The landscape of New Zealand is similar to movie backdrops. In fact, "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy beautifully showcases this mystical land. With lush rainforests, majestic mountains, golden beaches, and spectacular coastlines, New Zealand provides a wealth of outdoor opportunities to enjoy, such as hiking, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting. There is also more wildlife, flora, and fauna than any nature lover could dream of highlighted by the presence of the elusive kiwi, fur seals, and yellow-eyed penguins. There are also several cities here with cosmopolitan flair that showcases excellent arts, culture, dining, entertainment, and shopping. New Zealand is celebrated for being one of the greenest and cleanest countries for eco-tourism, and it has been increasingly making its mark as a wine destination as well.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in New Zealand:
-Marlborough: This province is world-renowned for its first-class offerings in wine and food. Tours and tastings are available at many of the vineyards, known for producing excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
-The Abel Tasman National Park: This area is an UNESCO-listed site that features some spectacular scenery. The park's highlights include a rocky coastline, beautiful, expansive beaches, and crystal clear waters.
-Mount Cook National Park: Containing over 20 peaks more than 9840-feet-high, this UNESCO World Heritage site showcases breathtaking natural features. Visitors can participate in a number of activities here including skiing and snowboarding as well as guided walking and climbing excursions.
-Fiordland: This region showcases amazing natural surroundings consisting of several lakes, forests, mountains, and an untouched coast.
-Hawke's Bay: This is New Zealand's other renowned wine region. Nearly 70 wineries can be found here. Hawke's Bay is praised worldwide for its red wines, especially Pinot Noir.
-The Egmont National Park: This UNESCO-listed World Heritage area is celebrated for Mount Taranaki, which lies in the park's center. It is inactive volcano that visitors are permitted to climb, if they are up to the challenge.
New Zealand is known for its lush beauty, and a vacation rental in the countryside is the ideal way to experience it all. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway in New Zealand, or booking a trip with family and friends, you are bound to find a rental that is perfect for your next vacation. Because of the spectacular surroundings, camping in New Zealand is a popular activity that both residents and visitors enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts come to experience hiking in New Zealand, while nature lovers can't wait to set their sights on majestic whales while out in a boat in New Zealand. In this country, there is something for everyone!
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