5 Things to Do During Summer in New Zealand

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Summer is finally here in New Zealand! After months of waiting, the warmer weather and longer days are finally on their way. This means that it’s time to get out and do all of the things you’ve been wanting to do this summer. Whether you’re looking for some good books to read or want to make your next vacation a reality, we have compiled a list of five suggestions for what should be on your agenda in NZ this year. Check them out below!

 1) Go swimming at a lake or aquatics centre

 For some people, there is nothing better than jumping into the water on a hot summer day. And if you live near any area that features beautiful lakes or pools, then take advantage of them this summer! If you love your watersports, Queenstown, also known as New Zealand’s ‘adventure-capital’, is a great destination. If you don’t have such an opportunity nearby and need relief from the heat, your best bet is to head to your local pool.

Some people might think that they can’t afford a membership, but there are plenty of ways around it! For example, many aquatic centres, such as He Puna Taimoana hot pool in New Brighton, offer a summer pass for those who want to enjoy the water without having to commit to a membership. It’s also possible to buy single tickets at stores throughout NZ. So what are you waiting for? Get your swimsuit on and head to the pool before it’s too late!

 

 2) Take an overnight camping trip with friends or family members 

 An overnight camping trip with friends or family members is a great way to spend time together while enjoying the beautiful outdoors of New Zealand. You’ll want to make sure you have all of your supplies and remember that any food will need to be cooked over an open fire, so it’s best not to bring anything that can’t withstand high heat.

 

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 Bring a tent and sleeping bags for everyone. There are countless sports for ‘freedom camping’ on both the North and South islands for you to choose from. You may also want to bring lanterns or flashlights with extra batteries as well as matches in case you need them in the dark. Also, Check weather reports before heading out so that you pack accordingly. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and insect repellant are all important items to bring. Camping can be a great way to spend time with friends and family members while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Be sure to check your weather forecast, so you pack appropriately for the day ahead, and don’t forget to take your litter home with you!

 

 3) Get outside and enjoy nature by hiking and biking.

 Hiking Is A Great Outdoor Activity To Do With Friends And Family Members. Here are a few tips to help you get started with hiking in NZ:

Wear sturdy shoes or boots that provide good traction and ankle support, as this is key for navigating uneven terrain. Some people prefer to hike in light athletic shoes so they can enjoy the view while still having the ability to feel the trail and react quickly. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, insect repellant, and drinking plenty of water as this is key for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 Make sure your bike is in working order and that you have the necessary gear to keep it clean (lots of water, a brush or sponge, and some soap). Be prepared for flat tires by carrying extra tubes or patches, along with tire levers if needed. Remember to carry tools like spare screws and cables as well. Learn how to change a bike tire before it happens and carry all the necessary equipment in your backpack or bike bag at all times, so you’re ready for anything! I mean, you must be ready with everything because of the unforeseen eventuality that can arise when you are out there. 

 The best part about biking is that anyone can do it! You don’t need any special skills or experience – just follow these tips and get out there today. Special mention to Otago Central Rail Trail, found in Christchurch, Canterbury, one of NZ’s most beautiful biking trails.

 

 4) White Water Rafting

 White water rafting is an awesome way to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re not sure where or how to go, talk with a local outfitter about your interests and see if they can set up an excursion that fits what you want. You’ll need some basic equipment for this one: life jackets (kids of every age will need one), a paddle, and the right clothes for you.

 The rapids on the Colorado River are a great place to explore, and you can even go spelunking in some of the caves along its course. It’s an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories for life! The Mohaka River can be found in the east-central region of Hawke’s Bay and is one of the best spots in New Zealand’s North Island to experience white water rafting.

 

 5) Relax and unwind with a good book

 A good book is a perfect way to unwind, and there are so many great options out there. You’ll want the rest of your family around for this one: it’s time for everyone to pick their favorite novel or memoir! You can find anything from science-fiction classics like The Martian to hilarious tales like Bossy pants, and there are even some great kids’ books too.

 Now that you’ve seen the five best ways to spend your summer don’t forget to pack up a tent (kids of every age will need one), a paddle, and the right clothes for you. You’ll want everyone around when enjoying the summer, so don’t forget to invite your friends and family on this one. You’re going to have a blast with the above five things for this summer.