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Lonely-Planet-featured travel blogger, Matt Long has written quite a lot recently on his blog, LandlLopers, about his travels in New Zealand. While he was here he visited Waitomo, Rotorua, Christchurch, Wanaka and the West Coast, including Lake Matheson and Franz Josef Glacier.

If you want to hear what a travel expert does with 1 week in NZ and get some ideas for your own travels, read on. (It’s worth taking a look for the photos alone.)

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting New Zealand


New Zealand Adventure Travel – Waitomo

Black Water Rafting in the Glowworm Caves of Waitomo

The Agrodome Sheep Farm


Zorb, Sheep and Sulfur – Journey to Rotorua in New Zealand

What is Zorbing – OGO, The Human Hamster Ball

How to Spend a Day in Rotorua – Sheep, Sulfur and Zorbing

What’s that Smell? Defining the Indefinable at Lake Rotorua

Learning about Maori Culture at Te Puia


How to Explore Christchurch in a Day – Penguins, Punts and Cheese

Exploring Antarctica in Christchurch

West Coast

Christchurch to Franz Josef New Zealand – Trains, Glaciers and Spas

New Zealand TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Experience

Glaciers, Mt. Cook and the New Zealand West Coast

The Great West Coast Drive Experience – Greymouth to Franz Josef Glacier

Hot Pools, Kiwis and Glacier Hikes – How to Spend a Day in Franz Josef

On the Road Again – Franz Josef to Wanaka on the Great West Coast Drive


Lakes, Wine and No Snow – Meandering Through Wanaka and Queenstown New Zealand

Visiting Rippon Winery – The Most Photographed Vineyard in the World

What would you do if you just had one day in Christchurch or Auckland? Where in NZ would you most like to visit?

Written by Hannah Robinson at Languages International