New Zealand’s top 5 summer destinations

New Zealand’s top 5 summer destinations

Even though New Zealand is considered a small land mass, New Zealand summers can be different not only on the islands, but even in neighboring cities! From the humid heat in Auckland to the dry climate in Christchurch, New Zealanders enjoy the summer months with barbecues, road trips and swimming on the beach. Here are five of New Zealand’s best summer destinations!

Gisborne (Maori name: Tranga -nui -a -Kiwa)

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Gisborne (Maori name: Tranga-nui-a-Kiwa)

Gisborne is famous for hosting one of New Zealand’s largest annual New Year’s music festivals, but its gorgeous summer weather, idyllic beaches, and variety of outdoor activities make it a fantastic summer destination. Located on New Zealand’s east coast, Gizzy (as it is affectionately known) has many beaches that are ideal for swimming, boating, fishing and surfing. The average summer temperature is between 23 ° C and 35 ° C and the days are long and sunny. With all this sunshine, it would be foolish not to go outside and enjoy it. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails, and even the Eastwoodhill Arboretum, New Zealand’s national arboretum with the largest collection of trees in the northern hemisphere.

Great Barrier Island (Maori name: Aotea)

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Great Barrier Island (Maori: Aotea)

Great Barrier Island, with a population of less than 1,000 people, is the sixth largest island in New Zealand. It has no electricity, no supermarkets, and no public transportation. Residents pride themselves on living “off-grid” in a relaxed island style. Your stay on the island will be an incredible experience. The island is ideal for lovers of outdoor activities: there are hot springs, lots of hiking trails and beaches (surfing beaches on the east coast and secluded harbors on the west coast). And do not forget that it is the only island in the world, awarded the status of the reserve of the dark sky!

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Christchurch (Maori name: tautahi)

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Christchurch (Maori: tautahi)

Christchurch is the perfect place if you’re looking for a city with a relaxed pace of life. Though it has survived several earthquakes in recent years , it is undergoing a major reconstruction. There are plenty of innovative ways to showcase the “new” Christchurch – think shopping mall with containers, a cardboard cathedral, a riverside promenade, and more! Christchurch is also a good stopover for day trips or longer trips to the beautiful Canterbury region and beyond: 90 minutes to the quaint harbor town of Acaroa; 2 hours to Arthur’s Pass National Park; or 4.5 hours to Blenheim or Dunedin .

Coromandel Peninsula (Maori name: Te Tara-o-te-Ika-a-Maui)

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Coromandel Peninsula (Maori name: Te Tara-o-te-Ika-a-Maui)

The problem with the Coromandel Peninsula is that it’s so densely packed with beaches that it’s hard to pick just one to visit! From Hot Water Beach’s own hot water pool to the tiny town of Quaotunu to the soft sands of Huangamata, you can’t go wrong. In addition to the beaches, you can also hike to the mighty Pinnacles , and the sunsets are some of the best on the East Coast beaches .

Nelson (Maori name: Whakat)

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Nelson (Maori name: Whakat)

Known as the hottest city in the New Zealand summer, the oldest city on the South Island is a popular vacation spot for locals and tourists alike. Nelson hosts an annual jazz and blues festival in January and the Taste Nelson Festival in March. The nearby Marlborough area is famous for producing some of New Zealand’s finest sauvignons blancs and pinot noirs. Many people like to rent bikes to tour the vineyards. Nelson is also close to Abel Tasman National Park, where you can choose the length of your ride (from day to multi-day) to traverse part or all of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. The park is also ideal for those who prefer to view it from the water: a number of kayak rental companies offer tours of the pristine waters .

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