Best NZ travel spots for summer


Following on from our best NZ roadies list last week, we’ve got some more awesome NZ destinations for you! These ones don’t need to include a roadie, so even if you’ve only got a long weekend off, you’ll be able to check ‘em out.



Bet you saw this one coming, didn’t you? Queenstown is one of the most popular destinations in NZ, and for a good reason. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who wants to throw themselves out of a plane, or you just want to experience the deliciousness that is the iconic Fergburger, Queenstown has it all. 

Check out: 

  • Skyline Gondola
  • Onsen Hot Pools
  • Shotover Jet
  • Arrowtown
  • Glenorchy



Still in the South, Nelson is another fan favourite. The Nelson/Tasman area has it all, from golden sandy beaches to untouched forests. It’s usually pretty sunny here, so it’s the perfect place to be when the weather is heating up and all you want to do is laze on a stunning beach.

Check out:

  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Golden Bay
  • White water rafting in Murchison


Northland/Bay of Islands

If you want something a bit more tropical, make sure you head up north to check out the Bay of Islands. You might have seen the Air New Zealand safety video featuring Northland at some point, so you know what it’s all about!

Check out: 

  • Cape Reinga
  • Ninety Mile Beach
  • Waipoua Forest
  • Russell
  • Te Paki sand dunes


The Coromandel

This place just keeps coming up in every place to be list in NZ! Even if you’ve been there before, this is a great spot to spend your summer. It’s got a chill, laid back vibe, and some of the best beaches in the country!

Check out:

  • Hot Water Beach
  • Cathedral Cove
  • The Pinnacles
  • The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa

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