Top 10 Backpacking Experiences in New Zealand

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All of the adventure activities you've ever dreamed of - right on each others doorsteps.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Ride giants at Te Paki, Northland & Bay of Islands

By @alensinmypocket

Boarding the Te Paki Sanddunes

Lawrence of Arabia meets Shaun White at Te Paki near Kaitaia and Cape Reinga – where you can surf down the giant Te Paki sand dunes. An absolute must-do. Sorry, no chairlifts. Photo by @alensinmypocket on Instagram.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Meet the locals at the Poor Knights, Northland & Bay of Islands

By @chrissheath4

Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights Islands, an ocean of diving has been compressed into a relatively small area.

Exploring the Poor Knights Islands

With its crystal-clear waters and inquisitive, friendly marine life, The Poor Knights Islands and Marine Reserve on the Tutukaka Coast are rated as one of the top dive areas in the world. Photo by @chrissheath4 on Instagram.

The Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua

By @te_puia

Take in the beauty of the Pohutu Geyser in Te Puia - an exceptional experience.

Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua

Rotorua is famous for its prolific geothermal activity, literally bursting with geysers (including the famous Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia), bubbling mud pools and hot springs. Meet the locals and experience the best of Maori culture from performances to the traditional food.

Lake Taupo
Kaituna River Rafting, Lake Taupo

By @h__olly

Whitewater rafters brace themselves for a waterfall while rafting the Kaituna River

Charge rapids near Rotorua

No New Zealand holiday is complete without a trip on one of our rivers. Have the rafting experience of a lifetime on the Kaituna river - whether its grade 4 or 5, we’ll leave up to you. Of course, you could always do both. Photo by @h__olly on Instagram.

Weta's Famous Trolls, Wellington

By @danniduric

The famous trolls at Weta Workshop in Wellington.

Visit Weta Workshop in Wellington

Wellington’s Weta Workshop has produced some of the world’s biggest and best-loved films like The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, King Kong and others. While in Wellington, also make sure to check out Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum and art gallery. Both are a must-do. Photo by @danniduric on Instagram.

Kayaking Nelson, Nelson

By @serenalisney

Kayakers enjoying the crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches in sunny Nelson.

Kayak the Bays in Nelson

With its stunning backdrop, beautiful, secluded beaches, tranquil waters and rich marine life, Nelson offers some of the most awesome sea kayaking in the world. All trips are fully guided and no experience is necessary. Photo by @serenalisney on Instagram.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Whale Watching Kaikoura, Christchurch - Canterbury

By @kiwivraverra

A whale breaches close to the coast in Kaikoura.

Meet the whales in Kaikoura

 A life changing moment can be had in Kaikoura, whose waters are teeming with whales and dolphins. And all against the stunning backdrop of the South Island’s spectacular Kaikoura Ranges. Photo by @kiwivraverra on Instagram.

The Shotover Jet in Queenstown, Queenstown

By @iluvnewzealand

The ultimate jet boat ride.

Jetboat in Queenstown

Queenstown is commonly regarded as the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere. It was here that both jet boating and bungee jumping were invented – and both are at the top of most thrill-seeking visitors’ to-do lists. Photo by @iluvnewzealand on Instagram.

The original Queenstown Bungy, Queenstown

By @emriga

Taking the plunge in Queenstown at the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge Bungy.

Take a leap in Queenstown

Once you've dried off from the jetboat ride, get ready to take a leap of faith. Queenstown is the birthplace of the bungy. If you want to push yourself to edge and beyond this is the perfect place to do it; take a deep breath and experience what so many before you have. Photo by @emriga on Instagram.

West Coast
The Magnificent Fox Glacier, West Coast

By @ruliak

Hiking the stunning blue ice on Fox Glacier on the West Coast of New Zealand.

Walk on a Real Glacier

It’s not the cold air at these two world-heritage listed glaciers that will take your breath away – it’s the experience. Do not leave New Zealand without walking on the Fox or Franz Josef Glaciers on the West Coast. Photo by @ruliak on Instagram.

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