New Zealand Tourist Attractions

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New Zealand offers a host of attractions, from sophisticated museums, galleries and sightseeing attractions, to urban adventures, harbour cruises, scenic offshore islands and wineries.

There are plenty of family attractions to keep you busy. Join a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, watch the sharks being fed at Kelly Tarltons, get up close to the animals at Auckland Zoo, enjoy the latest amusement rides at Rainbows end or head south to see some amazing Whales at Kaikoura.

Below is a list of the best New Zealand Tourist Attractions

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping was made famous by a New Zealander named A J Hackett, who dived from the Eiffel Tower in 1986 hanging by a rubber cord strapped to his ankles. Now Bungee Jumping has become a popular adrenalin-pumping adventure in New Zealand with sites being set up in picturesque locations. There are a variety of Bungee jumping options ranging from falling from a bridge towards a narrow river canyon – to hurtling earthward 154ft from Queenstown – The Ledge allowing you to enjoy the best views in Queenstown. Some of the best destinations in New Zealand to do the Bungee Jump read more

Sky City and Sky Tower

The Auckland Sky Tower is an important part of Sky City and was opened in August 1997. It stands 328-m (1,076-ft) high and is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. The tower is visited by almost one million people a year. It has four observation levels offering 82km views. At night the Sky Tower is lit up with each occasion having its own colours. Unfortunately, the Tower is no longer lit up at night as they want to save electricity. The only lights turned on are a few red flashing lights used for safety to warn planes. read more

Snowplanet – 365 day a year Auckland snow resort

Ever felt like going skiing on hot summer’s day? Well you can! Snowplanet is New Zealand’s first and unique 365 days a year indoor snow dome located in Auckland at Silverdale, a 20 minute drive north from downtown Auckland. Visitors and residents of Auckland enjoy the excitement of the different variety of snowsports and the tranquil surroundings of an indoor snow resort regardless of what the Auckland weather is like. read more

Rainbows End Adventure Park

New Zealand’s top theme park is Rainbows End in Auckland. It’s a great day out for the whole family and has lots of rides and entertainment for all ages. The most popular attractions is the roller coaster that takes you more than 98 ft up into the air and then hurls you down at great speed through a full loop, round a corner and through a double corkscrew. Other attractions include a mini golf course, go-karts, water rides all new Scorpion karts, and motion master shows a brand new Spongebob film in 3D read more

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is the main zoo of Auckland, New Zealand. It is situated next to Western Spring gardens; about 20 minutes drive from Auckland downtown. Many of the animals can be seen at close range including squirrel monkeys and macaques. You can also see Zebra and giraffes wandering around on grassland with traditional zulu huts read more

Auckland Bridge Climb and Bridge Bungee

It all began in the late 19th century when ferries took passengers across the water from Auckland city to the north. In 1959, the Auckland harbour bridge was built and ten years later, the bridge was made wider to allow for eight lanes instead of four. The morning traffic across the bridge for commuter’s heading into the city is slow and therefore concrete barriers are placed making the traffic lanes become five on the busy side and three on the other side. These lanes are shifted twice daily to accommodate the morning flow into the city and the late afternoon return to the north shore suburbs. The Auckland Harbour Bridge provides you with some fantastic views and offers people the chance to experience these views from the top of Auckland Bridge by climbing it. Bungee jumping is also available read more

Whale watching in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is one of the top destinations to visit in New Zealand and Whale watching here is a must do activity. Kaikoura is an amazing place. The Maoris have been here over 800 years. Whale watching started 14-15 years ago and they are here all year round. Every visitor will get an extraordinary chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent mammals, including huge adult sperm whales as they dives down after a few minutes on the surface. You will get some fantastic pictures. read more

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo region is located midway between Auckland and Rotorua and a great attraction here is the Waitamo Caves. The Waitomo caves is one of New Zealand’s icons, they were discovered in 1887 by a local Maori chief. It is an amazing display of glow worm caves and River Rafting. For over 100 years these caves have attracted millions of people from all over the world. Tours are available that will take you through the long galleries and chambers of the caves, and a unique boat ride through the glowworm grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny living lights. read more

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is located in Mission Bay on Tamaki Drive. It is the best known tourist attraction and provides an amazing insight into underwater life and Antarctic life where you also see the penguins on the way. Visitors get to ride through the Plexiglas tube (a moving walkway) inside a tank containing fish swimming around inside read more

Milford Sound Red Boat Cruises

Milford sound is one of the most beautiful place in New Zealand, surrounded my magnificent mountains and amazing lakes. Milford sound is an intimate experience with incredible sights and unforgettable sound. This place simply one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll be mesmerized by some of the world’s most outstanding scenery and you’ll never forget this unique experience.
Discover the beautiful Milford Sound with Milford Sound Red Boat Cruises. read more

Surfing

New Zealand is probably one of the last countries people look to as a surfing paradise but infact it’s has some of the best surfing destinations in New Zealand. With miles of scenic coast always pounded by waves from all angles, and with both coasts being so close together, it means there are an abundance of quality waves every day so you never have any downtime. Not only this read more

Whakarewarewa “The Thermal Village” – Rotorua

Come to Rotorua and experience the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa located in Rotorua. Here you will see geysers, volcanic terraces and craters, walk past steaming hot water pools, pools of boiling mud and lakes. Guided tours are available that take you on this extraordinary journey. A truly unique traditional Maori experience. Part of the tour will also include daily cultural performances. Read more

Te Papa Museum, Wellington


Te Papa is one of the top tourist attractions in New Zealand, situated in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It is the National Museum of New Zealand and a place with so many extraordinary exhibits and amazing things to learn about, plus many interactive things to get your hands on such as the Read more

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