All You Need to Know When You Travel to New Zealand for the First Time

Viv Tan Wei Wen
Viv Tan Wei Wen
21 Jul 2020
Photo credits- @rhi.james, @sophiepiearcey, @queenstownnz on IG

Photo credits- @rhi.james, @sophiepiearcey, @queenstownnz on IG

New Zealand is a backpacker’s paradise - you’ve heard about the hikes, the magnificent Milford Sounds and have that one mate who won’t stop telling you about their skydiving experience in Queenstown. 
Here’s everything you need to know when you travel to New Zealand for the first time:
  1. Working with a budget? 10 affordable activities under $100
  2. Planning a campervan trip? The ultimate South Island campervan itinerary
  3. Heading to Milford Sound? All you need to know about Milford Sound
  4. A total daredevil? The best adventure things to do in Queenstown
  5. A bit of an adrenaline junkie? The best adventure things to do in Auckland
  6. Skydiving but not sure where? 5 breathtaking tandem skydives for first-timers
  7. Up for a heli-hike? A complete guide to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
  8. How to get around Auckland? Transport, WiFi and SIM card guide

1. Working with a budget? 10 affordable activities under $100

If you’re making your way to this little pocket of the globe, also known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’ - you know you’ve got good reason to do some activities, even if you’re on a backpacker’s budget! 
Sure, the cost of the regular attractions in New Zealand like bungee jumping, skydiving and skiing can quickly burn through your wallet, but you can still experience the beauty of New Zealand on a budget - the best thing to do is do your research and book activities ahead of time so that you know you’re getting the best bang for your buck. 
Here are 10 affordable activities under $100 that will round up your trip perfectly:

2. Planning a campervan trip? The ultimate South Island campervan itinerary

What has made New Zealand such a popular destination for campervan explorers is the national policy called ‘Freedom Camping’. What is Freedom Camping you ask? Freedom camping is a policy that allows travellers to camp in a tent, campervan or motor vehicle on public land, on a site with minimal or no facilities, such as toilets or showers.
Here is the low down on things you need to know before you go, how to choose the right campervan and a 10-day South Island campervan itinerary: 

3. Heading to Milford Sound? All you need to know about Milford Sound

The stunning and self proclaimed 'Eighth Wonder of the World', Milford Sound is an absolute must-do when travelling in New Zealand. The wilderness and adventure factor is taken up a notch here with unbelievable towering sea fjords, waterfalls, glacial peaks and unique wildlife. It’s completely impressive!
Should you visit Milford Sound? How do you get there? Where do you catch the best vantage points? We have it covered here:

4. A total daredevil? The best adventure things to do in Queenstown

Queenstown sure won’t leave you hanging for any heart-pounding, adrenaline-rushing activities! It has easily become a favourite destination for daredevils and adrenaline-junkies- and with good reason.
Here are Klook’s recommended top things to do in Queenstown for travellers seeking a thrill:

5. A bit of an adrenaline junkie? The best adventure things to do in Auckland

Whether you’re looking to take a leap of faith from one of the city’s highest buildings or scale an iconic monument, the picturesque city of Auckland has an activity that can really get your adrenaline pumping. 
Auckland’s volcanoes and striking natural landscapes also perfectly complement this bustling metropolis and hint at the adrenaline-pumping activities that this adventure-filled city has to offer.
To help you locate all of the adventure activities in Auckland, we’ve put together this handy guide:

6. Skydiving but not sure where? 5 breathtaking tandem skydives for first-timers

You never forget that moment, dangling your legs out of the plane door, 15,000 feet of clear New Zealand air below you, the exquisite mountain ranges all around and your friendly tandem instructor right behind. 
Some have described New Zealand as a skydivers paradise, and with good reason. What could be more overloading for the senses than falling at 140mph, surrounded by epic snow capped mountains, pristine blue lakes and winding green valleys as far as the eye can see. 
Whether you’re a first timer or a repeat jumper, there’s no better place to get your next adrenaline fix, at any time of year. The question is, which one do you do? Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you, let’s jump in:

7. Up for a heli-hike? A complete guide to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

If you’re planning to see glaciers for the first time, you can never go wrong with a visit to Glacier Country. Situated in the West Coast of New Zealand, this area encompasses the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, as well as the Westland National Park, to create an environment of chilling natural beauty.
The two glaciers making up the main icy attractions that drive visitors to this area are filled with deep valleys and a wild variety of natural wonders - one of the most common things to do for adventurers here is a multi-day hike across the frozen landscape. 
Don’t know where to start? Here’s good:

8. How to get around Auckland? Transport, WiFi and SIM card guide

Big cities around the world can be tricky to navigate, even for locals. So, if you’re planning a trip and wondering how to get around Auckland, here are four transport tips. We all know what jet lag and airport fatigue feel like, so book your seat on a private, shared or shuttle airport transfer now. And when you’re on the wrong side of a long-haul flight and sleepless night, you can relax and enjoy the ride after landing.
Get around Auckland like a pro:

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