While it is located at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is one of the world’s top travel destinations. Known as the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand is filled with great travel experiences including extreme sports, rich Maori culture and divine food and wine. Planning a trip to this beautiful country? Finding bargain accommodation in New Zealand is an easy task though it can be crowded during peak seasons. Here are the top picks of places to go and things to do when you travel to New Zealand.
New Zealand’s travel hub is Auckland, so you will more than likely begin your trip here. While in Auckland book cruise of the Auckland Hauraki Gulf to see whales and dolphins frollicking in the wild in one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine areas. Feeling brave? Strap on a harness and scale the Auckland Harbor Bridge on a climbing tour. This is a truly unique way to see the city and acts as a warm up to some of the other exciting activities that New Zealand has in store for you.
From Auckland head directly to Queenstown. Queenstown is New Zealand’s capital of action. For adrenaline junkies this is your paradise: you can choose between jet boating, bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding and other rush inducing activities.
After speeding about Queenstown, it is time to take it down a notch or two with a tour of the Queenstown wine trail. Many of the country’s wines are produced in the vineyards outside of Queenstown and there are tours that will take you to sample the best drops.
After Queenstown point your compass towards Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. The journey to Mt. Cook is half the fun as it winds through the lush and beautiful landscape of Otago. Once you arrive at Mt. Cook one of the best ways to see the mountain is by helicopter tour. It may be hard to find bargain accommodation in Mt Cook though.
Despite being claimed by Britain as a colony, the indigenous people of New Zealand have retained their vibrant, rich and soulful culture. Even today Maori culture and traditions inflect many aspects of life in New Zealand. There are many places throughout the country that offer the chance to get to know Maori culture when you travel to New Zealand. No trip to Aotearoa, as the Maori call it, should slide by without experiencing their interesting heritage.
Ko Tane is a living Maori village located inside the Willowbank Nature Reserver outside of Christchurch. This is the perfect place to see how Maori lived before the Europeans arrived. Here you can see many Maori ceremonies, dance and traditions come to life before your eyes.
Heading to the north island the next stop on your itinerary should be Rotorua. This town is a hotbed of geothermic action, which means that it has some awesome hot springs. Wai Ora in Rotoroa is famous for its mineral mud baths, which are packed with healing powers. For centuries Maori people have been journeying to the baths for their healthful effects and now you can too.
New Zealand has so much to offer a visitor: fun, action, great food and wine, natural beauty and rich culture all rolled into an accessible and cost effective location. What are you waiting for? Book a bargain accommodation, travel to New Zealand and bring home lifelong memories with your family.