Ahh New Zealand! With its idyllic cities, heart-thumping adventure and spectacular sceneries, it’s truly a gem of a country that has something for everyone.
Although we think you don’t need much convincing to tell you why New Zealand is the perfect place for a peaceful break from the stresses of everyday life, here are 9 reasons why New Zealand will be your next destination 💖
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1. Jaw dropping scenery that will make you want to give a standing ovation at every turn you take
First off, you can’t mention New Zealand without talking about its gorgeous sceneries. Whichever kind of landscape you’re into, chances are, New Zealand has it! From lush rainforests to alpine peaks, from beaches to volcanoes, everything’s all there and in such close proximity to each other!
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Something you definitely can’t miss? The Milford Sound Fiordland! Cruise down this dramatic landscape of deep waters, soaring peaks and cascading waterfalls, take a sea kayak or fly overhead for an unforgettable experience! Better yet, spend the night on an overnight boat trip! Imagine waking up to this magnificent view:
From fiords to glaciers, where else in the world can you find a glacier that descends into a lush rainforest? Hike inside an actual glacier or take a helicopter ride over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier located on the South Island of New Zealand.
Franz Josef is the world’s steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier with dramatic landscapes that are not available anywhere else in the world!
2. New Zealand was made for road trips
There’s no other country like New Zealand for an escape down the wide open road.
Driving across the country will take you through diverse landscapes of majestic mountains, coasts as far as the eyes can see, serene lakes and so much more! We have to warn you – the scenery makes it difficult to keep your eyes on the road 😉
Without a doubt, taking a road trip through New Zealand is one of the best ways to explore what the country has to offer 😍 The best part is, New Zealand allows freedom camping! Freedom camping is when you camp on public land that isn’t a recognised camping ground or holiday park. This means that you can camp in so many stunning locations (with exclusions on no parking areas or no camping signed areas in some towns) but only if your vehicle is fully self-contained.
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So if you spot an amazing hilltop location on your drive into town, you could camp overnight there after checking that it isn’t privately owned and that there are no signs to indicate camping restrictions! For more information on how to freedom camp, check out this website.
3. Experience nature in all its glory across all four seasons!
The majestic mountains of South Island are a magical winter wonderland between June to September, with the best spots to ski or snowboard (even if you’re an absolute beginner!). Keep warm and relax at geothermal hot springs while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate 😉
Spring in New Zealand (between September to November) is one of the best times to visit! The weather is lovely and crisp, the crowds are less, and the land is full of blossoms and ripe fruits for picking 🌸
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Summer is perfect for exploring the outdoors and soaking up the sun ☀️
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While Autumn paints the trees in lovely hues of yellow, red and gold.
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#HHWT Tip: Winter is one of our personal favourite seasons in New Zealand! There’s nothing like seeing breathtaking snowcapped mountains 😍 Take advantage of the great fares from Qantas and start booking your flights now for your very own winter escape!
4. Feel the sand between your toes at one of the many beaches
With close to 14,000km of coastline, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is home to some spectacular beaches!
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So whether you’d just like to chill with your friends…
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…Go horseback riding…
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…Or even learn how to surf
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You’re bound to find a beach to call your own ⛱😎
5. You can go on the most epic adventure of your life
If an escape to you means getting an adrenaline rush through your veins, New Zealand definitely doesn’t disappoint.
You can skydive, bungee, shoot down rapids and hang glide over mountains all in a day! It’s no surprise that the Adventure Capital of the World is in Queenstown 😄
If you’re into gentler forms of outdoor activities, you can always take a leisurely cycle, go on endless walks, take a kayak on calm waters or try quirky activities like zorbing!
6. Live your Lord of the Ring fantasies at Hobbiton!
No trip to New Zealand is complete without visiting the actual filming locations of the Academy-Award winning Lord of the Rings movies!
Whether you’re a hard-core fan who wants to retrace the entire steps of the Hobbits through Middle Earth (take the tour to get insights on the making of the films and visit favourite Hobbit hangouts) or if you’d just like to soak up the peaceful green hills and pastures where the Hobbiton movie set was built (it’s on an actual 1250 acre farm!) you’ll love experiencing the little farming town of Matamata.
You can almost imagine a Hobbit walking out the door!
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7. The wildlife here is one of a kind!
Cuddle up with adorable kiwi birds (that you can only find in New Zealand!) at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. These cute little balls of fluff are the national symbol of New Zealand!
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Who knew that the twinkling lights of the glow worms could feel so romantic? The Arachnocampa Luminosa species of glow worms is unique to New Zealand, and you can experience the enchanting lights through a boat ride in the cave at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. That’s more than 120 years of worth of cultural and natural history!
We love animals and it’s so cool that you can hang out with fur seals, sea lions, dolphins and penguins all day at Porpoise Bay!
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8. Where else can you bask in the glow of extraordinary sunsets like these?
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Whether the sun is setting over the sea, or over the beautiful city of Auckland, we’re sure you’ve never seen the sky saying farewell to the sun like this!
9. Lie down under a blanket of stars
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Have you ever seen these many stars in the sky where you’re from? New Zealand is one of the best stargazing sites in the world, with 4,300 square kilometres of the South Island being recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve.
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It’s also one of the only places on earth where you can see the magnificent Southern Lights!
Go on an adventure before breakfast, feel the sea breeze in the afternoon and bask under the stars at night. New Zealand is truly the perfect place for a getaway! Ready to book the next Qantas flight out? Grab the next Qantas flight out, return Economy from IDR 10,110,000. Valid from now till 31 May 2017! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/QantasTNZ!
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