Wow! That’s probably the word that’s used the most by people who visit New Zealand. It’s an outdoor and nature paradise.
An untouched piece of earth with the most stunning landscapes. If you love adventure, then you should not miss out on a road trip through both islands of New Zealand.
From active volcanoes and geysers to snowy alps and beautiful beaches, New Zealand has it all. We have had the best time over here. The Kiwis love the outdoors and having adventures which is why it’s so easy to find campsites and beautiful hikes all over the place.
Working Holiday Visa which allows you to work and travel for 1 year. Having this visa gives you plenty of time to explore and experience what it’s like to live here. NZ is really well organized for working holiday visas and luckily there is never a problem in finding a job.
The North Island of New Zealand
Although everyone says that the south island is more beautiful, which we agree on, there is also so much to see on the north island. The beautiful Northland and its amazing coastlines are worth seeing. From there you can go to the Coromandel Peninsula which is one of the most popular holiday destinations for the locals, it is truly amazing!
You can work here for a few months on a famous campsites which is an incredible experience and then take a road trip by crossing the country from east to west (which isn’t far at all) to visit Raglan – NZ’s surf capital.
After leaving the funky surf town of Raglan, head inland towards the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Geysers, volcanoes, and natural hot springs are a must-visit here. You can also experience a traditional Maori show at places like Tamaki Maori Village and Mitai Maori Village.
One of our favorite areas of the north island was Mount Ruapehu where you can find the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mount Doom, a ski field in winter, and the most amazing view all year round! It especially looks beautiful when it’s covered in snow. From there we went south along the east coast, passing East Cape. This part is rarely visited by tourists which makes it even more amazing! Our next stop was Hawkes Bay, which seems to have the best weather all year round. Again there is amazing nature to discover here and many amazing wineries.
Next on our north island road trip should be Wellington where you can stay for few months. You can found work in the capital city and have a bit of spare time to visit the surrounding area like the southernmost point of the north island. Wellington is famous for its windy weather and perfect coffee!
Take trips to other parts of the north island, like Mount Taranaki on the west coast. This volcano is perfectly formed and looks similar to Mount Fuji in Japan.
The South Island of New Zealand
After Wellington you can take the ferry to the south island. The ferry takes you through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds with amazing views along the way. Stay a couple of weeks in the northern part to discover all the beautiful coastlines and lakes.
In addition to the stunning sounds you can also find Abel Tasman National Park here and the Golden Bay. These areas are so nice for hiking and kayaking, especially during summer. It’s also great that Nelson boasts the most sunshine hours per year on average in the whole of New Zealand!