New Zealand is the ultimate holiday destination for those who seek natural beauty and exhilarating adventure. Not only does its varied landscape lend itself to all different types of adventures, but there is something to enjoy there for practically everyone.
With so much to offer, it can be tough to know exactly what to put on your itinerary for your visit. If you are planning a holiday to New Zealand, here are three things to consider doing while you are there.
1. Tour Middle Earth
While New Zealand has always been known as an excellent location to take a holiday, it’s no secret that tourism to this beautiful country has been positively impacted by the popular film series The Lord of the Rings. Because New Zealand was the setting for the films, many people who love the J.R.R. Tolkien based movies choose to take a trip there to see Middle Earth for themselves.
The locations have been excellently preserved and prove to be quite the attraction for scores of holiday-goers. While you can certainly go and check out these sites for yourself, companies like Silverscreen Tours offer guided tours of the various locations that appear in the films. Spend a day exploring Hobbiton, or take your experience to the next level with a full and complete ten-day tour of Middle Earth. Whatever you choose, you will surely have the adventure of a lifetime.
2. Hit the Slopes
New Zealand is home to incredible resorts that are perfect for lounging by the pool and soaking in the rays. However, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t like to take their holidays lying down, New Zealand also boasts some fantastic ski resorts where you can hit the slopes.
If you are planning to visit the South Island, you can’t do much better than Treble Cone for skiing and snowboarding. Even if you are only a beginner, some runs are friendly for skiers of all different skill levels. Mt Hutt in the Canterbury region has been named the best ski resort in all of New Zealand more than once, making it more than ideal for those looking to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer. There are plenty of other destinations and resorts to choose from that are sure to please any skiing enthusiast.
3. Go Whale Watching
If sticking to the coast is more along the lines of your perfect holiday, there are almost too many perfect destinations in New Zealand to count. One thing is for sure, you must check out the whale watching while you are there.
No matter what time of the year that you visit, you can catch a glimpse of the local sperm whales off the coast in Kaikoura. If you plan your trip sometime between October and March, you can catch sight of some orcas as well. While there is so much wildlife to witness while in New Zealand, whale watching should be near the top of your list.