New Zealand is an amazing country of having a length of 1000 miles and width of 280 miles. But compared with the land area, the population size is small (less than 5 million people). This surreal country has everything stored for you like ski on snow, subtropical beaches, best hiking experiences, sipping best wine and many more. Maori culture in NZ is another important thing which makes you to feel uniqueness in here. The whole world is got to know and interested in Maori culture and its players with the back to back winning of Rugby World Championships by NZ. You can experience Maori dances, music, tattooing (ta moko), Maori feast (hangi), war dance (haka) and so many exciting experiences.
NZ is one of the most polite countries in the world. So, you may feel more comfortable and no afraid towards frauds, diseases, infrastructure, horrible insects and other unacceptable things in here. This is totally a decent country. Here are some top places to visit in NZ suggested by TravelAdvo fans.
The Sulphur City (Rotorua), is the place where you can see the NZ’s best geothermal features with Maori culture in NZ. You can have a bath in hot springs and mud pools and watch colorful rock formations. Nearly 34% of Maori population is living in Rotorua and you can experience their culture in here like experiencing traditional Hangi. As located in North Island, you may also experience Te Puia, Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Wingspan, Kuirau Park and Rotorua museum.
This is one of the adventurous destinations in the world. Queenstown is the land for bungy jumping, alpine heliskiing, zip lining like more adrenalin pumping activities in the world. Apart from them, Queenstown offers you great dining, art and bar experiences with the following amazing destinations around. Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown gardens, Skyline Gondola, Gibbston Valley, Peregrine, Kiwi birdlife park and Chard farm.
The area of Hokianga Harbor is an Alternative destination for The Bay of Islands NZ. Camping and RV experiences are more popular in here as the view is amazing. Other than that, you can do Dune boarding, hiking, horse trekking, dolphin watching and rural sightseeing in nearby villages (Omapere, Opononi and Rawene). And also you can see Maori culture in this area.
When you approach through Milford highway which is the most amazing highways in NZ (SH94), you may experience many beautiful views of whole country. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is fiord or fjord situated in Southwest NZ surrounded with amazing Mitre Peak mountain range, waterfalls (Stirling Falls, Lady Bowen Falls) and rainforests. Millions of tourists are attracted annually to this destination to watch black corals, penguins, dolphins, hiking, fauna and flora which are unique to this area.
Coromandel Peninsula is a natural barrier to protect Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames from the Pacific Ocean. It is 85km long and 40km wide from its widest point. You can dig a few inches on the Hot Water beach in low tide and have a hot water bath yourself. And spend your in one the most beautiful beaches in the world: Cathedral Cove. Apart from those experiences you can do hiking and walking along the amazing coastal lines of Coromandel Peninsula.
Auckland is the most romantic city in NZ for lovebirds. On the other hand, it’s a more fertile land for any kind of cultivation. And you can experience the best diving, beach walks, thermal spring baths, wild life reserve visits, sip best wines and stay in one of the best cities in the world considered in quality life and comfort. This is an incredible land to view Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. It also offers you the One Tree Hill, Auckland Museum, Wallace Art Center, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo and Civic Theater.
Wellington is the capital of NZ. Parliament building (Beehive) and Te Papa NZ Museum are two most iconic places in Wellington. And Weta Cave Workshop is there to inspire you with your favorite movies like “Load of The Ring” and “Hobbit”. Zealandia (Wild Life Reserve) is also another highlighted place. Mt Victoria offers you a huge elegant view of Wellington while botanical garden of the town provides a calm stay.
If you are a cyclist, then take a mountain bike and discover the beauty of Central Otago. It is a fertile land filled with cultivations and country’s top wine regions. Cromwell Heritage Precinct (Buildings of gold-rush era) and Lake Dunstan, Bendigo Reserve, museums like: Clyde and Maniototo are most highlighted destinations in Central Otago.
Abel Tasman National Park
New Zealand’s popular tramping tracks are called as Great Walks. The Coast Track in Abel Tasman National Park is the most popular Great Walk since it offers you amazing beach views. And also this park includes the experiences of kayaking and cruising to discover uncommon beaches and coves in Abel Tasman. Cleopatra pool and look outs like: Separation point, Skinner point, North head and South head are some other eye-catching views in Abel Tasman.
Bay of Islands
NZ’s best summer time destination is Bay of Islands. You can experience many adventurous water activities in here like: fishing, kayaking, diving, swimming with dolphins and whale watching. Historically, this is an important place since it is the starting point of British Colonization. Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kerikeri Mission Station, Kawiti Caves and St Pauls Anglican Church are some other tourists attracted places.