Travel destinations in New Zealand! Here you'll find inspiration for places to visit in New Zealand. Do you like dramatic scenery or animals like dolphins or penguins? Here are our top tips for travelling to New Zealand!
Why travel to New Zealand?
Nature in New Zealand is extremely varied. In many places it's green and lush, and in others you're faced with glaciers. There are active volcanoes and geothermal areas that are bubbling everywhere.
You can watch whales and swim with dolphins in many different places. There are also good opportunities for hiking, canoeing and horse riding, and there is not a single dangerous animal in the wild. Furthermore, the whole country is full of activities such as bungee jumping, rafting and various adventure parks.
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Auckland, New Zealand's largest city with 1.4 million inhabitants, is a city of dizzyingly tall buildings. The tallest is the SkyTower at 328 metres. Here you can go up and have dinner, while looking down at the other skyscrapers far, far below.
A trip to White Island is a great adventure during your trip to New Zealand. A boat trip takes you out to the island, and along the way you'll have the chance to see dolphins playing in the waves around the boats. There's a live volcano on the island and it's popping and bubbling everywhere. Since rocks can come flying, you'll need a helmet.
The whole area in and around Rotorua is geothermal and there are fizzes and bubbles everywhere. If you want, you can visit a large park with boiling clay pits and a very special smell. There is also an adventure park in Rotorua where you can try Zorb and Frefall Xtreme, as well as rafting in the area.
From Pipriki, you can take a speedboat ride through an intensely green river and then reach a bridge in the middle of the rainforest called Bridge to nowhere. A wonderful excursion in nature! If you want to experience the rainforest for a longer time, you can instead choose to kayak and spend the night in the wild but harmless nature.
Abel Tasman National Park is an amazing natural area with beaches and rainforest. We rented a kayak and paddled around, and also did a short nature walk. We highly recommend a visit to this national park during your trip to New Zealand.
Kaikoura has a beautiful waterfront location on the north-eastern side of the South Island. Here you can go whale-watching in tough boats that can easily withstand the big sucking waves. Because the sea is extremely deep outside, large whales come unusually close to land. We saw sperm whales, which was really fascinating!
In Akaroa, near Christchurch, you can swim with wild dolphins, which approach the boats out of curiosity or playfulness. This is the little Hector's dolphin. You can get them interested by tapping rocks against each other, but don't touch their delicate skin. A fascinating experience!
At Mount Cook you can experience a whole new climate - again! This area is a dramatic and beautiful place to visit while travelling in New Zealand. There are high mountains and impressive glaciers. Among other things, you can go on boat trips in the glacial lakes, which is an experience.
Info and facts about New Zealand
- The main one: Wellington
- Language: English and Maori
- Residents: 4.7 million (2017)
- Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
- Religion: Atheism (42 %), Christianity, different varieties (48 %)
- Flag: The New Zealand flag is blue with the British Union flag and four red stars with white stripes.
- National anthem: God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen
Good to know about New Zealand
- Price mode: Slightly cheaper than Sweden
- Time difference: +12 hours
- Emergency number: 111
- El: Adapter needed
- Water: Drinkable
Travelling to New Zealand
- Flight: Emirates and Qatar fly from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Auckland, with one change on the way. Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, KLM and Finnair fly from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Auckland, with two changes en route.