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New Zealand Travel Guide

5 reasons to travel to New Zealand

Located at the other side of the world from Western Europe, New Zealand is an idyllic vacation destination for all nature lovers. In fact, a stay in New Zealand is an opportunity to discover a mysterious country with a reputation for wide open spaces and peacefulness.

  • 1.
    The Maori culture is still a mystery to you.
  • 2.
    In the footsteps of Frodo, on a quest for the RIng
  • 3.
    An almost permanent sense of bliss
  • 4.
    Local flora and fauna that is as rare as it is diverse
  • 5.
    Captivating landscapes

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Is this the destination for you?

Even though it is the same size as France, New Zealand only has a population of 4.5 million. That's great news for lovers of wide open spaces, who will be bowled over by the spectacular views, most of which you can see for free. This is what you need to know before leaving on a trip to New Zealand.

You should go if

  • You like a challenge and love adventure and extreme sports
  • You want to find out more about the culture, traditions, food and tattoos of the Maoris
  • You dream of visiting the locations where Lord of the Rings was filmed
  • You want to experience the raw power of the planet (in New Zealand, the earth spews mud and shakes, smokes, and rumbles).
  • You enjoy traveling by van or motorhome or just sleeping in your car - if so, it's the perfect country!
  • You want to ski on Australasia's highest mountains, the Southern Alps
  • You love nature, pure, clean air, and spectacular landscapes (20% of the country is made up of national parks)
  • You dream of watching the All Blacks play at Eden Park in Auckland
  • You're looking for a place to get away from it all, somewhere peaceful where you won't be surrounded by tourists

You shouldn't go if

  • If you're looking for a beach paradise where great weather is guaranteed...
  • The mere mention of an earthquake sends you diving for cover
  • You're on a tight budget
  • You want the local cuisine to surprise you
  • You have less than two weeks to spend traveling (the major locations are all a long way from each other!)
  • You like to sleep late and party all night (dinner at 6 p.m. is a thing!)

Culture and Discovery

New Zealand, an intense natural paradise

New Zealand is an Antipodean land which attracts lovers of vast spaces and wild nature. Though it is mostly mountainous, the country has a diverse range of landscapes and...
Laetitia Santos28 March 2018
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Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula: culture and nature rolled into one!

Situated to the south east of South Island, Dunedin is one for your list of places to visit in New Zealand. It has a young vibe, it's pretty and it houses lots of museum...
Cedric Tinteroff28 May 2015
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Abel Tasman NP: the most accessible of the Great Walks

Situated to the north of South Island, the Abel Tasman National Park is probably the most flexible of New Zealand's Great Walks, combining canoeing, walking, camping and ...
Cedric Tinteroff27 March 2018
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Visit Wellington: museums and nightlife

Discover why Wellington is known as "The world's coolest little capital city." it should be a mandatory stop-off for all travelers passing through New Zealand. Light-hear...
Cedric Tinteroff31 May 2015
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Astonishing and isolated: Marlborough Sounds

Situated to the north of South Island, Marlborough Sounds is a wild, maritime, road-free environment. Nature is Queen and, apart from a few farms or hotels dotted here an...
Cedric Tinteroff28 May 2015
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The Catlins; get off the beaten track

Situated at the southern tip of New Zealand, The Catlins is one of the least explored parts of the country, partly because of its location and partly because tourists don...
Cedric Tinteroff24 May 2015
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