Backpacking New Zealand: Your Main Ports of Call

by Samuel on August 29, 2012

Christchurch by flickr user eguidetravel

Backpacking is the experience of a lifetime, providing travellers with the chance to discover unknown lands and secluded retreats – while making plenty of friends along the way. New Zealand is a dream come true for many backpackers, with a picturesque countryside and a diversity of beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and breathtaking scenic outlooks. If you’re planning the ultimate backpacking journey from the South Island to the North Island of New Zealand, lock these unforgettable destinations into your travel guide.

Christchurch

Travelling on a backpacker’s budget can sometimes be difficult, but with so many free things to do in the vibrant city of Christchurch, you’ll never have time to be bored. The Botanic Gardens are the reason why Christchurch has earned the name of New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’, with a lush tropical oasis just minutes from the city. Entrance to the Botanic Gardens is free, making this a great way to spend the day, for holidaymakers on a budget.

Kaikoura

Home to some of the most spectacular sights in the world, Kaikoura is a coastal paradise. Boasting the best cuisines in the country, the annual Kaikoura Seafest in October is an event not to be missed. The great party atmosphere and endless festivities of the celebrations are complimented by fine dining and an endless supply of some of the best seafood in the world.

Queenstown

The adrenaline capital of the world, all backpackers should add a trip to Queenstown to their itinerary. Save your cash for some of the best adrenaline pumping activities around, including speed boating, bungee jumping, sky diving and death-defying downhill skiing.

Rotorua

Situated on a volcanic plateau, the city of Rotorua is home to the infamous thermal springs of New Zealand. After a relaxing day at these spectacular hot springs, take a tour of the Waitomo Caves, where the roof of the caves have been described as peering up at the night sky. Thousands of tiny glow worms cover the ceilings, providing an indescribable experience for tourists.

Taupo Bay by flickr user sids1

Taupo

With an abundance of free things to do in the region of the Great Lake Taupo, a visit to this destination is a must for backpackers on a budget. Plan a day trip to Huka and experience the magnificence of the cascading Huka Falls or the intriguing creation of honey at the Huka Honey Hives.

Auckland

The vibrant city of Auckland is where the hustle and bustle happens in New Zealand. When the sun goes down, the party people come out to play in Auckland – so bring your best party clothes and get your dancing shoes on!

Bay of Islands

One of the most picturesque destinations in all of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is found just north of Auckland. White sandy beaches and tropical islands are the perfect way to end a relaxing holiday in the spectacular country of New Zealand.

One of the best things about a backpacking holiday to New Zealand is the range of cheap flights to Christchurch, along with a variety of quality backpacker hostels. Start your journey in the adrenaline pumping surrounds of the South Island and work your way up to the North Island for a relaxing end to your holiday.

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