Imagine taking a trip where you will see specular mountains, breathtaking botanical gardens, and dolphins in the ocean, as well as bioluminescent glowworms, the “eighth wonder of the world” Milford Sound, and Hobbiton, better known as “Middle-Earth” in Lord of the Rings.
New Zealand is known for its deep-rooted culture, stunning scenery, and breathtaking views. With sandy beaches to rugged coastlines, a variety of landscapes, climates, and environments are within close proximity of each other. The North Island is dominated by the Volcanic Plateau, an active volcanic and thermal area, while the South Island has the massive Southern Alps.
New Zealanders, informally known as Kiwis, love the great outdoors. It’s no wonder considering the local scenery and access to water, mountains, and various climates. Kiwis dominate in world yachting, kayaking, windsurfing, and rowing, yet they are often described as relaxed and friendly people.
On the North Island, the Waitomo Caves promise to offer the best glowworm experience in the country. During a tour, learn more about these fascinating creatures and see them up close in their natural habitat. When in dark, damp places, glowworms can be seen glowing their blue-green lights and when surrounded by thousands, the cave roof above will resemble a star-studded sky.
Milford Sound has been described as the “eighth wonder of the world” due to its striking cliffs, mountains, and waterfalls. Although named Milford Sound, it’s actually a fiord, which is a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs. Carved by glaciers during the ice ages and waterfalls that cascade downwards from as high as 1,000 meters, Milford Sound is a visual experience that leaves lasting impressions.
Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and graciously welcome visitors to learn and experience their carving and weaving traditions, speeches and singing, and hāngī feasts cooked in earth ovens. They are known for their haka, a war dance with loud chanting, strong hand movements, foot stamping, and thigh slapping.
The big screen recognizes the beauty of New Zealand and has featured the golden plains, towering mountains, and enchanting valleys in movies such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. Today, Hobbiton still stands where visitors can see “The Shire” in its authentic state, and explore the “Green Dragon Inn,” and Frodo and Bilbo’s homes.
In New Zealand, inhabitants feel a special connection with the land and a duty of care is instilled from a young age. All who come embrace the Taiki New Zealand promise, which is a commitment to guard, protect, and preserve their home.
No matter where visitors go, the South Island for Queenstown, Milford Sound, or Franz Josef Glacier, or the North Island for the Māori, glowworms, and infamous Sky Tower, New Zealand is an immense experience. The local, friendly Kiwis are sure to strike up a conversation and offer insider knowledge of the area, sights, and country. Seeing New Zealand, in-depth, is an experience you won’t want to miss.