A country at the bottom of the world, the last place God made and saved up the best for the last. New Zealand has everything an exotic holiday destination should have – mist covered volcanoes, crystal clear seas teeming with fish, snow capped mountains, geysers, virgin rain forests, glaciers and lots and lots of adventure sports. Just when you think you’ve experienced it all, there’s more in New Zealand.
The answer for the question “when to travel New Zealand?” is the summer months, from November to April, peak season is December, February and March.
“There’s plenty of scope for activities ranging from skiing and trekking to mountaineering, and when you need a breathe, you can always head for the vibrant, vivacious cities of New Zealand- nearly all of them along the coast.”
The top experiences in New Zealand include: taking long tranquil walks along the virgin beaches, boating and fishing on transparent blue waters, tasting the freedom in bushwalking, skiing across volcanic cones, surfing in 9,300-plus miles of coastline and much more.
North Island, a neat blend of modern cities and unspoilt wildernesses, is home to the country’s capital, Wellington, a city known not just for its cafes and entertainment, but also for its breezy weather; further north lies the trendy and cosmopolitan city of Auckland.
For those who want a taste of the wilds, North Island offers trips to volcanoes, rivers, lakes, islands, waterfalls, national parks, hot springs …take your pick. New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, lies almost at the very centre of the isle.
For the very best of beaches lapped by the bluest of seas, North Island offers up the delights of the Kapiti Coast and the highly picturesque, albeit windswept Bay of Islands, just two amongst its many attractions.
Extreme lovers of the outdoors will invariably want to head south, toSouth Island’s many wilderness areas: the Mt Cook National Park, the Kahurangi National Park, and the pretty lakeside town of Te Anau.
When you’ve had your fill of the wilds, head for South Island‘s cities – picturesque and pretty Queenstown, Scottish Dunedin and tranquil Christchurch, so reminiscent of England that you’d be forgiven for imagining you’d taken the wrong flight!
For those thinking of spending the holiday in tranquility, Karekare Beach, west of Auckland, Ninety Mile Beach in Northland are spectacular, and nearby Doubtless Bay has some of the country’s loveliest caramel-color beaches. South Island beaches are captivating, particularly in Abel Tasman National Park and neighboring Golden Bay. Surf lovers should visit Raglan and Oakura.
If you’re feeling cruisy, rent a kayak and paddle around the golden beaches and inlets of Abel Tasman National Park, or the penguin-filled waters of Paterson Inlet. Take a canoe on the Whanganui River, or sail the Bay of Islands. If you want a major adrenaline buzz, go jet-boating on the Shotover River near Queenstown, or raft the North Island’s Kaituna River, near Rotorua, which has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
The North Island has the highest concentration of surf beaches, with Northland providing ample opportunities. In Auckland, Te Arai Point, Mangawhai, Piha, and Muriwai are popular hot spots, and Coromandel’s Whangamata is a favorite.
Visit New Zealand at it’s peak season and book your rooms not in it’s top destinations Auckland, Queenstown or many other paradise-like cities.
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