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Kanika Nevatia Jan 15 2015

Top 10 reasons to visit New Zealand

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The majestic land of the Kiwis is one of the most spectacular places on Earth. If you haven’t already made a plan, here is a list of top 10 reasons to visit New Zealand. You simply will not be able to resist hopping on to the next flight to New Zealand after reading them.


1. Heli - Hike on a glacier


The best way to observe one of the most accessible glaciers of the world is through combining a helicopter ride over a glacier with a guided walk through the maze of ice. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Fox Glacier as you make your way through the ice caves and crevasses.



Images of heli-hike by anoldent

2. Walk around the Champagne Lake

Walk around one of the most surreal places on the planet where the hot water turns into hues of orange and turquoise due to the presence of mineral salts. The size of the bubbles and the unique colours are the reason why this lake at Wai-O-Tapu in the city of Rotorua is termed as the Champagne Lake.



An image of Champagne Lake by Chmehl


3. Sample some of the finest wines


The famous Marlborough region in New Zealand is famous for one of the finest sauvignon blancs in the world. Visit the gorgeous vineyards and wineries and sample some of the most exceptional wines of the world.

Image of Marlborough vineyard by jamesonf


4. Explore Maori culture


Explore the rich and diverse culture of the Maori people of New Zealand through an organized tour in the city of Auckland, Northland, Canterbury and Rotorua. These tours to the tribal meeting grounds provide an insight into the lives of the Maori people where you will get to greet locals with the traditional nose pressing!



An image of Maori people by Jorgeroyan


5. Witness the beauty of the glow-worms


Take a trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves where you cruise down the river as thousands of glow-worms that are unique to New Zealand, cast their unmistakable luminescent light in the caves. These Waitomo caves glowworms are one of the most gorgeous sights you will ever witness.



An image of glowworm cave by Markrosenrosen


6. Revel in the unspoilt scenery


The picturesque scenery and the unspoilt surroundings of the country make it one of the top 10 reasons to visit New Zealand. From hot springs to towering glaciers, clear waters to gorgeous landscapes--the country will leave you in awe!



An image by Kiwi Tom


7. Cruise down Milford Sound


Cruise down Milford Sound, a spectacular fjord located on the South Island, and witness the magnificent Mitre Peak, the cascading waterfalls and the dense rain forests. You can kayak between the cliffs of this stunning location that has been described as the "eighth wonder of the world" by Rudyard Kipling.



An image of Milfor Sound by Kenneth Pfeifer Photography


8. Try bungee jumping


Take the leap of faith at the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown as you jump off cliffs, bridges and roofs. If heights are your thing, try the one of the world’s most terrifying bungee jumps at Nevis in the city of Queenstown that plunges you down from a 134 m high cabin! It is one of the most popular things to do in New Zealand and simply worth a try.



A bungee jumping image by Sami Keinänen


9. Relax in hot springs


You are never far from a hot spring in New Zealand. Relax in the natural environment as you pick your ideal spot and soak in the goodness of those minerals at one of the best commercial and wild hot water pools.



An image of a thermal village by Anup Shah


10. Swim with seals


Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming alongside New Zealand fur seals in the waters of the Kaikoura peninsula. Snorkelling with trained guides, you get to observe these playful and intriguing creatures in their natural environment.



Image of New Zealand fur seals by Paul and Jill


An island country, New Zealand has a breathtaking quality that will make you re-visit it time and again. The umpteen number of things to do in the country make it a favoured spot among travellers. To explore the country at its natural best, it may be worthwhile to plan a road trip across New Zealand. These top 10 reasons to visit New Zealand are just the start of what you will find when you visit this land of the kiwis.

Very nice country esp queenstown
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