While it’s larger, more famous neighbor to the west gets more attention and visitors, there are plenty of reasons to argue that New Zealand is the better choice for intrepid travelers.
The stunning scenery and jaw-dropping beauty of the “Land of the long white cloud” is so unique, as are the ultra-friendly and pleasant population of the 4 million or so people that occupy it. A country rich in natural beauty and fascinating history, there should be no delay in looking for flights, or contemplating when to get travel insurance, when this true land of wonder has never been cheaper or easier to get to.
If you are contemplating visiting New Zealand, the following reasons may help you make up your mind:
An absolute must-see area of New Zealand, Rotorua is famous for its natural thermal springs, mud pools, and enchanting forestry. A walk through the grounds of the Government Gardens and its lakeside park will give you the opportunity to meet some of the unique wildlife in the area.
Rotorua is steeped in Maori culture and features an incredible museum where you can get a video tour and interactive presentation of the history of this famous part of New Zealand.
Franz Josef Glacier
Located on the South Island of New Zealand, and surrounded by the World Heritage Site of Te Wahipounamu, Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most sought out attractions in the nation. From glacier hiking tours to helicopter flights and hot pools, this incredible experience is like none other on the planet.
The view from the sky is bound to be one which you will never experience anywhere else in the world.
Fiordland National Park
Another World Heritage Site on the list, Fiordland National Park is the home of an array of spectacular scenery and the Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. Trekking around this beautiful reserve is a pure joy and the open cascades, rainforests, islands and mountainous regions make for an amazing experience.
Sea kayaking and helicopter rides are also offered to travelers looking to take in the full extent of the marvelous terrain.
The Bay of Islands
Around 144 islands are scattered around the beautiful bay, with dolphins, whales, and penguins occupying the area. Kayaking and hiking allow the active traveler to take things in a little closer, with tours of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock available also.
The forest area in the Bay of Islands is truly lush, and there is plenty to see in the quiet but culturally rich small towns located around the area.
Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park
The majestic yet charming Tongariro National Park is of high importance to the Maori people and is another World Heritage Site to be explored. As one of the oldest national parks on Earth, the volcanoes, green lakes and hot springs make for a highly welcoming and essential part of any trip to New Zealand.
Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is sure to make some beautiful memories for the future.