9 Great Reasons Why You Have to Travel NZ

Castlepoint, Wairarapa

New Zealand may be quite in the back of beyond but it is reachable. When people can go to the remotest places in the world, then it is a plain sail to come to NZ. More than the land of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, NZ is one of the most spectacular places in the world. So if this amazing country is in your mini-retirement list or your bucket list, then do not just visit it, travel it. Here are the reasons why.

Crown Range, Queenstown
  1. It’s a Road Tripper’s Paradise. Road tripping is fun. Whether you have a few weeks or a few months to spare,you can drive from North to South with ease and amusement and enjoy the beautiful sceneries left, right, center, above and below. Just make sure to stay on the left hand side of the road and be acquainted with the road code.
Mt. Ruapehu, North Island

2. It’s a Hiker’s Paradise. Wherever you go in NZ, there is always a place to hike. Even unseasoned trampers will find tracks that suit their capabilities. NZ, as small as it, is interspersed with National Parks, forests, mountains, hills and coasts.You can hike for a few hours to a few days. There are many choices from just gentle strolls to great walks. It is definitely safe as there are no snakes (yes, snakes are in absentia in this country!), no dangerous spiders and other animals that may potentially attack humans in the bushes or in the forests. However, you still have to be mindful of your general safety when you plan to explore NZ’s astounding tracks and trails.

Shotover River, Queenstown

3. It’s A Thrill Seeker’s Paradise. There is not a minute that you’ll get spiritless in NZ. This is a place when you can be fearless! It’s a perfect destination for pleasuremongers! If you are not on the road or climbing a mountain or tasting wines, you can choose a wide range of adrenaline infused activities from skydiving to paragliding, cliff hanging, white water rafting, canyoning, jet boating, ice hiking, sea kayaking and a lot more. You name it. 

McKenzie Region, South Island

4. It’s a Casual Photographer’s Paradise. Oh yes, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to snap great photos. The incredible views alone give numerous photographic opportunities to amateur shutterbugs. You don’t have to carry with you huge and heavy high tech lenses to produce a shot of beautiful images. The country’s unspoiled backdrops will do it for you.

Gisborne, North Island

5. It’s a Hitchhiker’s Paradise.If you are on a budget but you are planning a long flexible trip to NZ, you can save substantially on transportation costs if you are bold and brave enough to bum a ride. NZ is a generally safe place to travel.  Hitching is comparatively easy. People are friendly and helpful. Chances are you will be invited for a dinner or be offered a free accommodation. Just be discrete though. You can jump on the opportunities offered but it pays to assess the situations from time to time. 

Martinborough, Wairarapa

6. It’s a Wine Lover’s Paradise. NZ is dotted with vineyards and wineries. It is known all over the world with its viticulture. You can enter the cellar doors in the country and sip and dine or stay and play. Sure there is always something for everyone’s distinct taste for adventure!

Mt. Egmont/Taranaki, New Plymouth

7. It’s a Nature Seeker’s Paradise. If you are wild at heart, you definitely have a big special place in NZ because it is simply a natural unadulterated destination. You can include in your mini-retirement lists the  Waitomo Caves, Tongangiro National Parks,  Mount Taranaki, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Tararua Ranges, Lake Taupo, and Hot Water Beach in the North Island. In the South Island, be awe-inspired of the amazing sights of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound,Lake Wakatipu, Wanaka, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Moeraki Boulders, Mount Cook, Franz Josef Glaciers, Abel Tasman National Park, Lake Tekapo, and the Nugget Point. Explore further if you have more than enough time in your hands. 

Cape Palliser, Martinborough 
Photo by Jhay-Ar Musa Ibarra

8. It’s a Wildlife Lover’s Paradise. NZ is a sanctuary for many wildlife animals. You can find colonies of different animals around NZ without having to pay for a tour to see them. In Cape Palliser, there is a large breeding colony of native fur seals where you can approach them near enough to lay your eyes on them. However, do not get too close as they have the tendency to attack whoever or whatever looms up to them. You can also stumble upon the world’s smallest penguins in Oumaru in the South Island. The dusk is the most favorable time of the day when you can gawk on them when they return to their nests from the sea. The Gannet colonies in Cape Kidnappers in Hastings are also very popular. You can either walk by the beach when the tide is low or pay for a commercial transport. If you are happy to shell out a few bucks in exchange for an incredible experience, you may opt for swimming with the dolphins or whale watching in Kaikoura. You may also pay a visit to NZ’s most loved bird, the Kiwi, in Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park in Rotorua. 

Lake Taupo

9. It’s Lovers’ Paradise. This might not be one in every traveler’s ground zero for their wandering but if you do, it’s a perfect place for you and your person to take on a utopian journey. Its dramatic coasts and romantic landscapes can magnify your momentous indelible adventures together. NZ is also becoming a wedding destination for many couples from different parts of the world. Mountaintop and glacier weddings are one of the most unique and bold. Mount Cook is the most spectacular site for such. Many couples also dream of getting hitched in Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd. When in NZ, you are always in proximity to the mountains and the seas and everything wonderfully sightly in between. So you can have a whole shebang at your disposal.

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