After five years actively exploring New Zealand it feels like I’ve seen quite a lot of a relatively small country. Certainly more than most Kiwis it seems, though they’ve probably seen more of the UK than me. So it goes. There’s a few things I’ve yet to do though, some I may do, others I probably won’t…
Been down to the Kaikoura peninsula a few times and thought this would appeal, but thinking about the practicalities of spending the day in a small boat in often rough seas on the off chance of seeing something didn’t appeal. Read Leviathan, or the Whale by Philip Hoare instead.
I have zero desire to do this. Too much risk of messing it up and hurting myself, and I have skydived which was terrifying enough…
Long day trip from Auckland, but the black water rafting does sounds pretty awesome.
I’ve been past it several times heading though Matamata and am a LOTR fan but $75 does seem a lot of money to pay to see some wooden doors in the side of hills, though the party tree does sound impressive.
New Zealand’s only theme park, suitably scaled to the country’s population. Never been a fan of rollercoasters or fairground rides. Probably got here 20 years too late to really enjoy.
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
One of the few Auckland attractions I’ve not been to. The thought of paying $30 to see penguins in old sewage tanks doesn’t sound particularly appealing, though it is one of the rare Auckland activities that can be enjoyed on a rainy day.
Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach
I know. One of the greatest beaches in the world, and its cool to dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach (at low tide)… Really not that fussed though. Have seen a lot of beautiful beaches in New Zealand already, same same but different.