Travel to New Zealand – A Natural Paradise

August 19, 2008 by  
Filed under New Zealand Vacations

New Zealand is a small country. For a small country however, it has a large coastline and plenty of New Zealand accomodation to stay on your journey. Larger in fact than that of the USA. Not only is it large, but it is very diverse. For the most part this beautiful country went largely undiscovered from mainstream tourists. It wasn’t until both the NZ destinations Queenstown and Milford Sound were rated both #1 and #2 respectively in the top 100 travel destinations on TripAdvisor.com that visitors starting paying attention.

New Zealand provides possibly the best chance to enjoy the many recreational activities presented by this natural diversity. Nowhere else can you experience the thrill of visiting an active volcano, have a hot jacuzzi in the sand, swim with dolphins, and be among the first in the world to see the sun rise on the new day.

From the journey’s beginning, in Auckland, one doesn’t have to travel far before becoming aware of just how aquatic this country really is. From the Waitemata Harbour, right in the heart of the city, it is possible to charter a motorboat, enjoy a day’s sailing, or take a ferry ride to the Bay of islands. The town of Paihia is the gateway to the Bay of islands making it very popular for the tourists and Paihia accommodation is plentiful.

Scuba diving in New Zealand is a great way to get acquainted with this country’s marine environment and provides the added bonus of a virtual journey into Antarctica.

Auckland’s West Coast is also worth a visit. There are some remarkable black iron-sanded surf beaches which would have to be among the most rugged and least spoilt in the world. The mainland gannet colony at Muriwai is popular, and provides a rare viewing opportunity as well as much information about the birds and their migratory patterns.

If heading to the South Island, make sure to visit Queenstown the action capital of the world and Wanaka, which is only a short distance from Queenstown and is another magnificent place to visit. Wanaka accommodation includes a range of motels, hotels, and backpackers for all budgets.