For the rest of the world, New Zealand is just an exotic, faraway destination, but this beautiful country has so many things to offer! New Zealand shouldn’t find itself at the top of your travel list just because it’s within easy reach.
No, this magical land really has something special to offer to every traveller, even those who’ve seen some amazing sights in their own or other countries. Here are five reasons why every world traveler should visit New Zealand.
Embracing the Kiwi way of life
For example, if Americans or Australians weren’t friendly enough during your last trip, overly polite New Zealanders will set the proverbial bar even higher. With a friendly smile and a firm handshake, the local people are bound to greet you and welcome you into their homes with open arms, which is exactly why couch-hopping is one of the best ways to experience the Kiwi way of life.
Instead of staying at a big hotel with no soul or substance, choose to find accommodation with a local who can show you the ins and outs of the place and teach you what makes New Zealand and its people special. This is also a great opportunity to discover the country’s vast cultural heritage.
Learning about the rich cultural heritage
New Zealanders take great pride in their history, and they aim to uphold and preserve the cultural heritage that existed here long before Captain Cook discovered the continent in 1769. Since then, the country has become this vibrant mixture of numerous cultural influences, however, the Maori culture still stands strong on its own. This is your unique opportunity to quake and shiver with excitement and overwhelming emotions as you witness the raw power of the Haka.
The road trip adventure of a lifetime
Without a doubt, the biggest reason to visit New Zealand is to embark on an exploration journey of a lifetime and experience the unspoiled, incredibly diverse natural scenery that defines the Kiwi landscape. For this task, you will need a reliable vehicle, so be sure to find local car rental companies that offer various vehicle types suited for different types of travel.
Once you’ve secured adequate transportation, you want to plan your route across the North and South Islands, taking into account the natural must-see spots as well as the urban gems you should visit along the way. Speaking of, New Zealand’s cities have something truly unique to offer to every traveller.
Discover the urban gems of the country
Auckland and Wellington are the two biggest, and most popular cities in New Zealand, but that doesn’t mean that they should be your primary destinations. Numerous amazing urban gems dot the expansive landscape, and you can find historic, quaint towns teeming with life and adventure across the map.
On your exploration journey, make sure to include Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Napier, Dunedin, and Queenstown. Each of these cities and towns boasts a unique vibe, and you can find numerous artisan cafes, hipster bars, and nightlife spots dotting the city streets.
Walk in the footsteps of Frodo
Last but not least, did you know that Lord of the Rings was filmed here? Of course you knew that, so why haven’t you explored this amazing tourist attraction yet? Well, it’s more like numerous tourist attractions scattered throughout the islands. Be sure to visit the LOTR Anduin River View Point, the Argonath on the Anduin River, the LOTR Twizel Tour, Edoras, and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Actually, these locations might just make excellent detours on your grand road trip adventure.
Many different places around the world have their fair share of natural and urban wonders, but that doesn’t mean that New Zealand doesn’t have plenty to boast about. Quite the contrary, so grab your backpacks, book your ticket, and head out to what is bound to be an exploration escapade of a lifetime.
Peter is a lifestyle writer at Trend Prive magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.