5 Best Ways to Explore New Zealand

Have you ever asked yourself what kind of holiday do you preferred the most? Tourism New Zealand understands that everyone is different, that each travellers have their own style, their own likes and dislikes. New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do. Here are five holiday tips for different types of travellers. Which one suits you the most?

1. Adrenaline Seeker
If you need something to get the adrenaline pumping through our veins, feel something to make us feel ‘alive’, New Zealand has so much to offer and is the perfect destination for outdoor pursuits. New Zealand’s magnificent landscapes take on an extra dimension when you’re 12,000 feet in the air. Skydive in Lake Wanaka or Queenstown and you will look from the vastness of the Central Otago high country to the snow-capped mountains surrounding the jewel-like lakes. At the other end of the country, Lake Taupo has the largest commercial drop zone in the world and stunning views of volcanoes, forests and the lake itself. A Bay of Plenty skydive flight will take you over gleaming waters and geothermal wonders.

2. Solo Traveller
For solo travellers, New Zealand might be the most suitable destination! With friendly and welcoming locals, your trip to discover New Zealand’s best kept secret will be easy and sweet. New Zealand’s friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit. If you are uncertain on where to turn during your journey, do not hesitate to ask some friendly locals that will be happy to help you.

3. Group and Family Traveler
Try the scenic rail travel. New Zealand rail travel is an exercise in relaxation. The main reason to choose a train journey? Spectacular scenery you simply can’t see from the road. For first time visitor, try the Northern Explorer scenic train. The Northern Explorer links Wellington and Auckland. A remarkable 12-hour journey through the volcanic heart of the North Island with highlights including Tongariro National Park and the famous Raurimu Spiral, a feat of railway engineering. At the rear of the train, an observation carriage includes lounge-style seating surrounded by glass on three sides. There are also open-air observation areas and a buffet car for meals, drinks and snacks.

4. Culinary Traveler
New Zealand is famed for its extraordinary food! For authentic taste, try to visit Te Puia Maori Village in Rotorua. You could experience the traditional Hangi. Hangi food or ‘kai’ was traditionally wrapped in leaves, but a modern hangi is more likely to substitute with aluminium foil and wire baskets. The baskets are placed on hot stones at the bottom of the hole. The food is covered with wet cloth and a mound of earth that traps the heat around the food. The food is in the ground for about three to four hours, depending on the quantity being cooked. The result of this long process is tender, off-the-bone meat and delicious vegetables, all infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance. For a more modern flavor, you can visit the Waiheke Island, ‘the island of wine’ which is just a 35- minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, while beautiful Matakana and historic Kumeu are within an hour’s drive of the city. From Queenstown, take a day trip to explore the numerous wineries of Central Otago. This region is famous for stunning Pinot Noir, which is well-matched with another New Zealand specialty – succulent lamb.

5. Luxury Traveler
If you keen to enjoy luxury experiences, New Zealand could cater to all tastes, set amongst a backdrop of breath-taking landscapes – from heli-picnics atop soaring mountains to personal chefs being helicoptered directly to your charter boat, or private tastings at New Zealand’s best wineries. 
New Zealand offers bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in stunning natural settings hosted by our naturally warm and welcoming people. Stroll on an uninhabited beach, soar amongst mountains on a scenic flight, dine at a remote alpine lake suspended above Fiordland – it’s all possible with Over The Top. Travellers will be taken to fly on a latest series of helicopter and ends their journey on the top of the mountain to enjoy a glass of world-class wine.

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