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New Zealand

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who seeks thrill every single chance you get or someone whose idea of a perfect holiday is kicking back and slowing things down in a tranquil and picturesque place, New Zealand is the ideal destination. Not only has this country been the backdrop of a hugely successful Hollywood movie with its breathtaking ethereal landscape, it’s also an exciting haven for any traveller seeking some adventure.

New Zealand is a postcard-worthy paradise that boasts of gigantic mountains, breathtaking valleys, steaming volcanoes, and lush rainforests. Being geographically isolated for millions of years has made it host to endemic flora and fauna; one good example is the Kiwi.

New Zealand is rich – in every sense of the word. From its rich Maori culture, its numerous adventure sports for the bold and daring, to its sweeping panoramas and temperate climate perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation, this country has a lot in store for visitors. And in a country where sheep outnumber humans, you can be assured that you’re away from all the hustle and bustle.

Auckland, located in the North Island, is New Zealand’s largest city. It’s the ‘City of Sails’ which can easily be proved by visiting the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf where numerous yachts are docked. It is also known as the ‘City of Volcanoes’ due to its 48 volcanoes that form the Auckland Volcanic Field. Also, it is New Zealand’s most multicultural city as it’s home to a sizable population of Asians and Polynesians.

Like its numerous volcanoes, Auckland is all fired up with adventure sports. Want to be hurled from a building and fall for about 11 seconds on what is considered as New Zealand’s highest jump? Then fly off to Auckland’s Sky Tower, and take the plunge – literally!

You’ve probably seen a photograph of New Zealand that features idle sunny days amidst a backdrop of turquoise waters. Chances are, you could be looking at a stunning photo of Bay of Islands. And as the name implies, the region has 150 islands with the main town Paihia as the perfect jump-off point in your Bay of Islands experience. Located in the northern tip of the country, this group of islands is a single fantastic example of the marvel that is New Zealand.

Island-hopping is definitely in order as a number of boats ply through the islands. Aside from beach combing and overnight cruises, you can also check out the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Haruru Falls, Stone Store, Puketi Forest, and the Museum in the Old Memorial Library. 

Although the beautiful city of Christchurch in the South Island had been ravaged by two major earthquakes in 2011, it’s been gradually getting back on its feet. Some areas are still inaccessible but a large part of the city is still business as usual. Christchurch, with its well-deserved moniker as the Garden City, is New Zealand oldest established city and is the gateway to the rest of the South Island.

The attractions in Christchurch are plenty. Among the many things to see are the Art Gallery, the Canterbury Museum, Ferrymead Heritage Park, International Antartic Centre, Orana Wildlife Park, and the Riccarton Bush which is the last surviving forest remains in the Canterbury Plain. And true to its name as the Garden City, Christchurch is also home to one of the largest inner city parks in the world, the picturesque Botanic Garden.

Dunedin has a relaxed combination of the old and the new. While there’s definitely plenty of opportunity for relaxation in Dunedin, there’s also an assortment of activities.

Apart from numerous historical attractions such as the Weatherboard houses and bluestone Victorian buildings that pepper the city, Dunedin’s charming town centre also plays host to interesting museums, attractive cafés, and a hefty serving of bars! Not to mention, New Zealand’s oldest university, and where there’s a university there’s usually a great bar scene.

Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park in the South Island, Fox Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. Its terminal face is an easy trek from Weheka or Fox Glacier village. Together with neighbouring Franz Josef Glacier, it is the main tourist attraction of the West Coast. Named after New Zealand’s prime minister Sir William Fox in 1872, Fox Glacier is dramatic. 

A myriad of glacier-related activities await travellers. Or you can simply stroll around the majestic Lake Matheson with Mount Cook and Mount Tasman in the background.

The small town of Omarama is famed for its gliding attraction. It offers scenic hang gliding flights into the Southern Alps. And if you’re serious about flying, a pilot training school is available.

A host of other exciting activities await the traveller, like attending a show about New Zealand’s High Country sheep shearing, or a drive through Clay Cliffs, a natural heritage site renowned for its breathtaking moonscape due to its natural erosion. And if you are visiting in March or December, don’t miss the Omarama sheep-dog trial.

If there’s a place where boredom doesn’t exist, it’s got to be Queenstown. One tip – make a To-Do list before heading off to exciting Queenstown. You wouldn’t want to miss out on any experience that this has to offer – among others, bungee jumping, skydiving, hang gliding, caving, rafting, sledging, jetboating – now that’s a lot of items to cross out from your bucket list!

Aside from being internationally famous as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, this resort-town in Otago in the South Island, has also been acknowledged as a wine and cuisine hub due to its wine-producing neighbours whose Pinot noir is highly praised. And don’t forget to check out the Skyline Gondola for the impressive panorama of Queentown and the surrounding Lake Wakatipu.

Situated in the heart of the North Island, Rotorua has been regarded as a ‘Spa Town’ since the 1800’s with its hot springs, gushing geysers, and bubbling mud pools. If spas are your thing, then the ‘Sulphur City’ of Rotorua is for you.

Aside from its ‘sulphuric’ ambiance, the city also features botanical gardens and historic architecture, and various other activities like mountain biking. In fact, Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest has been considered as the ‘Disneyland of mountain biking’ with its exhilarating mountain bike trails that led to its hosting of UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in 2006.   

Te Anau spells rejuvenation. And whether you need to recharge your batteries or not, this serene lakeside town will simply draw you in and charm you to sit back, relax, and take in the world. Surprisingly, in Te Anau, you can do this by either sitting around and doing nothing or going off the rails and tramping!

There’s two distinct landscapes,  from the levelled, rustic countryside in its east, to the verdant mountains that lie to the west – Te Anau is an ideal base for trekkers. Indeed, the township is the doorway to New Zealand’s spectacular wilderness as it sits at the borders of Fiordland National Park which is also home to a number of bird species.  

As New Zealand’s capital, Wellington prides itself with magnificent scenery worthy of a Hollywood movie. Consequently, the city has a vibrant film industry that it’s gained itself the nickname ‘Wellywood’;  the Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson calls it home, as the city was instrumental in catapulting him into global fame.

Wellington is blessed with a picturesque harbour and charming hillsides. Head onto Mount Victoria, Mount Kaukau, Wright Hills and several other vantage points and be mesmerised by the enchanting beauty of Wellington. And the Do, See, Eat here are just phenomenal. See the Te Papa National Museum, The Wellington Cable Car, the Frank Kitts Park, Elmscourt, and the Oriental Parade among others. Or you can go food-tripping in the city’s numerous restaurants that serve international cuisine.  

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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