Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide

Stunning mountainous landscapes laced with clear blue lakes, massive national parks, an age-old indigenous culture and an instant feeling of oneness with nature – all this and more symbolize a holiday to New Zealand.

The country largely comprises of 2 island masses – North Island and South Island. The relatively recent discovery of this far flung out country has led to a sparse population across the islands. Huge uninhabited lands lay wide open, lending a spectacular sight to the exotic traveller’s eye as well as a photographer’s lens. One can also take pleasure in the temperate maritime climate throughout New Zealand, making it a perfect destination throughout the year.

One of the best things about New Zealand is its diversity, and this reflects in its tourist offerings too. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, head to the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown, for sky diving, bungee jumping, white water rafting and canyon swinging to the most popular shotover jet. For the faint-hearted, the city’s even got some leisurely lake cruises and scenic land & heli-tours. While you are on the South Island, you might want to chill (literally!) through the glacier regions of the mighty Southern Alps. You probably wouldn’t want to miss Milford Sound either. You are bound to get captivated by the sheer beauty of the fjords in the region as you silently glide along in your boat with the air broken only by the sound of your breath.

If all this talk of breathtaking landscape has got you dreaming of long drives, fret not – New Zealand can well be explored as a self-drive holiday. Even the transfer between the islands is made convenient through large ferry services that you allow vehicles on board. So if you’re arriving by ferry into the North Island, you’ll probably first see Wellington – the capital city. A typical commercial city (but not as densely populated) with a vibrant culture of delightful food, coffee, wine, and events. The North Island is the original home of the Maoris. Don’t miss a chance to experience their culture at Te Puia in Rotorua, with live performances or a steaming ‘hangi.’ All Lord of the Rings fans will certainly want to visit Hobbiton and relive life at Middle Earth. If limestone caves always have fascinated you, you might want to visit the Waitomo Caves. The millions of twinkling blue-green glow worms around the many stalactites and stalagmites will simply leave anyone spellbound. And finally, you can’t be surrounded by the sea yet not see it. Drive along the Twin Coast Highway for fantastic beaches leading up to Cape Reinga, where the 2 oceans meet.

There’s no perfect duration for a holiday to New Zealand. You could be there for just a couple of days or even for weeks together, and it’ll leave you coming back for more. And each time you visit, the country is sure enthrall you with new experiences – those that you will never encounter anywhere else. That is truly what makes it 100% Pure New Zealand.

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