In the Oceania Continent, engulfed by the South Pacific Ocean, the world map presents a vague picture of a small island country called New Zealand. Since you have landed on this article, the country is likely going to be your next travel destination. Let's admit it. As intriguing as it may sound, planning a worthwhile vacation trip is not an easy task to do.
Let's start Before visiting this country, here are a few things you should know.
New Zealand is an island country comprised of two main islands, North Island and South Island. The currency of New Zealand is New Zealand Dollar and 1NZD =0.672831 USD as of 2019. The people in New Zealand primarily speak English and Maori native language.
Making an international trip is not a regular exercise. Thus, it is only human nature to crave for all possible vacation bliss. New Zealand offers a diverse range of places to be in and things to do. You could extend your vacation for as long as two months, and yet, you wouldn't have explored it to the core. So, we recommend a trip from 2-4 weeks as an ideal one.
The most suitable chance to visit New Zealand would be from December to February. The summer season prevails in these months. You can consider other seasons as per your convenience.
New Zealand Itinerary
Your trip to New Zealand should not be for less than 15 days. An itinerary for a 1-week journey follows underneath.
Blessed are those who take a road trip to New Zealand. Furthermore, with a roof box tent fit on the top of the car, the journey by road is an extraordinary experience. On the contrary, a flight to New Zealand leaves you with more time in your hands. Whether a car or a flight, your trip must begin in the city of Auckland. After a few hours of sound sleep to overcome the jet lag, you are all set to explore the biggest city of New Zealand.
Places to visit in Auckland
Enroute Rotorua, a Two-hour drive from Auckland, brings you to the Hobbiton movie set. A significant location for "The Lord of the Rings film trilogy" and The Hobbit film series. You might not be a fan, but the beauty of the place surpasses its association with the movie. The Waitomo caves offer a surreal vision when numerous glowworms light up the cave's ceiling in absolute darkness.
Rotorua is the hub of all geothermal activity. With its hot pools, natural geysers and the Rotorua lake, this would be a day well spent.You can also go for a Kiwi bird Encounter.Don't miss out on the Maori cultural show and zorbing. Taupo is at an hour's distance from Rotorua. Besides the aesthetic beauty of the place, Taupo is also a driveway to Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You might recognize the location as another locale from The Lord of the Rings.
It takes another 5 hours to reach Wellington from the previous destination. The city is a hotspot of liveliness with its cafes, workshops, and museums. Make sure to visit the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum and the Weta workshop.Next, you need to drive back to Auckland to board your flight to the Christchurch. The Earthquake of 2011 left an everlasting impact on the city. The city displays souvenirs of English Heritage. Visit the Christchurch Botanical garden and take a bus ride around the town.
Visit the enchanting city of Tekapo and the Tekapo lake. The picturesque exhibition of the location makes you want to capture the moment in the retina of your eyes for an indefinite time frame. Mount Cook Aoraki is the highest mountain in the country and offers a diverse set of activities to indulge. Hiking across Mount Cook would mainly constitute the 10th day of your trip.
A 2- hour drive from Mt. Cook brings you to Wanaka. Be prepared to witness some breathtaking landscapes en route Wanaka. Take a hike across Roy's Peak Track, indulge in cross country skiing or lose yourself in the labyrinth of "Puzzling World".
This place referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Taking a cruise would be a cherishable memory for the rest of your life. Amidst the natural landscapes, Queenstown stands flaunting its outdoor adventure activities. Being in the city urges the pursuance of at least one adventure activity from a wide range available.