Top 5 spots to backpack in new zealand!!

By @Paul |
Lemme preface this by saying these following spots are great spots to start and enable you to see the most in the smallest amount of distance.  So these areas enable you to see lots of things within a couple hours drive.  So enough already...let's go!


Taupo is great for alot of things. You got your hiking at Tongarino (Mt. Doom) which is a great day adventure.  Little more excitement needed? Jumps out of a perfectly working plan and skydive (its the cheapest in the country). To the west you have the Waitomo caves for those that like caving and glow worms.  To the East you have Rotorua, which has great thermal geysers as well as experiencing the Maori people first hand.  To the south is River Valley Lodge, which has the best river rafting ever! If that's not your speed you can horseback ride at sunset or do some yoga.  Taupo also has a great bar scene too, and don't forget to check out the free thermal pools! 

RAGLAN: The perfect beach town.

This is a must see.  If you like like to relax, and I know you do, Raglan is for you.  Its location is remote, just west of Hamilton.  About 2 hours outside of Auckland, its the perfect beach town away from everything.  Surfing and kayaking is what you do for.   It is the perfect place to unwind, forget everything, and grab a surfboard.  There's a cool, chill nightlife and some nice restaurants to boot.There's not a whole lot to do or see, but its definitely worth a gander.   


There's not a whole lot to do in Nelson itself, but its location is great. It has the best weather of all the south island. To the North is Abel Tasman, which is where the activities are.  You can skydive, hang glide, kayak, hike, etc. If thats not your thing, a lil drive to the south and you can enjoy the wineries of Marlborough. The Marlborough region produces some of the best wines in the world.  So Nelson provides a little something for everyone.  

Pahilia: Bay of Islands.

The Bay of Islands is a great place to visit.  Its relaxing, calming, and there's still alot to do. Pahilia is a great place to start your adventures.  It allows easy access to the North and West to do Cape Reinga, Sand surfing and glow worm caves to the South.  It has the best weather of both islands and is a great place to relax.  Looking for excitement? Not to worry, Pahilia has scuba diving, dolphins, skydiving, boating, and golfing. Lookin for a drink? Kinds Rd. has some backpacker hostels and a good bar scene. If you want a quieter drink I'd head over to Russell. Hop on the ferry and enjoy.


Don't miss it. It has EVERYTHING. From food to lakes to bungee jumping, canyon swinging, skydiving, the list goes on and on. One things you will miss having is money.  It is one expensive town. I only got 3 days there, but if you can do like 5.  Leave 1 activity a day, and leave some room for some drinking.  That wallet is gonna hurt, but its worth it.  If you wanna relax, go to Lake Wanaka about 45 minutes up the road. While you're there, do yourself a favor and get a Fergburger.  Super bonus is Queenstown is super close to Milford Sound, which is amazing.  
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