Just a short four hour flight from Australia you can step foot into one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I suppose I’m bias because I was born there but after travelling extensively in past years I truly believe that New Zealand has some of the best scenery in the world. If you haven’t been, I strongly suggest you make a point to travel there at least once in your life. Here’s why:
Abel Tasman National Park is breathtaking
Located at the top of the south island Abel Tasman National Park is home to golden beaches, native forest, marble formations and an ancient Maori fort site. You can travel to the Abel Tasman National Park for a day trip and explore on foot or by boat but the most popular activity is to embark on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track walk which takes between three and five days to complete. There are basic huts along the track as well as campsites which need to be pre-booked because of its popularity. Native wildlife including Tuis and Bellbirds fill the forests and blue penguins as well as fur seals also live on the rocks near Tonga Island. Enjoy swimming, kayaking and being at one with nature.
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Waiheke Island is paradise
Waiheke Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf just a short distance from Auckland and has some of the most outstanding scenery in New Zealand. Because of its beauty and relaxing atmosphere it is a popular spot for weddings and events. On Waiheke Island you’ll find white sandy beaches, pristine blue water and some of the most luxurious accommodations in all of New Zealand. Also on the island are a number of wineries as well as a brewery, an art gallery, a flying fox zipline and forest walk experience, a sailing charter and so much more.
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Queenstown is a winter wonderland
Tourists from all over the world travel to this resort town each year to experience unforgettable thrills and spills. Perched on the banks of Lake Wakatipu in Otago, Queenstown is a scenic town brimming with adventure activities for all ages all year round. If you love skiing then you’ll be in paradise in winter with four ski fields in close proximity to Queenstown including Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona. If skiing isn’t your thing then consider bungy jumping, rafting, jet boating, para sailing, luging, golf, fishing…the list just goes on. For a more relaxed experience take a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw then disembark for a farm tour at picturesque Walter Peak, relax at a day spa or visit a winery.
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Bay of Plenty is plentiful
In 1769 James Cook gave Bay of Plenty its name when he found a bay full of plantations and villages and to this day it holds true to its name. It is famous for fruit orchards including kiwifruit, citrus and avocado as well as wineries and fresh seafood. In Mt Maunganui you’ll find some of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand and close by is White Island – an active volcano that you can explore on foot. Because of the volcano, Bay of Plenty is well known for the thermal hot pools and spas that can be found in the area. Go fishing, spot dolphins or plan a romantic getaway to this relaxing part of New Zealand.
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These spots along with countless others that I haven’t had time to mention (the glaciers, Mt Cook, the thermal city of Rotorua and the stunning Coromandel Peninsula) are the reasons why you should consider a trip to New Zealand soon. It may be small but it has a heck of a lot to offer.
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