Here at Base we know the ins and outs of Kiwi Life and our staff love experiencing all the best things to do in New Zealand. So here's our Top 15 Things to Do in New Zealand, although there are so many more activities that could easily have made this list!

1. Bungy Jump

If there is one thing Kiwis know how to do - it's Bungy Jump! Queenstown is the adventure capital of NZ and the most popular destination to put your bravery to the ultimate test. You've got Kawarau Bridge - the 'easiest' of them all, the Ledge - situated 400m above Queenstown offering amazing views and of course, the Nevis - 134 m! Taupo is a great and cheap place to warm yourself up to the Nevis and Auckland Harbour Bridge offers fantastic 360 views of Auckland City. Rotorua also offers Bungy Jumping at Agroventures Park.

Read our Guide to Bungy Jumping in New Zealand

Nevis Bungy Queenstown


2. Hobbiton

No explanation needed here - Lord of the Rings fan? Book a tour of Hobbiton from Rotorua.

Don't miss a visit to Hobbiton

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3. Maori Culture

You'll find this everywhere! Just talk to the locals. But if you are really wanting to try a 'Hangi' and watch the Haka - we suggest booking a cultural experience - there are loads to choose from. Here you will also find the traditional Ohinemutu Maori Village - entry is free.

Tamaki Maori Village


4. Milford Sound

Absolutely stunning! Milford Sound is a day's trip from Queenstown and not to be missed. A boat trip through the sound is the best way to experience this majestic destination...

The Stunning Milford Sound


5. Surf at Raglan

The Byron Bay of New Zealand. Raglan is a surf community on the west coast of New Zealand's north island - a really great place to learn to surf.

6. Tongariro Crossing

A 20km breathtaking hike through volcanic activity, crater lakes and luminous green and blue lakes. Here you can talk to the top of Mt Doom - stunning! Expect a 2 hour steep ascent to the top and a quick 20 minute 'slide' to the bottom. Transfers to the foot of the hike can be booked at your accommodation.

Tongariro Crossing


7. White Water Rafting

Rotorua is the home of White Water Rafting. Kaituna River will have you plummeting down the world's highest commercial vertical drop - 7 metres! This is a great half day adventure.

White Water Rafting Rotorua


8. Gisborne

Gisborne is the first place to the sunrise. Grab a Car or Campervan for a few days and head east from Rotorua towards Gisborne. The coast along New Zealand's north island is untouched and stunning! Gisborne is the first place in the world to see the sunrise and you can also swim with Sting Rays here.

9. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

This place is weird! The geothermal wonderland is home to bright orange, luminous bright green and dark green, steaming lakes! You are literally walking through volcanic activity. Read more about Wai-O-Tapu.

Devil's Bath at Wai-O-Tapu Rotorua


10. Te Papa Museum

Te Papa Museum in Wellington is the best FREE Museum EVER! You can spend hours in here! The museum offers everything you need to know about New Zealand's history, animals, weather, volcanoes and more!

Te Papa Museum


11. Auckland SkyJump

Auckland Sky Tower features breath taking 360 views of the city and surrounds - including Rangitoto Island. Entrance is cheap. However if you are looking for an adrenalin rush - book a Sky Jump! You will literally jump off the top of the tower whilst taking in the views. This is different to a bungy jump as the fall is not free fall - but controlled.

Auckland SkyTower

Auckland Sky Tower SkyWalk. Credit: Supplied Tourism New Zealand

12. Cape Reinga Sand Boarding

Journey to the very top of New Zealand - Cape Reinga. Day tours can be booked from any tourist accommodation in NZ and normally include sand boarding!

Sand Surfing Te Paki Sand Dunes Cape Reinga

Te Paki Sand Dunes at Te Paki Stream by Bernard Spragg.NZ - license

13. Waitomo Caves

An experience like no where else in the world. Venture underneath the ground into the huge Waitomo Cave system. You will find Glow Worms living inside the caves and it is a magical sight to see! You can choose from Abseiling & Tubing through the caves - amazing!

Check out these photos of Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

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14. Cathedral Cove Kayaking

Head East from Auckland and venture towards the Coromandel Peninsula. Here you will find a little touch of paradise - Cathedral Cove. Best way to explore this protected, underwater wonderland? Kayaking!

Cathedral Cove

Micknz at English Wikipedia [GFDL or CC BY 3.0]

15. Aerobatic Flight Wanaka

This. Is. SCARY! Learn to fly an aerobatic plane over Lake Wanaka. It's damn cheap too! Your teacher will have you barrel rolling, flying vertically and more. If you find yourself a little too scared to take control of the plane - sit back and enjoy the views!

Read more about my aerobatic flight in Wanaka

Before an aerobatic flight in Wanaka



16. Fergburger

This is worth the extra hot tip! Fergburger is a must in Queenstown and an inevitable means of curing a typical Queenstown hangover.



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