We all know New Zealand as the World’s best country in a lot of things.
They are also the World’s best in Rugby. Â But that’s not all.
New Zealand is known for its vast tract of mountainous terrain that occupies the south-west corner of South Island New Zealand.
Land of TrekkingÂ
New Zealand’s best known place for trekking is around South Island. Â It is just over 33 miles long, with waterfalls, suspension bridges, mountains, valleys and spellbinding lakes.
Home to the HakaÂ
The New Zealand All Blacks are known as the most successful sporting dynasties in the world. Â Warming up with the Haka dance, is one of the reasons why they are the best.
Home to the Kakapo
The Kakapo is a special bird, other known as the largest and longest living parrot in the world. Very rare.
New Zealand is known for its 90 mile beaches. Â Amazing sunsets and surf breaks, make it a popular tourist attraction and destination. Â You are surrounded by water, at all times. The furthest you are from water is only 80 miles, unless you find a lake nearby.
The longest name in the world
On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island you will find a hill namedÂ “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”. Translated in English means “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.”
Oldest Trees in the World
You will find the extraordinary Kauri tree , which is known to live for more than 1,000 years. In Waipoua Forest in North Auckland, you will find the oldest tree which is up to 4,000 years old. Â Tane Mahuta is the country’s largest with a huge 4.4 metres diameter.
Home of the Maori culture
The indigenous people of New Zealand arrived more than 1,000 years ago from Polynesia, Carving, weaving and tattooing are common Maori art forms, as are powerful physical performances combining waita (singing) and kapa haka (dance).
A land full of GeysersÂ
Found in Rotorua in due to its volcanic activity. Wai-o-tapu is the arguably the best of its sites, dotted by striking lakes with a mineral hue with geyser that erupts every morning, spurting out mud. In Rotorua, visitors can watch concerts at Whakarewarewa and Te PuiaÂ Â reserves preserving Maori culture among hot springs, bubbling mud and geysers.
At White Island is the only Marine Volcano Â you will find in New Zealand. Â Get up close and personal Â to the inner crater of the country’s only marine volcano.
Great Wine Vine Fields, Â And Dine
There are few finer feelings than sitting at a restaurant terrace enjoying fine food, watching the sun set behind the vineyard, with the light gleaming through a glass of cabernet sauvignon. Dinner within the vines in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough, Central Otago and a variety of other wine regions.
Â Art Deco in NapierÂ
The Art Deco architecture of Napier, has the highest concentration of the genre in the southern hemisphere. The town was largely rebuilt after a massive 7.8 Richter earthquake in 1931. Alongside Miami Beach, it is now a must-visit for Art Deco devotees.
The Worlds Scenic Railway
Taieri Gorge is known as one of the scenic, heading 50-miles into mountain scenery that is difficult to access otherwise. Â Same goes for the Â TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.
The Home of the Bungie
Even though its not a national sport, it’s something a lot of people like to do, especially in New Zealand, capturing the scenic views and a variety of choices to choose from locations.
The Best Culinary flavoursÂ
Auckland is known as a culinary front for New Zealand. Â You will find one of the best chefs in Sky Tower.
Best places to Cycle
Amazing trails at Nga Haerenga. Â This is the Â New Zealand Cycle TrailÂ which is aÂ nationwide network of paths covering about 2,500km. The Otago Rail Trail runs for around 100 miles from Clyde to Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, Â going through amazing views, of mountains, gorges and mining towns.
New Zealand is Middle Earth
The Lord of the Rings were filmed in New Zealand. Â Now as an attraction setting for movie lovers and fans of LOTR.
The gardens of New Zealand
You will find glorious gardens, with a natural diversity and range of climate which allows a variety of plants, trees and shrubs to flourish. Â The theme of Hamilton Gardens isÂ the most popular attraction in the Waikato region is the “story of gardens”, with everything from a traditional herb garden to an American Modernist Garden. Â Events are held there annually.
The Coolest Capital City
Little Wellington is popular in the Â cultural and culinary scene. It also has an amazing beautiful setting too. Whether the day is clear, or rainy, there is always something to do in Wellington.
Sperm whales live Â off the South Island’s shores. Visiting Kaikoura will help you spot one from there. Â You can also take a Whale Watch boat tour. Â Catch a glimpse of fur seals too while at it.
Looking for a place to stay while on your adventure tour in New Zealand? Â Take a break and stay with us at our lovely , Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. Â Enjoy Eden Park Venue Stadium, which is a stone throw away. Â Many great events happening , ask us and we’ll help you get organized and plan ahead of time for anything you are wanting to do while in New Zealand.