New Zealand travel guide
There are good reasons why this isolated, sparsely populated, far off little island is always near the top of 'Favorites Vacation Places On Earth' lists among travelers, especially outdoor adventure travelers as the New Zealand adventure travel offers something for everyone. New Zealand, along with being one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world, has scenery that is wildly varied and stunning. You'll find everything from the snow-covered New Zealand Alps, to English-style green meadows full of grazing sheep, to thousands of miles of coastline — along with bays and inlets perfect for kayaking. The country, made up of the North and South islands, also hosts fantastic music festivals, the world's best hitchhiking, a fascinating and healthy Maori culture, trekking galore, WOOFING opportunities, gorgeous windswept beaches, and camping almost everywhere you turn. It's an outdoor lover's paradise.
The capital city of New Zealand, Auckland on the North Island is surrounded by hills of rainforest, dormant volcanic cones, and a plethora of islands in the Hauraki Gulf. The temperate climate means it's never too hot or too cold and this outdoorsy city population loves Auckland's easy access to nearby hiking, and, of course, it's always just a couple hour's drive to the sea. No wonder Auckland has consistently been ranked near the top in international live style surveys. The city contains all the big-scale attractions of all capital cities — galleries, amusement parks, museums, zoos, but best of all, restaurant dining in New Zealand has now caught up to the rest of the world — international ethnic cuisine is now commonplace.
As for the rest of New Zealand, the list of attractions is overwhelming. Families love Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. If you like caving, you must visit Waitomo, a series of deep caves that seem to go on for miles and where you can even try cave tubing. Skydiving is popular over Lake Taupo, and, Rotorua, rich in Maori culture, is home of thermal hot springs. The whole town feels therapeutic with its mineral spring vapors enveloping you as you explore this friendly little town.
With the rugged mountains of South Island, New Zealand, glaciers, and dense tracks of protected forest, it's even more rugged than the North Island. The Milford Sound fiord is one of the world's most impressively scenic sites. Queenstown is the heart of backpacking and wilderness country — everything from river rafting to heli-skiing to safari tours. The Abel Tasman Trek along the north shore of the South Island has to be one of the best treks in the world, traversing rainforest and remote beaches, and mountains, with an ever-present view of the sea. Cabins dot the trek along the way so hikers have a warm place to stay at night. (But be sure to start hiking early enough in the morning to get a bed at night!) Christchurch is full of history with Tamaki Heritage Village and an old tramway. The South Island also has black water rafting and 'hot rock' rafting, all experiences that adventure seekers go wild for. It is not hard to find a New Zealand travel planner offering tours of the country but self drive tours are also popular and will provide flexibility. Exlore this beautiful land with our New Zealand travel guide.