With news this week that Newcastle Airport has resumed direct flights to the land of the long white cloud we couldn’t be more excited, bro. Here are 10 totally choice things you can do on your next trip to NZ.
1 – Eat ice cream
If these aren’t the most out-there ice creams you’ve ever seen, we want to know where you’re getting your ice cream from. Giapo in Auckland is famous for mashing up ideas from all the humanities, including technology, art and science with one goal: to change the function of ice cream.
2 – Visit Fakehenge
Keen to see Stonehenge but flights to the UK are too expensive? We got you, bro. The New Zealand region of Wairarapa boasts a full-scale adaptation of Stonehenge which makes for a very quirky holiday snap.
3 – Smell The beauty!
Sure, the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is possibly one of the most beautiful locations in NZ… It’s so beautiful, you can smell it!
4 – Get the ultimate Insta shot
Strap on your (provided) rain jacket and waterproof pants and get out onto one of the world’s most instaworthy glaciers. The Fox Glacier is advertised as one of the easiest and quickest glacier walks you can do.
5 – Drink L&P
You know how they say Guiness tastes better in Ireland, well the same can be said for L&P. Leave the airport and go directly to a supermarket and grab a slab to go in the chilly bin… And while you’re at it, do yourself a favour, and get some pineapple lumps. Don’t forget to don your jandles.
6 Visit Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitnatahu
Visit the town that holds the record for the longest place name on earth. This town’s name clocks in at a length of 85 characters.
7 – Pat a Kiwi Chicken
New Zealand’s national icon… The kiwi. It’s illegal to eat one (hello Australia!), so we think the next best thing is a Kiwi Encounter. You can arrange one of these at a number of Zoos in NZ including the awesome Auckland Zoo and Orana Wildlife Park.
8 – Visit Wanaka World
Advertised as a “mystifying funhouse”, Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World in Wanaka is, without doubt, one of the strangest “theme parks” we’ve ever come across and has found its way onto our NZ holiday itinerary.
9 – Get inked
Josh Pakitamoko specialises in contemporary Ta Moko and Toi Maori tattoos and his work is amazing. You know what they say – when in New Zealand…
10 – Hang your bra off a fence!
Apparently, the tradition was started just before the new millennium when a couple of bras popped up (or off?) and appeared overnight on a fence along the Cardrona Valley Road. Now it’s a tourist attraction and a perfect addition to this list.