New Zealand is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with its dramatic landscapes, lush forests, and clear waterways. We were lucky enough to spend 6 weeks in a campervan travelling the entire country, and could not recommend it enough. Here are five of the best outdoor activities to enjoy in this beautiful country.
New Zealand has countless hiking trails to explore, ranging from easy walks to multi-day treks. Highlights include the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a popular one-day hike that takes in volcanic landscapes, and the Heaphy Track, a four- to five-day walk through rainforest and mountain terrain.
With its varied terrain and stunning scenery, New Zealand is a mecca for mountain biking. The Queenstown Trail offers 100 kilometers of purpose-built trails suitable for all levels, while more adventurous riders can tackle the challenging Catalina Classic in Christchurch.
New Zealand’s clean rivers and sheltered coastline make it ideal for kayaking. Paddle through native forests on the Whanganui River or past glaciers and mountains on Lake Wanaka. For something truly unique, try black water rafting in Rotorua, where you’ll float downstream through glow worm caves.
From beginner-friendly bouldering to world-class sport climbing, New Zealand has something for everyone who loves to climb. Some of the best spots include Castle Hill in Canterbury and Mount Taranaki on the west coast.
Skiing and Snowboarding
With its expansive ski fields and reliable snow conditions, New Zealand is a top destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Queenstown’s Cardrona Alpine Resort is popular with families, while experienced skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of challenges at Mount Hutt near Christchurch.