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20 Unforgettable Things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of those places that excites the imagination. A land of mystery, Māori folklore and magical scenery. A country where you can ski and surf in the same day, hike on a glacier before sinking into a natural hot pool the evening, or take a boat through a cave of glow worms before entering the mystical land of Hobbiton for the afternoon.

As a New Zealand native, I often forget how incredible my home country really is. So as a reminder to myself, and to inspire others to visit this remote island nation, I’ve compiled a list of the 36 top things to do in New Zealand – that will ensure your visit is unforgettable!

Map of the Best Things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is a bigger country than most people realise. But despite that, it’s fairly easy to get around. Most of the top New Zealand attractions are accessible by car, and nowhere is more than a few hour’s drive apart.

I’ve put together a simple map of all of the top things to see in New Zealand below, so you can create your own itinerary! Click on the markers to see the corresponding number/attraction.

Best Way to Get Around New Zealand

Although you can see many of New Zealand’s top attractions on an organised tour, I normally recommend self-driving if you want the most authentic experience. This allows you to set your own agenda and go at your own pace.

And while hiring a car is an excellent choice, I’d go one step further and look at hiring a campervan for the duration of your stay.  Campervanning is a popular way to tour New Zealand as it saves you money on accommodation costs, saves you the hassle of changing accommodation every few days, and allows a lot more flexibility in your schedule.

To compare campervan prices in New Zealand check out Compare and Choose.

Top 15 Things to do in New Zealand

We’ve tried to create this list in keeping with how you would naturally move from one attraction to another throughout the country. They’re more or less in geographical order around the country, so you can easily plan your route depending on which experiences you want to cover around New Zealand.

For all of these New Zealand activities and attractions, We’ve included links to further information or recommended tours, to help you further plan your travels.

Castlepoint Lighthouse, Wairarapa, New Zealand, at sunrise.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN NEW ZEALAND’S NORTH ISLAND

For New Zealand’s North Island attractions, we’ll start right at the top of the island at one of the country’s most famous beaches. The large majority of the things to do in the North Island are concentrated around the top half of the diamond-shaped island. With this in mind, you could forgo seeing kiwis on Kapiti Island, and drive in a circular route instead.

#1 Boogie Board Down Sand Dunes at 90-Mile Beach

Sandboarding on Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand North Island

For the young and young at heart, Ninety Mile Beach is just waiting for an adventure. Miles (deceivingly only 55 of them) of pure white sand await at the northern tip of New Zealand’s north island.

Popular activities include surfing the left-hand breaks or bodyboarding down the giant sand dunes. Either one will get your heart pumping and your soul singing! Just a word of warning – you’ll need to keep an eye out for unexpected traffic on the sand… This beach is actually an official highway!

And while it may be tempting to take a trip down the scenic route yourself, it’s probably best to leave the driving to experienced guides. Most car rental companies won’t cover you if the worst should happen.

#2 Set Sail in the Bay of Islands

Sailing in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

One of the greatest things about New Zealand is its accessibility. The best sights aren’t reserved for the rich and resourceful, anyone can enjoy the spectacular nature of this wild land.

This rings true no more so than in the lush surrounds of the Bay of Islands. What feels like a wealthy sanctuary of perfect beaches, deserted islands and secluded inlets, is accessible to everyone. And this region of New Zealand’s North Island is concealing some of the countries most interesting and important historical sites.

Hire a boat or a kayak to fully immerse yourself in this slice of paradise. Paddle out to the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Piercy Island, or go in search of New Zealand’s marine life. Dolphins, whales, fur seals and penguins all love this area of New Zealand as much as we do!

 

#3 Climb a Volcanic Island

Hiking Rangitoto Island in New Zealand North Island.

Rangitoto Island is New Zealand’s youngest volcano – erupting from the sea a mere 600 years ago. A scenic reserve, the island is uninhabited save for the native birdlife that thrives here. A daily ferry service will deliver you to the island where you can spend the day exploring the various walks on offer – including the most popular summit track. This short, steep track will reward you with breathtaking 360 views over Auckland and its islands.

Probably the most unique ways of experiencing Rangitoto Island is to take the evening guided kayak. This tour allows you to watch the sun setting from the summit, before paddling back across the Waitemata harbour under the stars.

 

#4 Sample Some of New Zealand’s Finest Wines on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island wine tasting.

Waiheke Island is a popular day trip from Auckland City and is super accessible by ferry. Although the island’s beaches are noteworthy, it’s undoubtedly the award-winning wines grown here that draw visitors back time and time again.

With nearly 30 vineyards competing for space on the 92 sq km island, it’s not hard to see why it has earned a reputation as a wine lover’s playground. A popular pastime is to take a wine tour to some of the more popular vineyards, or stay for a few days in an exquisite holiday villa and sample the wines on island time.

#5 Chow Down on New Zealand’s Favourite Exhibit

Giapo makes the best ice cream in the world. It's one of the best Auckland things to do. New Zealand things to do.

Did you know New Zealand is home to the only colossal squid display in the world? Wellington’s Te Papa Museum houses the 470kg specimen that was captured in Antarctic waters in 2007.

It’s a much loved New Zealand icon and now another of the country’s icons – Giapo – have recreated the squid into an edible work of art! Giapo has long been famous for creating the most incredible ice cream in the world, and their latest creation – the Colossal Squid – is no exception.

A visit to Giapo’s Auckland store is always an experience in itself, so head downtown to sample an amazing range of flavours (which includes many vegan varieties!) and tick this New Zealand must-do off your list!

 

#6 Walk up Auckland’s Highest Volcanic Cone

Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand

A surprisingly short walk will have you at the top of Auckland’s highest volcanic cone, Mount Eden. Catch your breath (it’s a fairly steep walk) as you take in the expansive views of Auckland City and its busy harbour.

The 50m deep crater is unlike anything you’re likely to have experienced before. It’s a sacred place, so be sure to admire it from above rather than walking through it. View the relics of an ancient Māori village, and on the way back down, check out the Eden Gardens, a tranquil oasis in a bustling city.

 

#7 Kayak around Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove, North Island, New Zealand

Also called Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, Cathedral Cove is touted as one of the best places to see in New Zealand. Located on the North Island, its isolated position on the Coromandel Peninsula adds to its irresistible appeal.

You can’t drive to the secluded cove, you only have the option of walking or taking to the seas. Boat tours will allow you to explore the caves and cliffs while learning about the history of the area, while kayaking allows a more intimate experience with the opportunity to ‘park up’ and enjoy the beach when the desire arises.

#8 Dig Your Own Spa at Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula is one of the best beaches in New Zealand
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel. Photo Credit: The Coromandel

Grabbing a spade and digging your very own hot water pool in the sand is somewhat of a Kiwi institution. Located in the Coromandel, not far from Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach has become one of the most popular things to do in New Zealand. For locals as well as visitors!

The beach is a spectacular place to visit any time, but 2 hours before and after high tide you’ll find families, couples and friends brandishing gardening tools as they head towards the beach. Soak in the warm water and relax as you enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds you.

 

#9 Hang Out at the Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens are a must-do New Zealand activity

Hamilton far a way from the normal at the top of visitor’s wish lists when planning a trip to New Zealand, but there’s one very good reason you should be adding this underrated North Island town to your itinerary. The Hamilton Gardens are an award-winning attraction, world-renowned by garden enthusiasts, but little known to everyone else. The thing that really makes them stand apart is the elaborate themes they’re designed around. Walking through the gardens is like taking a tour around the world – while being much more achievable!

Be immersed in the zen-like space of the Japanese garden, smell the pungent aroma of gardenias in the Chinoiserie Garden, be transported to Italy in the Renaissance garden and learn about Māori food production techniques in the Te Parapara garden. There is so much to see and do within the garden complex, you could easily spend the majority of the day there.

And the best part is that the gardens are completely free to enter! If you’re visiting New Zealand with kids, they’ll love the complementary activity sheets and the destination playground at the end, not to mention the onsite café serving up all their favourite treats.

#10 Unleash Your Inner Movie Geek at Hobbiton

Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand for an unforgettable experience!

One of the most popular attractions in the north island, Hobbiton is also one of the most unique things to do in New Zealand! Where else can you step inside a movie set and instantly be transformed into the real middle earth?

Wander around the shire, the real-life movie set that was featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Take your time to appreciate the effort that has gone into making every detail in this fairytale land a magical place. It’s certainly an experience like no other, whether you’re a fan of the Peter Jackson films or not!

 

#11 Visit the Glowworm caves at Waitomo

Waitomo Caves in New Zealand's North Island

The Waitomo caves have a reputation for being one of the best places to see glow worms in the world. You can find Arachnocampa Luminosa (the species of glow worm native to New Zealand) in many parts of the country, but the Waitomo caves host the most accessible and impressive collection.

Dive into the ancient caves below the rolling green hills of King Country to see the spectacle created by these luminescent creatures. If you dare, you can even go zip-lining into the caves, with just the glowworms lighting your way, before climbing underground waterfalls in the dark. Or, for a more subdued experience, simply sit back and admire the show on a guided boat ride.

#12 Visit the Bubbling Mud Pools in Rotorua

visiting Rotorua's mud pools is a must-do activity in New Zealand

Rotorua is a hotbed – quite literally – of geothermal attractions. Powerful geysers, colourful volcanic lakes, and bubbling mud pools can be found sprouting from otherwise innocuous-looking parks around the central North Island town.

Among the most popular places to view these otherworldly natural attractions are Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Wai-O-Tapu offers a stunning self-guided walk through a unique volcanic landscape, as does the ever-popular Hell’s Gate. However, the latter also offers the chance to soak in a therapeutic mud bath after your exploration.

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly way to enjoy the geothermic wonders, never fear! There are plenty of simmering basins and bubbling sediments to be found right in the heart of the city. Head to Kuirau Park to enjoy the spectacle among tranquil surroundings. If you’re visiting New Zealand with kids, they’ll also love being let loose in the large playground in the park.

 

 

#13 Immerse Yourself in Māori Culture

Maori Culture, New Zealand Experiences

There are many ways to get acquainted with New Zealand’s indigenous culture, from spending the night in a marae (a Māori meeting house) and being welcomed with a pōwhiri, to simply learning about Māori heritage at Te Papa. Whichever way you chose to learn about New Zealand’s past, you’ll come away with a new respect for the land and its people.

But perhaps the most accessible way to learn about and have an authentic experience of Māori culture is in Rotorua, at the Tamaki Maori Village. Here you can witness the power of a Haka, learn about ancient traditions and eat a hangi (meal cooked beneath the ground). It’s a truly unique experience and one of the most memorable things to do in New Zealand.

#14 Be Amazed by the Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Inferno Crater Lake in New Zealand. A unique New Zealand attraction.

The world’s youngest geothermal system, Waimangu Volcanic Valley was created mid-1886 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera. A magical place brimming with bubbling pools, steaming craters and one of the bluest lakes you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Inferno crater (pictured below) is a sight to behold, but while it looks inviting, you’d be unwise to swim in the water as it’s highly acidic and can get as hot as 80 °C! Nearby you’ll find Frying Pan Lake, the largest hot spring in the world, and the steaming Cathedral Rocks.

#15 Ride the Rere Rock Slide

Rere Rockslide near Gisborne, New Zealand.

The Rere Rock Slide was a much-loved attraction for years with Gisbornites. Local families would head to the remote rock slide brandishing bodyboards, lilos, or anything at all that makes a smooth ride, in order to careen down the 200m slippery surface.

The little-known (outside of Gisborne) attraction was recently thrust into the spotlight when a drone video shot in the area went viral, causing an internet sensation. I suspect it’s busier now than it was when I used to visit in my teens, but I’m sure it’s still one of the best things to do in New Zealand for thrillseekers!

#16 Paddle out to the Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings

Mine Bay Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo, New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s most underrated, yet significant sights is that of the Mine Bay Māori rock carvings. The carvings were a labour of love led by Matahi Brightwell and his team of four to create the 10m high depiction of his ancestor Ngatoroirangi.

It is located on the side of a low promontory, the carvings are only accessible by navigating the calm waters of Lake Taupo. In order to get there you can paddle out in a kayak, take a boat tour, or even fly in by helicopter or floatplane! Whichever way you experience the beauty of these rock carvings, it will leave a lasting impression on you.

#17 See Kiwi Birds in the Wild

Southern Brown Kiwi spotted on the Rakiura Track on Stewart Island, New Zealand. The Rakiura Track is one of New Zealand's Great Walks.

While it’s fairly easy to track down one of New Zealand’s native nocturnal birds in a zoo or sanctuary, spotting one in the wild is a rarer occurrence. But this just makes it all the more special!

Many New Zealanders (myself included) haven’t had the opportunity to see a wild kiwi. Their population has rapidly reduced in modern times due to introduced species such as stoats, possums and dogs. Furthermore, thanks to careful conservation efforts, there are still some reserves where kiwi are thriving. Grab your chance to see one of these special birds!

BEST THINGS TO DO IN NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND

To visit New Zealand’s South Island attractions, start again at the top and drive almost in a circular route around the island. This time we’re starting at the incredible Abel Tasman National Park, driving down the East Coast, hopping over to Stewart Island, and ending the tour on the West Coast with a glacier walk.

#18 Go Beach Hopping in the Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park, one of the best places to visit in New Zealand

Encompassing one of New Zealand’s most unforgettable and unspoilt stretches of coastline, the Abel Tasman National Park feels like a true tropical oasis. Located at the tip of New Zealand’s south island, the national park’s beaches are only accessible by foot or boat. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track will take you around 3-5 days to complete – longer if you stop to savour each golden cove.

Boat tours and kayaks are also popular options and a good way to find secluded spots in this tranquil hideaway. Keep your eyes on the water at night and you may notice another natural phenomenon – phosphorescent plankton that glows in the dark as you move through the water. A unique New Zealand experience you’re unlikely to forget.

 

#19 Spot Humpback Whales in Kaikoura

Whale watching in Kaikoura, New Zealand is an incredible experience.

Kaikoura is known as the place for whale watching in New Zealand. Not only do you have sperm whales feeding off the abundant, nutrient-rich waters of the Kaikoura Canyon. You will also be able to spot humpback whales on their migratory route from Antarctica, and pods of orcas often swim by too.

Humpback whales pass by in winter, while orcas are commonly seen in summer, and sperm whales can be seen year-round. Making whale watching in Kaikoura a great activity in any season!

#20 Go White River Rafting or Jet Boating Down the Waiau Uwha River

White water rafting in Hanmer Springs is one of the best things to do in new Zealand

The Waiau Uwha River flows near the spa resort town of Hanmer Springs and is a popular spot for outdoor adventures! We opted for the family-friendly, yet still thrilling jet boat ride, but there’s also the more physically challenging option of white water rafting down the river. Either way, the stunning scenery is sure to impress!

The 360-degree spins and sheer speed of the jet boat ride were exhilarating, and surprisingly also educational in the quieter moments. The expert drivers and guides will make this a memorable item on your New Zealand itinerary.

 

Without a doubt, New Zealand is an exciting destination that will leave you spellbound. Whether you’re coming for rest & relaxation, or an adrenaline-fueled jaunt, you will find what you’re looking for, and more, in this magical place at the end of the world.

We hope this compilation of the best things to do in New Zealand has inspired your next visit!

15 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN TOKYO

This an incredible, massive city home to over 10 million people. It’s the capital of Japan and home to a wide array of fun, historic, and quirky attractions. From the world’s largest tuna auction and the Imperial Palace to robot restaurants and vampire cafés, Tokyo really does have something for everyone.

If you’re here for a short stopover or living here as an expat, you’ll be able to find plenty of ways to pass the time and get a feel for the organized chaos that is Tokyo. To help you make the most out of your trip, here are the best things to see and do in Tokyo:

1. Visit the Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market was one of the most iconic staples of the city. In 2018, the market moved to Toyosu and is now twice the size of the original Tsukiji market. In fact, the new market is the largest fish market in the entire world. While you’ll need a visitor’s pass to enter (you can get one on arrival) the pass is free that means you’ll have more money to spend on sushi!

Over 600 vendors here are selling fresh fish as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Gorge on sushi and marvel at the chaotic atmosphere of the world’s largest tuna market. The tuna auction here powers much of the world’s sushi supply, and it is truly a sight to be seen. You can also see a model of the largest tuna ever sold at Tsujiki — which weighed 500kg (1,100lbs!).

In fact the new market, the old outer market at Tsukiji still has plenty of restaurants and shops. You can still head there to eat and look around, though all the action is now at Toyosu. Be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds (especially on Saturdays).

2. Explore by the Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is the official home of the Emperor of Japan. It’s a terrific spot to learn about Japan’s history and culture. Formerly Edo Castle, the palace was built in the 15th century, and some of the walls and moats from that time are still in use to this day. When the Emperor moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1869, he took Edo for his new palace and renamed it the Imperial Palace.

You will not be able to go inside (or even get super close), however, the building itself is both regal and serene and a great place to relax or snap some photos. The palace is surrounded by beautiful grounds and a park, and there’s a moat around the massive stone walls. Admission to the grounds is free.

3. Experience a Tea Ceremony

Without experiencing a traditional tea ceremony, no visit to Japan is complete. Tea was brought to Japan in the 9th century by a Buddhist monk and by the 12th century, the ceremony began to take shape. While these ceremonies are usually long , there are plenty of budget-friendly options for anyone looking to experience one without breaking the bank. Here are a few budget-friednly tea ceremonies in Tokyo worth checking out:

  • Kyoto-kan (500 JPY per person, Yanmar Tokyo Building 1F 2-1-1)
  • Nadeshiko (2,700-4,400 JPY per person, 2-7-24-2F Asakusa)
  • The Way of Tea (5,500 JPY per person, Coredo Muromachi 3 3F)

4. Relax in Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a relaxing and beautiful spot to relax for a few hours (or an entire day if you’re not in a rush). It’s a serene spot to photograph the many cherry trees that line the park which blossom in April and are a huge tourist draw or to have a lunch on a sunny summer afternoon.

There are also a few important things to see in the park as well. Here are a few sights in the park you should make time to visit:

  • Tokyo National Museum – Established in 1872, this museum is located in the north end of the park and houses one of the world’s largest collections of art and artifacts from Asia, particularly Japan. 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, +81 3-3822-1111, tnm.jp. Open daily 9:30am-5pm (8pm on most Fridays). Admission is 620 JPY.
  • Tosho-gu Shrine – This is a 17th-century Shinto shrine with stunning gold doors and ornate carvings. 9-88 Uenokoen, Taito, +81 3-3822-3455, uenotoshogu.com/en. Open daily 9am-5:30pm. Admission is free, though to go further into the shrine, you’ll have to pay 500 JPY.
  • National Museum of Western Art – Opened in 1959, this is one of the only art galleries in the country to focus on Western art. The collection is comprised of 5,000 pieces, dating from the Renaissance all the way to the 20th century. There are works by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, and Picasso as well as sculptures dating back to the 14th century.7-7 Uenokoen, +81 3-3828-5131 , nmwa.go.jp. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm (8pm on Fridays). Admission is 500 JPY for adults, 250 for college students, and free for seniors and anyone under 18.

5. Eat at the Robot Restaurant

This restaurant, literally called Robot Restaurant, is an absolute sensory overload. it has lasers, robots, monsters, music, dancing and much, much more! Sure, it may be a bit of a tourist trap (aka it’s not cheap), but it is an epic dining experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s definitely worth the price if you want to do something completely out of the ordinary — and something decidedly Japanese.

1 Chome-7-1 Kabukicho, +81 3-3200-5500, shinjuku-robot.com/pc. There are three performances a day on weekdays starting at 4:45pm, with afternoon matinees on weekends.

6. Check out Asakusa

If you want to check out some of Tokyo’s historic and culturally-significant religious sites, be sure to spend some time wandering around Asakusa. Two places that I’d suggest you visit are:

  • Senso-ji – This is Tokyo’s most popular (and arguably most famous) temple. It’s beautifully painted and sits in a scenic spot near a pagoda and the Kaminari Gate. There’s a huge statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, inside the main hall. It’s busy during the day so aim to visit in the evening to beat the crowds. 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, +81 3-3842-0181, senso-ji.jp. The grounds are open 24/7, though the temple itself is open daily 6am-5pm. Admission is free.
  • Asakusa Shrine – This is a Shinto shrine located near Senso-ji. It’s much more peaceful and less busy than Senso-ji as well. It was built during the Edo period and miraculously survived the air raids of World War II. 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, +81 3-3844-1575, asakusajinja.jp. Open daily 9am-4:30pm. Admission is free.

7.Have Dinner with Ninjas

For another unique dining experience, head to Ninja Akasaka. It’s a ninja-themed restaurant designed like an Edo-era building. The waitstaff are clothed in stereotypical all-black garb and trained in all sorts of simple tricks, sleight of hand, and illusions. You’ll order off old scrolls while being entertained by the skillful tricks of your server. The food isn’t anything special but it’s super fun and the atmosphere is unique.

Tokyu Plaza Akasaka, +81 3-5157-3936, ninjaakasaka.com. Open daily 5pm-10:30pm (9:45pm on Sundays)

8.Drink in Golden Gai

When looking for something interesting to do at night, this alley of backstreet bars is a cool spot to start at. There isn’t much going on here during the day, but when the sun goes down, these zigzag hallways and closet-sized beer rooms are filled with interesting people and cheap drinks. There are 6 alleys connected by narrow passageways only wide enough for 1 or 2 people, making it a rather unique place to start your night out on the town. It’s located in Shinjuku.

 9.Mario Kart Go-Karting

If you’re a video game fan of Mario Kart(or just want to do something different), check out Street Kart. This is a real-life Mario Bros. go-kart company that lets you dress up and race around the city.  As an important requirement you will need international driving permit (which you can get if you have a valid driver’s license), you can take part, racing around the city dressed up as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi…

4-12-9 Sotokanda, +81 80-8899-8899, maricar.com/en/akihabara.html. Open daily 10am-10pm. The course will take 1-2 hours and costs 9,000 JPY per person. There are multiple locations around the city.

 9.Visit a Quirky Café

Tokyo is well known for having all sorts of weird and wonderful cafés. Monster cafés, cat cafés, dog cafés, owl cafés, vampire cafés, and much more! If you can think of it, there is probably a café for it somewhere in the city. When looking for something unusual to do (or just want a place to relax after exploring) then take a look and see what weird and quirky cafés are near you, they’re all around the city so you never have to go far to find one!

Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

  • Kawaii Monster Café
  • Vampire Café
  • Christon Café (Christian-themed café)
  • Dog Heart (dog café)
  • Cat Café Calico

10. Gaze at Mt. Fuji from Hakone

The view of Mount Fuji from Hakone, with a torii gate in the foreground
Do you want to take a day trip (or a multi-day trip) from the city? Then you should consider going to Hakone. It’s located just over an hour from Tokyo and is one of the best places to get away from the city, relax for a few days, and take in the view of Mount Fuji. There are numerous guesthouses in the area, many with their own private onsen (natural hot springs), making it a great place to go for a romantic getaway.

11. Watch a Sumo Match

Two sumo wrestlers about to fight in a massive arena as the crowd watches in Japan
Kokugikan is Japan’s most famous sumo wrestling arena. It hosts tournaments three times each year, all of which draw huge crowds. Sumo wrestling dates back to the 17th century, though its origins date back even further. Even to this day, it’s still one of the most popular traditions in the country. If you’re in town at the right time, this is a must-do,  even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s a unique and pretty much rare opportunity. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to book early.

1 Chome-3-2-8 Yokoami, Sumida, +81 3-3623-5111, sumo.or.jp/kokugikan. Ticket prices vary, but expect to pay around 2,200 JPY.

12. Visit Daibutsu (the Great Buddha)

The Great Buddha in Kamakura, Kapan against a bright blue sky
If you are looking for another day trip, head to Kamakura. Here you’ll find a 13m bronze statue of Buddha that was built in 1252. The statue was initially constructed within a temple, but the temple was washed away — on several occasions — by storms.

At the time, the statue now sits in the open air (along with a massive pair of straw sandals that belong to the statue). You can even go inside the statue itself (there isn’t much to see, but it’s still kind of neat to be able to step into a massive statue of that size and importance). The journey only takes about an hour so it’s a great destination for a half-day or full-day excursion.

13. Get Touristy at Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey Mouse on a flat at a parade in Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan
This is a fun choice for anyone traveling with your family and children, but also for any adults who just love amusement parks. Opened in 1983, it has seven themed areas to explore and is the third most visited theme park in the world. It has a lot of the same famous rides you’ll find at Disney World such as Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, and the nauseating Mad Tea Cup Ride.

1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, +81 45-330-5211, tokyodisneyresort.jp/tdl. Open daily 8am-10pm. Admission is 7,400 JPY for adults and 4,800-6,400 JPY for children, depending on age.

14. Visit the Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower at sunrise in Tokyo, Japan
Built in 1957, Tokyo Tower resembles the Eiffel Tower (though the Tokyo Tower is taller, standing 333m). It’s made entirely of steel and you can pay to go all the way to the top floor to take in the view. The views are amazing, the main observation deck offers one that’s just as good for almost half the price.

4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, +81 3-3433-5111, tokyotower.co.jp. Open daily 9am-11pm. Admission is 900 JPY for the main deck or 1,600 JPY for the top.

15. Drinks at the Park Hyatt

The dim and classy interior of New York Bar in Tokyo, Japan
New York Bar is the iconic bar from Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation. Located on the 52nd floor, the bar actually lives up to the hype of the film. The atmosphere is very classy, the drinks are great, and the view is absolutely stunning. There you will find live jazz every night and while there is a cover charge (around 2,500 JPY), it’s definitely worth it if you’re looking to splash out.

3-7-1-2 Nishishinjuku, +81 3-5322-1234, hyatt.com. Open Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-12am and Thursday-Saturday 5pm-1am.

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find Hotel in Ealing

Ealing is a London Borough in the west London and lies on the outer facade. Ealing is suburb on the developing scale and is famously known for its film industry and is considered one the oldest in the world. Although referred to as the “The Queen of the Suburbs”, it has many other attractions like the historical churches and the museums.

If you are heading towards Ealing, then you should know about the place and the lodging features of that place. It starts with you concerning the airport desk for the place map. The traveller service centre can provide you with the best information on how to reach the destined location. They even help you plan your stay carefully managing the minimum budget. You can get the different hotels in Ealing through their list.Some of the hotels are Hotel 55, Chiswick Moran Hotel, and Boston Manor Hotel. You can get the related brochures from the airport desks itself. The hotel brochures can be carefully précised but if you still want further information, you can contact the hotels in Ealingthrough the contact details provided to you.

 

For booking a hotel in Ealing, you must make sure that it is cost effective and it provides you with all the information required. The hotels can give you a varying price range for booking and you can select the best offers upon setting up a connection with them. You can also log onto their websites and search for the budgetary offers included in their list.

Through online contact support you can view many other hotels in Ealing. They can be local or star rated. You can book these hotels as per your convenience. You can stay in these hotels with full comfort since the hotels in Ealingprovide genuine information. They stand absolutely up to your expectations. It is guaranteed that you shall enjoy your stay in the hotels in Ealing.

The online websites provide a lot of information regarding the hotels. You can search for cheap hotels and also the star rated hotels through these online support system. You can book it from beforehand, seeing that the nearby transport amenities are also provided. You can book hotels which provide you complimentary meals. In that way you do not have to rush too any restaurants and search for the correct one to dine in. You can simply log on to their websites and search for the meals options and also other offers which they provide you.

You should select the hotel which lies close to the market stores and also the transport facilities. Your stay in Ealing should be pleasant and the hotels look forward to your full approval. They provide you with the best service to fulfil your needs and requirement during your stay. The hotels should be carefully chosen and booked. And there should no dispute regarding any payment procedures. In case you face any problem, you can report to the help desk as soon as possible and resolve your problems.

Key Elements to a Successful Scuba Diving Adventure

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Many people travel for a holiday to a country with tropical settings to enjoy various water sports and activities. Travelling usually happens during the winter season when people want to escape the cold weather and enjoy the sun in the other parts of the world. A beach holiday is a fun and exciting trip for everybody.

Taking a holiday in a tropical location will provide you with a lot of opportunities to relax, wear your favorite bathing suit, shorts and sundresses.

 

Travelling to tropical locations

Travelling to tropical location means relaxing time in the poolside and sandy beaches. However, for some adventurous travelers, a tropical location means more time to stay in the water. If you are fun of water adventure, scuba diving is one of the many activities that will give a highlight on your tropical water adventure.

 

 

How to Start Your Scuba Diving Adventure

Before you even embark to a journey where you are aiming to stay in the water for scuba diving, determine first your capabilities. Scuba diving is not just for anyone, so you need to be educated through lessons and trainings. You must undergo a formal educational process where you can learn about diving gears and how it will affect your body. During the training you will also learn the best time for scuba diving and the perfect location to do it. You will learn about the pressure you will encounter and how it will affect you. You will also know the warning signs for problems to arise. This is very important because a simple mistake can lead to a disastrous incident and injuries for divers.

 

 

Getting Your Scuba Diving Gears

 

Once you become an informed diver and you have the knowledge to embark into the water, now you will need your scuba diving gears. Some of the most important things that you need for a successful diving adventure are scuba mask, snorkeler and scuba fins that fit you perfectly. Perfectly fitted gears will help you swim, breathe and see underwater comfortably. In many cases when you are traveling to a tropical country and stay in a resort, they can provide you with the right gears and instructor or guide for the activity.

 

Knowledge is very important in many aspects in life including travelling. It is necessary for anyone who wanted to travel to know the place where he is going and the activities that he want to do when he gets there.

Those who are planning for a scuba diving vacation should be equipped not only with gears but with the knowledge on how to safely tour underwater as well. As long as you know what to do and you carry all the necessary gears you can never go wrong with your diving activity.

 

On your next vacation you can plan and prepare for scuba diving. Find out about the best scuba diving spots where you can have the best experience underwater. Make a list of the things you need to bring to make sure you will not miss anything when you pack for your travel.

Top Travel Mistakes Foreign Tourists Make

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Travel is fun, when you plan things properly. If you have visited many countries, then surely you have made many mistakes such as booking resorts at wrong places or buying costly souvenirs which are easily available in your country. We all make silly mistakes when we visit a new country and there is no need to feel ashamed. What you need to do is make sure that you don’t repeat those mistakes.

When it comes to mistakes, I am not talking about flight or hotel ticket booking blunders. There are many more small oversights that can ruin your vacation. Let’s explore some of the common mistakes that tourists make every year.

No research about the place: You may know the name of the country, its capital and its currency exchange rate, but do you really know the place you are visiting?.

For example, in India, there are many prepaid taxi booths that charge right amount for a trip, but if you just pick any cab from the road, the driver may charge you double because you don’t know the route to your destination. Similarly, it is important to know the things you can and can’t do in the place you are visiting. For example, taking pictures is prohibited in many religious places.

 

Over-packing

Never carry too many clothes, because you are going to carry your bags, and if those are too heavy, you will curse yourself. Besides, the airlines charge hefty amount if your luggage crosses the weight limit. Always pack only those things that are necessary for the place you are visiting. For example, if you are going to Tadoba tiger reserve forest and staying at Tadoba tiger resort, then you don’t need to pack a cocktail party dress. It is better to pack a few jeans and t-shirts.

 

Speaking English only

Try to learn a few sentences in the local language. For example, words of greetings, how to ask for road directions and how to ask the price of something. The more you communicate with the locals in their own language, the more confident you will feel.

 

Disrespecting the customs

India is a conservative county, and the culture of Indians is very different from Americans. However, that does not mean you can mock or disrespect their culture. For example, Americans enter churches wearing shoes, but in India, you can’t wear shoes in a temple. Respect the rule while visiting any temple in India. After all, you are visiting a new country to understand its culture.

 

Reading guidebooks only

Guidebooks are for references and they can’t give you all the information about the place. For example, a guidebook may tell you that Taj Mahal is wonderful, but unless you raise your face from the book, can you truly appreciate its beauty?

 

Booking hotels and flights separately

Take a look at the famous travel portals and you will find that they are offering great hotel + airplane deals. When you book return tickets and also hotel rooms, you can save a few hundred dollars. Besides, it is a hassle free process as you are getting everything from one site.

 

Interrupting the guide

You can be the history professor in a college, but if you interrupt the guide when he is talking about a historical place, then you are being rude. All the other tourists have paid for the guided tour and by interrupting the guide frequently you are making everyone angry.

 

So, when you visit a foreign country this year, make sure that you don’t make the mistakes mentioned above. Enjoy nature, history and culture of the place you are visiting and you will feel rejuvenated by the end of your vacation.

Spending Easter holidays in Kent

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For a lot of people Easter marks the real arrival of spring. It puts everyone in a great mood because they know they have some warm and fresh months ahead. And, it’s never a bad thing to have a great excuse to indulge in as much chocolate as possible.

Another reason why people look forward to Easter is because it presents them with the opportunity to go on vacation. Lots of families decide to visit another location in the UK for a couple of days or more. Thanks to bank holidays and school holidays everybody has ample time to enjoy a family getaway.

Considering the fact that Easter is not too far away, you may want to start thinking about where you are going to go this year. There are lots of different places worth a visit, however you should definitely consider going to the beautiful county of Kent. Kent has a lot to offer and is a well-loved destination.

 

Easter holidays in Kent

 

Kent is made up of many different places, including the likes of Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Canterbury, and Rochester. Each place is fantastic in its own right and you are assured to find somewhere you love. Canterbury is fantastic for those who wish to see the cathedral and visit some great local shops, whereas Maidstone is better suited to those who want to reside in a budding town. No matter where you stay you will still be able to visit different locations and incorporate them into your holiday plans.

In addition to this you will find that there are a lot of events taking place in Kent throughout the Easter weekend. There are lots of great activities for children to partake in, with many Easter egg hunts taking place throughout the county. The range of events you can choose between is huge, meaning that you are bound to find a great way to spend Easter with the family.

You don’t have to go for organised Easter events either. There are lots of great attractions whereby you can make a day of. These include the likes of; Leeds Castle, The Kent and Sussex Railway, Howletts Wild Animal Park, The Canterbury Tales, Kits Coty & Little Kits Coty, and much more.

A good idea is to gather a family and take a look at the different events available before you actually make your journey down to Kent. You can get an idea of what is out there and the sort of things you would all like to do during your stay.

Kent is also a very scenic place and if you are lucky enough to be pleased with some warm weather during Easter then you may wish to take a trip to somewhere like Whitstable. Whitstable has a gorgeous beach and once the warm weather is out the ambience is simply delightful.

Kent is a fantastic selection for families looking to get away this Easter. There are so many places to see, things to do, and fun to be had. You will enjoy an Easter that you will remember for many years to come.

 

Author bio

Kate Smith has a good understanding of the tourism industry as a whole and prefers writing on relating areas. If you are seeking more information about Kent holiday cottages, visit our website.

Hiring a venue for a private party

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When hiring a venue for a private party, there’s a number of different issues that you have to think about. As well as finding the right location for your guests, you also need to consider how easy it’ll be to get to and from the venue, as well as what kinds of facilities the venue will offer. Whether you want to spend a bit more on accommodation, and whether the venue provides overnight accommodation is also important to look at.

Finding the right location for the private party

In terms of finding the right location, there may not always be somewhere suitable to yours and your guests’ tastes nearby; this can particularly be the case if you want a more lavish venue for your party, as well as whether local venues can actually fit in everyone that you’re expecting to attend. In this case, it can be a good idea to consider both larger venues within city centres, or more remote accommodation that can take private parties of different sizes.

 

However, you’ll also have to consider access for a private party, as well as whether the venue offers accommodation on site – how much extra will this cost, and how easy will it be for people to enter and exit a venue? When hiring a venue, you may consequently have to look at getting minibuses, taxes, and other modes of transportation in place before and after an event, which can have a significant impact on your overall budget.

 

At the venue itself, you’ll have to see whether or not it’ll put on a tab at the bar, and how much you can reasonably expect to have to put aside, as well as whether you’ll be hosting your party in a whole venue, or in a VIP section. If the latter situation is the case, will there be a special VIP service all night, and can you get discounts by having larger groups of people attending? At the same time, will there be a DJ, and can you organise a sit down meal or a buffet during a party?.

 

Rules and Regulations

It’s also important to think about what sort of rules and regulations a venue has – can your private party last all night, or will there be a curfew?.

This can be an issue if you’re holding a party near to a residential area, while some venues may have licensing restrictions – can you effectively have a lock in?. Guest safety is similarly paramount, so find out whether a venue has the right exits and entrances for guests, as well as disabled access.

 

When looking for the best venue for a private party, it’s consequently important to weigh up how much you’re willing to invest in finding the right location, and what facilities they offer – compare different places online, and try to get recommendations from friends and family over where they’ve been and enjoyed in the past. Also, try to get discounts for larger parties, and book in advance to ensure that you won’t be hit by higher charges.