The Kiwis are calling
New Zealand is naturally beautiful, whether you want to be lulled by the sound of crashing waves along its vast coastline, stunned by the karst mountains and wild landscape or to just sit back and enjoy charming hospitality and fine wine.
Here are four reasons for you to put our neighbour, an easy flight of just over three hours, on top of your list of must-visits.
New Zealand’s beaches pack in the sunshine and a wealth of fun-filled activities.
Explore the golden bays of Abel Tasman or visit the Bay of Islands, a subtropical micro-region made up of 144 islands.
For those who love beaches and the ocean, this is paradise. Dig yourself a hole in the sand and relax in your own personal hot springs spa at Coromandel Peninsula, complete with water that has a variety of natural minerals.
If you’re looking to maximise your time in the sun, check out Kaiteriteri Beach that has all the prerequisites for an idyllic seaside experience.
2. Stunning Landscape
New Zealand’s Maori definition “Aotearoa” means “land of the long white cloud”. The country is separated into two main islands plus a handful of smaller ones.
The North Island is characterised by an abundance of nature, breathtaking landscapes, geothermal wonders and lush farmland.
In the country’s fertile heartland you’ll find lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges.
Spend some time in Rotorua where you will find hot springs, mud baths and a spectacle of shooting geysers.
Check out Tongariro Natural Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a world heritage site, to view the powerful volcanic mountain ranges and Maori culture.
Visit Fiordland National Park to be rewarded with one of the most stunning wilderness experiences. Take a kayak or a boat cruise, see glowworm caves and one of the world’s finest drives along Milford Road.
3. Rich Culture
New Zealand’s Maori culture plays an integral role in the country’s lifestyle and is a unique experience for any visitor.
The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand, whose culture, performances and arts, are deeply connected with the landscape and environment of the country.
They are always willing to share their stories and legends so take time to listen and really experience their heritage.
Learn about the “Haka”, one of many war dances of the Maori people and enjoy an authentic hangi, a meal cooked underground on hot rocks. As a visitor you can experience Maori culture first hand by visiting a Marae with an organised tour, to see a carving or weaving demonstration.
The Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua has opportunities to learn about the traditional Maori arts from imposing Maori warriors.
4. food and wine
Enjoy a glass of fine wine and let your stress slip away. New Zealand’s luxury accommodation, award-winning vineyards, and cuisine are your ticket to bliss.
The essential ingredient to any true New Zealand experience is a winery tour or simply indulging in the local cuisine.
Whether it’s mingling with local farmers at markets, sampling a true Bluff oyster or fresh local crayfish, your tastebuds will thank you every step of the way.
You can take a bicycle tour through the vineyards in Hawke’s Bay to pair your steamed green-lipped mussels with a local classic sauvignon blanc. New Zealand is waiting to give you the getaway of your dreams.
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