Top 100 “Must Visit” Destinations in New Zealand: #90-#81

By | September 1, 2010

1 September 2010

Welcome to the second edition of our series focusing on New Zealand and its many delights.  There are numerous amazing locales to visit while in the “Land of the Long White Cloud” and if you are planning a trip for pleasure or looking at purchasing New Zealand investment property these are well worth your consideration!

#90    The Interislander Experience – Wellington/Picton
New Zealand is made up of two main islands; these have the imaginative monikers of North Island and South Island!  One of the most pleasurable ways to travel between the two is the Interislander Ferry.  This has been described as one of this most beautiful ferry rides in the world and during the 92 kilometre journey you will see the scenic Wellington harbour, the wide expanse of the Cook Straight and the majesty of Queen Charlotte Sound.   For more info please visit www.interislander.co.nz

#89    Davenport and North Head – Auckland
This settlement is a charming seaside village which is only a 12 minute ferry ride from Auckland Central.  It is an area steeped in Maori (peoples indigenous to New Zealand) history.  Originally a pa (or fortified village) there are still remnants of that occupation today.  Evidence of European settlement is also evident with colonial buildings, gun placements and defense forts – which are available to explore!  Davenport offers a relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of the CBD.  Please visit www.devonport.co.nz

#88    Sky Tower and SkyJump – Auckland
No trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to the iconic Sky Tower in the heart of the CBD.  This is the 12th tallest tower in the world standing at 328 metres and the opportunity to jump off at 192 metres is available to the brave!  For those less adventurous there is a viewing platform and a selection of restaurants to sample in the tower including the ‘Orbit’; which rotates slowly giving a 360deg unsurpassed view of Auckland to a distance of almost 80 kilometres.  Well worth a visit www.skycityauckland.co.nz

#87    Spa and Wellbeing Retreat – Nelson
Nelson is located at the top of the South Island and boasts the most sunshine hours in the country.  The spectacular combination of pristine beaches and second to none native forest and park in the Nelson/Tasman area are an ideal setting for exclusive spas and retreats.  On offer at these rejuvenation centres are massage, beauty, facials and exclusive treatments as well as aromatherapy, reflexology, herbal treatments, iridology and reiki.  Visit http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/nelson/accommodation/resorts-and-health-spas today.

#86    Rere Rock Slide – Gisborne
This is a naturally occurring waterslide with a difference!  Until now recently a closely guarded secret with the locals; this is 100 metres of descending rock face on a gradient safe enough to glide down using a boogie board or similar.  You get a smooth ride due to the water flowing from the Rere Waterfall nearby.  This is also a nice picnic and photography spot.  See www.eventfinder.co.nz/venue/rere-rockslide-gisborne

#85    Waitangi Treaty Grounds – Waitangi, Northland

The Treaty of Waitangi is an important document that signified our emergence as a nation.  Signed February 6 (now our National Day), 1840 between the British Colonialists and a selection of Maori tribes its implementation was the beginning of New Zealand as we know it today.  In beautiful sub-tropical Northland you can visit this historical site and be wowed by the intense cultural experience on display at Waitangi.  For more information please see www.waitangi.net.nz

#84    Whakarewarewa Village– Rotorua
Within this area there is a living, breathing Maori village which is totally sustained using geo thermal properties– and this all can be observed while visiting the tourist mecca that is Rotorua.   Throughout the day, local residents act as village guides, providing a tour with a difference – from relaying village stories, to cooking meals (try corn boiled to perfection in the bubbling champagne pool) and using the natural landscape for bathing, washing clothes and predicting weather patterns.  Please visit www.whakarewarewa.com for more information.

#83    Takaka Hill and Remeka Track – Nelson
The Abel Tasman National Park may be New Zealand’s smallest national park but it has many delights including the mountain bikers magnet of Takaka Hill.  Within this area is Harwood’s Hole – a vertical hole in the hill which is the steepest straight drop in the country.  As you descend the hill on foot or mountain bike the beauty of Golden Bay will be laid before you before arriving at the township of Takaka at the bottom.  For serious mountain biking see www.marblemountainclassic.org.nz/mountainbikerace.php.

#82    Raglan – Waikato
The seaside township of Raglan in the North Island has stunning beaches and excellent surf to lure surfers from New Zealand and around the globe.  Also known for having bohemian community and an ‘alternative’ lifestyle, the locals will no doubt make visitors welcome in their laidback, friendly community.  With stunning views of the Tasman Sea, Raglan is a must visit if you are in the area.  Please visit www.raglan.net.nz for more info.

#81    War Memorial Museum – Auckland
Situated on the tip of an extinct volcano in the Auckland Domain, the War Memorial Museum is history with a difference.  The museum regularly exhibits internationally renowned works and has interactive displays and shows for all ages.  Containing unique flora and fauna, extensive information on New Zealand’s colonial development and more than 2,000 native Maori artefact’, the War Memorial Museum is one of Auckland’s treasures.

That concludes this edition of the top 100 places to visit in New Zealand – keep an eye out for our next instalment!

With thanks to the AA Travel website.