New Zealand is a playground of natural landscapes with isolated beaches, 14 National Parks, towering mountains, and flourishing rainforests. With magnificent active and non-active volcanoes, the country is part of the ‘Ring of Fire’, and is perfect for rock-climbing, horseback riding, trout fishing, rafting, bungee jumping, and hot-air balloon rides, as well as skiing and snowboarding during the months of Winter.
New Zealand’s culture stems from the traditions of the Maori, with their distinct songs, dance, and distinguished body art. Families can watch a traditional Maori cultural performance in the town of Rotorua or view regional wildlife through New Zealand’s multiple zoos, aquariums, and observatories. Visitors can also explore the artistic side of New Zealand when watching potters, jewelers, glass artists, and more.
The Pacific Rim cuisine of New Zealand is exceptional, as it combines the oriental flavors of Asia with the traditional tastes of the Pacific. Delve into mouthwatering cheeses, fresh local fruit, a Maori feast prepared in an underground oven, or choose from an array of seafood including scallops, mussels, and oysters. With three prominent grape-regions, the wine of New Zealand consistently dazzles guests with its superb cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and malbec.
Destinations to see include Auckland’s stunning harbor which is surrounded by hills of black sand beaches and rainforests. Milford Sound’s 22-kilometer fiord emits a serene ambiance with misty waters and elevated mountain peaks. Black water rafting can be experienced in Waitomo where dark caves allow adventurous travelers to float underground with illuminating glowworms guiding the way. A tour around Franz Josef provides breathtaking views of picturesque glaciers, and Mount Cook offers rock-climbing atop the highest mountain in New Zealand.
New Zealand captivates travelers with its incredible scenery and can be considered one of the most awe-inspiring destinations of the world as it enchants guests with legendary stories, myths, adventures, and unforgettable views and experiences.