If you’ve watched the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’, you should already know how gorgeous New Zealand is. But what if you haven’t seen it? Believe it when someone tells you that it’s one of the countries in the world with the most beautiful natural landscapes.
Warning: New Zealand is so gorgeous that you’ll want its landmass all for yourself! Here are 5 reasons why you’ll love it and will never get enough of it.
1. It’s indescribably beautiful
If this picture has already made your jaws drop, get ready to see the real thing. The country’s scenery is beyond amazing. From the stunning Mount Sunday (featured as Rohan in the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’) to the inspiring Mt. Aspiring National Park in Otago, New Zealand enchants everyone with its natural beauty.
If you’re looking for some of the world’s best hiking trails, white-sand beaches, and caves, New Zealand is your best pick. New Zealand was also voted as one of the best places in the world for stargazing.
Be ready for what this dazzling haven has to offer you — such as the Punakaiki coast, the Waikato River, Tongariro National Park, The Milford Track, just to name a few.
2. It’s every travel junkie’s dream destination
There’s no way you can get bored with New Zealand, especially if you’re a true traveler. It’ll make you do the sports you’ve always wanted to do, such as hiking, snowboarding, surfing, skydiving, bungee jumping at the Kawarau Bridge, white water rafting, caving, and many more other exciting activities.
Not into extreme sports? That’s okay. There are many laid-back activities that one can enjoy there, such as fishing, sightseeing from a helicopter, sailing, diving, and snorkeling.
Whether you wish to travel by foot, a campervan, motorbike, or a mountain bike, there are many ways to explore New Zealand. One of the things you should try is the Nevis Swing, which is the world’s highest swing, standing at 120 meters. This adrenaline-pumping attraction is going to make you scream. Put your hands in the air!
3. It’s home to diverse nature and wildlife
Do you love nature and wildlife? New Zealand welcomes you to its paradise, anytime. While its neighboring country, Australia, is home to the 10 most venomous and dangerous snakes in the world that you don’t want to mess with, New Zealand, on the contrary, is home to some of the sweetest-looking creatures (like the Kiwi birds and fur seals) you’ll ever find. When you’re in New Zealand, big, poisonous spiders or snakes are the last things you’ll worry about when you camp!
New Zealand offers an abundance of national parks and sanctuaries that you’ll appreciate. In fact, one third of the country is part of its national parks. Fun facts about New Zealand:
- Did you know that its wildlife make up 95% of its population?
- New Zealand is home to the endangered Kiwi bird, which is one of the few flightless birds that still walk on earth today.
- The New Zealand’s Kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot.
- If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to see the smallest penguin in the world there!
4. Its tourism promotes healthy walks
The 9 Great Walks in New Zealand are amazing. As I’ve mentioned earlier, you can explore the country by foot. It’s one of the best ways to discover New Zealand before you truly and fully fall in love with it.
The 9 Great Walks will take you to wonderful places in the north and south islands. Over in the north island, you’ll find the amazing Lake Waikaremoana, Tongariro Northern Circuit, and Whanganui Journey tracks. There you’ll have the chance to witness stunning volcano mountains, rivers, and native forests.
Over in the south island, are 6 more amazing tracks, such as Abel Tasman Coast, Heaphy, Kepler, Milford, Rakiura, and Routeburn. When jogging there, you’ll be accompanied by the beautiful native forest, mountains, waterfalls, and glacier-carved valleys that the country has to offer.
5. It makes room for anyone who wants to love it
What’s there not to love about New Zealand? Beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, interesting wildlife, wonderful forests, and most of all, plenty of space for everyone! 5% of its population are made up by humans; the rest are just animals. Luckily, most of them aren’t lethal and dangerous! As for security, the country has been rated as one of the safest and most peaceful places in the world.
So, do you want to discover New Zealand and tell your friends all about it, too? Before you do that, try pronouncing the longest name of a place in the world first. Ready?
“Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu.”
Phew! That was long, wasn’t it? Practice it, and let us know if you’ve said it right after your visit to New Zealand!