Though it’s one of the smaller countries in the world, I’ve always found New Zealand to be one of the most fascinating. In fact, I think it has more fun stuff to do than almost anywhere else on the planet. If you want the adventure of a lifetime, I’ve got some tips for you on the best things to see and do while in New Zealand.

The Stunning Milford Sound

I am an avid nature lover, which is why I highly recommend your first stop in New Zealand be Milford Sound. Formed by Ice Age glaciers, Milford Sound has been called a great natural wonder of the world. As you gaze at its mountains and waterfalls, don’t be surprised as I was to see a few dolphins swim by and say hello in their own unique and friendly way.

Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. Without getting one drop of water on myself, I was able to take in a 360-degree view of what’s underneath all that beautiful New Zealand water, and it was a sight I’ll never forget.

Discover Auckland

While I always love getting off the beaten path and into the wild outdoors, I also love to take some time to explore what’s in a great city like Auckland. Always on the list of the best cities for world travelers to visit, I loved visiting the city’s many multicultural restaurants and museums, all of which helped give me a better understanding of the nation’s history. If you like, you can even use an auto transport service to have your car shipped to you, giving you a little piece of home while behind the wheel. A city filled with friendly people who always love to converse with tourists, I guarantee you’ll love Auckland.

The Glowworm Caves

Should you find yourself on New Zealand’s North Island, head to nearby Waitomo to see the Glowworm Caves as I did one day. When I arrived at the caves, I couldn’t believe the light show that was taking place, courtesy of the millions of glowworms that are only found here in New Zealand. No matter where else you may go in your world travels, I’m sure you won’t see any caves like the Glowworm Caves.

White Island Volcano

I always love to combine some adventure with my world travels, which is one reason why I can never resist visiting a nearby volcano. After all, the thought of standing on or near a mountain that has so much power underneath my feet is awesome to say the least. If you agree, I suggest you visit the White Island Volcano while in New Zealand. Yes, it is an active volcano, and you can even observe New Zealand’s volcanologists monitoring its activity. Accessible by boat, I just had to do like many others and take advantage of the scuba diving that’s allowed in the waters surrounding the White Island Volcano. Swimming underneath a volcano? That’s really something I can now cross off my bucket list.

Hawke’s Bay

Finally, I think there’s nothing better than having a great bike ride, watching a beautiful sunrise, and having a great glass of wine. If you agree, take advantage of the bicycle wine tours at Hawke’s Bay. While there to see the sunrise, you can also shop at farmer’s markets, hike some of the area’s trails, and much more.

Well, that’s my advice for what to do when in New Zealand. If you love a combo of adventure and relaxation, you’ll be like me and visit New Zealand as often as possible.

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