New Zealand Locations Guide

Short guides of what I liked and did not like about the many New Zealand locations that I visited. I said short guides so don't expect insider's tips and local's advices, just my honest opinion on each place that I visted in this amazing country. For thorough guides on almost every New Zealand areas, towns, national parks and much much more, go check out Backpackerguide.NZ

NI North Island

Main activity

Activity price

Gisborne - North Island

Rere Rockslide Sunrise Stingray feeding
Free! Free! $45

Gisborne is New Zealand's most eastern city, which also means it's the first city in the world to see the sunrise! I made sure I woke up early enough to watch the sunrise from the beach (and shamelessly Instagram the moment). There are a few must-do activities nearby, which I fully recommend if you can get a car. I went with some fellow hostel-dwellers to feed the stingrays at Tatapouri Bay, about 15 minutes away from Gisborne. We also went further afield to Rere, which has an awesome waterfall, champagne pools and, best of all, the Rere Rockslide. Get a cheap air bed or body board from Warehouse (there's one in Gisborne) and fly down this natural water slide.