I’d been inspired to visit New Zealand ever since Peter Jackson had so impressively presented its dramatic landscapes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so on our way home from Australia, it was pretty conclusive that my boyfriend and I would spend some time exploring the land of the long white cloud. We spent three weeks on each island, and whilst this really wasn’t enough to experience all of what the country has to offer, it did give us a taste… one that was so satisfyingly sweet that it undoubtedly left us wanting more!
So if you’re considering travelling to New Zealand, here is a list of reasons why you should overlook the hesitation and book that flight… now!
The diversity of landscapes
New Zealand is made up of two main islands, both of which offer an abundance of diverse landscapes. From the rolling green fields in the north, to the snow-capped mountains and immense glaciers of the south! Whether you’re looking for beautiful beaches, serene lakes or majestic fjords, volcanoes, secluded coves or astounding mirror lakes, you can be sure that New Zealand has it covered.
There are mountains waiting to be climbed
If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, you’ll certainly be impressed with New Zealand. There are an abundance of hiking trails throughout the country, and numerous mountains just waiting to be climbed. In fact, it’s home to the incredible world-renowned hike; the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which leads you through the dark, menacing terrain of an active volcano!
It’s no stranger to geothermal activity
New Zealand’s impressive landscapes will undoubtedly keep you captivated, especially the geothermal activity that takes place! Think bubbling mud pools, vibrant hot springs and hot, steaming geysers! If you’re looking to find these, head to Rotorua in the north island, and the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, which hosts some of the most colourful volcanic spots in the country.
It has the coolest (and windiest) capital…
New Zealand’s capital is small yet charming, with a range of different activities that you can do. I would recommend hiking up Mt Victoria and spending an afternoon exploring the Te Papa Museum! As for the weather… well, it’s referred to as ‘Windy Wellington’ for a reason!
It’s the home of Middle Earth
I’m sure that visiting New Zealand will probably be on any Tolkien fan’s agenda, but you don’t necessarily need to be a fan to appreciate just how beautiful the country is. It’s a land full of stark contrasts; you’ll be sure to marvel at the dramatic, volcanic terrain of Mordor and the lush, green fields and homely hobbit holes of The Shire. It really comes as no surprise that Peter Jackson chose New Zealand to portray Middle Earth!
It’s full of adventure
If you’re looking for adventure you can undoubtedly find it in New Zealand! With underground glow worm caves, an abundance of hiking and cycling tracks and even the opportunity to attempt skydiving, bungee jumping, kayaking and surfing! Adrenaline junkies won’t be disappointed.
You can create your own hot spring at the beach
Sometimes in life you have these bizarre yet wonderful experiences, and that’s never been more so than at Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel Peninsular. The clue is in the name; the beach has hot springs underneath the surface of the sand which can hold water up to 64 degrees! Head down at low tide, dig a hot water pool and bathe in your own personal natural hot tub!
The wildlife is unique and intriguing
New Zealand is home to a range of fascinating wildlife. These include unique, native bird species such as the endangered Kiwi and the cheeky Kea. Activities can include whale watching, swimming with wild dolphins and watching a whole lot of sleepy seals snoozing on the rocks!
You can get off the beaten track
The beauty of New Zealand is that even though it’s a popular travel destination, you can still find places to get off the beaten track. Away from the bigger cities you’ll find charming little towns such as Wanaka in the south. New Zealand really does have something for everyone!
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