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So you enjoy cycling? Great! New Zealand offers a superb range of cycling options and with the on-going development of the New Zealand Cycle Trails, award winning Mountain Bike Parks and our many scenic coastal roads, the variety of options you have to choose from will keep you returning for more. But New Zealand has more to offer than just great cycling, so much more! Here are just a few other reasons to make New Zealand your next holiday destination.
Walks & Hikes:
With more than 30,000 square kilometres of stunning natural and diverse scenery over the 13 National Parks in New Zealand there is certainly a lot of great terrain to be covered by foot. Whether you are setting out on a 5-day hiking adventure or a 20-minute scenic walk the New Zealand landscape won't let you down.
If your time is limited I recommend doing the one-day alpine hike in the Tongariro National Park, spending a few days to explore the Abel Tasman National Park coastal track (this park is the smallest but the busiest) and last but not least doing the 3-day hike on the Routeburn Track in the Fiordland National Park. All three hikes are part of the New Zealand Great Walks.
New Zealanders are an adventurous bunch and we like to challenge ourselves so don't be surprised at the amount of activities on offer that dare you to face your fears and challenge you to step outside your comfort zone.
Activities such as Canyoning in the Abel Tasman or skydiving in Fox Glacier and of course bungy jumping in Queenstown will get the heart racing and will leave you with memories for a lifetime. The scenery that comes hand in hand with these activities will also leave you breathless.
If heart stopping adrenaline isn't for you, don't worry there are certainly plenty of other activities to keep you stimulated. Kiwis are natural born water babies and there are great sailing and kayaking options to explore the many islands and sheltered bays of the Abel Tasman National Park and the Bay of Islands.
For nature lovers you can't go past Kaikoura for a once in a lifetime experience of swimming with hundreds of Dusky dolphins in the wild. The Kaikoura coastline is also home to many Sperm Whales who congregate in the area and can be viewed from the many boat or flight tour options.
Films such as the Lord of the Rings have made New Zealand famous around the world for our jaw dropping, rugged and untouched landscapes. The scenery that New Zealand dishes up cannot be overlooked as something special within itself.
The North Island town of Rotorua boasts geothermal activity in the form of bubbling mud pools coming from the ground while the South Island is just one endless visual extravaganza! The Southern Alps cut a formidable sight across the horizon as they divide the East from the West Coast.