Cathedral Cave - The Catlins at sunrise - New Zealand Bucket List

Our New Zealand Bucket list -completed-

Our list of the best things to do in New Zealand

When I first began researching our New Zealand trip, I remember being so overwhelmed with all the options of things to do and places to see. It all looked so amazing. The more New Zealand bucket list articles I read, and ‘best things to do in New Zealand’ posts I flicked through, the more excited I became, but it got harder and harder to choose. It took me weeks to sort through all the options. I mean, you can’t do everything, right? There are time restrictions and costs to consider.

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Campsite in Northland New Zealand

10 things that surprised us about New Zealand

Australians and New Zealanders often like to think of ourselves as cousins. We’re pretty close geographically, we always support each other during times of need and Australia has a lot of New Zealanders (we call them Kiwi’s) living in our midst. That being said, I had no idea what to expect when I first started planning our New Zealand trip. Here are 11 things that were a complete surprise about New Zealand.

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Fox Glacier Heli Hike – Walking on a glacier

We could not wait to walk on a glacier in New Zealand! After a bit of research we found our ideal Fox Glacier Heli Hike tour and booked it. The tour, consisting of helicoptering up to the glacier and wandering around its spectacular formations was incredible. In this article I’ll give you all the information you need to have your own exciting adventure and tick walking on a glacier off your bucket list!

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cliffs of Milford Sound

Doubtful Sound vs Milford Sound

When you start planning your trip and look at the images online it can be really difficult to know which of these spectacular waterways, Doubtful Sound vs Milford Sound, you should explore. We couldn’t choose and as we had some time, decided to see both. In this article I’ll break them down for you and help you decide which sound, Doubtful or Milford, is best for you.

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New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary South Island views from the road at Kaikoura

New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary South Island

Following our New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary South Island will allow you to experience the very best of New Zealand’s spectacular nature and wild life. Whether you’re in a car or campervan, there is no better way to get around this beautiful part of the country and experience the untamed, incredible natural environment.

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Campervan by Kingston Lake near Queenstown New Zealand

Compare campervan hire New Zealand – How to find the perfect camper to suit your needs.

If you’re starting to plan your dream trip you’ll want to compare campervan hire New Zealand to ensure you have an amazing, comfortable and stress free holiday. Nothing is worse than being unhappy with your campervan home or having your holiday wrecked by endless problems. We’ll show you what comparisons you need to make between campervan options themselves and also between hire companies. We’ll also show you the easiest way to compare campervan hire options!

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The Tongoriro National Park - beginning of the Tongariro crossing

Tongariro National Park – Everything you need to know

Exploring Tongariro National park and walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of our greatest memories from our time in New Zealand. Tongariro National Park has an environment unlike anywhere else in New Zealand, it is other-worldly, awe inspiring and straight out fascinating. In this article we’ll explain everything you need to know to visit Tongariro National Park, complete the unforgettable Tongariro Crossing and spend a few days exploring this insane region of New Zealand’s North Island.

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What is the best Maori Experience Rotorua? Maori performers in traditional attire

Which is the best Maori experience Rotorua?

The heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture, it’s easy to see why millions of people flock to Rotorua each year to enjoy a traditional show or feast on Hangi. Do you want to make the most of your Maori experience but are unsure which option to choose? We’ll help you choose the best Maori experience Rotorua for your interests.

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The best geothermal park in Rotorua - Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu

Which is the best geothermal park in Rotorua?

Rotorua is a city alive with geothermal activity. From bubbling mud pools to steaming hot springs and brightly coloured bacteria and mineral deposits, its a nature lovers dream. With three main options to choose from, Waimangu, Wai-O-Tapu and Te Puia, but which is the best geothermal park in Rotorua to visit? This article will explain the differences and highlights of each so you can choose the park that best suits your interests.

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Things to do in Rotorua New Zealand include beautiful lakes

Things to do in Rotorua New Zealand

Located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is a thriving city. An amazing hive of geothermal activity, Maori culture, and natural wonders there is no shortage of things to do in Rotorua New Zealand. No matter whether it’s raining, winter or evening, keep reading to learn more about your options in Rotorua.

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Views of Auckland city

7 Awesome ways to spend one day in Auckland

There is so much you can see and do with only one day in Auckland. Located near the top of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is the countries largest city and like the rest of the country, is only a stones throw away from spectacular coast line, beaches, nature and culture. Whether you want to stay in the heart of the CBD or explore the outskirts of the city, Auckland has something for everyone.

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Stingray Bay at Cathedral Cove Road Trip Coromandel

Road Trip Coromandel Peninsula: An Itinerary

The Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealands North Island is known for its pristine beaches, spectacular forests and relaxed, laid back atmosphere. If you’re unsure how to plan your itinerary, we’ll take all the hard work out of it for you. Road trip Coromandel with our itinerary and allow yourself to get lost in nature.

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Auckland to Cape Reinga road trip - Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Auckland to Cape Reinga Road Trip

This Auckland to Cape Reinga road trip itinerary covers the best of Northland. Northland is the stunningly beautiful stretch of New Zealand’s North Island above Auckland and is sometimes overlooked by travellers touring New Zealand an unfortunate consequence of New Zealand having so much to do and travellers having so little time. Trust us, however, when we say you don’t want to miss this beautiful part of the country. A road trip from Auckland to Cape Reinga and back is the perfect way to experience the Northland Region. Below is the perfect Northland New Zealand Itinerary.

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North Island New Zealand Highlights - Cape Reinga Lighthouse

North Island New Zealand Highlights

New Zealands North Island has so much to offer that it could keep you entertained for months! If you have the time, or are campervanning around New Zealand, make sure you cover the whole Island to get the full experience. Here are our North Island New Zealand Highlights – You definitely want to make sure you see these!

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freedom camping in New Zealand - Lake Opuha Reserve freedom camping

Freedom camping in New Zealand

One of the most confusing aspects of planning a New Zealand road trip is wrapping your head around freedom camping. Some people sugar coat it and make it seem like the easiest and most doable thing in the world, and others will tell you its impossible and not to even bother trying. What is the current situation with freedom camping in New Zealand? After spending 5 weeks there, we’ll tell you below!

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Self contained van NZ and freedom camping non self contained

Non self contained or self contained van NZ?

Do you need a self contained van NZ to travel New Zealand? To freedom camp? Or can you hire a non self contained van, which is cheaper? If you’ve begun researching a New Zealand road trip, you’ll likely have come across information about freedom camping (known as wild camping in Europe) and self contained campers. However it’s easy to get confused about which option is best. We’ll outline it all for you based on our experience travelling around New Zealand in a campervan.

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