A New Zealand holiday means lots of action amidst serene, lush surroundings. Blessed with misty vineyards, spectacular landscapes and fine art galleries and restaurants, NZ makes for an ultimate getaway for the holidaymakers. If you are planning a trip to New Zealand but don’t know where to begin, read on to know about some of the not-to-be-missed experiences in the ‘land of the long white cloud’!
Enjoy Sparkling Wines at Its Vineyards
New Zealand has around 11 world-famous wine growing regions, which are renowned not only for their export quality wines but also for being some of the most beautiful parts of the country. And what’s better than exploring the country’s classic New Zealand Wine Trail on a road trip tasting some of the country’s best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays? Hawkes Bay, Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson and Canterbury are some of the popular wine growing regions where you can wine and dine during your New Zealand holiday.
Hike Up to Emerald Lakes
A hike up to and even beyond the emerald lakes is a must for holidaymakers looking for an active, outdoor vacation. This hike or tramping track, known as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, is located in the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand. It takes hikers across the serene emerald lakes, a volcanic terrain of an active volcano Mount Tongariro and the eastern base of Mount Ngauruhoe. Don’t forget to soak-in the magnificent views of Lake Taupo and the Ruapehu region.
Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set
The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit film trilogies made New Zealand the home of the famous ‘Middle Earth’ and that of ‘Hobbiton’. The beautiful rolling hills of Matamata in North Island welcomes tourists with numerous guided tours of the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set, which is now a permanent and popular attraction with tourists. Explore this iconic attraction, which is complete with 44 hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, Mill and The Green Dragon Inn.
Marvel at Rotorua’s Geothermal Phenomena
A visit to North Island’s Rotorua is a must for travellers in New Zealand. Touted as one of the world’s most active geothermal regions, Rotorua attracts visitors with its natural geysers, boiling mud pools and large volcanic craters. You can indulge in relaxing and rejuvenating thermal pool spa therapy or go for a walking tour of this city that sits atop the Pacific Ring of Fire. Exploring the Champagne Pool and Lady Knox Geyser is a must, particularly for the first time visitors. Sky-diving, mountain biking and trout fishing are the other popular activities here.
Get Your Dose of Adventure in Queenstown
A visit to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, is a must for every visitor. You can choose between epic adventures and relaxation. Dotted with bungee jumping and sky diving spots for adventure lovers and elite spas for rejuvenating experiences – Queenstown is a one-stop shop for all travellers. Get your adrenaline pumping with adventure sports such as bungee jumping, jet boating, white-water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking and downhill skiing.