Sightseeing Highlights of New Zealand

New Zealand might have got a huge boost in tourist numbers of the Lord of the Rings films were made there, but even before that there were plenty of great reasons to visit this country. It’s full of scenic highlights, and you can go from glaciers to mountains to beaches in a day. Some of the best spots include:

  • The ski fields of Queenstown, or depending on the season, pretty much any other adventurous activity you’re keen on: jet boating, bungee jumping or sky diving are all nearby
  • The geothermal fields and hot springs of Rotorua, which is also a good place to explore the local Maori culture
  • The city of Auckland, which with over a million people is the biggest city of New Zealand and therefore home to plenty of cultural action
  • The Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, to be found in the Westland National Park
  • The fiord of Milford Sound, best appreciated by a scenic flight over the amazing landscape
  • The capital city of Wellington, which might be relatively small, but still has all those capital city characteristics and plenty of things to do
  • The Hawkes Bay region where you can visit wineries and get a great local-produce meal
  • The waters around the Bay of Islands where you can cruise and even have a chance to swim with dolphins

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