Five New Zealand must-sees

Here are five attractions you should try and fit into your next visit.

Five New Zealand must-sees

New Zealand offers so many different options for visitors – sophisticated city breaks, holidays on the water, wine region tours, or hiking in the hills – the choice is yours. Just for a little fun, here are five attractions you should try and fit into your next visit – some you’ll expect, some may surprise!

Haka – no surprises that the traditional Maori war challenge is a must see when visiting New Zealand. Performances are held each day at the Te Puia, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. To find out more, visit Tepuia.com.

Hobbiton Movie Set – whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fanatic or just a movie fan in general, taking a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set is a great way to experience Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Set near Matamata in the North Island, Hobbiton is on a working beef and sheep farm, so there’s more to see than the Hobbit’s house. To find out more, visit Hobbitontours.com.

The Mighty Kauri Tree – following on from Australia’s fascination of all things ‘big’, the kauri tree is a native pine, which grows in the sub-tropical north of New Zealand. At 4.4 metres in diameter and 17.7 metres to the first branch, Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) is the largest kauri tree in existence. To find out more about this native pine, visit Kauri-museum.com.

Cadbury Chocolate Carnival – yes, there is a celebration of all things cocoa and it happens in Dunedin in July. Make sure you’re there towards the end of the carnival to experience the Jaffa Race, where giant versions of the candy-coated orange chocolate are hurtled down the steepest street in Dunedin. And if you can’t make it there in July, you can always visit Cadbury World at any other time of the year. To find out more, visit Cadburyworld.co.nz.

Milford Sound – hailed as the most beautiful spot in New Zealand, this is the place where fjords, dramatic waterfalls and snow-capped mountains meet, making for a truly unique natural environment. It has also been named the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by Rudyard Kipling. To get there, you can catch a boat trip from Queenstown or Te Anua. The small village of Milford Sound has a few accommodation options. To find out more, visit Newzealand.com







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    MICK
    31st Jan 2015
    9:56am
    The above are at best an entree. Take a bus tour of the South Island and see it all. Well worth the cost. We loved it.
    On the topic of the Kauri tree I must say that this is a youngster compared to what is left of a 200 year old Satinay tree (a stump) in Tasmania: cut down by the loggers for no good reason (it was useless to the loggers). But then wanton destruction is the norm in Australia as witnessed by the fate of the Great Barrier Reef. The current government has backed dredging of a channel to allow a floatilla of coal ships to operate as well and is allowing the dumping of the excavated silt at the edges of the reef where it will wash over large areas of coral and kill the reef. But who cares where a 50 year coal industry has the right of way thanks to coalition governments around the nation?
    heyyybob
    31st Jan 2015
    10:02am
    Its a BUS trip from Queenstown or TeAnau to Milford Sound NOT a boat trip. Do not recommend the return bus trip from Queenstown as it IS a VERY, VERY long days travelling on a bus. Highly recommend stopping over for night (or a day or two) in TeAnau and catching the bus there. Much more comfortable and TeAnau is a great little village with good accomms :)
    Dave V
    31st Jan 2015
    10:26am
    Agree with your comment completely. Stay at TeAnau - good place.
    MICK
    31st Jan 2015
    11:12am
    Tours do it all the time. Te Anau is a great stop as long as you can get into the cave.
    Perhaps you are right...it is a ways.
    heyyybob
    31st Jan 2015
    11:22am
    Yes. We walked (tramped in Kiwispeak) in those mountains for years. Most of the time we based ourselves in TeAnau and gave ourselves a couple of days R&R in Q'town before returning to OZ. Used to see, literally, dozens of buses in the afternoons passing through TeAnau enroute back to Queenstowns with all the passengers fast asleep already with another two hours and 170kms to go to Queenstown :( A lonnnng day.
    MICK
    31st Jan 2015
    11:44am
    Two hours heyybob? Try catching a flight to the US or Europe. And then add in internal flights and transfers. One year we spend 42 hours straight travelling before we got to where we were going....a nightmare never to be repeated. But we do routinely once a year spend 27 hours from house to destination...and go shopping.
    The long day you mention is relative and sleeping on a warm bus with the sun going down is heaven. I'd swap that for our annual each way ordeal.
    heyyybob
    31st Jan 2015
    12:08pm
    Ah yes. I've flown to Europe on holidays also but that isn't relative to this story :( We are talking about a day trip in N.Z. You are more than welcome to leave Queenstown and travel by bus for hours for a brief boat trip and then travel for hours back to Queenstown in the dark and sleeping half an hour out of Milford after paying quite a hefty all-up fee for the privilege. (check the prices) It is the reason that there has been an ongoing battle with landowners etc for years now to try and get a gondola system over the mountains, new roads etc to try and shorten the journey for those who are time-poor and can't afford to fly in to Milford by light aircraft for the day. Just not my cup of tea nor for a lot or people I know who, like me, have been to Milford Sound. But, off you go and hope you enjoy yourself :)
    heyyybob
    31st Jan 2015
    12:14pm
    P.S. the total time spent on the bus Qn-Milford-Qn is just over 8 hours, if you are lucky :(
    MICK
    31st Jan 2015
    12:39pm
    Yes, always better do do things like this in leisure.
    particolor
    31st Jan 2015
    12:35pm
    I'm ORF to New ZILLAND !!
    MICK
    31st Jan 2015
    12:40pm
    I thought you were starving particolor. Good to see you won the lottery.
    particolor
    31st Jan 2015
    12:47pm
    Yeah !! But it was only $35.95 ?? Just enough for a Kilo on New Zilland Lamb Chops !!
    MICK
    31st Jan 2015
    2:35pm
    You need to look at the price of lamb/hogget....or is that hobbit?
    particolor
    31st Jan 2015
    2:45pm
    I've decided to sittle for the Fush and Chups ! Ill eat them on the Bitch near the Boat Shid !!


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