New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and more than 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres.
I have rounded up the top adrenaline rushes, epic hikes, cultural experiences, so you can create your own bucket list!
1. Spend a night at a mountain hut!
The huts vary from super remote and basic to easily accessible and comfortable. Do your research because they also vary in price and popularity. Some book out weeks in advance, while others are hardly ever full.
There is a vast network of mountain huts all over New Zealand, you\’ll definitely enjoy this BACKPACKING that\’s what north americans call \”tramping\”.
Types of huts:
a) Mueller hut:
This iconic red hut is set on a ridge in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and has 28 bunks. Bookings are required and the DOC estimates this hike to take 4 hours one-way on exposed ridges. Be sure to check with the local DOC for up to date weather conditions before attempting the trek yourself, as ice axes and crampons may required.
Touted as the “most luxurious hut in New Zealand”, this is a perfect choice for less experienced hikers. The hike to the hut takes 2.5 – 3 hours and is moderate in difficulty. The Pinnacles viewpoint lies just 45 minutes past the hut and is known for spectacular sunset and sunrise views. We spent one night at this hut and loved every minute. The Pinnacles Hut has 80 bunks and a kitchen full of cookware and gas stoves, which is not common for mountain huts. more info .
2. SWIM UNDERWATERS!(WITH DOLPHINS)
Just off the coast of the small South Island town of Kaikoura is home to the Dusky Dolphin. This species is known for being small (maximum of 2 meters long) and very playful. They are quite the acrobats, and can often be seen doing flips out of the water! And also you can have a chance to swim with them!!!!
3. Bungy Jump
Although the experience in itself is super short and pretty damn expensive (around $205 New Zealand Dollars, NZD), it’s empowering to know you faced a fear, and you might just get some epic photos to prove it!
4. Visit Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Boat tours are a popular way to explore.
It was named so in recognition of its geographic features. This a large ocean inlet is a bit bigger than a bay and is flanked by sheer rock faces and majestic peaks. However, sounds are formed when a river valley is flooded with the sea, whereas Milford Sound carved out by erosion of ancient glacial ice.
While different wineries charge different amounts for a session of wine tasting, the average cost is currently $20 per person. There are some which charge around $15 and others that charge $25, but the average is around $20, so have that available for every wine tasting room you want to visit on your trip.
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