There are hundreds of reasons why you will love visiting New Zealand, from its snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, adventure activities and diverse wildlife to its friendliness, culture and world-class wine and food. It’s a destination unlike any other.
If New Zealand isn’t on your travel list and you need some convincing, here are 10 reasons why you need to visit this incredible country at least once in your lifetime.
1. Breath-taking views
Home to some of the most incredible landscapes in the world, New Zealand offers remarkable and unique scenery on each island. Enjoy the magnificent mountain ranges, ancient glaciers, and lush vegetation in the South Island; and discover the dramatic coastlines, cliffs, underground caves, and national parks from the North Island.
2. Māori culture
The Māori were the original inhabitants of New Zealand and there are plenty of attractions to connect with the Māori culture, heritage, and history. Experience the haka dance in Rotorua, which was made world-famous by the All-Blacks rugby team as their pre-game ritual.
3. Incredible wildlife
Perfect for animal lovers, New Zealand is home to 13 national parks, including extraordinary wildlife, such as prehistoric reptiles and the famous kiwi birds. New Zealand offers various tours to discover marine life, yellow-eyed penguins and more.
4. The world-famous vineyards
Known as one of the finest drops in the world, New Zealand’s wine tasting is a must-do activity when travelling to this amazing country. Enjoy a refreshing wine on a hot summer day. Sample Central Otago's Pinot Noir, and Marlborough's Sauvignon Blanc… White or red, New Zealand has it all.
5. Outdoor activities
Bungy jumping, hiking, canyoning, rafting, jet boating, kayaking, skydiving, heli-skiing… New Zealand is the perfect destination for sports enthusiasts of all kinds.
6. There’s something for every season
One of the reasons to visit New Zealand is that there are plenty of attractions for everyone every season. From winter sports to hiking and biking in its mountains during summer. Experience a different adventure each season of the year in New Zealand.
7. Real Middle‑earth™
Even if you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings or not, Hobbiton is a must. Adventure the rugged scenery in the heart of North Island.
8. Grand glaciers
New Zealand contains approximately 2900 glaciers which are among the most accessible in the world. Most located near the Main Divide in the Southern Alps on the South Island, there are a great variety of tours to explore them.
9. Geothermal phenomena
No other better place in the world to feel the Earth. Witness erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs on your doorstep. Discover the ominous-sounding Hell’s Gate, the Craters of the Moon the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland and more in New Zealand.
10. The Kiwi people
Another amazing aspect of travelling to New Zealand is how wonderful the people are. New Zealanders are well known for their friendliness and laid-back attitude that embrace the spirit of manaakitanga, or hospitality.
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