10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

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10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

A classic Kiwi summer is filled with swimming, road trips and eating ice cream.  Summer lasts from December to February and the good weather sometimes carries on for a couple of months after that, especially in the North.  The North Island experiences more subtropical weather with temperatures somewhere from 20-35 degrees Celsius. Summer time is so iconic here and it’s the favourite time of year for many New Zealanders.

There are so many different experiences on offer in New Zealand.  If you love nature, this is the place for you.  There are incredible hikes and some breathtaking views just waiting for you in this magnificent country also known as Middle Earth or Aotearoa.

1. Experience Hot Water Beach.  Underneath the beach are many hot streams where you can literally dig your own hot pool!

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

2. Go kayaking in Abel Tasman.  It’s often referred to as a South Island hidden gem and rightly so.  This place is truly the definition of paradise.

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

3.  Admire the wildlife at the Pukaha Wildlife centre.  This wildlife centre holds some of New Zealand’s native birds and one in particular is very special, the Kiwi.  The Kiwi is New Zealand’s national bird.  The only white Kiwi in the country can also be seen here!

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

4. Try the local wine in the Wairarapa region.  Here you will find some amazing boutique wines that really put New Zealand on the map.

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

5. Have a beach day at Cathedral Cove.  It’s one of the most beautiful places in the North Island and is usually a hot spot on a summer’s day.  Make sure you take a picnic and sunscreen, you will need it!

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

6. Enjoy the incredible summer sunsets. New Zealand has some incredible sunsets, especially in the summertime when the sky is clear or when there is a storm brewing.

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

7. Enjoy the big little capital, Wellington. Possibly the cutest capital you have ever seen with the best coffee you have ever tasted too.  Make sure you walk or drive to the Mt Victoria lookout to get the most superb views of the city.

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

8. Go hot air ballooning.  You can do this all over the country, but the two best places are the Wairarapa and Queenstown.

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

9. Visit the adventure capital of the New Zealand. Queenstown is home to bungee jumping, skiing, jet-boating and many more activities.  Perfect for an adrenaline junkie!

 

10 Experiences To Have in New Zealand For The Summer

10. Learn about the Maori culture in Rotorua.  It’s not only a historic site, but you may notice the entire town smells similar to the scent of rotten eggs.  This is because it is geothermal active so there are geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful lakes situated all around this place.

Tell us below which experience you would love to try in New Zealand!

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About the Author: Anita Dykstra

Anita Hendrieka is a Kiwi travel blogger with a passion of travelling and inspiring others to explore the beautiful world we live in. She has been blogging over at Anitahendrieka.com since 2011 where she talks about her experiences while traveling and gives advice to people looking for an adventure!

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