There’s so much to do in New Zealand; from awe-inspiring scenery and cosmopolitan cities, to fascinating culture and unbeatable locations for adrenaline junkies. It’s hard to know where to start.
With Feel At Home you can now use your phone or mobile broadband device in New Zealand (along with 17 other destinations) at no extra cost. So we thought we’d give you a rundown of some of the top things to do when you’re on the other side of the world.
And don’t forget, if you’re heading to this amazing country, make sure you’ve got your phone or tablet at the ready to share lots of #holidayspam.
1. Lake Taupo, North Island
One of the best places in the world to skydive, you can also go bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting and kayaking around New Zealand’s largest lake. And if you’re looking for a more gentle adventure, Lake Taupo is also renowned for its trout fishing.
2. Northland, Auckland & Canterbury.
New Zealand may be a young country, but there’s no denying the influence of Maori culture. The best place to observe Maori life is on a ‘marae’, or tribal meeting ground. In Northland, Auckland and Canterbury, there are organised tours where you can hear Maori singing, meet the locals and enjoy a feast cooked in earth ovens.
4. Otago Peninsula. South Island.
There are many organised eco-tours on the Otago Peninsula, including a rare chance to see a penguin nesting area up close. And visit the only mainland colony of albatross in the world.
6. Queenstown, South Island.
If you’re looking for adventure, Queenstown is definitely the place to go. Bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, canyoning, paragliding, sky diving, fly-by-wire… There’s plenty to get your teeth into.
7. Mount Cook National Park,
If you’ve always wanted to have a go at mountain climbing, hire a guide and give it a go at Mount Cook National Park. Sir Edmund Hillary practiced here on the Southern Alps before he conquered Mt Everest.
9. Christchurch, South Island.
The TranzAlpine train is one of the top rail journeys in the world. Starting at Christchurch, this trip takes you through dramatically different scenery from the farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, into the dramatic Southern Alps, then into the rainforest of the West Coast.
10. Kaikoura, South Island.
The local Maori tribe run whale watching boat tours where the emphasis is on marine conservation. The town’s Maori name translates as 'meal of crayfish', so after you’ve seen sperm whales, orca and dusky dolphins, you can enjoy freshly-caught crayfish on the boat with a glass of delicious New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.