Essential destinations to visit on a trip to New Zealand

An archipelago set apart from the rest of the world, little New Zealand packs in more natural beauty per square kilometre than any other place on the planet. 

It’s for this reason so many travellers have this country on their bucket list – when you take a look at travel blogs which profile this country, it’s hard not to do the same.

Below, we’ll share several spots you simply can’t miss when you travel down to the Land of the Long White Cloud. 

1) Rotorua

The South Island may get the lion’s share of attention in travel media publications, but that doesn’t mean the North Island is any less impressive. 

Case in point: the town of Rotorua. Filled with geothermal springs (which admittedly smell like flatulence due to their high sulphur content), those looking to soak away their cares, aches, and pains will be in luck here.

Rotorua is also a place with cultural significance to the Maori people. As such, there are many tourist attractions in the area which aim to educate tourists about the history of this indigenous group, who lived here peacefully for generations before Europeans arrived on the scene.

After a long day spent soaking in hot water and learning about local history, you’ll likely want to have a low-key evening wherever you end up spending the night. While Rotorua may be a quiet place when it comes to nightlife, you can still find plenty of excitement on the internet.

With tons of online gaming sites to pick from (including those that accept cryptocurrency), you’ll be able to pick your favourite based on what games and themes you like. With a range of options from slots to roulette, you’ll be able to keep yourself entertained until you get too tired to continue.

2) Abel Tasman National Park

Once you cross over to the South Island via the Interislander ferry, you’ll only be a short drive away from Abel Tasman National Park. Protecting gorgeous coastline which definitely looks tropical despite the water temperature suggesting the opposite, it is a great place to tour via kayak. 

Going from beach to beach, you’ll fall in love with the hidden bays and granite headlands you’ll find along the way – just be sure to keep an eye on the weather and bring in enough food and water so you don’t suddenly put in a dangerous situation by the unexpected. 

3) Queenstown

Nicknamed ‘The Adrenaline Sports Capital of the World’, Queenstown is the place to come if you are looking to push the envelope of what’s possible in your life. You could take it easy here by going hiking or skiing (in winter, which falls between June and September in the Southern Hemisphere), but why would you want to do that?

Instead, we urge you to at least jump on a jet boat or go on a white water rafting expedition. Starting to really feel your oats? 

Sign up for street luging, try out a giant swing, jump from one of the highest bungee jumping platforms in the world, or head up in a plane and try out skydiving – it’s a rush you won’t ever forget.    

4) Milford Sound

Situated several hours from Queenstown on the West Coast of New Zealand in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a natural wonder which needs to be seen in person for one to truly appreciate its grandeur.

Dour weather often socks in the most dramatic vistas, so being patient is key. When the sun comes out, this place may very well be the most beautiful place on Earth.

 

Author: Jimmy

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