See The Best The World Has To Offer - Travel to New Zealand

Mountains and lake in New Zealand

Everyone loves to travel, but if you have never had the pleasure of exploring New Zealand, you do not know what you are missing.

Both the north and south islands have plenty of activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy. Even if you do not have a traveling partner, you will still be awestruck by the beauty of the rocky coastline, the beautiful sandy beaches, and the majestic forests.

During the warmer months you can enjoy beautiful hikes in the rugged mountains and subtropical woodlands. If you are on the north Island, hire a car and travel to Rotorua where you will see geysers, mud pools, and hot springs. Book a hotel and experience an authentic hangi feast which is when the food is cooked in the ground.

Milford Sound Fjord New Zealand

Set out on foot and tour a Maori village, or pamper yourself with a spa. Try skydiving, or grab your pole and catch some trout. With so much to see and do, you will want to spend a couple of days in this fascinating city.

And let's not forget about Queenstown, which is considered the world's capital of extreme sports.

Before you head to the south island, drive to the Waitakere Ranges. This regional park is full of rivers, and beaches. Step out of the car and continue on foot to enjoy one of the most beautiful hikes in New Zealand. Take the walkway through the tops of the trees where you will see stunning views of the lakes and beyond. You will definitely want to be equipped with some quality Timberland hiking boots and tough clothing for this exotic trek.

The southern part of the country is just as beautiful. The mountainous landscape is full of dense rainforest and gorgeous rivers, and there are plenty of adventurous activities for the entire family. Go white water rafting during the warmer months or strap on your skis in the winter. Go bushwalking and see the magnificent landscape at your own pace.

You cannot leave until you take a trip to the Orana Wildlife Park. This open range zoo is just a short drive from Christchurch and is set on 80 hectares. Orana is one of the only endangered animal open range sanctuaries in the world.

Every species lives in an enclosure that is almost exactly like their natural habitat. The park uses streams, banks, and moats as barriers giving you the opportunity to see giraffes, elephants, rhinoceroses, zebras, tigers, and much more. Stroll through the lion habitat, or take a walk through the kea aviary where you can visit with tuatara, kiwi, and other native reptiles and birds.

Both the north and south islands have plenty of tours that you can partake in, but if you want to holiday at your own leisure, rent a car or motor home and see what the islands are really all about. You can chat with the locals and indulge in some amazing local cuisine. Book your tickets today and start planning the trip of a lifetime.

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Photo credit: National Geographic

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