Ten Reasons To Visit New Zealand
“Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain” Maori Proverb
Waiheke Island is one of my daughter’s favorite places. I have heard about it for a while and can’t believe I will be there. The island has art galleries, boutiques, coffee places and some excellent vineyards for wine tasting.
Take at least part of one of the great walks in New Zealand. They are a group of popular walks through areas of some of the best scenery in the country, ranging from coastlines with beaches to dense rain forests and alpine terrain. The tracks are maintained to a high standard, making it easier for visitors to explore some of the most scenic parts of New Zealand’s backcountry. The walks range from 32 kilometres (20 mi) length to 82 kilometres (51 mi) in length and take between 3 and 6 days to complete..
See the Maori in Rotoroa. I loved the movie “Whalerider” (I will probably see it again before I go) and I am so interested in their culture.
Take a helicopter ride to a glacier. So with all my traveling I have never been on a helicopter or a glacier. A lot of firsts here. Franz Josef or Mount Cook?
Whale watching in Kaikoura. We do have whales in California but Kai means food and Koura means crayfish ( which i love) so i am there. Whales, seals and dolphins are among my favorite sea creatures.
If you are a Hobbit fan, visit the Lord of the Rings movie set.
New Zealand is an adrenalin junkie’s paradise and well-known for zany adventures.. There is bungee jumping, zip lining, sky diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, scuba diving and jet speed boats. I may not seem like an adrenalin junkie but you never know.
Hiking in Milford Sound. There is epic movie worthy scenery and nothing that can hurt you (ie. no snakes, bears, mountain lions, scorpions, disease carrying insects, etc).
Take an outdoor geothermal bath in one of the many natural hot springs on the North Island.
Have a Fergburger in Queenstown. it is another best burger in the world with everything hand-made and fresh produce every day. There are twenty different kinds from the regular (beef,bacon and avocado) to the Codfather (cod), Sweet Bambi (venison)and Bun Laden(falafel). It is a true hole in the wall, crowded for the twenty-one hours a day they are open.