The New Zealand tourism market is worth $9.8 billion. The beautiful ring of islands will soon outgrow popular European and American travel destinations, in terms of tourist visits. New Zealand beckons tourists with its rich mountains, natural lakes, national parks, and islands. The availability of cheap flights from New Zealand to most major cities is another reason for its growing popularity.
Here, we take you some of most travelled places in New Zealand.
The North Islands region of New Zealand attracts travelers with its spectacular beaches, expansive farmlands, and geothermal wonders. You can book packaged tours to Mt Ruapehu, the North Island’s highest mountain. Take a tour of the two popular ski areas – Whakapapa and Tūroa. Trekkers and hitchhikers will enjoy a splendid view of Whakapapa’s old lava flows and the learner slopes at Happy Valley.
Ruahine Forest Park is one of the popular spots for hiking and outdoor sports. Though most of the hikes in this park involve steep uphill sections, the views at the top of the ranges – reaching all the way from the forest to the sea is absolutely fantastic.
Come to the Manawatu region. You will love the colourful, well-tended gardens. Also, visit the Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade Gardens and Kimbolton’s Cross Hills Garden, known for its fine collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.
South Islands of New Zealand are ideal for a relaxing vacation. Take a vintage cruise to the quiet Walter Peak and catch up for dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead or go to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm.
New Zealand is known for its flightseeing tours. Take cheap flights from Queenstown to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, and of course, Mount Cook.
Queenstown is one of the most popular airports in New Zealand. A large number of national and international flight operators have cheap flights from Queenstown to other parts of New Zealand and other countries.
South Pacific Islands
Dunedin, the second largest city in the South Island is well known for its Cadbury Chocolate tours and Speight’s Brewery tours, in addition to the Edwardian and Victorian architecture, Otago Museum, and Otago Peninsula. Tourists love to see the Gothic church spires, ornate mansions, grand buildings, and intriguing alleyways.
New Zealand has 13 national parks spread over 30,000 square kilometers. Fiordland National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 14 fiords that fringe this south-west corner of the South Island traces back to 100,000 years. The Maori folk created a giant stonemason called Tute Rakiwhanoa, out of the fiords. The fiords have spectacular waterfalls on all sides, adding to its rich natural beauty.
Take walking tours to Mount Aspiring National Park, to explore the Routeburn, the Dart/Rees River circuit, Greenstone/Caples and the Wilkin Valley tracks.
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