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What not to miss in New Zealand

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It may be located at the end of the earth for many of us, but New Zealand continues to be a hugely popular place to travel to, luring visitors with a wealth of stunning natural attractions and activities to make the most of them.

For just a sample of the authentic experiences that no visitor to New Zealand should miss out on, see our list of where to go, below.

Seeing a real live kiwi

The unofficial national symbol of New Zealand, kiwis are only active at night and are hard to spot in the wild – but you’re assured a sighting at the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua.

Getting into rugby

Sport in New Zealand is synonymous with rugby and the national team, the All Blacks. If you can’t see a game in Auckland, check out the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in Dunedin.

Watching a volcano erupt

White Island in the Bay of Plenty continuously discharges gas so pressurised it roars like a squadron of B52 bombers. This is the only place in the world where you can see an active marine volcano close up.

Visiting a Maori village

In the Rotorua forest you can visit Tamaki Maori Village, where local guides introduce Maori culture, myths and legends, and song and dance. After a traditional meal, end the evening with a hongi – a pressing of noses to signify friendship.

Searching for the Ring

The Queenstown region stars in numerous scenes in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. To take a tour see 

Hitting the slopes

Between June and October, New Zealand’s highlands are a winter wonderland. Try Whakapapa and ski down a volcano on Mount Ruapehu near Lake Taupo on the North Island, or explore the South Island’s nine commercial ski fields. 

Going wild and getting wet

Whether it’s sailing in Auckland, taking a white-knuckle trip down the Shotover River or experiencing a fast and furious excursion to the Hole in the Rock in the Bay of Islands, you can’t leave New Zealand without getting on the water.

Enjoying a local glass

New Zealand produces some of the best wine in the world. Go sipping at the source at vineyards in the Wairarapa, Marlborough and Canterbury regions.

Taking the plunge

Bungy-jumping was invented here. Test your mettle at one of the classic jump sites in Lake Taupo or Queenstown. 

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