Indulge Your Wanderlust in New Zealand

In New Zealand “you can take in the beauty of mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline all within a day, and still have the chance to spot wildlife in its natural habitats,” reports an article in The Straits Times. Nelson, Lake Taupo and the Bay of Plenty are among New Zealand’s popular must-go places.

Nelson

Nelson is located on the north-western tip of the South Island. It’s “a city abuzz with artistic energy” and filled with artists, who “draw inspiration from its multifarious natural setting that features pristine forests, rugged peaks, lovely glacial lakes and shimmery seashores.”

The area is home to three national parks: Nelson Lakes National Park, the Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park.

Lake Taupo

The Lake Taupo region “has a fascinating volcanic landscape and a cultural heritage dating back to the arrival of Maori in New Zealand in the 14th century”, as stated on Great Lake Taupo’s Website.

The article recommends visiting the Craters of the Moon – a geothermal attraction and the Huka Falls “where the Waikato River squeezes through a valley of volcanic rock.”  You can also take in the lake’s beauty on one of the lakeside walking trails.

Bay of Plenty

“The warm, sheltered waters of Bay of Plenty attract avid swimmers, including dolphins, seals, whales and orcas,” as reported in the article.

The region also is “where visitors make their base when they want to visit White Island” – New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.

Article Source: The Straits Times, August 17, 2016

Image Source: Wikipedia


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