A New Zealand Bucket List

Whatever you’re looking for on this trip, there is something for everyone here. If you’re an adrenaline junkie you can sky dive and bungee jump, if you’re into watersports you can river board or kayak, if you love to hike there are some world class trails across both islands, if relaxing is your thing there are hidden hot springs and ocean cruises, or you can try and do it all like I did!


Skydive Taupo

Climb a glacier

Franz Josef Glacier Climb

See Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Explore Puzzling World

Puzzling World

Drive through Homer Tunnel

Milford Sound

Cruise around Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Brave a Canyon Swing

Shotover Canyon Swing

And a bungy jump

The Ledge Bungy

Party in Queenstown


Try Riverboarding

Mad Dog Riverboarding

Visit Huka Falls

Huka Falls

Fly in the Sky Swing

Sky Swing

Have a Maori experience

Tamaki Maori Village

Watch a geyser erupt


Hold your breath at Wai-O-Tapu


Dig your own hot pool on the beach

Hotwater Beach

Try Black Water Rafting

Black Water Rafting

Climb Mount Doom

Tongariro Crossing

Take on the Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

Ride the Kiwi Experience

Mount Ruapehu

Swim in Gollum’s Pool

Tawhai Falls

Sail aboard the Interislander Ferry

Interislander Ferry

Take a dip at Lake Tekepo

Lake Tekepo

Climb the world’s steepest street

Baldwin Street

Visit the bottom of New Zealand

Slope Point

Wonder at the Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

Conquer an ice wall

Hukawai Indoor Ice Climbing

Race your friends on the Luge Track


Kayak around the Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Drive along 90 Mile Beach

90 Mile Beach

Make it to the top of New Zealand

Cape Rienga

Go boarding on sand dunes

Te Paki Sand Dunes

Explore the Pancake Rocks

Punakaiki Rocks

Have a Poo Pub Party

Poo Pub Party

Go skiing on the South Island

Queenstown skiing

Go snowboarding on the North Island


Explore Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove

Catch some waves


Find a black sand beach

Blacks Beach

On top of all these incredible things that I was able to experience there are many more than make the list.

  • The Ice Bar in Auckland or Queenstown
  • Swim with dolphins in Kaikora
  • Canyoning in Queenstown
  • White Water Rafting in Rotorua or Queenstown
  • Zorbing in Rotorua
  • Stewart Island off the coast of Invercargill
  • See an All Blacks game live
  • Take one of the many Lord of the Rings tours, especially to Hobbiton!

If I’ve missed something out that you think deserves to be on the list, leave it in the comments below!!

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2 Replies to “A New Zealand Bucket List”

    1. I was there a long time ago! I’m starting this blog from the very beginning. I spent a year in New Zealand and it was one of the best years of my life, I fell in love with that perfect country and I wish I could go back.

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