New Zealand

New Zealand, found some 1,000 miles southeast of Australia, is a world unto itself. This place is dynamic and intriguing, majestic and beautiful. You could employ any and every positive adjective when trying to describe New Zealand, but ultimately, you'll find that no words can do it justice. New Zealand is the kind of destination that you have to see to believe, and even then, you'll still find yourself rubbing your eyes from time to time in disbelief. Oh, yes, to say that New Zealand has it all would be an understatement. There are so many possible things to do here that it seems you could take one-hundred New Zealand vacations and still have plenty left on your plate. New Zealand travel offers stunning mountain views, golden sand beaches, savory and delectable food and wine, a vibrant culture to explore, and so much more. Treat yourself to a New Zealand trip soon, and see just why so many people who visit here end up coming back again. It's almost hard to believe that anyone could ever leave.

As pretty as New Zealand's natural landscape is, it's hard to think that its cities and towns could manage to steal visitor attention, but they manage to do it by offering plenty of great New Zealand attractions themselves. In cities like Auckland, Wellington, and Queenstown, you can shop until you drop, dine until you don't have room, find adventure around every turn, and so much more. On a New Zealand trip, you'll also want to learn all you can about the native Maori people, who were the first to settle this privileged land. One of the best places to experience Maori culture is at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua. Not only can you tour the village, but you can also see a traditional Maori performance and enjoy a just-as-traditional Maori "hangi", or meal. In New Zealand, you can learn all about the country and its people at one of the great New Zealand museums. In Wellington, the Museum of New Zealand -Te Papa Tongarewa is an excellent place to do just that, as is the Auckland Museum, which is strangely enough found in Auckland. Should you be hanging out in Dunedin, the Otago Settlers Museum gives insight into the days when Scottish settlers first set up camp here.

New Zealand travel certainly benefits from the beauty of the country's Great Outdoors. From top to bottom and side to side, New Zealand's landscape is both captivating and inspiring. Along the coasts, countless beaches beckon scores of people looking to enjoy a full list of water-related activities. The North Island has among its rolling and sometimes mountainous landscape volcanic expanses where bubbling pits of mud and quirky geysers are nothing unusual. Well, at least here they are not unusual. On the South Island, the Southern Alps that stretch along the west coast not only offer some of the best postcard views you'll find anywhere, they also present some of the best terrain on the planet for skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. In the South Island city of Christchurch, the nearby mountains are also taken advantage of for a number of reasons, and as if Christchurch couldn't already claim enough wonderful attractions, it also often serves as a base for whale watching trips at nearby Kaikoura.

One of the best ways to see and do as much as you can on New Zealand vacations is to book one or more New Zealand tours. There is a New Zealand tour for just about anything that you can imagine. Wine and garden tours, bicycle tours, heli skiing tours, cultural city tours, museum tours, and scuba diving tours are just some of the ones that you might consider. If you like to fish, New Zealand is an angler's heaven on earth. Not only can you find some of the best freshwater trout fishing in the world at destinations like Lake Taupo, but you can also head out to sea and enjoy saltwater sport fishing charters. The Bay of Islands, which are found in the Northland region of the North Island, is probably the best sport fishing destination in the country for folks who want to add that kind of adventure to their New Zealand travel itineraries. Was mention already made about how New Zealand has it all? The information here simply covers but a smidgen of what you can expect on New Zealand vacations. It's up to you to plan your New Zealand trip to figure out the rest. You might choose to look into one-way New Zealand airfare, however, as chances are pretty good that you might choose to stay in New Zealand forever, enjoying what many label as an unspoiled, subtropical paradise.

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