A Complete Travel Guide To New Zealand

One of the least-crowded countries in the world is New Zealand, which has easy accessibility to its diverse and running natural beauty. This country is made out of two main islands – North islands and South islands – and many other small islands.

North islands are known for boasting year-round temperature weather, forests, farmland, sandy beaches, and active volcanoes. South Island is the home of numerous beaches, beech forests, fjords, mountains, and large glaciers.

The biggest challenge that will be in front of you will be to decide where to go while here. When you are starting from North Island, Auckland is capable of offering all that a big city can, but within a half-hour of beaches, great islands, and
rainforest locales include the summit of Rangitoto which is a volcanic island or Waiheke Island or vineyard.

The city cultural recreation includes the stops at the Auckland War Memorial Museum with its treasures in Maori, the National Maritime Museum of the New Zealand, and the Auckland City Art Gallery. The largest Polynesian and Maori market is the Otara Market in the world.

The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, is known as the art and cultural capital also. Usually, it takes just 20 minutes to you to walk from one side of downtown to another, so you are only required to go out and explore. Ensure that you stop at the very amazing Te Papa Tongarewa, which is the national museum along the waterfront, as well as at art galleries, boutique shops, and trendy cafes.

On South Island, Nelson, with its mountain and coastal beauty, is home to craftspeople, more than 350 working artists, and three national parks. At the Saturday market, you can meet and check out the wares of some of these talented people.

While you are staying in Christchurch, explore the glaciers of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, where you can enjoy neo-gothic architecture. Queenstown is the ideal base where you can choose your thrill, whether it is bungee jumping, skiing, skydiving, or jet-boating. The national parks Mount Aspiring and Fiordland are known for offering great walks for getting up close to the regional beauty.

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Map of New Zealand’s South Island with a red pushpin highlighting the city of Queenstown

Shopping in New Zealand is inclusive of arts and crafts, with Maori carvings in bone, wood, and pounamu (jade and greenstone) as good souvenirs. Hand-knitted and pottery wool sweaters and wall hangings are also extremely lovely for bringing them home.

New Zealand is known for offering “Pacific Rim” cuisine style, as well as a huge variety of international cuisine. The style options of New Zealand include venison and pork and pavlova, lamb, fresh whipped cream and fresh berries or fruit, and the national dessert of meringue. Casual cafe-bar style is the typical dining in New Zealand. You can try out some of the local wines which include the sauvignon blanc and the chardonnay, which has an international reputation for excellence.

Nonstop flights are available in Auckland from San Francisco and Los Angeles, which is the largest international airport in New Zealand. The time of flights is 12 and 13 hours, respectively.

New Zealand has a well-maintained road network and the main islands of this country are linked by air and ferry services. On the other hand, driving is a good option for those people who have the desire to view the beautiful scenery. There is also a scheduled intercity bus service and luxury coaches, as well as tours for serving you around by road. This country is also having many scenic rail options.

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Viaduct Harbour, Auckland / New Zealand – December 9, 2019: The marine vessels and yachts parked at a marina harbour within the Viaduct Basin area with the Auckland CBD buildings at the background

This country experiences winter from June to August and summer from December to February. The average high temperature of winter is 50°s F., while the average high temperature of summer is 70°s F.