Travel in New Zealand (NZ) is one of the most rewarding things you can do if you want to experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is very easy to get to with international airports in both Christchurch and Auckland and regular flights from both Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the USA. Once you get there you will discover a modern, western society that provides a safe travelling environment to roam free in what is probably the world’s most scenically beautiful region. Its isolation from the rest of the world has ensured a unique place where wildlife, scenery and culture have developed down a unique path to provide a travel experience that is different from what you can find anywhere else on the planet.
There are two main islands that make up the country. Both have a central mountain range with magnificent snow capped mountains that support an internationally recognized skiing industry. The snow resorts in the Queenstown area of the South Island are the most popular. Places to stay in Queenstown is plentiful and shuttle bus services will get you to the slopes at either Coronet Peak, Cardrona, The Remarkables or Treble Cone. Any of these resorts have full on skiing facilities with plenty of lifts, ski hire and tuition and ski patrols to ensure your safety. Queenstown is also famous for its adventure activities such as bungy jumping and jet boat rides.
On the West coast lie the scenically magnificent fiord and glacier regions. Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are both awe inspiring as are the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers. Mount Cook in the interior is another must see spectacle. On the North Island the wine growing regions of Hawkes Bay and Marlboro are now producing some of the worlds best white wines and a red from Otago on the South island was recently voted the best red wine in the world. With these qualifications the country has become an epicurean’s delight.
The Rotorua and Taupo regions on the North Island sit on top of one of the worlds most geothermally active regions and tourists flock here to see the magnificent geysers and pools of boiling mud. The entire country is a sports fisherman’s paradise with mountain streams full of trout and salmon and abundant local fish species in the oceans. There are so many things to see and do it is not possible to list them on this page.
One of the great ways to travel through New Zealand is to hire a campervan or Motor home as there is a huge local industry catering for this type of holiday.