to simply basking under the sunlight. Cruise under the Hole in The Rock  known for their bestowed blessings or scuba dive in The Rainbow Warrior next to sunken ships. Head over to Kerikeri for a more village-y experience, with quirky markets and gorgeous galleries lining up the streets, all while visiting replica Maori fishing villages and wildlife sanctuaries.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Waitomo Caves

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations
Glowy caves are a thing of fairytales and dreams. Head over to the Glow Worm caves to dreamily float amidst thousands of gorgeous glowworms that light up the entire caves that are shrouded in mystery. Floating silently beneath what looks like a starry sky all while luminescent creatures decorate your surroundings is simply an out of body experience.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Kaikoura

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations
Kaikoura offers an unparalleled experience when it comes to marine life. If you’re even slightly interested in marine life – all with mind-blowing vistas, snow-capped mountains and picture-perfect views, then definitely head to Kaikoura. Swim with dolphins, watch NZ fur seals, float gloriously in the waters surrounded by whales during their migration, or photograph the inquisitive penguins!

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
Abel Tasman

Top 10 New Zealand Travel Destinations
Abel Tasman is where inviting sandy beaches juxtapose physically exerting activities. Spend your mornings hiking, sailing, or paddling and your afternoons sunbathing or relaxingly snorkeling amongst native wildlife. The stunning swath of idyllic beaches, the golden sands, and the crystal clear waters that lap the shore are all contributors to the beauty of this national park.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
The Hobbiton

Top 10 Travel Destinations in New Zealand
All The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans…Rejoice! If you want to experience a true-to-the-book Hobbiton set, you can do so in New Zealand. Immerse yourself in the movie set with real life villages, hobbit holes, the Green Dragon pub or end your visit by meeting a hobbit!