The land is the world’s adventure capital. Walking, skiing, hiking, snowboarding, skiing – all
here are designed to get you out and do an unbelievable thing.
Backpacking New Zealand is one of the worlds most popular activities with thousands of
people going around the world (backpackers take visas on working days!).
New Zealand won’t let you down, whether you’re a backpacker or just a budget traveler.
All my New Zealand visits I loved. The people are friendly, the country is beautiful, the wine
is cheap and you’ll meet many travelers here (I can see why the Lord of the Rings was shot
there). It is one of the world’s best nations. I never heard someone in the country who does
not love their time.
TRAVEL GUIDE NEW ZEALAND
If you’re not careful, it’s easy to spend money here.
As backpackers land, however, its quite easy to make budget travels in New Zealand if you
have some tips and tricks on saving money.
Additional things in New Zealand
1. Try to save the Bungy
A 500 ft Nevis Bungy Jump outside Queenstown is a true adrenaline seeker for salt. If this is
too high, in Auckland and Queenstown there are smaller ones. The adventure price is not
low, but the price is NZD$275 (US$ 190) for a single jump at Nevis.
2. Go skyscrapers
Skydiving is another popular New Zealand adventure. Lake Taupo is the best location for
this. You plunge from 15,000 ft on Earth provides an impressive backdrop. A 12,000 ft jump
will cost around $300 NZD, a 15,000 ft jump including video, photos, and t-shirt will cost you
about $550 NZD (US$ 380).
3. Visit the National Park of Abel Tasman
South Island, with its turquoise and blackwater, dense jungles, and warm temperatures this
national park is like something you would find in Asia. Many hiking trails and beautiful
seaside kayaking are all over the park for several days. The entries are free, but if you plan
to stay over, you will have to pay $15 NZD for a campsite. Hütts for $40 NZD ($30 USD) is
also available per night.
4. Stick to Wellington
The capital of New Zealand is characterized by great architecture, fantastic nightlife,
restaurants, and culture. I thought it was New Zealand’s most artsy city. There are a lot of
cultures here and don’t rush through it like other travelers – it’s worth a few days!
5. Go watching dolphins and whales
Whether you’re going from the Bay of Islands, Auckland, or some part of the South Island,
the country is for many of these people on the migratory route, and when you go, you're
bound to see many. Wanna pay from $60-150 NZD per person for a tournament ($40-100
6. Hit the paths
The South Island (especially the Queenstown region) has snow-covered mountains during
the winter months that offer some of the best skiing in the southern hemisphere. Prices vary
depending on the destination, how you get, what equipment you rent, and how long, but
expect to pay a lift fee of several hundred dollars.
7. Rotorua Restlessness
Rotorua is renowned for its cultural events in Maori and the smell of sulfur. Sulfur mud wells
are found all over town, giving the town a unique smell. The opposite is, however, that in the
area there are a host of thermal spas!
8. Come to Kaikoura outside
The town is several miles north of Christchurch, a coastal town. It is situated on a peninsula
so that it’s a wonderful place to discover the mountains in search of whales and dolphins.
There is also an interesting museum, several historical attractions, and the Maori Leap Cave
of calcareous stones.
9. Explore the Botanical Gardens of Wellington
This is probably the most popular of all the beautiful gardens in the country. There is an
enormous indigenous forest, a collection of international flora, a rose garden, and a
landscape with a pond, sculptures, a children’s playground, and a coffee shop. Entry is free,
best of all!
10. Cycle the gondola Christchurch
The gondolas ride is highly recommended and a quite basic experience when you’re in
Christchurch. The ride begins on the floor of the Heathcote Valley and takes you up the
Vaendish mountain. The top is a nice restaurant, which allows you to look around the
countryside while you are eating. Many people are cycling or going down. Adult tickets are
NZD 30 dollars ($20 dollars), and children pay only NZD 12 dollars ($8 dollars).
11. Stay in Queenstown for some time
Queenstown is the country’s capital of action and one of the fun cities I’ve ever visited. There
are plenty of outdoor sports (bungy jumping is the most popular) in the neighborhood,
wonderful restaurants, and New Zealand’s best nightlife. Anyone coming will stay longer than
planned. Neither do you skip Fergburger — they have the country’s best burgers!
12. See a cultural show of Maori
The Maori culture, you will find Maori symbols and words throughout the country, is
important for understanding life in this country. See a Maori cultural show while you are there
to understand the life and history of the indigenous peoples of the country more effectively.
Rotorua is the most popular event for $120 NZD per person ($85 USD) including dinner.
13. Browse the sound of Milford
Milford Sound is such an incredible fjord that it merits a mention of itself. The towering Mitre
Peak and its surrounding rain forests have a Milford Sound located in the Fiordland region.
The mountainsides are cascaded by water cases like Stirling Falls and Bowen Falls and the
fjord itself is home to the colonies of seal and penguin. Dolphin pods are often visible in the
waters too. Explore by boat to view rare black corals and other subsea life at Milford
Discovery Centre. Underwater Observatory. Cruises start at $45 ($30) and the Discovery
Centers admission at $36 ($25) is NZD. If you plan to do both, you can save money through
a package deal.
14. Wanaka Visit
The town is situated on Wanaka Lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains on New
Zealand’s southern island. The Mount Aspiring National Park with its many glaciers, beech
forests, and alpine lakes is an ideal way to explore the Southern Alps from here. The
Wanaka Lake itself is perfect for jet boat, sailor, and kayak enthusiasts. You want to check
out the neighboring ski resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona if you’re a skier or
snowboarder. Go to Puzzling World outside town for some fun. For some fun. It’s a labyrinth
outside and a gallery of sculptures that makes you laugh! The entry into the labyrinth is NZD
$18 ($12) and the children NZD $14 ($10).
15. Hobbiton journey
Visit the Hobbiton films shown in The Lord of the Ringen and The Hobbit films, on the
journey to the middle earth. It’s easy to expect crowds to be one of New Zealand’s most
famous activities. You must take a tour to see Hobbiton. It starts with an epic view of the
Kaimai River Ranges, which is 1250 acres long by the owner. From here, Bag End can be
explored, the hobby holes can be hung around and the Green Dragon Inn is visited. You
can’t pass this up if you are a LOTR fan. Starting tours for children under 16 are around
NZD$85 (US$ 60) in grown-ups, and NZD$40 (US$ 30).
16. Visit the island of Stewart
South of the South Island is Stewart Island, 19 miles south. There is a national park of over 85
percent of the island and most people go walking and bird watching. There is only 28 km of
roads on the island, but 280 km of walking tracks are ideal for short walks, day walks, and
day tours. Walk on the Rakiura Track for three days and gain the full experience of the wild
beauty of Stewart Island. Stewart Island is a haven for brown kiwi (or Tokoeka) that
overwhelms people and is active day and night on the island.
The rocks are covered with blue penguins and rare yellow-eyed penguins. You’re going to find a predator-free bird sanctuary offshore on Ulva Island with dozens of indigenous species. To get to Stewart The island means you will have to fly or take a ferry. It takes about 1 hour for ferry services from Bluff and costs $135 NZD ($90 USD) for adults, $70 NZD ($50 USD) for children for round
trips. The journey takes about 15-20 minutes from Invercargill airport, costing NZD$215 (USD$150) all round.
17. Enjoy a picturesque rail trip.
The difficult landscapes of New Zealand demanded remarkable accomplishments from early
train engineers. While the rail network is not huge, there are incredible rail journeys thanks to
their ability and determination. Traveling along wondrous coastlines and over rocky volcanic
sceneries through remote national parks. Northern Explorer, Pacific Coastal, and
TranzAlpine routes are included in Kiwirail. I have taken and loved the TransAlpine every
minute. We walk through rivers, mountains, gorges, and vibrant green fields. It was one of
the most peaceful experiences of my trip to New Zealand. I can’t advise it sufficiently. The
price is one way for $199 NZD ($135 USD).
18. Take one of the big paths
New Zealand has thousands of kilometers of hiking trails, but the nine Great Walks above all
are the most beautiful places in the country. The Lake Waikaremoana Track takes three to
four days on the northern island and takes you through prehistoric rain forests and beautiful
areas of wildlife. The renowned Northern Circuit of Tongariro is a thirty-four-day trip, where
you will see active volcanoes, lakes, and epic waterfalls. The South Island also has its own
unique routes, including the Milford Track that crosses the fjords of Milford Sound.
19. Discover the country of wine
NZW extends 1,000 miles from subtropical Northland to Central Otago, home of the
southernmost wineries in the world. A number of different vineyards are located in the
Hawkes Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough, and Central Otago, which is signature New
Zealand wine regions. Auckland, Gisborne, and Waipara are smaller wine-producing areas.
If you want to see the best of Kiwis weeds, take a tour of the Classic New Zealand Wine
Trail – a degustation adventure in the heart of the grape growing region of New Zealand.
There are plenty of bus tours (even bicycle tours) available if you dont have your own
20. Visit the National Park Mount Cook.
The National Park of Aoraki Mount Cook has some of the highest mountains and the longest
glaciers. Here you will find peaks, sweeping glaciers, and continuous snowfields. Here you
can find it. Although it covers 23 summits over a height of 3,000 meters, it is very accessible.
State Highway 80 leads to the village of Aoraki / Mount Cook next to picturesque Lake
Pukaki. The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is the majority of the only International Dark
Sky Reserve in New Zealand, but far from the city’s light, the starlit look is magnificent here.
Mountain climbers regard it as Australasia’s best climbing region, while less qualified
adventurers find lots of fun walks with amazing views over the region.