11 Places You Have Got to Visit in New Zealand This Season
New Zealand: When the need to take a break from your routine hectic life arises, you could plan your dream vacation like New Zealand or to the several destinations which are there to be explored by tourist intending to know more about a country or region.
At times it seems difficult in making the right choice on a destination since the world has vast number of diverse destinations, to be explored and to relish the pleasure of its beauty, traditions and culture.
Keep visiting our site and get to know on the various destinations lying in store to be explored by adventure seekers who are ready to enjoy the thrills and frills of a good vacation.
New Zealand – Rich & Enthralling History
New Zealand an inland region located towards the south-western Pacific Ocean is a country with immense richness to savour your mind.
It comprises of two main landmasses namely the North Island – Te Ika-a-Maui and the South Island – Te Waipounamu together with 600 smaller islands.
The North Island and the South Island are divided by Cook Strait, which is 22 km wide towards it tapered point. Five of the largest populated islands besides the North Island and the South Island are Stewart Island, Great Barrier Island, Chatham Island D’Urville Island and Waiheke Island
New Zealand is one of those amazing destinations, a land of amazing beauty and adventure in the midst of its natural surroundings.It has a rich and enthralling history which reflects on the mixture of Maori and European culture.
The Maori had been the first to land in New Zealand travelling from Hawaiki in canoes around 1,000 years back. Abel Tasman, a Dutch had been the first European to view the region.
However it was the British who seemed to make New Zealand a part of their territory. While exploring this destination, tourists will come across incredible Maori momentous sites and resources together with amazing majestic era buildings scattered all over the country.
Briefing on Destinations
The following are the nine important destinations of New Zealand:
Auckland – known as `The City of Sails’, is the largest capital with a population of over a million in that area
Hamilton which is 128 km south of Auckland is the 3rd rapidly developing urban region after Pukekohe and Auckland
Rotorua is well known for Maori culture beautiful hot pools and geysers
Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand had been devastated in 1931 due to earthquake and was eventually reconstructed to its prevailing elegance. It is very popular as a wine region, particularly Bordeaux type reds and Cape Kidnappers, gannet breeding grounds together with wildlife sanctuary and noted golf course.
Wellington which is the national capital is considered as `The Windy City’ Parliament, the Beehive as well as the magnificent, unrestricted and exhilarating Te Papa museum.
Nelson is one of those locations in New Zealand where you receive the maximum sunshine period in the vicinity of coastal and mountainous backdrop with three national parks together with vineyards and orchards.
Christchurch called the `Garden City as well as `Air Gateway’ to Antarctica in spite of the contemporary and on-going earthquakes is also considered to be the third largest capital having a very well-ordered International Airport.
Queens town which is considered as the adventure capital of the world offers the tourists an opportunity to ski, skydive, jet-boat, bungy jump and have an enjoyable stay at this destination.
Dunedin which takes pride in its Scot heritage, chocolate factory, Southern Albatross colony together with its amazing trekking tracks, is known as the `Edinburgh of the South. All of these places can be accessed within a short drive from the CBD.
City of Sails
Auckland is recognised as the City of Sails with its energetic city of beaches, harbours and islands.
From hilly landscapes to golden sand beaches, you can explore all the amazing sites of interest in New Zealand. Most of the flights arrive in Auckland, which is the largest city situated at the top of the North Island where the domestic flights link Auckland with about twenty four airports all over the country.
Some of the sites of interest worth mentioning are given below to guide the tourists in exploring New Zealand – the `City of Sails’.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is said to be the smallest national park of New Zealand and is specifically designed for adventure and relaxation.
This National Park has a combination of physical exertion with seaside life, wherein the visitor can walk through or explore by cruise boat, water taxi or sea kayak with provision for hiking or paddling, sun bathing, swimming together with cool scuba diving.
Visitors have the choice of residing in the luxurious lodges available around the place or opt for sleeping beneath the stars which is considered as the best experience while in Abel Tasman.
The landscape with sandy beaches between trees and the shore line with crystal clear streams, fall down moss-covered valleys intersecting the ocean.
The formation of granite and marble bordering the headlands that are shrouded in creating native forest is a sure invitation for the tourist to explore this site.
A walking track leading to Pitt Head, an ancient Maori fort site is from Te Puketea Bay which is an unspoilt curve of golden sand. Tourists can view the terracing food pits which are around the place and the reason of them being there is considered as a defensive site at that time.
The forest are filled with tui and bellbird song where you will witness shags or cormorants, gannets together will tiny penguins diving for their meal while seals are seen reclining on the rocks around Tonga Island.
Waiheke is a harbour and popular for its attractive vineyards – olive groves, unusual galleries, sandy white beaches which are only a 35 minutes ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
At Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi, the white sandy beaches tend to slope down to Hauraki Gulf and are considered to be an excellent picnic spot, for swimming and kayaking.
Visitors could explore the trails on this island and wander along cliff tops to the beaches below and the cool reserves of native forests.
Towards the eastern area of the island, a walkway known as Stony Batter tends to lead the tourist to a system of World War II gun emplacements and secretive tunnels.
Besides these sites New Zealand has several more sites to be explored and tourists will never feel disappointed in exploring this amazing destination which has immense attraction for those interested in understanding the traditions and the richness of its history.