Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Travel has been named a tone of different things. For some, it is simply a desire to get away, meanwhile, for others, it is a passion—a thirst that can only be quenched once they step in a new place.

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand and you’ve got no clue where to go, fret not because we’ve rounded off the five towns that should be on your itinerary.

Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

  1. Queenstown

Queenstown, which is one of the best-known cities in the South Island has been dubbed as the “Adventure Capital of the World”. Considered by locals and tourists as the one of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand, if not the entire world, Queenstown presents seemingly endless possibilities with activities from mild tours to more extreme adventures.

You’ll never run out things to do in Queenstown.  All year round, activities such as bungee-jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting are available. In the winter, skiing is the most famous activity.

The town has also become an attraction to cyclists providing them with easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails and road rides to heli-biking. Queenstown surely is the place to be for adventure-seekers.

For a more relaxed trip, still in Queenstown are hiking and walking trails aplenty. There are also sights to discover and take in, spa treatments to enjoy and indulge in, boutique shopping, and of course, excellent food and wine.

To convince you even more that Queenstown is indeed one of the places you shouldn’t miss in New Zealand, it has been named as the fourth friendliest city in the world and rated internationally as one of the world’s top holiday destinations and one of the World’s Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor in 2013.

Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

  1. Auckland

In all of New Zealand, Auckland is the largest city in terms of geography while also being the main transport hub. It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world being home to about 1.5 million people. One of the best things about being in Auckland is you’re half an hour away from the beautiful beaches and hiking trails!

Being more urban and diverse, Auckland has become a dynamic place where one can go to events such as concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and light shows. One will also find the most exquisite and great-tasting food and wine, shopping centers while still upholding their traditional Polynesian roots.

The lush and diverse landscapes in Auckland also gives limitless opportunities to get in touch with nature. From black sand beaches on the west to golden sand beaches on the east give you an exquisite ambiance and an experience you surely will not forget.

Tourists often describe Auckland to be “breath-taking, picturesque and very culturally dynamic”.

Auckland also has a lot of other things to offer. It houses fine restaurant and shops as well as tours in the modern and more traditional area. Auckland is the perfect place to go to if you’re looking for a more radical feel rather than an adventurous trip.

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Image by Stephen Bain via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

  1. The Bay of Islands

A perfect destination after you visit Auckland using your Apollo recreational vehicle is the Bay of Islands. Only three hours from Auckland, it encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula—truly a paradise for those who love beaches and water activities!

Go on a voyage and discover the greatness The Bay of Islands has to offer. Its mesmerizing beauty is truly remarkable and will be more enjoyed once you join a daily cruise, charter a yacht or hire a sea kayak. At Tapeka Point, embark on an aquatic adventure with plenty of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and other maritime species.

Near the Bay of Islands is Waitangi, which is ranked 1st out of 25 listed attractions in the Bay of Islands in TripAdvisor. Waitangi is said to be an absolute must-see where attractions such as the Historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff and the world’s largest single-hulled canoe (locally known as a waka) can be found.

A contributor from TripAdvisor goes as far as saying that Waitangi “continues to inform political relations in the country today, and as such, I felt that this was one “museum”-ish place we couldn’t skip during our travels.”

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Image by Avenue via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

  1. Rotorua

New Zealand has a lot of places to offer where relaxation and adventure can go hand-in-hand and one of them is Rotorua. Rotorua, located centrally in North Island’s Taupo Volcanic Zone, is a land known for its geothermal and bubbling mud pools, lakes, shooting geysers and natural hot springs. Sitting squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire, it has one of the world’s most active geothermal activities.

For adventure-seekers, Rotorua offers activities to give that much-awaited adrenaline rush. Go skydiving, luging, zorbing and ziplining and you’re sure to find your next adventure. Rotorua also houses one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike circuits plus the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world—the 7-metre drop at the Tutea Falls.

Showcasing the traditional and ancestral home of the TeArawa people, Rotorua also offers a cultural and historical experience for all. The TeArawa people, who lived 600 years ago can give you a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground, tour around an authentic Maori village or, of course, relax and unwind in a spa therapy.

The food in Rotorua is as surprisingly diverse with restaurants that feature local favorites as well as delicacies seen on the international scene. The best place most tourists like to go to is Leonardo’s Pure Italian Restaurant. They describe the food as special and the staff as the most friendly and welcoming.

Image by Ingolfson via Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 2.5

Image by Ingolfson via Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 2.5

  1. Wellington

Some say that the second largest city and capital of New Zealand is even better than Auckland.

Recently dubbed by Lonely Planet as “the coolest little capital in the world”, Wellington is known for its diversity in the arts, culture and heritage and native beauty. Unlike Auckland which buzzes with activity, Wellington is a place of tranquility and quiet. The landscapes are green and serene dotted with architectural masterpieces styled from 19th century wooden cottages to Art Deco works of art.

Wellington is known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, and for good reason. Wellingtonians often enjoy gourmet and dining out has almost become a way of life for them. Wellington is home to a great number of trendy eateries, with bars said to rival those in New York, award-winning restaurants, cool cafes where great coffee is served.

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