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Top 5 Tours You Must Take While Travelling to New Zealand

Top 5 Tours You Must Take While Travelling to New Zealand

New Zealand has sights that will take your breath away - its no wonder why so many famous films , BBC, and National Geographic comes to this magical place to capture captivating nature and sights. The country is barely touched by man, with the lush greenery, roaming sheep, and surrounded by water, there is beauty in every angle.

On my trip to New Zealand for 2 and a half weeks, my mother and I took several tours from in several cities in New Zealand, from North Island (northern part of New Zealand) to South Island (southern part of New Zealand. Be sure to not miss these tours while travelling in New Zealand to make the most of your trip and experience all that the country has to offer.

Glowworms Caves from website

Glowworms Caves from website

Waitomo Caves Tour

Great Sights has an incredible tour of Waitomo Caves Glowworms. The option we took was taking the bus from Auckland to the caves. We did this tour in combination with the Hobbiton Movie Set, which I will discuss in the next section. During the bus ride, you will experience the beautiful nature of New Zealand and the picturesque views of the farmland and country sides. The iconic cave tour is in the town of Waitomo. The tour guide will include a walking tour inside the limestone caves formed over 30 million years ago followed by a boat ride in the pitch black dark caves and the twinkling blue glow worms above. Keep in mind, no pictures or video are permitted during the tour.

The tour was very informative and quite serene. Everyone on the boat could not make ANY noise to not scare the glowworms above. You could hear a pin drop it was that quiet. This tour is a must for your travel to do list when visiting New Zealand.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

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The Hobbiton Movie Set has been on every travel magazine there is. It has gotten world famous publicity and popularity from the famous Lord of the Rings movie series, which were filmed in Matamata, New Zealand. The entire set is still in tact and is now a place for people all over the world to experience the magical place of Hobbiton. Great Sights offers an amazing combo ticket that includes the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm tour that includes a delicious lunch at the Hobbiton movie set and transportation to and from each place- be prepared for an exciting full day tour!

Auckland Bus Tour Hop on Hop Off

Auckland, New Zealand is located on the North Island of the country. It is actually known as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Auckland is home to national historic sites, festivals, arts, and recreational activities as well as significant tourist attractions. Architectural landmarks include the Harbour Bridge, the Town Hall, and the Sky Tower. There is a lot to do and see and the unique history of Auckland is incredible to learn and discover. The Explorer Bus touring Auckland is a perfect tour for those that want to discover the dynamic city of Auckland. There are 16 stops total and you can hop on and hop off throughout the day. You can get a 24 hour or 48 hour ticket to use for multiple days, and have the option of adding on more attraction items onto your ticket for even more savings. The pass even includes a cruise across the sparkling Waitematā Harbour to explore the charming seaside village of Devonport! A return ferry trip is included in your Explorer Bus pass.

Dolphin Bay of Island Tour

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Have you ever dreamed of being a dolphin seeker in the big open blue ocean? Well now you can in New Zealand! Fullers Great Sights offers an incredible boat tour of not only sight seeing dolphins, but also viewing the iconic famous Hole in the Rock. The tour is a fun packed three-hour Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. The sights were incredible from their catamaran Dolphin Seeker . I saw dozens of surfing and jumping dolphins. During the tour, you will also take a journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. This was one of my favorite most memorable tour in New Zealand.

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Milford Sound Tour

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Kipling named Milford Sound as the 8th wonder of the world. It is really no wonder- Milford Sound is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand and the world. It is fames for its natural beauty, incredible nature, and sparkling waterfalls. Maori are believed to have discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago, and is filled with rich history untouched by man. The tour with Great Sights will take you on the ultimate adventure and one that you will never forget.

Disclaimer: All tours were provided by the tour companies mentioned in each paragraph. All information and opinions are a combination of my own and the website. This post was sponsored.

 

Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Tour in New Zealand

Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Tour in New Zealand

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