Tips for the First-Time Traveller to New Zealand

Are you planning a little trip to Aotearoa, New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud? It’s a great choice for adventure-lovers! Whether you are interested in exploring some of the country’s extreme sports, like skydiving, or taking in some notable wineries, like the Temata Estate, you’re in for a treat.

You can get a taste of the popular Rugby and Football cultures with the help of sites that offer you the best AFL betting odds and more, no matter where you are, hike some of the world’s most beautiful tracks, or simply relax and enjoy the No Worries attitude the Kiwis are so famous for.

Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is often referred to as the City of Sails thanks to its large harbour and the many sailboats you’ll see on the water during the northern city’s many good-weather-months. Explore the city on foot or by bus, but make sure to pay the waterfront a visit and stroll down Queen Street while you’re there.

Christchurch

The biggest city on the south island, Christchurch has been nicknamed the Garden City. It’s overflowing with flowers and greenery, and there are many interesting churches and examples of different types of architecture to investigate if your interest lies in that direction. Visit Cathedral Square, hop on a trolley and tour the city that way, or take a punt, a lot like a gondola ride, down the river Avon.

Dunedin

Although it’s essentially a college town, Dunedin is definitely worth a visit if you’ve got the time while you’re on the south island. You can enjoy a Willy Wonka-type tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory downtown, take in the glorious examples of Gothic and Victorian architecture the town is filled with, and see if you can make it up Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest road!

Queenstown

Located on the south island’s lower half, Queenstown is the place to go if you’re a skier, or are interested in the adventure sports New Zealand is so well-known for. Situated on one end of Lake Wakatipu and at the foot of the aptly-named Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown is stunning. Bungee jump, jump on a jet boat, go on a dinner cruise, shop for souvenirs, or take the Skyline Gondola up over the city for breathtaking views.

Rotorua

Rotorua is near the centre of the north island and is famous for its Maori cultural offerings and geothermal activity. Book a Wai-O-Tapu tour and take in the Lady Knox Geyser to get your fill as far as natural wonders are concerned, and visit Te Puia or Tamaki Village for a Maori experience. Be sure to taste traditional hangi, a delicious dinner smoked in an earthen oven.

Wellington

Wellington is the cultural and political capital of New Zealand and is located right on the most southern tip of the north island. It’s characterised by a vibrant harbour, craggy landscape, and eccentric atmosphere. Spend an afternoon boning up on history at Te Papa, a free national museum, and then head a little further downtown for a tour of Parliament buildings, an area nicknamed The Beehive.