What to Do on Your First Trip to New Zealand

New Zealand is a magical destination for every type of visitor. Every inch in New Zealand, from the uncharted and untamed wilderness to the rich cultural heritage, is noteworthy, much like Southeast Asia’s untouched destinations


The mountains are towering and majestic, the beaches are golden and surrounded by crystal waters and the super-friendly locals are receptive and warm to visitors. Enjoy a tipple or two? You’re in luck as New Zealand will amaze you with a unique blend of the world’s best wines.


In this article, I hope to enlighten you on certain must-do activities in New Zealand, especially if this is your first time in the land of Kiwi. 


Visit New Zealand’s Top Attractions


New Zealand is endowed with great natural beauty. It would be difficult for a first-timer to decide where to start. 


Since my first visit to Rotorua, I have personally ranked New Zealand as home to the most dazzling landscapes in the world. The far north comprises beaches and coasts, geothermal wonders, and sprawling farmlands.


The Waikato region is the very site where the Shire in The Lord of the Rings and the film Hobbit was recorded. This region is also famous for its underground wonders, surf beaches, and panoramic green hills surrounding the robust city. South of Waikato is the revered Waitomo Caves made up of age-old stalactites and stalagmites. If you want to raise your adrenaline, try out black water rafting at Waitomo.


Close by is the predator-free Mt. Maungatautari which allows lovers of nature to cycle or hike. You can also visit The Bay of Plenty, named by James Cook in 1769. Indeed, you will get a glimpse of acres of orchards that produce succulent kiwi fruit, avocado, and a host of citrus fruits. 


In this place, you will also find a plethora of seafood. A short distance from Tauranga is the imposing Mount Managua adorned with spectacular beaches that provide adventurers with sky diving options.


If you stand at the summit of Pinnacle or Mount Hikurangi, then you can be the first person in the world to witness the rising sun. Other spots you may want to experience a nostalgic sunrise include Saint Clair Beach, Stewart Island, or the Tapeka Point.


Motueka Saltwater Baths


Motueka Salt Baths are another must-visit in the land of Kiwi. It would be utterly useless for you to leave New Zealand without touring this phenomenal site to practise “walking on water.” 


I highly recommend that you visit Motueka early in the morning or during sunset when the tide is high.


Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Taranaki


This celestial building is situated in New Plymouth. The Len Lye Center is the home of veteran filmmaker, painter, sculptor, and poet Len Lye. There is an impressive gallery displaying multimedia artwork.


Go forth in your adventure in the land of Kiwis!


New Zealand is a magnificent tourist choice. However, New Zealand’s weather is unpredictable. As a first-timer, you ought to be always prepared for strong winds or rain with very little notice. 


The sun rays in New Zealand are powerful mainly because the ozone layer in this part of the world is thinner. Prepare yourself well by carrying along hats with a wide brim, sunglasses, and also sunscreens and lotions. And now, there’s nothing stopping you from exploring the vast openness and unrivalled natural beauty New Zealand has to offer!