101 Must-Do's this Summer
We want this summer to be your best yet, so we've put together a list of 101 Must-Do's to give you all the inspiration you need to get out and make the most of it. From the hottest events and activities to local favourites and hidden gems – it’s the 101 things every Kiwi should have on their list!
One of the easiest Great Rides, the Hauraki Rail Trail, is a gentle cycle through New Zealand’s gold mining history. Read the story . . .
At 39 metres, Waitonga Falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall. Read the story . . .
Whether you’re clipped to a zipline, bouncing across a swing bridge or strolling along a 50-metre-high walkway, you’ll get a whole new perspective on native bush in Rotorua. Read the story . . .
There’s something a bit special about watching the sunrise. It’s even more special if you’re one of the first people in the world to see it. Read the story . . .
Scale a 450 metre-high waterfall and stay dry in Wanaka. Read the story . . .
Sample the best of Marlborough wine in one easy location at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival. Read the story . . .
Set in the heart of South Waikato, the Blue Spring is a source of water so clear and pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water. Read the story . . .
The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is a story 35 million years in the making. Read the story . . .
It’s rugged, rural and remote, but despite its name, you’ll definitely remember the Forgotten World Highway. Read the story . . .
A historic lighthouse on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean: it doesn’t get much more iconic than Nugget Point. Read the story . . .
Take a stroll through the dramatic works of eminent New Zealand artists on Waiheke Island. Read the story . . .
It’s a pretty big accolade to have a renowned marine expert rate a dive site as one of the top ten in the world. But Jacques Cousteau picked the Poor Knights. Read the story . . .
The oldest wine region in New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay is rightly renowned for its tantalising tipples. Read the story . . .
Originally established by a small group of passionate aviation enthusiasts, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim has grown to become a site of national significance. Read the story . . .
Even visiting the vast swathes of ice that make up Franz and Fox Glaciers in peak summer, you’ll need your puffer jacket. Read the story . . .
What better way to survey the best bits of New Zealand’s scenery than from a bird’s-eye view up to 16,500 feet above the ground? Read the story . . .
Experience limestone arches, caves, a whisky-coloured river and lush rainforest in the Kahurangi National Park on the West Coast. Read the story . . .
Take an easy ride along a historic road that winds through native forest in Ruapehu. Read the story . . .
Ancient gravels and millions of years of erosion have created one of New Zealand’s most spectacular geological sites at the Putangirua Pinnacles. Read the story . . .
Experience the intense power and energy of water, as the Waikato River is squeezed through dams and rapids in Taupō. Read the story . . .
In Christchurch, you can see some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, just 15 minutes’ drive from the airport. Read the story . . .
Get up close to hissing fumaroles, sizzling sulphur and steaming craters on a visit to Whakaari White Island. Read the story . . .
Set on the outskirts of the Marlborough Sounds, Ship Cove Meretoto was a favourite anchorage of Captain James Cook and remains popular with boaties today. Read the story . . .
In Hokitika, locals celebrate their remote and rugged surrounds in the form of questionable cuisine. Read the story . . .
Egmont National Park with its iconic cone of Mount Taranaki is home to hundreds of kilometres of walking and tramping tracks, from gentle day walks to more challenging tramps. Read the story . . .
Mount Manaia towers over Whangārei Harbour in a cluster of majestic craggy peaks, irresistible to anyone who appreciates a dramatic view. Read the story . . .
Set on suburban Bluff Hill, Napier Prison housed dangerous and violent criminals for more than 150 years. Read the story . . .
Take in vast views past wind turbines and up to Kāpiti and Mana Islands on this coastal walk just outside Wellington City. Read the story . . .
New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment. Read the story . . .
A beach that you can only get to by foot or by sea is a little bit special. Cathedral Cove is one of those beaches. Read the story . . .
As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’ takes on a whole new meaning. Read the story . . .
The Whakarewarewa Forest, aka ‘The Redwoods,’ is 5500 hectares of magnificent native and exotic trees on the outskirts of Rotorua City. Read the story . . .
There is no better place in New Zealand to see stars than in the heart of the Mackenzie district, where the clarity of the constellations will take your breath away. Read the story . . .
Take a walk through Rotorua’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley and learn about how the world began. Read the story . . .
Wings over Wairarapa really does live up to its acronym. With stellar aircraft displays set against stunning scenery, you can’t help but say WOW. Read the story . . .
While on a map it may look like it lies somewhere in the middle of the Cook Strait, the geographical centre of New Zealand is actually a hilltop just outside Nelson City. Read the story . . .
Challenge your fitness and your endurance running off road at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown. Read the story . . .
While the Marlborough Sounds are spoilt for scenic spots and great views, one of the best and most accessible viewpoints is at the top of the Tirohanga Track in Picton. Read the story . . .
Kāpiti Island is one of the few easily accessible offshore nature reserves in New Zealand. Read the story . . .
Walk the 110-metre wire swing bridge above the churning green water to experience the power of the river and get a whole new perspective on the Buller Gorge. Read the story . . .