Six Day Trips to Take in New Zealand
When touring any country, taking day trips from where you’re staying will allow you to visit many of the tourist areas and see much of the countryside. If you’re visiting friends or family or on business, taking day trips allows you to travel while everyone is at work or during your own free time. Here are six places to visit on day trips in New Zealand.
Sample New Zealand Wine
When you’re staying in Christchurch, just an hour away is the Waipara Valley where many of New Zealand’s world-renowned wines are made. At Hanmer Springs, you can relax by soaking in thermal springs or take a hike on one of the many nature trails. Try out some of the wine by going on cellar door tastings at many of the local wineries.
Visit Fjordlands National Park
Perhaps two of the most scenic spots in New Zealand are Milford Sound and the Fjordlands National Park. They are located about four hours from Queenstown, and you can either book a tour of the area for the day or drive down yourself. By hiring rental cars in Auckland, you can go wherever you like instead of following someone else’s itinerary for the day.
Walk Around Wellington
If staying in the city of Wellington, you don’t need to hire a rental car. From the city’s centre, you can take short hikes around the town and see many of the attractions in the “capital of cool.” If you get tired of walking, hop a cable car and go down to the harbour, go shopping in the Cuba Mall area, or check out a cricket match at Basin Reserve.
Slice of France
About an hour and a half outside Christchurch is Banks Peninsula, which offers visitors a slice of France when they visit this seaport community. You can wander the town and visit local shops and art galleries or take a sea cruise to see native wildlife. After wandering the area, sit down for a meal and a glass of wine at one of their cafés while enjoying the area’s French atmosphere.
Visit a Movie Set
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, then going to Hobbiton should be on your agenda. Located two hours from Auckland, Hobbiton offers tours where much of the movie franchise was filmed. You can visit over 40 hobbit holes, see where Bilbo Baggins resided, visit the Party Tree and, if you get hungry or thirsty, go to the Shires Rest Café for refreshments.
Spend Time Naturally
If you or someone in your entourage is a nature lover, then a trip to Otago Peninsula should be in order. It is located half an hour outside of Dunedin, where you can explore the town and go shopping after seeing the animal life at the peninsula. There are yellow-eyed penguins, Royal albatrosses, seals, sea lions, and many other bird species to see at the peninsula.
Many companies offer day tours of these areas or you can wander around on your own to explore the beautiful sights of New Zealand.