The Experience of a Lifetime

“A trip to New Zealand might just be the experience of a lifetime.” Queenstown and Christchurch are widely known for their extreme sports and cultural attractions, but New Zealand’s North Island also “has a surprisingly diverse array of unique attractions,” , which features five activities that you can only do on New Zealand’s North Island.

  1. Paddle to Paradise
    When in Auckland, hire a kayak and paddle across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island. “The summit of the dormant volcano is the best place in the city to watch the sun go down.”
  2. Hole in the Rock
    One of the most iconic landmarks in the Bay of Islands in Northland is the Hole in the Rock. Get on the water yourself or take a dolphin cruise – Fuller’s takes you right through the Hole in the Rock.
  3. Explore a movie set
    Just outside the small town of Matamata lies Hobbiton, home to The Shire from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can take tours through the movie set and end your day with a home brewed beverage at the Green Dragon Inn, according to the article.
  4. Get close to an active volcano
    48km off the east coast of the Bay of Plenty “is an active marine volcano known as White Island.” Get closer and visit the volcano by helicopter or by boat.
  5. Visit a dual World Heritage site
    “The Tongariro National Park on the Central Plateau of New Zealand’s North Island is a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of New Zealand’s most famous day walks and was used as the setting for Mordor in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy,” as reported in the article.

Article Source: Herald Sun, June 22, 2016
Image Source: Twitter – Auckland Sea Kayaks

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