Essential Things to Do in New Zealand

There are a wide variety of things to do in New Zealand. The two small islands that make up New Zealand have become very popular for travelers, especially since the Lord of the Rings films. It has such a wide variety of landscapes, so you’ll be able to see all kinds of wildly changing views without travelling for days.

Things to Do in New Zealand

But as well as our renowned views, we also have some essentially ‘Kiwi’ things that we love doing, most of them outdoors. You see we are an outdoor people, taking part in anything that reminds us that we’re truly ‘alive’. So read on and perhaps you’ll see something that inspires you to visit the wonderful country of NZ.

Unique Things to Do in New Zealand



The crazy thing called Zorbing can now be enjoyed in various countries but it was invented in New Zealand. We’re so proud of it that it’s our #1 recommendation for things to do in New Zealand.

Now explaining what Zorbing is all about is actually quite difficult but I’ll give it a go. You essentially get into a big plastic ball and get pushed down a hill. Does it sound fun so far? Maybe not but read on. You can either go solo or with some friends and they usually put a little water in to help the ‘Zorbers’ slide within the inner ball.

The main place to do this in New Zealand is in Rotorua. It’s a great place to stay for at least a couple of days as you can learn a lot about the Maori culture and visit plenty of hot springs and volcanic lakes.

Anyway, if you give it a try once, I bet you’ll want to try it a second time. If you want to give Zorbing a try, you can find out more at this place.

Cycling in New Zealand

Cycle Touring

As I mentioned before, us Kiwis love the outdoors and a nice way to explore the outdoors is by using a bicycle.

You can either hire a bike (you should find plenty of companies offering this wherever you go in NZ) or you can book a tour with a company.

  1. The advantage of simply hiring bikes is that it’s obviously cheaper and you can ride for a bit then stay at one location for as long as you like. Plus you can change the route as you go along.
  2. The advantage of using a touring company is they’ll have route planned in advanced, a guide will usually ride with the travelers and they’ll usually have some form of backup transport which carries the luggage, as well as allowing the guests to have a break from cycling.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll find yourself in good company as lots of kiwis love to explore the countryside with a bike. If you enjoy exercise and the outdoors, cycling is a great choice among the things to do in New Zealand.

If you want to try using a touring company then one can be found at this place.

Jet Boating

Jet Boating

This is another thing invented in New Zealand.

The jet boat is quite outstanding as it sucks water in from the front then thrusts it out of the nozzle at the back at very high pressure levels.

The nozzle can point in different directions, which makes the jet boat extremely maneuverable.

It’s a very exhilarating ride as the boat weaves through very narrow rivers, seemingly dodging rocks at the last second. It sounds dangerous I know but they do have a good safety record.

There are many jet boat companies in areas all over New Zealand. I personally enjoyed doing this in Queenstown, as that place has many other adrenaline activities as well.

If you want to check out one of the companies offering jet boating experiences then you can find more information at this place.


This travel guide was contributed by Jack Harris, an affirmed travel addict who is writing for Pedaltours, a company which offers touring holidays with bicycles.

Photos thanks to JoshBerglund19, Magical-world and Copleys.

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