7 Take a trip to of Wanaka
New Zealand visits are never complete without a trip to Wanaka, located in the Otago region of the South Island. Tourists are guaranteed to be amazed by the sight of the wonderful Wanaka lake together with the general serenity of the town.
In the winter time this is the perfect location to do all sorts of winter sports. From all over the world people will come to Wanaka to go skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, do cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains.
Wanaka is much more than just a winter destination so those are not the only activities you can do. Fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving are things you can do all year round. Before leaving Wanaka, it's be worthy worthwhile to take a tour to of the Rippon Vineyard, which is home to some of the wonderful wines available in the Kiwi New Zealand wine market.
6 Visit Mount Maunganui
Mount Maunganui, or Mauao in Maori, is a dormant volcano in the southern end of Tauranga Harbour. It reaches up to 230 metres above sea level and offers beautiful views of the harbour, beach and Pacific Ocean that makes the effort of hiking totally worthwhile.
Mount Mauao is an important part of the Maori culture and history. There is a Maori legend that tells of Mauao trying to drag himself into the sea to escape misery of an unrequited love. When the sun came up he couldn't move any further and the result was his lonely position on the edge of the peninsula.
At the foot of the mountain there is a stunning sheltered bay with white sands and clear water as well as a famous surf bay with high waves.
5 Te Papa Tongarewa museum
Those interested in learning more about New Zealand should visit the Te
Papa Tongarewa museum. It is New Zealand's national museum and art gallery and is located in Wellington.
Te Papa (our place) Tongarewa museum is home to all the New Zealand stories and treasures. Here you can learn about the heritage and history of the country and admire the country's art.
Another very memorable activity would be to visit Kaikoura, a small town which is situated on the east coast of the South Island. Here visitors can come face-to-face with the marine wildlife of New Zealand.
For those fascinated with sperm whales, seabirds, dolphins and seals, this adventure provides the perfect opportunity to interact with these animals in their natural habitat. Some tour operators even provide wetsuits so you can swim with dolphins and seals in the Kaikoura waters. Few other places can offer such natural wonders as Kaikoura.
Other than watching marine animals there are lots of land activities in Kaikoura as well. Hiking or horse riding through the beautiful countryside, wine tasting or visiting the stunning Maori Leap Cave are just some of the other activities. When having dinner try to taste the crayfish as Kai (food) Koura (crayfish) is known for it.
*Culled from www.justlanded.com