Indeed, the New Zealand borders are now open for curious Singaporeans to jet off on a New Zealand trip of a lifetime. From breathtaking scenery above glaciers to bathing in mud pools and more…we’re definitely not used to these kinds of adventures. Here’s 16 of the best New Zealand experiences for your bucket list.
1. Rotorua Mud Pools
Rotorua is an epic geothermal utopia with mud pools, natural hot springs, majestic forests and volcanic lakes. You can’t visit New Zealand without experiencing these instagrammable bubbling mud pools at Hells Gate. Indeed, you’ll feel your anxieties melt away as you cover yourself in mud.
📍 Hells Gate, Rotorua, New Zealand
2. The Wanaka Tree
This famous willow tree is a renowned attraction. Photographers flock to this tree all year around to get the perfect shot day or night. In 2020, it was sadly attacked with a saw but still stands as beautiful as ever symbolising hope and endurance. With the pretty backdrop of the Southern Alps, you are sure to capture a picturesque moment.
📍 Roys Bay, 59 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
3. Abel Tasman National Park
This beautiful wilderness reserve boasts a long trail winding over beaches and ridges between Marahau and Wainui. It resembles a tropical paradise where you can catch seals, little blue penguins, dolphins and more. Surely, one of the most unforgettable New Zealand experiences?
📍 Tasman District, Nelson, New Zealand
4. Cathedral Cove
This naturally formed archway is one of the most famous spots to visit in Hahei in the Coromandel. It’s so beautiful that even The Chronicles Of Narnia was filmed here. To see the coastline from a different angle, opt for a jaw-dropping adventure by kayaking in the shallow waters.
📍 Hahei, the Coromandel, New Zealand
5. Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach is a natural hot springs beach just 10 minutes drive from Cathedral Cove. For an unbeatable moment, dig yourself a thermal bath and relax in the natural hot springs. Remember to visit two hours before low-tide for the greatest unforgettable experience. This unusual experience has attracted people across the globe.
📍 Hot Water Beach, The Coromandel, New Zealand
6. Glacier Hiking
There are many glaciers around New Zealand that offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, it is not possible to walk the full way up, you must go by helicopter. If you’ve extra cash, you can take a guided heli-hike via Mt Cook Village to the Tasman Glacier, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. Surely, the Tasman Glacier is the best one because it offers sensational views.
📍 Various Locations
7. Bay Of Islands
This beautiful spot is a three hour drive from Auckland. With stunning golden beaches, cute towns and endless fun activities…you’ll not be bored. Delight in delicious local eateries, classic boat trips, swimming with dolphins, camping adventures or scenic hikes. Indeed, an excellent place for outdoor enthusiasts looking for exciting adventures.
📍 Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
8. Wine Tasting On Waiheke Island
Take a quick ferry to Waiheke Island from Auckland for a fabulous day of views and wine tasting trails. Opt to zipline across the native bush for some extra fun then head down to one of the incredible vineyards to indulge on some tasty food and wine. Mudbrick Vineyards is a favourite to visit.
📍 Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
9. Observe The Southern Lights
The Aurora Australis is a spectacular display that lights up the sky in pink and greens in the deepest southern parts of New Zealand. Pick a remote location to camp like Lake Tekapo, The Caitlins or Stewart Island in order to experience the most phenomenal moments.
📍 Various Locations, South Island, New Zealand
10. International Dark Sky Reserve
See millions of surreal stars by visiting the International Dark Sky Reserve. This is one of eight around the globe. Another Lake Tekapo adventure where stargazer enthusiasts will be amazed at the constellations including the Southern Cross, the Milky Way and hypnotizing clouds. Certainly, it makes a romantic and unforgettable experience for two.
📍 MacKenzie Region, New Zealand
11. Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Another one of the most magical New Zealand experiences in Rotorua. Visit Waimangu which is home to world-famous Pink and White Terraces and the world’s youngest geothermal system. It was created in 1996 when Mt. Tarawera erupted. With a unique history, spectacular plant life and boasting the world’s largest natural hot springs in a protected surrounding…you won’t be bored.
📍 Rotorua, New Zealand
12. Mount Taranaki
The snow-capped cone of Mount Taranaki lures visitors from around the world for one of the most breathtaking hikes in New Zealand. Watch in awe as this dormant volcano reflects off the water perfectly. Excellently, it makes one of the most instagrammable moments on earth.
📍 Egmont National Park, North Island, New Zealand
The Hobbiton Movie Set is a must-do while visiting New Zealand. Get ready to explore Alexander Family Sheep Farm, the 12 acre set of the Hobbit Holes and learn how the movies were made. For tickets, visit The Hobbiton Tours website.
📍 501 Buckland Road, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
14. Tongariro National Park
Feel like you’ve landed on Mars in Tongariro National Park which is a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore three volcanic peaks of Mount Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. It is a challenging hike that you need to commit time to but offers an unforgettable experience.
📍 Manawatu-Wanganui 4691, New Zealand
15. Rere Rockslide
This is an epic waterfall slide adventure that is only a 30 minute drive from Gisborne. Grab a bodyboard, float or anything else and slide down into the water below. Excitingly, it is totally free of charge and great fun for both kids and adults.
📍 Wharekopae Road, Ngatapa 4072, New Zealand
16. Roys Peak Hike
Wonderfully, this hike is another one of the best New Zealand experiences. Guaranteeing majestic views over Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring and the surrounding peaks. Though, it’s a challenging climb but you’ll be satisfied when you reach the top.
📍 Glendhu Bay 9382, New Zealand