Why Visit New Zealand?

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New Zealand a true haven on earth! It’s location ensures that its natural beauty is protected from the visitors or tourists who would feel special to see this place. True, New Zealand’s Natural beauty has been seen to the world by movies like The Lord of the Rings, but surprisingly few people make their way down here. But with locations and activities mentioned below, New Zealand is clearly a place to visit in our lifetime. Here are few reasons why visit new zealand?

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its world-famous coastal walking track, its golden beaches, unmodified estuaries, sculptured granite cliffs and mild climate. It is a good place to visit at any time of year but during summer the park is particularly popular and the bays become dotted with sea kayaks, sailing boats and other water craft. At 22,530 hectares Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park. It is located at the top of the South Island; the nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri. Roads lead to Marahau and Totaranui at either end of the coastal track (1.5 and 2.5 hours from Nelson) and provide access to the inland track system. There are regular and on-demand bus services to the park from local towns and from Nelson as well as a launch and water taxi services.

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Abel-Tasman-National-Park-Nelson Image By : Julian Apse

A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Bursts of hiking or paddling are punctuated by sun bathing, swimming and sedate snorkelling.

Those who do crave home comforts can stay in luxurious lodges, but sleeping under the stars is regarded as the ultimate way to experience the spirit of the Abel Tasman.

Glacier Trekking

While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling.

Glacier Walk

Walk past ice walls as you explore Fox Glacier.
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A winter wonderland on Franz Josef Glacier. By West Coast Tourism

A winter wonderland on Franz Josef Glacier.
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Extreme Adventures Sports Activities

New Zealand is known for it’s extreme Adventures Sports Activities and that’s why called adventures capital of the world. From Bungy, skydiving, caving, canyoning … New Zealand has every adventure activity and extreme sport you can think of – and some you’ve never even heard of! All set to a backdrop of  mind-blowing landscapes.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy

Kawarau Bridge Bungy

Ledge Bungy

Ledge Bungy

Shotover Image Credit by www.shotoverjet.com

Shotover Jet Image Credit by www.shotoverjet.com

Tongariro Crossing

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Often described as New Zealand’s greatest day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape.

The track then descends to three water-filled explosion craters called the Emerald Lakes. Their brilliant greenish colour is caused by minerals that have leached from the surrounding thermal area. The crossing continues over Central Crater to Blue Lake – an old volcanic vent.

Maori Culture

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Every visit to Rotorua is infused with the warmth of Maori culture. Offering genuine hospitality to visitors is a responsibility that local Maori take seriously, so sharing their culture, history, music, art, language, and even homes, comes naturally. Whether it’s an encounter with a Maori guide, a hongi greeting, talking to a carver or weaver, eating indigenous food, experiencing traditional massage, hearing age-old stories or attempting a few words in Te Reo; visitors will be enriched by the experience

Wellington

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Kelburn-Hill-Wellington-Image By: Ian-Trafford

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet.

Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theater shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington’s waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.

On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Image By: Discover Waitomo

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Image By: Discover Waitomo

Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world of famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic NZ attraction.

World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.

Queenstown

View of Lake Wakatipu, on the road from Queenstown to Glenorchy.

View of Lake Wakatipu, on the road from Queenstown to Glenorchy.

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Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. A popular holiday spot at any time of the year, Queenstown is renowned for its four distinctive seasons. Winter brings crisp, blue-sky days, spring retains the snow but blooms into longer, warmer days, summer offers sunshine and long twilights, and autumn a burst of brilliant red and gold. Queenstown is rated internationally as one of the world’s top holiday destinations and in 2014 was named New Zealand’s number one destination in the Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor as well as the second best destination in the South Pacific.

Taupo

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HukaFalls Lake Taupo

HukaFalls Lake Taupo

The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia’s largest lake. Local attractions include trout fishing, skiing, and geothermal parks.

The beautiful Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore more of an inland sea really. It was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you’ll see evidence of the lake’s fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. Taupo offers many incredible attractions, including Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s largest lake), the Waikato River and the Huka Falls. The Huka Falls, located a short distance from Taupo, are one of New Zealand’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Scenic Tours

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Top of the mountain

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Travel New Zealand’s most scenic highway, heading deep into Middle Earth, and visit the landscape that inspired Peter Jackson’s film locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Local Kiwi guides complement this family operated business. Free Picnic.

Visiting film locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, you’ll enjoy hearing stories from behind the scenes; from decisions made by the director, to amusing anecdotes about the actors; and you will be able to stand before such sites as Isengard, Ithilien, Amon Hen and The Lothlorien forest.

This list only scratches the surface of what there is to see and do in New Zealand. In a country filled with adventure and wildlife, everyone will find something here. Travelers rarely have anything bad to say about the country, and, as you can see, there’s good reason for that.

New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!

Exploring New Zealand’s magnificent landscape and coastline tops the list for many. If adventure is your game, there’s a long list of thrilling activities to get your blood racing.

Or if it’s a relaxing holiday you’re after, hot pools, vineyards and cultural attractions will keep you entertained.

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