Road Trip in New Zealand
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New Zealand is an amazingly scenic island country across the Tasman Sea from Australia. Not densely populated, the country’s claim to fame lies in its natural beauty. Here are just some of the many delights to discover on North and South Island:
Kayaks at Matiatia Bay Waiheke Island Auckland
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki – New Zealand’s visual arts are at their best in this gallery. The main exhibits are free and special exhibits with a fee are optional.
Hauraki Gulf and Islands – Island trips, diving in the marine park and swimming are perfect activities in the incredible Hauraki Gulf region less than an hour by ferry from Auckland. Almost 50 different islands are available. Sandy beaches have BBQ pits for picnicking.
Whitewater Rafting in Rotorua New Zealand
Rotorua – When it comes to volcano touring, Rotorua is a good place to start. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a mysterious and remarkable region with craters, Lake Rotanahama and miscellaneous geothermal features. Boat rides, a convenient shuttle bus and hikes are a few methods of exploration. Forests, thermal pools and natural springs are also found around Rotorua.
Taupo – Lake Taupo is the country’s largest lake. Some of the local attractions are Taupo Lake, Waikato River and Huka Falls and the Hidden Valley with the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.
Wellington – The capital of New Zealand has a superb museum that gives a fabulous overview of the history and culture of the island nation, the Te Papa Museum. Wellington has historic buildings, gardens and many other attractions.
Banks Peninsula – A volcanic formation, the peninsula has over 1000 square kilometres of rugged land with trails along the banks of azure coastal waters. Hiking is moderate, and kayaking is another way to enjoy the region and harbour.
Snow Peak Over Mirror Lake
Christchurch Botanic Gardens – A lush escape right in Christchurch, the gardens have a wonderful collection and arrangement of native as well as exotic plants and flowers. The sculptures are also interesting to study.
Fiordland National Park – A wonderland that is not to be missed, the park has dense forests on steep green mountains that seem to rise right out of the deep waters. Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful and accessible areas of the parklands.
Pegasus Bay Winery – In Waipara of North Canterbury, the beautifully landscaped winery grounds and restaurant are lovely for an afternoon. The upscale dining is a great treat for yourself or your loved ones and friends.
Queenstown – This resort town in a pristine mountain setting near a large lake offers outdoor sports all year. Skiing, boating, hiking, clay pigeon shooting, skydiving and many more excellent pastimes are offered in or near Queenstown.
Travel and Accommodation
One of the best ways to experience New Zealand is by hiring a motorhome for a road trip. You can explore New Zealand at your own pace and not be needing to pay extra accommodations. Contemporary campervans provide economical transportation and accommodation whilst seeing the sites in the country.
Visitors flying from overseas can choose to land at a major airport in one of the main cities, and then rent a campervan at a nearby provider. Start the road trip from one city, explore the whole country, and finish it off in another city to return the vehicle. Hope you have a wonderful journey.
For more road trip ideas, visit Tourism New Zealand Website
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