There are so many reasons to visit New Zealand. It’s a destination that appeals to every type of traveler, whether you’re looking to have a relaxing vacation, an authentic cultural experience, or a thrilling adventure. Here are 5 good reasons why this stunning country should be next on your travel wish list.
The Amazing Scenery
New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery is unlike anywhere else. The South Island is made up of incredible mountain ranges, lakes, glaciers and lush forests, while the North Island is known for its geothermal treasures, diverse beaches and cosmopolitan cities. Much of New Zealand’s landscapes are protected by national parks, with open trails and scenic walks available to the public. Tramping any one of New Zealand’s great walks will give you the chance to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Standouts include the Tongariro Northern Circuit, Lake Waikaremoana, Milford Track and Abel Tasman Coast Track.
The Road Trips
One of the greatest ways to experience New Zealand’s diverse landscape is through a good old-fashioned road trip. Cruising the open New Zealand roads takes you through winding mountain paths, green rolling hills and alongside the beautiful rocky coast. If you’re travelling in a campervan, there are a plenty of great holiday parks all over the country where you can park, stay overnight and get fully immersed in nature. Most towns also have information centres, where you can get help with directions or advice on local attractions.
The drives from Auckland to Cape Reinga, from Queenstown to Milford Sound or from Rotorua to Gisborne are just a few amazing New Zealand road trips not to be missed. Driving around the Tairawhiti Gisborne region is an adventure in itself – the region’s quiet roads and stunning scenery have made it one of the best places for a relaxing road trip.
The Outdoor Adventures
Thrill seekers travel to New Zealand every year to enjoy its wide range of outdoor adventures. As the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown remains the best place in New Zealand for adrenaline pumping activities. Where else can you go caving, skiing, tramping, bungee jumping, white-water rafting and skydiving all in one place? Just over an hours’ drive from Queenstown is Wanaka, which is home to Aspiring Helicopters. This attraction – one of Wanaka’s most popular activities – offers visitors the unique chance to fly around Mt Aspiring and land on top of Isobel Glacier to see absolutely incredible views.
The Maori Culture
The Maori were New Zealand’s original inhabitants, and to this day retain their crucial role in the nation’s culture. If you want to get immersed in the Maori culture, Rotorua is definitely the place to go. Here you’ll find intricate Maori villages, Maori geothermal parks and various Maori tourist attractions where you can stay overnight. Rotorua is also home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, which is recognised as the country’s official Maori cultural centre.
New Zealand isn’t all about natural beauty and exciting activities. It’s also known for its world-class wine. You can make a great day of just visiting gorgeous wineries and tasting their wine offerings. There are a wide range of wine experiences available throughout the country. New Zealand’s two leading wine regions are Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, which both offer a range of fantastic wine tours. There are also restaurants throughout Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington where you get the best of New Zealand’s wine, alongside delicious food of course.