The Best New Zealand Bucket List Ever (100 Awesome Activities For Outdoor Lovers!)

Even though it’s been years (seriously, like, nine years) since I went to New Zealand, I think about it a lot and want to go back so bad!

I figured since I can’t go back anytime soon, I would make myself the ultimate New Zealand bucket list! It has some city things but it’s heavily focused on outdoor activities in New Zealand.

I already wanted to go back pretty badly but now I think I just made that worse by looking all these things up. Some of these things I’ve already done (just a few that I have posts for) but almost everything else on here are things I would like to do someday.

view of arrowtown in new zealand
View of Arrowtown (this was as close as we got)

Some of the things I’ve included are fairly popular already and others are a little lesser know. You’ll find some adrenalin pumping activities, a lot of birds, and tons of hiking for all skill levels.

There are also a few things on here that I personally have no desire to do (like bungee jumping or skydiving) but figured are pretty solid experiences, especially in Queenstown, so I included them anyway.

I hope this adventurous New Zealand bucket list inspires you to visit and see all the amazing beauty (and wine) the tiny island nation has to offer.

fox glacier new zealand
Fox Glacier
  • Try sailing in the Bay of Islands
  • Hike Rangitoto Island
  • Drink some wine on Waiheke Island
  • Hike up Mount Eden
  • Kayak Cathedral Cove at Te Whaganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve
  • Hike on Fox Glacier
  • See Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit Milford Sound
  • Visit Doubtful Sound
  • Hike the Blue Pools
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Blue Pools on the South Island
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing
  • Visit Hobbiton
  • Relax on Tomahawk Beach
  • Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • See the Punakaiki Rocks
  • Go bungee jumping in Queenstown
  • Go whale watching in Kaikoura
  • See the lupins blooming in the spring
  • See the geothermal pools in Rotorua
  • Dig yourself a jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach
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  • See the Southern Lights
  • Try heli-hiking
  • Go to an All Blacks rugby game (I don’t care about sports, though I do like Rugby and want to do this SO BAD)
  • See the Wanaka Tree
  • See the Moeraki Boulders
  • Visit the Steampunk HQ in Oamaru
  • Drive the Forgotten World Highway
  • Hike Mount Cook National Park
  • Try skydiving over Lake Taupo
  • Bike around Lake Pukaki
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Arthur’s Pass
  • Go wine tasting in the Marlborough region
  • Visit the Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery
  • Wander around the beautiful city of Dunedin
  • Hike to the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier
  • Do some wine tasting in Canterbury
  • See a Kakapo bird
  • See a Kiwi bird
  • See Fiordland penguins
  • Hike to Roy’s Peak
  • See Kea Parrots
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Kea Parrots at Arthurs Pass
  • Hike the Gertrude Saddle
  • Hike the Ben Lomond Summit in Queenstown
  • Hike the Kepler Track
  • Explore Queenstown
  • See the rocks at Castle Hill
  • Climb Mount Taranaki
  • See Maori rock carvings in Mine Bay
  • Explore Auckland
  • Drive the 90-Mile Beach Highway (yes, an official highway on the beach)
  • Visit the Kapiti Island bird sanctuary
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Mount Cook National Park
  • Explore Wellington
  • Ride the Wellington Cable car
  • Kayak Abel Tasman National Park
  • Explore Christchurch
  • Cage dive with sharks on Stewart Island
  • Go stargazing at Lake Tekapo
  • See the Church of the Good Shepard at Lake Tekapo
  • Do a campervan road trip
  • Hike the Cooks Cove Walkway
  • Hike to the Paneikire Hut
Mountains and lake in new zealand
  • See New Zealand birds at Zealandia in Wellington
  • Hike the remote Hollyford track
  • See Tane Mahuta (the oldest known living Kauri Tree in New Zealand
  • Go birdwatching at Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Dive the Poor Knights Islands
  • Go sandboarding at the Te Paki sand dunes
  • Visit Slope Point, the southernmost point in New Zealand
  • Drive along Arthur’s Pass
  • Go jetboating at Huka Falls
  • Take the TranzAlpine Trail
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Moeraki Boulders
  • Take the gondola to Bobs Peak in Queenstown
  • Hike the Isthmus Peak Track
  • Visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Hike the Grandview Mountain Track
  • Hike the Motatapu Valley
  • Visit Arrowtown
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Akaroa
  • Hike to Meg Hut
  • Explore Campbell Island
lupine field in new zealand
Lupins
  • Visit the charming Stewart Island
  • Visit one of the subantarctic islands, the Snares Islands
  • Visit Macquarie Island
  • Hike Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • Look for penguins in the Catlins
  • Visit Paparoa National Park
  • Go rafting on the Landsborough River
  • Do a flightseeing tour (or three)
  • Walk the Mount Manaia Track
  • Hike the Mangawahi Cliffs
coastal view near dunedin new zealand
  • Hike the Te Whara Track
  • Hike the Hooker Valley Track
  • Hike to Mueller Hut
  • Hike to the Moke Lake viewpoint
  • Hike to the Welcome Flat Hut
  • See the world’s longest bra fence in Cardrona Valley
  • See the world’s steepest street in Dunedin
  • Visit cape Reinga
  • See the black sand beaches on the west coast
  • Hike to Lake Marian

Have you been to New Zealand? What was your favorite thing to do there? What’s on your New Zealand bucket list?

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