New Zealand Travel

New Zealand Tourist Icons

The tourist icons of New Zealand are famous around the world. New Zealand is widely known as a country of spectacular scenery and some of its attractions are unique to this magnificent island nation. The climate varies considerable according to the latitude of the destination in question. Auckland is the largest city and is located in the north. There is an international airport with regular flights from around the world as well as many domestic destinations. Auckland is a great place to start a New Zealand holiday and one of the most popular ways to get around is to hire a motor home or campervan. Roam free in the far north to the Bay of Islands. This is a particularly beautiful region with magnificent coastal scenery. Not far away are the magnificent kauri forests and you can visit "Tane Mahuta" which is the second largest tree in the world. It is absolutely awesome to stand beneath this giant of the forests and be in the presence of a living thing that has stood there since years prior to the birth of Christ.

The geothermal regions south of Auckland are sensational. Rotorua is world famous and you can visit this active geothermal region and see pools of boiling mud and geysers that regularly spout steam and water. Lake Taupo is close by and this huge lake is the crater formed by a previous volcanic eruption that was one of the largest the world has ever seen. A little further south is the Tongariro National Park that is home to three active volcanos. Mt Ruapehu is one of these and it is also the home of the north island NZ ski holiday scene. On the east coast is the Coromandel Peninsular, The Bay of Plenty and Hawkes bay, all three of which are must see destinations if you want to experience some of the best coastal scenery in the world. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and it lies to the south. It is a vibrant modern city that is a beautiful holiday destination with great restaurants, accommodation, museums and the like.

Christchurch is the largest city on the south island and the point of entry for most tourists. Further to the south the city of Queenstown is the tourist capital of New Zealand. This is a magnificent place situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges. Queenstown accommodation services the local ski resorts on Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone. There are dozens of adventure sports available to Queenstown visitors with activities like jet boat riding, bungy jumping, skiing, mountain climbing etc. A day trip from Queenstown will take you to the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers or to the magnificent Milford Sound with some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery along the way.

The tourist icons in New Zealand are second to none and this country must go on you must visit list.