Your New Zealand Travel Bucket List

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New Zealand has some of the world’s most scenic views, with natural beauty at every corner. Broaden your horizons on our Work New Zealand programme and tick off BUNAC team member and native Kiwi Jen's top 5 bucket list of things to see or do in NZ.

1. Spontaneous road trips!

Feel the freedom of hopping into your car and exploring the open road. By driving and stopping at cool, hidden places along the way (perhaps only accessible by car), not only will you see incredible views to rake in those Instagram likes but you'll also get the freedom to explore off the beaten track. Make sure you drive to places the tourist buses don’t go, make your own timetable and choose your own car tunes to play at your leisure!

Jen says: “I have found so many secret treasures on my road trips which I wouldn’t have ever found from flying! Some of these hold my fondest memories, so this is definitely a top choice when exploring New Zealand."

2. White-water rafting in TONGARIRO!

With this being one of the most popular adventure activities in New Zealand, it’s a most do on your bucket list! You get to spend 2 - 2.5 hours on the river, travelling around 14km through a volcanic gorge.  The Tongariro river is so clean that you can actually drink the water! Be sure not to miss the beautiful hidden waterfalls that surround the river and the rare sighting of some whistling ducks! 

Jen says: “At first I thought that white-water rafting was not my kind of idea of fun, but I can tell you I love it so such I've now done this all over New Zealand. With New Zealand being one of the top places in the world to this adventure sport, you have to experience it - no but's!" 

3. Classic New Zealand wine trails!

With some of the most famous wines coming from New Zealand these trails allow you to explore some significant regions that hold stunning scenery, beautiful forests and indulgent food experiences. You can get tasting delicious wine in more than 120 cellar doors holding the famous Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nori and the blockbuster Sauvignon Blanc. Cheers!

Jen says: “I am not a massive fan of wine, however New Zealand offers some of the world's most famous wines, so tasting them is always worth it! orth a try. Not only do you get to have a taste, it’s a great way to explore regions that hold such beauty and learn more about how the wineries are made."

4. Face the fear on the world's highest swing (300m arc!) 

With the world’s highest swing located next to the Nevis Bungy if you don’t fancy jumping you can just take the swing option instead. Forwards, backwards, alone or even with a friend, you really will find yourself accelerating through the valleys. It's an experience not to be missed! 

Jen says: “A bungy jump is something I knew I couldn’t bring myself to do but with the swing I could do it with a friend and still experience such an adrenaline rush. Not only was this a unique experience it is defiantly one to tell the grandchildren about." 

5. Hot pools are pretty cool!

No matter what you're planning do to in New Zealand, you should seriously consider adding geothermal hot pools to your list. With the North Island of New Zealand loaded with volcanoes, the hot pools are a very pleasant side effect! Finding hot pools where you least expect them is just like finding some treasure on your quest around New Zealand.

Jen says: “I loved completely embracing the natural surroundings of the hot pools. I would recommend that you explore not only the paid and developed hot pools but also get out to the free and untouched hot pools for a relaxing day out."

So you’ve heard some of the top 5 things to add to your New Zealand travel bucket list, fancy talking some more about making this a possibility on our Work New Zealand programme? Book your free face to face consultation or call us today on 0333 999 7516. 

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