While its neighbor, Australia, might get more time in the spotlight, New Zealand is certainly no lightweight when it comes to ways to attract visitors – and people are noticing! The humble country is now one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world.
New Zealand was made for adventure and adventurers. The landscape is unparalleled and so is the urge to experience the outdoors in every way possible. Whether it’s hiking, rafting, diving, or bungee jumping (it was invented here, “when in Rome”, right?) it might be impossible to get bored of being out in nature here.
What to Do:
The country itself is divided into two large islands -the North and South. The North Island is home to larger cities, museums and culture, sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes, and lush forests, while the quieter South Island boasts snow capped peaks, glaciers, fjords, and deep azure blue lakes.
For foodies, you can take a culinary tour, and make sure to catch and sample fresh oysters! For the group of knowledgeable oenophiles, take a wine tour through the famous Marlborough vineyards. Tolkien enthusiasts can embark on a Lord of the Rings tour to embrace their inner-Hobbit., and for outdoor aficionados, spend your time exploring the beautiful landscapes on bikes, ATVS, and boats.
If you want to get out on the water, (which you definitely should) there are plenty of day and overnight cruising options to choose from. You can relax as you tour through many of the scenic sounds, sail to the Bay of Islands, journey down frigid fjords, go by water to port and explore the Waitomo Caves, or take a day out of adventuring on land to swim with dolphins and watch for whales.
When to Go:
Part of the allure of New Zealand is that it’s in the southern hemisphere, so whenever you choose to go the weather can provide a nice reprieve from what you’ve been experiencing at home.
Their summer comes right when you’ve grown wearing of snow and ice here. It’s also their busiest season so you’ll need to book travel even more in advance than usual. This is the ideal time to partake in their famous water sports as well as swimming with dolphins. And for an escape from the toasty temps, head to Rotorua’s shaded redwood forest for incredibly scenic mountain biking or take a hike along one of the country’s many glaciers.
Their autumn in March-May provides stunning fall foliage that rivals New England and it’s the perfect time to venture out and enjoy one of New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks, and spring is ideal for whale watching. For a special treat be sure to check out Alexandra’s springtime Blossom Festival.
And winter in New Zealand (June-August) is often just what the doctor ordered for those looking for adventurous ways to beat the summer heat. The North Island is far milder, but the South Island is often thought of the perfect place to spend the snowy months.
Its mountains have become a world-class destination for skiers and snowboarders, with several of the best ski fields within two hours of Queensland. If you’re truly daring and skilled, this would be the time to give heli-skiing a try.
Be sure to finish off your cold days out in the snowfields with a soak in one of their natural hot springs.
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