For anyone thinking about going to New Zealand, it won’t take long to realize a majority of the country is divided between two large islands, each with their own pizzazz. The North Island offers more urban adventures in big cities like Auckland and Wellington, plus hot springs, geysers, and a seemingly never-ending number of gorgeous beaches.
On the South Island, outdoor adventure reigns supreme, from skiing to bungee jumping to heli-hiking on glaciers. Here you also have the Southern Alps that run down the island and the stunning fjords -- both of which provide many jaw-dropping landscapes.
I’ll be honest and say that as someone who feels an intense urge to see and do everything in New Zealand, deciding how to divide my time between the North and South Islands was tough as I was gearing up for my yearlong stay under a working holiday visa. Then, arriving in the country I quickly realized that these two main islands aren’t even the only islands you can, or should, visit.
As if New Zealand needed any more help proving itself as a paradise on Earth, there are a number of other smaller islands dotting its waters that demand to be visited. Chances are you're putting in a good chunk of time and money to get to New Zealand in the first place, so why not make the most of it and explore some of these other amazing locations? Perfect for day trips or weekend excursions, here are some other places in New Zealand to pencil into your itinerary.
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