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Reliving Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit
The home of Middle-earth, New Zealand was where the well-known ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies were entirely filmed. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the country familiar in the movies and you might even recognise some of the filming locations!
If you’re a die-hard fan, perhaps you should make sure to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and hop on a daily tour for your own Middle-earth adventure where you will venture through a picturesque sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Adventure awaits!
Skiing in the Snow
Besides the green landscape, New Zealand presents wonderful white snowfields, alpine peaks, lakes and resort towns where you can enjoy a memorable ski holiday like no other. Much like looking at a postcard, a stay at world-class ski resorts at either South Island or at North Island’s spectacular Mt Ruapehu will leave you quite impressed.
Breathing in the Fresh Air
The clear atmosphere of New Zealand allows you to soak in all the positive vibes and enjoy nature at its finest. Hiking will allow you to truly experience the iconic beauty of New Zealand. There are plenty of great walks to choose from such as the Whanganui Journey and the Lake Waikaremoana Walk.
Too lazy to walk? Rent a car while you’re in New Zealand, roll down the windows, inhale the air as you cruise down the countryside and feel at peace while admiring the views. There are lots of national parks and coastal regions to explore.
By the end of your day outdoors, the skies will slowly darken to black. Stargazing amongst the dark clear skies is a truly magical experience as much of New Zealand has no light pollution. Here, you can see constellations and the stars in all its glory. The area in South Island named the Dark Sky Reserve, is considered one of the top locations for stargazing in the world.
Adventures in the Water
There are plenty of water activities in New Zealand if you wish to venture away from being stranded on land. Hop on a cruise boat and explore the coasts of New Zealand around the South and North Island.
Want a more adventurous option? Consider kayaking down the magnificent coastline and inland waterways of New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park.
You could take your water adventures one step further with diving in Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve off Tutukaka Coast, or perhaps even windsurf and kitesurf in popular windsurfing areas such as the Bay of Islands!
Indulging in Food & Wine
Known for its resulting properties of being pure, vibrant and intense in colour due to the cool temperatures, New Zealand wine packs a great flavour while balancing its acidity very well.
If you love your wine, check out the abundant but great vineyards spread out across the country. There are plenty of wine regions in New Zealand such as Hawke’s Bay, but whichever you choose will leave you longing to return to New Zealand for more of its marvellous gourmet food and wine!