The gift of nature is in abundance! The marvellous creation of land and sea! The array of rainbow colors spread far and wide. This is New Zealand where you find all the best things wrapped in one.
Summer diving into mighty waves the magical misty mountains this island country makes you an adventurer and explorer. You can tailor an incredibly unique experience here. That’s because much of what’s in New Zealand can’t be found anywhere else. Nowhere in the world can you hunt for jade at the mouth of a turquoise river in the shadow of the nation’s largest mountain—Mount Cook—while drinking Monteith’s Pacific Pale Ale (a Southern Hemisphere favorite).
You can only do that here.
This Land of the Long White Cloud home is in fact, the country of adventure. Every mountain- and beach-town has hordes of the finest local and non-local adventurers embracing their boundaries.
Queenstown is solid with adrenaline: Kawarau Bridge bungy and Shotover River rapids will awe you. Kaikoura is ‘up close and personal’ with nature: whale watch from the rails of a catamaran or kayak next to seals off the coast. And Nelson, well, it’s magical for many reasons.
Blue penguins roam this region, the sun rises sooner and sets later than anywhere else in the country and fine wine and fare dominate. Just ask for famous Nelson Bay scallops then wash them down with the best Sauvignon Blanc you’ll ever have. New Zealand is greatly diverse. It’s a beautiful stretch of land that just knows how to do it right.
Let us see the things that make us ‘Awe’ when we talk of New Zealand
- There are more adrenalin sports than you could shake a stick at. Where else could you bungy jump, canyon swing, sky dive, jet boat ride, scuba dive and more, all in the same day. Is there any place than this?
- You can roll down a hill in an inflatable ball in Rotorua. Geothermal attractions, mountain biking and much more!
- It has mind-blowing glaciers like Franz Josef that you can land on in a helicopter, before walking over them.
- It’s the only place in the world where you can get a Fergburger. Never heard of it? It is a hamburger restaurant in Queenstown with more than 30 types of burgers in their menu.
- It’s home to The Hobbit. And Lord of the Rings. Love it or hate it, it’s a movie phenomenon that brought the beauty of New Zealand to the masses. See the movie scenes for yourself and pay a visit to Hobbiton.
- This country is made for road trippin’. The population is only 4 million people, so you’ll often have long stretches of road to yourself.
- New Zealand has working holiday schemes. Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18-30, but 18-35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK. You need to have a return ticket, or enough money to pay for one, and be coming mainly to holiday, with work being a secondary intention.
- You can surf on sand dunes in Northland.
- Every year as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival, Coronet Peak is cleared of skiers and snowboarders so that the dogs can have a go. Speight’s Dog Derby sees people and their dogs racing down a snow covered mountain.
- New Zealand produced singing sensation Lorde. Cool!
- Not only is New Zealand home to the world’s best wine, you can even go to the wineries and taste it from the source.
- Kiwis are incredibly proud of their Maori heritage. The language, culture and traditions are still a massive part of modern New Zealand.
- They’ve made a Maori version of the X Factor, called The Kapa, looking for the best haka performer in New Zealand.
- Afraid of snakes! You can relocate to New Zealand. There are no snakes in New Zealand. So you’re less likely to die in New Zealand than most other places. Life Saving Bonus!
- It’s the proud owner of the longest place name in any English speaking country. That’sTaumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. It’s Maori, and roughly translates as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”.
- Kiwis are the friendliest, most welcoming people you could ever hope to meet, and they love their country.
- If you’re in New Zealand, you’re in one of the first places in the world to see the sun rise.
- It’s the only place in the world where you can go black water rafting in caves with only the light of glow worms to guide your way. Head to the Waitomo Caves and join one of their amazing tours which will see you abseiling and jumping off waterfalls into the cave rivers below. One of the most magical things you will ever see and experience.
- As a memento or your love for New Zealand while shopping you can have beautiful ornaments. You can buy a necklace to bring you luck or fertility or to represent friendship and harmony. The beautiful greenstone (jade) necklaces are carved by the Maori people into different shapes, each of which has a different meaning.
- From the turquoise glacial lakes and soaring snow-capped mountains of the South Island to the subtropical rainforests and stunning (and often deserted) beaches of the north, New Zealand is diverse and picture perfect in its beauty.
- It is home to Winnie’s and Hell’s Pizza. Here you will find some seriously good pizza.
- You can go rock climbing and roller blading in the middle of capital city, Wellington.
- Thanks to the geothermal activity, you can dig your very own (free) hot pool at Hot Water Beach.
- New Zealand is undisputedly the home of the bungee jump, ever since Kiwi AJ Hackett opened the world’s first commercial bungee at Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown.
- It’s so easy to get around! Compared to Australia, New Zealand really isn’t that big. You could comfortably explore both islands in a month.
- There are natural hot pools all over New Zealand.
- You can swim with wild dolphins at the Bay of Islands or Tauranga in the North Island, or at Kaikoura in the South.
- There’s a railway track made of wine bottles on the Coromandel Peninsula. And you can ride it.
- New Zealand also home to chocolate fish. This sweet treat is a Kiwi institution, made of marshmallow, covered in chocolate and shaped like fish.
- The city of Wellington has free Wifi everywhere.
- There are 20 times more sheep than people in New Zealand.
- Auckland has the country’s narrowest neck of land – it’s just a 2km walk from the east to west coast .
- It’s produced some of the world’s best beer. Hello, Steinlager and Monteith’s Radler.
- The small town of Tirau in South Waikato has more structures made out of corrugated iron than anywhere else. There’s a big dog made out of corrugated iron, a big sheep, and loads of sculptures dotted around the town.
- There’s a theme park dedicated to puzzles. It’s called Puzzling World and you can find it in Wanaka on the South Island.
- Lemon & Paeroa, is a New Zealand soft drink phenomenon. It’s lemony, bubbly and delicious. Taste the L&P.
- Following the devasting earthquake in 2011, Christchurch has risen like a phoenix. It’s home to some seriously cool pop up bars and the iconic Cardboard Cathedral.
- In 2006, the Queen, the Governor-General, the PM, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice were all women.
- No part of the country is more than 128km from the sea.
- You can be one of the first people in the world to see in the New Year at Rhythm and Vines’ festival.
- There are no nuclear power stations.
- There are toilets made of stained glass in the Bay of Islands
These above facts really might have put you in amazement. New Zealand is thus a magical land. You can visit New Zealand both summer and winter seasons for experiencing spectacular in winters- covered in snow white, serene and magical. And in summer when sun is out – with stunning landscapes lush and green; and with blue skies with long wispy clouds.
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