New Zealand Travel

New Zealand’s Top Three Islands to Visit

Kimberly
Written by Kimberly

New Zealand is a beautiful island that everyone should come to visit at least once. It’s a magical place where you can find some of the most spectacular sites in nature, wonderful pieces of history and experience lots of culture. New Zealand contains about 600 islands, so where do you begin to start when exploring this wonderful place? Rent a campervan and discover which New Zealand island is better for you.

South Island

The South Island is full of spectacular sites such as fiords, mountains, rivers and even glaciers. For fans of the Lord of the Rings films, you’ll probably recognize a lot of the scenery.

Enjoy the sunniest part of the island, in Nelson. While in Nelson, enjoy the art, food, wine and culture. You can also try hiking, kayaking, swimming or visit wildlife sanctuaries and the largest cold-water springs in the southern hemisphere, Te Waikoropupu Springs.

You can also visit the West Coast, home to several glaciers as well as several large caves. Bike through the Old Ghost Road and follow the trail of an old gold miner’s route. Visit Marlborough, home to some of the best wineries as well as plenty of walking and biking trails. South Island is also home to the popular cities of Christchurch and Canterbury, which offers lots of fun attractions, food and culture. You’ll never be bored when visiting the South Island!

North Island

Here you will have access to more fantastic views, many which are recognisable from The Lord of the Rings films. If you are a die-hard fan of the series, plan to visit Hobbiton and Middle Earth in Matamata. Or, explore Auckland, known for its many popular attractions, restaurants, museums and beautiful beaches. Go to New Zealand’s capital of Wellington and travel by the iconic red Wellington cable cars. If you have the chance, visit Taupo and go fishing, boating, jet skiing or hiking along the beautiful Huka Falls. Tongariro National Park attracts skiiers and hikers alike, as it is home to three volcanoes.

Stewart Island

New Zealand’s third largest island has a lot to offer. Visit Rakiura National Park, covering about 85 percent of the island. There is so much to explore within the park: rainforests, freshwater wetlands, sand dunes and mountain ranges. Of course, it is also filled with lots of wildlife. Among the wildlife, bird watching is probably the most common. You’ll most likely spot the native bird, the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi. If you enjoy walking or hiking, explore the Rakiura Track, giving you about 22 miles of wilderness to enjoy. You can also explore the marine wildlife by taking a boat tour of the island. Be prepared to see penguins, dolphins or albatross!

These three islands are just the start for your unforgettable road trip through the islands of New Zealand. Each one has something unique to offer!

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