5 Offbeat New Zealand Destinations
As tempting as “running off to the tropics or backpacking through the tourist destinations of Europe” are, “the hidden gem of getaways is absolutely New Zealand,” writes Shenkeri in an article on Elite Daily. She recommends “five places you have to visit if you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in the scenic country.”
- Milford Sound, New Zealand
Known as the eighth wonder of the world, Milford Sound’s beauty can be best experienced when on the water. Go on a cruise or hire a kayak to see waterfalls and wildlife such as dolphins and penguins. Shenkeri recommends visiting the Milford Discovery Center and Underwater Observatory – “the only floating underwater observatory where visitors can go up to 30 feet deep while staying completely dry.”
- Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which are illuminated by millions of bioluminescent glowworms, are some of the most mesmerizing caves on the planet,” according to Shenkeri. If you’re seeking some thrill, you can try black water rafting.
- Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island in Auckland “is a wine-lover’s dream”. Heading to Waiheke is the “perfect opportunity to taste” some of New Zealand’s great wine.
- Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Experience an authentic Maori meal using ancient geothermal cooking techniques and be part of a Haka ceremony at The Puia. The valley “is also home to various active glaciers including the Pohutu, the largest active glacier in the southern hemisphere.”
- Bay of Islands
If you’re a water-sports enthusiast, then Bay of Islands – a region made up of 144 islands between Cape Brett and The Purerua Peninsula – is the perfect place to go.
New Zealand “is an amazing destination with a beautiful culture that should be visited by everyone at least once in their lifetime,” concludes Shenkeri.
Article Source: EliteDaily, Shenkeri, March 4, 2017
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