New Zealand — Planning my perfect getaway…

What’s your idea of a top holiday? Perhaps it’s sunning yourself on a beach all day, exploring the great outdoors or discovering the local culture and nightlife. I believe a combination of these experiences makes for a perfect trip, so here’s how I’m planning my dream trip to New Zealand.

When I was younger, I watched a lot of nature and travel programmes with my parents and I remember New Zealand vividly. The country has it all, from beaches, glaciers and mountains to cities, forests and volcanoes. I love the idea of exploring the North and South Island, immersing myself in the incredible landscapes and learning all about the country’s unique history and culture.

The practicalities of visiting New Zealand
From flights to visas, insurance and accommodation costs, there’s so much to plan for a trip to New Zealand, including:

Top New Zealand activities
Now, the big question is, what type of holiday is for you? The answer will likely dictate which destinations you visit and also how long you stay in the country for. Here are some of New Zealand’s top draws.

Adventure sports
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you’ve come to the right place. In New Zealand, you can jump off the Sky Tower, ride the rapids in Rotorua or try your hand at Heli-skiing. If you like hiking there are some great multi-day treks such as the world-famous Milford Track. This covers over 53 km of trails and takes around four days to complete, making it one of the tougher tracks but worth it for the stunning scenery.

New Zealand is also world-famous for its sports, especially rugby, and I believe that any sports fan would enjoy the opportunity to go and watch the All Blacks. I intend to grab a beer and watch the New Zealand cricket team play, or if it is the correct time of year, catch some of the domestic T20 competition. Dunedin and Wellington are some of the most scenic spots to watch any sport in the world.

Combining sport and adventure, it’s worth mentioning that New Zealand is the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping. Thousands flock to Queenstown to take part in the famous AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge bungy jump across the Kawarau river. Queenstown is also home to many adventure sports including: brilliant sky diving hotspots, ziplining and many water-based sports such as jet boat rides and white water rafting.

Wildlife and nature
New Zealand is a dream destination for nature and wildlife lovers, with 14 national parks and over 9,000 miles of coastline, don’t miss:

Film locations
New Zealand was the filming location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Mount Ngauruhoe, for example, is the sight of Mount Doom which you can experience from the Tongariro Crossing trek. There are a number of tours that take in various other famous sights from the Lord of the Rings, these include “Paradise” in Otago which is the sight of Isengard in the films. Don’t miss the famous Hobbiton film set in Matamata, where you can take a tour of the Shire and its cute hobbit homes. Check the best san diego heat pumps.

Cultural sightseeing
In terms of nightlife, New Zealand’s cities boast a decent number of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. Queenstown, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington are the liveliest hubs, but it’s always interesting to explore more rural towns to find out what the locals there do to keep themselves entertained in the evenings.

Popular heritage attractions in New Zealand include Larnach Castle in Dunedin and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum near the Bay of Islands. New Zealand is mostly renowned for its scenery and beautiful landscapes, and Tupare near New Plymouth in the North Island is no different. You can walk around its beautiful restored gardens for free and take in the rich countryside views.

Something you must experience in New Zealand is the Maori culture and there aren’t many better places to do this than Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua. Once you’ve arrived in the village you’ll hear a welcome ritual given by the descendants of the ancient warriors As far as native cultural experiences go this is surely the most powerful and enjoyable!

Overall, I believe that whilst a trip to New Zealand will set you back a significant amount of money, it’ll be well worth it if you immerse yourself fully in the culture and scenery. Planning my dream holiday was great fun and I can’t wait to take my trip to New Zealand!

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