101 greatest things to do in New Zealand

February 12th, 2007 at 7:38 pm by David Farrar

The Automobile Association have completed a five month survey which asked New Zealaders what their favourite areas / places in are.

They have compilied a list of the 101 must do things in New Zealand for Kiwis.

The ones in bold are things that i have done

1.Mitre Peak and Milford Sound
2.Doubtful Sound
3.Bay of Islands
4.Fiordland National Park
5.Abel Tasman National Park
6.Aoraki Mt Cook
7.Coastal Kaikoura
8.Hanmer Springs
9.Camping

10.Tutukaka/The Poor Knights
11.Marlborough Sounds
12.Fox and Franz Josef glaciers
13.Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro
14.Waitomo Caves
15.Travelling the Southern Scenic Route
16.Otago Rail Experience
17.White Island (marine volcano)
18.Stewart Island
19.Arthurs Pass National Park
20.Tongariro Crossing
21.The Blue Pools of Haast Pass
22.South Westland
23.Waipoua Forest
24.Mt Taranaki
25.Lake Tekapo Observatory and Church of the Good Shepherd
26. Ulva Island (Stewart Is bird sanctuary)
27. Otago Peninsula
28. Canterbury Plains
29. Punakaiki (Pancake rocks)
30. Cape Reinga
31. Auckland Gulf Islands – Waiheke, Great Barrier, Rangitoto and Tiritiri Matangi
32. Kicking the autumn leaves (walking Outlet Track along the Clutha River, Wanaka)
33. Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
34. Glenorchy and Dart River
35. Farewell Spit
36. Queenstown (adventures)
37. Hokianga (Northland’s west coast)
38. Whanganui National Park
39. Cape Kidnappers
40. Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park
41. Fine wines and fabulous foods
42. The Queen Charlotte Track
43. Lake Matheson (Fox Glacier)
44. Arrowtown
45. Orakei Korako (geothermal attraction, near Taupo)
46. TSS Earnslaw (vintage steamship)
47. Rotorua
48. Night skiing and riding at Coronet Peak
49. Dunedin City (architecture)
50. Mt Maunganui
51. Karangahake Gorge
52. Eastland SH35 (scenic coastal road journey)
53. Getting up close and personal with marine and wildlife
54. Hollyford Valley (and the Hollyford Track, Fiordland)
55. Hot Water Beach
56. Auckland’s west coast
57. Rotorua Luge, Skyrides, Skyswing
58. Kapiti Island
59. Marlborough wine trail
60. New Chums Beach, Coromandel
61. Christchurch City (beat that Auckland & Wellington!)
62. Mt Tarawera
63. Te Papa Tongarewa museum
64. The Bridge to Nowhere (Whanganui National Park)
65. Coromandel Township
66. Lake Taupo’s water attractions and Tongariro River
67. The Pinnacles
68. Te Mata Peak (Hawkes Bay)
69. Rotorua rafting
70. The Forgotten World Highway (between Taumarunui and Stratford)
71. Lake Wanaka maze
72. Moeraki Boulders
73. New Plymouth’s coastal walkway
74. Seafood City (Auckland)
75. Castlepoint (old seaside town)
76. Wainui Beach (Gisborne)
77. Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay
78. Buller Gorge
79. Taranaki Gardens
80. Cape Palliser (southernmost tip of the North Island)
81. Auckland War Memorial Museum
82. Raglan
83. Takaka Hill: Rameka Track Mountain (Abel Tasman National Park)
84. Whakarewarewa traditional Maori village, Rotorua
85. Waitangi Treaty Grounds
86. Rere Rock Slide, Gisborne
87. Spa and well-being (Nelson)
88. Auckland’s Sky Tower and Skyjump (not the jump)
89. Devonport and North Head
90. The Interislander
91. Auckland volcanoes
92. Central Otago
93. Port Waikato
94. Golf in an Alpine Amphitheatre (Queenstown Golf Club)
95. Hundertwasser toilet (Far North)
96. Wellington Writers’ Walk
97. Cross-country skiing (Lake Wanaka)
98. Stonehenge Aotearoa (marking the winter solstice Downunder)
99. Rugby Museum (Palmerston North)
100. Beehive and Parliament buildings
101=. Attend a Must-Do Event, North Island
101=. Attend a Must-Do Event, South Island

Hat Tip: Morph Blog

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15 Responses to “101 greatest things to do in New Zealand”

  1. Fred () says:

    There is a god…you missed all the best stuff. The secrets remain.

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  2. Whaleoil () says:

    Bloggers Bash Charity Boxing Match
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/node/3667

    Silence from the left so far. Probably think it is “Tory Charity”.

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  3. Ross Nixon () says:

    Yay! Palmerston North made the list.
    Number 99: The Rugby Museum.
    Of course this was a very accurate poll, and I voted for this many times to cover the people who would have voted had they known about it. :-)

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  4. Red Devil () says:

    When you say you have ‘done’ Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro – you mean you drove past them right? Or did you make it to the top of them all?

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  5. Red Fred () says:

    Please stay away from the Hokianga ,it is a horrible horrible place and to the best of our abilty an area free of fetid tories.

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  6. Craig Ranapia () says:

    Am I the only one whose automatic response on seeing a list of things you MUST DO is ‘piss off’? Some of the best holidays I’ve ever had were a matter of coming to a crossroads, tossing a coin and seeing where it took me.

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  7. David C () says:

    I agree Craig. And now the top ten will swarm with people keen on their “must do” holidays.
    Ruiners.
    Spontaneity people!!!

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  8. Peter Cresswell () says:

    “Some of the best holidays I’ve ever had were a matter of coming to a crossroads, tossing a coin and seeing where it took me.”

    And that’s just how many of us ended up at so many of the places in the list. :-)

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  9. JohnDalley () says:

    Just read your like Whaleoil, and nothing there convinced me the idiotic threats, crude launguage and downright rudeness should convince anyone that you have anything intelligent to say.

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  10. gatoh () says:

    I fail to see why you seem to think that Christchurch City at No 61 beats Wellington & Auckland when there are 9 different things on the list from Auckland and 6 from Wellinton. (I’m including No’s 41 & 53 in both Cities)

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  11. Mike Readman () says:

    7 out of the top 8 are in the South Island. We kicked the North Island’s butt! Yeah!

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  12. kiwianachick (1 comment) says:

    This reminds me alot of the AA 101 things to do. I am dissapointed that taupo bungy isnt on there! For my 12th birthday I completed that! Maybe you fellas can’t keep up. ;)

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