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10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit New Zealand

New Zealand coastal scenery

If you are a first time visitor to New Zealand you will find plenty of things to see and do. Here are a few reasons why you should not leave New Zealand off your travel wishlist. 

1. The scenery

The main reason why New Zealand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is no mystery. This small country has some of the most incredible scenery stretched over its two islands. The North Island is home to beautiful bays and golden beaches, as well as other-worldly volcanic landscapes. The South Island features scenic mountain ranges and enormous glaciers, as well as plenty of exciting towns. 

2. Exciting winter activities

If you enjoy winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, New Zealand is the perfect destination. The country features world-class ski fields such as Treble Cone, Cardrona, Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and Whakapapa. 

Snowboarding in Queenstown

3. Familiar filming locations

Many people have come to New Zealand to seek out filming locations from Lord of the Rings. New Zealand brought Middle Earth to life for all the films in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Visit locations in Matamata, Canterbury and Queenstown. 

4. The skies are clear

Stargazing has never been better than in New Zealand. The South Island is home to the world's largest International Dark Sky Reserve. The Mount John Observatory at Lake Tekapo is a fantastic place to gaze at the stars. You will able to get some great photos of the Church of the Good Shepherd while you are there. 

5. It is great for spotting wildlife

New Zealand is home to unique wildlife, and when you visit you have the chance to get up close to these incredible creatures. There a numerous places that offer whale-watching experiences, such as Kaikoura. In Akaroa visitors can swim with the rare Hector's dolphins, in a quiet bay. There are also many different species of birds across New Zealand.

6. Unique cities

Visit cities like Christchurch or Auckland and you will get a completely different experience. From Auckland you can enjoy views of the city's iconic skyline or travel to some of the nearby islands. In Christchurch walk along the cobblestone streets or go punting the Avon River. 

7. It's perfect for a road trip

New Zealand's scenic highways are perfect for exploring in a rental car or campervan. Take a journey along the scenic West Coast, or explore the sights of Fiordland National Park. 

8. It's the adventure capital

While it is Queenstown that takes the title of the Adventure Capital of the World, there is no shortage of thrilling activities across New Zealand. From bungy jumping to jet-boating, there is a lot on offer. 

9. Incredible lakes 

The lakes in New Zealand are very picturesque. From the glacial lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki, to the popular Lake Taupo in the north, visitors can enjoy plenty of water sports. 

10. It's easily accessible

New Zealand has a great highway system, and a ferry operating between the two islands. You also have plenty of airline options for flying into the country.