Top 10 New Zealand Experiences
A trip to New Zealand is an experience is like no other. Its spectacular beauty is unique as is the huge range of adrenaline-filled fun and varied activities you can find there. Check out our top 10 activities for student's and youth travelers:
1. Trek around edges of old lava flows and see green crater lakes at Tongariro Crossing, a spectacular day hike that Lord of the Rings fans know as “Mt Doom.”
2. Go Black Water Rafting in Waitomo, home to a labyrinth of subterranean caves, underwater rivers, and millions of glow worms.
3. Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Islands, among 144 spectacular islands with pristine beaches and sparkling secluded bays.
4. Dig your own spa pool in the sand at the Coromandel’s Hot Water Beach, where naturally heated mineral water bubbles up from deep within the earth to emerge through the sand.
5. Get the adrenaline pumping in beautiful Queenstown. From sky diving and bungy jumping to rafting and jet boating, the options are endless.
6. Kayak turquoise waters in Abel Tasman National Park along white sand beaches, granite rock formations, and native forest.
7. Hike through brilliantly blue ice formations on the west coast’s awe-inspiring glaciers of Franz Joseph or Fox Glacier.
8. Spot magnificent sperm whales breaching up close and personal in Kaikoura, set against the dramatic backdrop of rugged snowy mountains and leaping dolphins.
9. Body board down the massive Te Paki Sand Dunes by 90 Mile Beach in Northland at thrilling speeds.
10. Cruise, kayak or sleep under the stars in stunning Fiordland. Be mesmerized by the dramatic fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks that surround you.
Be the first to ring in 2012!
But don't forget about the eating, drinking and partying that New Zealand offers by the truck load. Why not be the first in the world to ring in the New Year at the 3 day music festival, Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne. It’s literally the first place in the world to see the sunrise! Featuring international DJs and bands, and situated on a beachside winery, this is one New Year you will never forget. There are also many other music festivals scattered throughout the country during summer too. Enter to win a trip to the Rythem and Vines Festival >
New Zealand Nightlife
If you're looking for a great night out on the town, don’t miss bar hopping at the Brittomart precinct in Auckland, Courtney Place in Wellington or downtown Queenstown, where you should order a Big Al from Fergburger, and wash it down with a teapot of mixed drinks at the World Bar. You'll also find as much fun in unexpected small town pubs and bars throughout the country where you can mingle with locals and travelers alike.
Kiwis love their coffee and New Zealand has fantastic cafes. Be sure to order a flat white (a strong espresso with well frothed milk) with your morning brunch to help ease back into the day after such an enjoyable night out with new found friends.