Travel

21 Things You Can Only Do In New Zealand

By Olivia Atkinson - 26 Jul 2017

If you’ve ever braved long-haul flights and inevitable jet lag to get to the other side of the world, you’ve probably heard the statement “oh wow, you came all the way from New Zealand?!”. The funny thing is, most people will ramble about how much they’d like to visit home of Lord of the Rings but seems to end it with “but it’s too far away.”

Dammit, people! We might be at the bottom of the world but our mighty nation is a playground, full of some of the coolest experiences on offer. If you’re in need of more convincing of why you need to visit little ol’ Aotearoa, here are 21 things you can only do in New Zealand. P.S. They’re all bucket list material.

  1. Have a kea pull your windscreen wipers off. Cheers mate.

  2. Pretend you’re a Hobbit for the day. Complete with a pint at The Shire’s local pub.

  3. Go skiing in the morning then hit up the beach in the arvo. No part of the country is more than 128km from the ocean.

  4. Watch the world’s best rugby team do their thing on their home turf.

  5. Take the plunge down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall.

  6. Meet a real-life Kiwi bird.

  7. Plug the longest place name in the world into your Google Maps. It’s Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu, BTW.

  8. Tie the knot in a tree church.

  9. Bungy in the home of the bungy. The world’s first organised commercial bungy company was born and bred there.

  10. See some truly unique foliage. In fact, 80% of New Zealand’s trees, ferns and plants are endemic, meaning they won’t be found anywhere outside Aotearoa.

  11. Be seriously outnumbered by sheep. Really, there’s (give or take) six sheep for every person.

  12. Chuck a Jaffa (the confectionary, not the Aucklander) down the world’s steepest street.

  13. Swim with the world’s smallest dolphin.

  14. And take a dip in the clearest lake in the world, Nelson’s Blue Lake. It has visibility up to a whopping 80 metres!

  15. Eat one of the best burgers of your life at FergBurger.

  16. See the sun rise before anyone else in the world.

  17. Cool yourself down with a TipTop hokey pokey ice cream on a hot summer’s day.

  18. Roll in a ball down a grassy hill at the world’s OG zorbing site.

  19. Appreciate the beauty that is Kiwi onion dip in its natural habitat.

  20. Spend the night at New Zealand’s one and only cannabis museum.

  21. Go black water tubing through a glow-worm tunnel. It’s magestical. 

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