New Zealand tourist attractions list
New Zealand tops the list of ‘must visit’ destinations, for tourists from around the world. Every year, it’s the combination of stunning scenery, exciting activities (like skiing, jet boating and bungy jumping) and the warm, friendly local that keeps the travelers coming back.
As the New Zealand's landscape changes with the seasons, our most popular places to visit chops and changes, but there are a few standout destinations and activities that will always attract the tourists.
From the dramatic coastline and snow capped mountain peaks, to the plush green forest and brilliant blue glaciers, it can be hard to know where to start. So before you book your next visit, here’s a list of our favourite things to do and places to visit in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, comfortable walking shoes are must. With a stunning vista around every corner, our breathtaking landscape is best enjoyed on foot. Hiking, strolling or even tramping (a term popularised in NZ), however you do it, whatever your ability, you’ll find a range of great walking track to suit you.
From multiday camping and walking trips through the Fiordland National Park, along the dramatic Hollyford Track, to wholeday hikes and glacier adventures, there are plenty of walking tours to choose from. Luckily, we’re on hand to help you pick the one that’s right for you.
Here are some of our favourite New Zealand destinations and guided walks:
The incredible Franz Josef Glacier is an unmissable New Zealand destination, and should be top of your list of places to visit on your next trip to NZ. Set in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is the 12km long Franz Josef Glacier one of the most impressive tourist attractions to be found anywhere in the world.
Glacier Valley Walk
In the shadow of the great Franz Josef Glacier lies a beautiful and inviting valley, just waiting to be discovered. Informative and family friendly, the Glacier Valley Walk will take you along the valley floor, following Waiho River, right to the foot of the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. This walk will not take you on to the ice and is suitable for most people with average fitness and abilities. Book A Glacier Valley Walk
From high above the Franz Josef Glacier you can take in the full majesty of the iconic New Zealand landmark. A short chopper ride takes you onto the ice amidst the mountain peaks. Soon you’ll touch down on the glacier itself, ready to begin your guided walk. Book A Glacier Heli Hike
Middle Earth And Lord Of The Rings Tour
No trip to New Zealand is complete without some sort of Lord Of The Rings attraction. The land that inspires artists, writers and filmmakers, will inspire you with its breathtaking landscape and jaw dropping scenery. See the New Zealand landmarks that captured the imagination of Peter Jackson and movie fans around the world on a journey through middle earth with Dart River.
On the peaceful waters of the Shotover River, the ultimate New Zealand Jet Boat experience awaits. Blasting through the quiet Shotover Canyons at high speed in a Big Red jet boat. Not for the faint hearted, Shotover Jet will let you take in the stunning scenery as it quickly passes you by. Book Now >
Mount Aspiring National Park
One for the nature lovers out there, the Mount Aspiring National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit in New Zealand. Mt Aspiring National Park is natural New Zealand’s destination number one, filled with a diverse range of natural attractions, from the flora and fauna, to a fascinating collection of native birdlife and NZ's tallest mountains.
Due to it’s incredible size, it’s almost impossible to fully explore the park. However, a Dart River Jet boat tour is your best chance to see as much of it as possible. Follow the Dart River, as it tears its way through the Mt Aspiring landscape, in an inflatable kayak or Dart River Wilderness Jet from Dart River Jet's base in Glenorchy.
In and around the Lake Taupo region are some of New Zealand’s top attractions, activities and tourist destinations. Set in the Lake’s beautiful backdrop are the stunning Huka Falls. The very best way to explore the falls and Lake Taupo is on board a Hukafalls Jet boat the only guided tour boat operator allowed to the base of the magnificent Huka Falls.
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