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Top 5 Summer Destinations in New Zealand

Abel Tasman National park, New Zealand banner

Before bidding farewell to summer, why not take time out to visit some of the hottest summer destinations in New Zealand? The country is abundant with natural attractions – from beautiful lakes and amazing geysers to lush parks and spectacular caves. There are so many wonderful places to visit in NZ, which makes it more difficult for travellers to decide where to go!

VroomVroomVroom wants to make your life easier, not only with car rental booking, but also when it comes to choosing a holiday spot. We have handpicked the top 5 summer destinations in the country. Take time to check out some of these places while it is still warm and sunny!

beautiful view of Mission bay at Auckland, New Zealand

#1 Auckland (North Island)

There are numerous beaches located all over the region – from the family-friendly Mission Bay to the surfing haven Pakiri Beach. If you prefer nature tripping over beach bumming, then Auckland is the place to be. There are 26 regional parks in the region that are waiting to be explored. If you're travelling with small children, give them a memorable summer by taking them to Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, or Butterfly Creek.

#2 Rotorua (North Island)

While tourists flock to the beach, you and your mates can head to the Lake District. There are 16 picturesque lakes to choose from including Lake Rotorua, Lake Taupo, and Lake Rotokawu. Each lake offers fun activities such as kayaking, waterskiing and fishing. The lakes are just 20 minutes away by car from the city centre. But if those aren't so thrilling for you, you can try skydiving, dirt biking, or zorbing. The perfect way to end a busy day is by soaking in the thermal pool or having a therapeutic spa bath.

#3 Queenstown (South Island)

Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and amidst the magnificent mountains, Queenstown is a premiere summer destination. Summer won't be complete without a trip to the beach, and this city has a lot to offer when it comes to that. The most popular beach in the city is Queenstown Bay where you can find many exciting activities. If you want to escape from the crowd, then head to Sunshine Bay. For a unique sightseeing experience, join the scenic flights around Fiorland and Milford Sound.

Two couple riding a boar while exploring Bay of Islands, New Zealand

#4 Central Otago (South Island)

Imagine blue skies, crystal clear water, perfect sunny weather, and summer fruit trees. These are some of the things that await you in Central Otago. No wonder it has become a favourite summer holiday destination of both adults and children. With longer days and shorter nights, you can now enjoy more activities in the area. Head to Lake Dunstan where you can enjoy swimming, jet-skiing, yachting and boating. There are also several swim centres in the region offering various aquatic attractions.

#5 Bay of Islands (North Island)

This is a great place to visit all year round, not just during summer! The Bay of Islands consists of 144 islands where you can enjoy various sea activities – from swimming and surfing to dolphin safaris and sailing. This group of islands is also known worldwide for its big-game fishing grounds. People from all over the world travel here to catch a marlin, game sharks, and broad bills. If you want to explore native forests, then head to Cape Reinga where you can find the iconic lighthouse and the Tane Mahuta (giant kauri tree). Get to know more about the Maori culture by exploring their museums and visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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