From snowboarding to surfing, epic landscapes that look they’re taken straight from a postcard and amazing wineries, New Zealand is one of those bucket list destinations.
Split across two main Islands – the North Island and the South Island – one of the best ways to see New Zealand is in your trusted Jayco van.
With so many exquisite places to see, we’ve pulled together a list of must-see sights in New Zealand to help you plan your dream itinerary.
Located in the Fjordland National Park, Milford Sound is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. With cascading cliffs, majestic waterfalls and the Milford Track, Milford Sound has something for everyone. Fun fact, Milford Sound is known to get a mean rainfall of around 252 inches each year, making it one the wettest places in the world. Don’t let this deter you from visiting – it just makes the waterfalls even better.
Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland, and is best known for its stunning beaches, excellent wineries and food spots and beautiful walking tracks. Laze about at one of the many beaches and coves on the island, or sip world renowned Syrah at one of the Island’s amazing wineries. If you can, take a few days to enjoy everything the island has to offer before heading back to the mainland.
Hobbiton is one of the most popular attractions in New Zealand and there is good reason – it is a real-life movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Even if you aren’t a fan of the films, take some time to meander around the shire, it really is magical.
Abel Tasman National Park
This national park is home to some of the most beautiful nature walks in New Zealand. The Abel Tasman Coast Track runs across the coastline and through the bush so you get the best of both worlds. If exploring by water is more your things, grab a kayak or sail boat and take the opportunity to explore alongside seals and dolphins.
If you are a fan of all things adrenaline, you can’t go past a visit to Queenstown. Located in the South Island, Queenstown is home to New Zealand’s best ski fields and the bungy capital of New Zealand. There are four different ski areas that offer a range of terrains for everyone from beginners to expert. If swinging and flying is more your thing, check out one of the many giant swings, zipline adventures or bungy jumps available in Queenstown.
Plus, after you’ve finished tearing up the snow, or swinging through the air, you can hit up some of Queenstown’s fabulous eateries and bars.