Plane Sailing’s Kiwi Bucket List

New Zealand, Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud. The country known for its extreme sports, breathing taking scenery, stunning hikes (tramps), sheep, and rugby. Despite having lived here for a year, I feel that we have yet to live the full New Zealand experience. By this, I mean the reason so many travellers are drawn to this country (namely, those stated above…). With only a few days left of work before we become full time nomads once again, it is not surprising that our minds are full of plans and dreams for the upcoming six weeks!

We have therefore come up with a Bucket List for New Zealand. Now, it is a bucket list for a reason. There is no way our budget would allow for all of these activities, but we can always dream!

Without further ado, we give you: Plane Sailing’s Kiwi Bucket List!  (In no particular order)

  • Cruise in Milford SoundsSometimes called one of the wonders of the world, Milford Sound (Doubtful Sound and Fiordland too) should be on every traveller’s South Island to do list. A day cruise is a great way to experience this fabulous area and its wildlife. Fingers crossed it isn’t raining when we get there!
  • Skydiving in WanakaI think we may be dreaming on this one, but I can only imagine it would be the perfect place for a jump!
  • Bungee Jumping in Queenstown I have bungeed once before, but when in the home of the original bungy jump, it will be pretty tempting to do it again! Very much budget dependent.
  • Pancake Rocks in PunakakiThey are just pretty cool.
  • Glow worm tunnels – anywhere

In fact I think there are some in Punakaki! We could kill two birds with one stone.

  • Kayaking in Abel TasmanThis is a definite. We are all booked in, and very excited about our adventure. Keep an eye out for a full write up in the area in March!

A friend working there has some amazing alcoholic creations we are itching to try!

  • Find some natural Hot Springs

I have been tipped off about a few secret spots that sound amazing! Watch this space…

  • Shower in a waterfall (totally ecologically)Maybe reenact a shampoo commercial? Devin has already had a practice run.
  • Go tubing and gold panning at Pinedale

A campsite I have been to every time I have visited New Zealand (once in 1994, again in 2003) and feel like I can’t miss it out. Tubing, gold panning, toasting marshmallows over the campfire, and a glow worm tunnel with a stream running through it – it is an awesome place to stay!

As a diver, it is quite high on my list – but not likely to happen this time around.

  • Visit Hobbitton Because – you know, it’s New Zealand!

One day, we will get to dive this majestic giant wreck. Maybe not this trip, but someday.

  • Eat fish and chips in MangonuiThe one on the water, I have been instructed. It had better be good, Sarah!
  • Go to the Hot Beach in CoromandelI mean, why not?

We can give driving it a go, not sure what our little car would think of that! (Update: I just found out you can no longer drive the beach – one experiment we will not be testing then!) P.S. It is actually only 55 miles.

  • Attend a sheep shearing showMainly for the dogs. Can’t get more Kiwi than that!
  • See the All Blacks play

Ticked this one off the list when we watched them crush Wales in Dunedin last year.

I have been told it is totally worth it.

Follow our adventures over the next six weeks, and see how many of these we manage to tick off!


  1. Definitely go for the ‘bunny’ jump. Far cheaper than a bungy jump, although possibly not so high on the adrenaline scale.

    Regarding glow worms, do you remember Waitomo Glow Worm Caves? (We went there after doing the Tongariro Crossing when you were 10). It involved a boat trip through the çaves and was absolutely amazing, with between 5,000 and 6,000 glow worms.

    You should also check out Waiau Waterworks if you are headed towards Coromandel. I don’t know if they still exist, but it was very quirky and great fun. Dad and I visited when you stayed with friends.

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