Introduction to New Zealand
New Zealand is a world famous holiday destination with some 2.5 million international tourists visiting the clean, green, adventure playground each year. Favourable to Aussie holiday makers looking for a short getaway, New Zealand’s two islands boast an abundance of adrenalin junkie fun within its spectacular natural surroundings.
Skydiving, bungee jumping, water rafting and the new craze of zorbing are some of the many wacky and wild activities you can, more often than not, quite literally throw yourself into. Feel like kicking it up a gear? Queenstown is host to the highest bungee jump in Australasia - an epic 134 metres over the Nevis River. Climb out of the most feared ‘dentist’ chair and approach the last step before what feels like falling into oblivion - a free fall of 8 seconds reaching speeds of up to 128 kilometres per hour.
New Zealand is the land of middle earth. The quiet leafy fantasy shire of ‘Hobbiton’ has sheep ridden rolling hills and the film set is a permanent attraction of North Island’s Matamata Town. Mount Doom or geographically known as Mount Ngauruhoe is the main setting for the land of Mordor. Either from the bottom or the top of this mountain a phenomenal scene spans before you.
Trekking parts of the recently completed Te Araroa ‘long pathway,’ which runs through the centre of both islands and stretches 3,000 kilometres, is a great way to see the many sights. Spend a day, a week or even (for the more rugged hikers out there) a few months walking (and for parts climbing) this famous pathway. The culture in New Zealand is vibrant to say the least. Dining out and enjoying each pocket of local cuisine throughout New Zealand goes far beyond a run of the mill meal, with traditional meals and multicultural cuisine easily found.