Destination Spotlight: New Zealand

We have put the spotlight on New Zealand this week; exploring the world of adventure, friendly Kiwi’s and a haven of diverse natural wonders.

Made up of two main islands and smaller surrounding islands, New Zealand is home to an amazingly unique range of breath-taking scenery. From stunning beaches and subtropical forests in the North, to majestic glaciers, mirrored lakes and snow-covered mountains in the south. You will also find volcanoes, fjord, vast flat plains and rolling green hills; natural diversity like no other country in the world.

 

North Island

 

Auckland

Auckland is the largest urban area in New Zealand’s, accounting for 32% of the total population! Knowing this, it comes as no shock that Auckland is bustling with life and diverse culture.

The busy urban centre is only half an hour away from the beach and a short ferry ride to a beautiful small getaway island. Auckland is home to the perfect balance of vibrant city life and relaxing beach paradise. Treat yourself to some world-class shopping, dine with luxurious cuisine, wander around countless museums and art galleries, relax on a stunning beach, and plenty more of activities to leave everyone satisfied during their visit to the unique Auckland region.

 

Wellington

New Zealand’s quirky capital is teeming with culture, fascinating character and Victorian architecture. The small city of Wellington sits upon a bustling hook-shaped harbour and backed by spectacular bushy hillside. Although the city is rather small, it flaunts the friendliness of a small town but offers the amenities and culture of a larger modern city.

Don’t forget to visit New Zealand’s most popular Botanic Garden, wander through native forest and beautiful landscapes of diverse international plants and sculptures.

You will be blown away by Wellington, literally… Wellington is infamous for its strong gales, which all adds to the unique charm and fun of the city.

 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are known to be one of the worlds most incredible natural experiences, and certainly tops the charts of ‘must-do activities’ in New Zealand.

Glide through an underground river in sheer darkness, guided only by the cavern roof astonishingly lit by millions of tiny glowworms radiating their luminescent light. This phenomenon, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Expert guides provide interesting commentary throughout your journey through the breath-taking cave.

If it somehow doesn’t sound exciting enough already, you can also jump over waterfalls, experience black water rafting or rappel through the “starry” caves.

 

Rotorua

Be sure not to miss New Zealand’s most dynamic geothermal area, Rotorua. Spend an unforgettable afternoon marvelling at the spectacular natural springs (Wai-O-Tapu, translated to Sacred Waters) and relax in the geothermal sulfur mud pools.

 

A huge 34% of the Rotorua population is Māori, so a visit to the Indigenous Cultural Centre while is Rotorua can’t be missed. Learning about the rich Māori traditions as you watch cultural dancing shows, listen to tales from the Māori people and enjoy traditional hāngi (underground steam-cooked food).

 

South Island

 

Queenstown 

The action capital of New Zealand, and arguably the world, full to the brim of exhilarating experiences and outdoor activities. The birthplace of bungee jumping is now home to countless once-in-a-lifetime action experiences, from speed ziplining to heliskiing.

It’s rare that visitors of Queensland leave without experiencing at least one heart-pumping activity. But, there is far more to Queensland than just adrenaline fuelled sports; home to world-renowned wine vineyards, exquisite dining, thriving nightlife and dramatic landscapes.

Capture a moment of natural tranquillity and peace by sitting lake side to the stunning Lake Wakatipu. Escape the bustling city to listen to nothing but the gentle birdsong and other surrounding wildlife and you take in nature immense beauty.

 

TranzAlpine Scenic Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth

The TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth is one of the world’s greatest train journeys. An unforgettable 5-hour journey of a lifetime, covering a total 139 miles of dramatic contracting landscapes.

You will journey through the flat, dry tussock of the Canterbury Plains, to the lush native rainforest of the remote West Coast and along the majestic backdrop of the Southern Alps.

 

Aurora Australis

The lesser known Aurora, compared to the largely famous Northern Lights, the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) in New Zealand are often visible between March and September. Create unforgettable memories as you watch the mesmerizing green lights dance across the clear night sky.

 

Have we convinced you yet that a holiday to New Zealand is just what you need? Then place an enquiry on our website and let us design your ideal trip!

 

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