New Zealand is a great place to visit, especially if you love adventure because there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while you are in the country. For those planning a trip to New Zealand, here are a few things to enjoy while you’re down there.
5. Spend Some Time With The Maori
The Maori are Polynesian people who arrived in New Zealand centuries ago. They have made an indelible mark on the country, with plenty of names of places and phrases attributed to the Maori. The “Haka,” which is done before every All Blacks rugby match, also comes from the Maori. If you are in New Zealand, especially in Auckland, try to spend a day experiencing the Maori culture, with a real Maori guide explaining how the tribe has survived over the centuries.
When you’re in New Zealand, especially in the North Island, you should go kayaking at least once because the scenery and wildlife you will encounter is breathtaking. Since the country is so close to the ocean, you can stay in calm waters if you’re not an experienced kayaker, or brave the rough currents of the ocean if you feel you’re up to the task. You can also choose between kayaking for half a day or go on a week-long expedition, which is very interesting, to say the least.
3. Visit Queenstown
If you are an adrenaline junkie, Queenstown is the place to be because it is also known as the adrenaline sports capital of the world. This is the place where bungee jumping was invented, so you know there are plenty of action sports to choose from. Some of the activities you can enjoy in Queenstown includes: skiing, hiking, jet boat rides, river rafting, and of course, bungee jumping.
2. Climb Mount Cook
This is the highest mountain in New Zealand, which means it isn’t for the faint of heart. The mountain, which is called Aoraki by the Maori, is the mountain that Sir Edmund Hillary climbed before he conquered Mount Everest. You can either attempt to do what Sir Hillary did, and climb the mountain, or you can take a helicopter ride to the top and walk to the edge. But what’s the fun in that?
1. Explore Middle Earth
Director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, and since the movie’s release, the shire, where Frodo and the rest of the Hobbits lived, has become one of the most popular tourists attractions in the world. If you want to take a break from your adventure, you can take a trip to the rolling hills of Matamatato to check out the set and pick up some cool souvenir.