Also known as one of the world’s happiest countries, New Zealand has become a destination travellers dream of visiting. It might be a large country, but only 5% of the total population is human! To intrigue you even more, here are the top seven reasons why you should put New Zealand on your bucket list.
Unspoilt and diverse landscapes
New Zealand is famous for its enchanting landscapes, capturing everything from vast mountain chains, rich forests to grand volcanoes! Therefore, rare are those who can rival New Zealand in its natural beauty. Because of this, it’s no wonder how New Zealand is becoming such a popular destination for shooting films. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogy are just a few of many popular films that were filmed here. Just like Bilbo Baggins, embark on an adventure to discover the land of unspoilt bliss!
Popularly known as the adventure capital of the world, New Zealand is filled with the most exciting and unique adrenaline activities. Explore the natural tunnels and caves, skydive or encounter nature’s dangerous animals. In addition, there are other equally interesting activities, such as zip lining, rafting, climbing, quad driving and zorbing. Since New Zealand and adrenaline go hand in hand, it is a must-see for every thrill-seeker!
New Zealand might be famous for its national symbol of the kiwi bird, but it’s also home to many other unique animals. Thus, New Zealand is largely known for being a paradise for animal lovers! Listen to the melodic birdsong of Kōkako, swim with dolphins, go horse riding or go whale and bird watching. It is also home to endangered yellow-eyed penguins, alpine parrots Kea and Hector’s Dolphin, the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world.
The local people, popularly called Kiwis, are proud of their fascinating history and rich legends. Passed down through many generations, Māori stories mainly talk about the creation of the island. Legend has it that the daring demigod Māui fished New Zealand from the sea with his magic hook. In case you wish to hear the stories and get the dynamic Māori experience, visit Mount Hikurangi with the help of your local guide.
One of the three official languages, Māori language is spoken by natives to express their identity and heritage. Until the 19th century, there was no written word, hence why Māori people communicated through symbolism. Practice your Māori with the Ngapuhi tribe that provides a fun, interactive experience incorporated within Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys. Here, visitors can learn more of the Māori lifestyle, like language, spirituality and traditions. Overall, it is definitely a great opportunity to learn what makes New Zealand special.
Present-day Māori cuisine is based on traditional Māori dishes influenced by the British and Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the dishes are made with local ingredients, along with a bit of seasoning. A favourite among many, crayfish is considered to be a delicacy in New Zealand. Another popular dish are savoury pies that are available with various fillings, like minced meat, cheese and fish. For those with a sweet tooth, pavlova is a popular dessert made with meringue, whipped cream and fresh fruit. Ice cream lovers should try hokey pokey, a flavour made from vanilla ice cream and solid lumps of honeycomb toffee.
New Zealand has 13 stunning national parks that cover about ⅓ of the country. Many rocky peaks and glittering lakes can be seen through those vast, protected areas. The wilderness in the national parks is largely untouched by man, allowing you a glimpse of the past 1000 years ago. Among these national parks, one has the title of having the cleanest lakes in the world – Nelson Lakes National Park. The Blue Lake has up to 80m of visibility, allowing you to fully admire the almost magical crystal-clear lake.