Top Five Things To Do in New Zealand

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Top Five Things To Do in New Zealand

Long viewed as one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, there is a lot more to New Zealand than just the images you see on the postcards, in the commercials and in the background of Lord of the Rings scenes. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie or a beach-loving sun worshiper, there is something for everyone in this fabulous country and no shortage of activities to fill that time you’re not drinking in the incredible scenery that makes New Zealand so iconic.

Here’s our top five things to do when you’re in New Zealand.

Walk on a the Franz Josef Glacier

Ever wanted to walk on a real-life glacier? Well, even if the answer is no, that might change when you see the Franz Josef Glacier. Located on New Zealand’s west coast, Franz Josef Glacier is an awe-inspiring sight of natural beauty, offering tourists the chance to walk on ice that has been around for millions of years. Whether you’re undertaking a hike on the top of the glacier or along the valley floor, this a brilliant chance to sample panoramic views of the surrounding areas, as well as learning about the glacier and its history. And if walking doesn’t do it for you, why not indulge in some kayaking or rafting.

Watch a Rugby League game in Auckland

When you think of New Zealand, you invariably think of rugby. Despite being a nation of just four-and-a-half million, New Zealand has long been one of the most dominant forces in the rugby world, and you can’t visit the home of the famous All Blacks without taking in a game of the country’s most popular sport. For those visiting Auckland, the home of the New Zealand Warriors, you can regularly enjoy a match at the city’s Mount Smart Stadium. Currently in the betting running to reach the NRL Finals, the Warriors boast some of the game’s best athletes and this is a great time to introduce yourself to the sport, if you’re new to rugby league.

Visit Hobbiton

Unless you’re one of the 19 people in the world who hasn’t seen the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, there’s a good chance you’re going to want to visit Hobbiton if you’re in New Zealand. The home of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, Hobbiton was turned into a tourist attraction following the filming of the Lord of the Rings films. For those visiting the North Island, this is a must. Crafted into the side of the rolling hillside, fans of the films will be instantly transported back to when they first experienced Middle Earth. After sampling some of Hobbiton’s home-brewed beer, you can enjoy the Hobbiton Farm and feed the animals before taking a trip around some of the delightful Hobbit houses and familiar sights from the franchise.

Skiing in Queenstown

If you’re into your winter sports, you may have already heard about Queenstown. Situated near the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is the southern hemisphere’s winter playground, attracting skiing and snowboarding fans from around the world, all eager to enjoy some of the best runs in the world. From the picturesque city of Queenstown, the cycling tracks around the forests to the huge array of pulse-raising ways of throwing yourself down a mountain, there are a lot of other activities to do aside from skiing. But if you’re a winter sports fan, there are few places in the world that can offer as good a selection of ski runs as you’ll find in the southern hemisphere.

Bungy Jump Nevis

If you’re in the market for leaping off a perfectly safe platform 134 metres above the Nevis River with nothing but a big rubber band attached to your ankles, this is the activity for you. While the views around the area are stunning enough on the way to the river, it’s a different story when you’re stood on the platform preparing to jump head-first off New Zealand’s highest bungy jump. But while you could be forgiven for not focusing on the beautiful scenery on the way down, you can really enjoy it when you’re done. In a country famed for its adrenaline-injecting activities, the Nevis Bungy really is the best of the bunch.

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