Many things make New Zealand, or Aotearoa, unique! Ranging from wildlife that you can find only in New Zealand to activities you can do only in New Zealand, there are many unique things about New Zealand.
Here are the top 7 things that are the most unique things about New Zealand!
The Maori Culture
Maori people were the first residents of New Zealand, Polynesian explorers whose origin is not 100% confirmed. The Maori have nurtured an exclusive culture of New Zealand where every landmark you see revolves around a myth or legend. You can experience the Maori culture in New Zealand only through their cultural show with song and dance known as kapa haka, or join in for a hangi meal.
Along with delicious Hangi, a slowly cooked food in an earth oven, there are plenty of foods that New Zealand boasts of its own. Take L&P, Lemon & Paeroa are a soft drink which is readily available in New Zealand in the form of Coke and Sprite. You also can get a bit of the delicious Whittaker’s Chocolate blocks available in several different flavors. You can also try a pavlova from the country which has invented it.
The Filming Locations
New Zealand has opted as the backdrop to many movies, most popularly The Lord of the Rings. Several other movies were shot in New Zealand. You can visit these film locations which are only found in New Zealand.
You can find many pretty unique and amazing accommodation options all over the country which are an experience in itself. You may get an opportunity to stay at Maraes or Maori meeting grounds or how about staying in a train carriage, Hobbit Hole, or a giant shoe?
The Untouched Landscape
You might have found countries with mountains, beaches, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, etc. But New Zealand has landscapes which are the most modern example of Gondwanaland, particularly in the Fiordland National Park. This World Heritage Area will take you back into the Jurassic Park, which is an experience you cannot find elsewhere.
The First City to See the Sun
Being located on the International Date Line, New Zealand holds the distinction of being the first city in the world to see the sunrise of a new day. Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island becomes the first city to welcome the new day. It also hosts the New Year’s Eve festival, Rhythm & Vines, to celebrate and welcome the New Year.
The Night Skies
The largest International Dark Sky Reserve in the Southern part is also here in New Zealand. This is the ideal place in the world to see the southern night skies. You may also happen to see Southern Lights or Aurora Australis.
These are the most amazing and unique things that you can only find in New Zealand. So plan out your next trip to visit this unique country with plenty of surprises that you cannot find elsewhere.