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Visit New Zealand: An Unforgetable Vacation Location

There’s a reason the sun shines on New Zealand before anywhere else… With fields greener than emerald, that give way to mountain peaks so pristine, it’s easy to believe the blue sky they hold up is heaven its self. Although the youngest country in the world, New Zealand’s cultural roots run deep. A society forged by the melding of the native Maori people and European pilgrims, creating a way of life all its own.  New Zealand Makes the Top Ten Travel Destinations List due to the eclectic but unique nature of the country. We strongly recommend you travel to New Zealand on your next vacation. If you're already looking forward to a New Zealand vacation read our top 10 things to do in New Zealand before your visit.

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Glacier walking is one of New Zealand’s top attractions. You can explore blue tinged ice caves with the help of an experience guide and enjoy the vast glacial wilderness. The vast a magestic landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful with vast plains, rollings hills and the forests used in the filming of The Lord of The Rings.

New Zealand Parks
Parks and Countryside

The natural beauty and incredible diversity of NZ’s countryside which caused it to be chosen as the location of Peter Jacksons “Lord of the Rings” is even more magnificent in person.   Featuring flora and fauna much of which is endemic meaning it is found nowhere else in the world. Due to the unique climate and geographical make-up, one can experience just about every biome in a country smaller than Japan.  The National Parks include every type of landscape one could hope for white beaches bathed in sunlight, verdant rainforests, alpine mountains, pristine glaciers, and more can be experienced first hand in NZ’s 14 national parks. 

Albert Park

Boasting a history as complicated as the name is simple, Albert Park has been the setting for many historic events.  Originally a Maori village, the park was later turned into a European for because of it’s elevated location, in modern times the park has also hosted everything from protests, to festivals, and rock concerts.  The present day park is a perfect place to take in one of those events, or just relax if there is nothing scheduled.

Auckland Domain

This stunning park, created by an ancient volcano, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.  At 75 hectares it is one of the largest parks in Auckland.  But the size isn’t what makes it popular, it’s the variety of beautiful and interesting features, such as the Wintergardens complex with temperate houses displaying tropical and wintertime environments year round, a sculpture garden surrounded by beautiful natural gardens, as well as the fact that it is home to the Auckland Museum. 

Mt Eden

Aucklands highest volcanic cone, Mt Eden is the perfect place at dawn to watch the first rays of sunshine caress the earth.  Or for those less excited by the proposition of rising before dawn, the depths of the crater are an equally impressive site.

One Tree Hill & Cornwall Park

Once a Maori fortress these two adjacent parks are located on a large volcanic cone.  The entire area is beautifully landscaped, and although technically two separate parks, visitors can walk between them without even noticing the transition.  One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park are a perfect outdoors activity for every vacationer. 

Parnell Rose Gardens

Between November and March, the roses that bloom here make it a perennial favorite among visitors to NZ.  A beautiful place to tour, which can also be booked for events by large groups, Parnell Rose Gardens is a nice place to enjoy a catered luncheon, or just take in some fresh air.  It is also just up the hill from the Saltwater Parnell Baths, a perfect place to take a refreshing dip after strolling through the gardens.

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New Zealand Adventures

Harbour Bridge Bungy & Climb

Auckland is synonymous with superhero-type stunts. Be part of a human chain strung out atop the Harbour Bridge. Or, swan dive off and dip your nose in the water.

NZ Sky Dive

If you've never jumped before and want to experience the full on rush of freefall, try a tandem skydive. We also provide accelerated freefall training (AFF) and static line courses for those who want to learn how to skydive.

Adventure Cycle

Adventure Cycles is a small operation dedicated to the love of cycling and the related ecological benefits.

South Kaipara Horse Treks

Unique, luxury horse treks for adventurous people through stunning, remote New Zealand landscapes - that's what you will find at South Kaipara Horse Treks.

Ross Adventures Sea Kayaking

An ideal trip for those that wish to have an introduction into sea kayaking in open water along a wonderful coast of cliffs, rolling hills and inlets.

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New Zealand Food Stops

The Complex Food of New Zealand

The strong contemporary influence of western European settlers, combined with the traditional Asian/Polynesian styles has created an exceptional one of a kind cuisine. Traditional staples of NZ food range from hearty meats such as pork, lamb, and cervena, (which is a Maori word for venison) to succulent sea foods such as salmon, mussels, lobster, and Bluff Oysters.  The cuisine also has a wild side, celebrated annually at the Wildfoods Festival, which offers a menu that can satisfy the most adventurous appetites with new exciting and out there foods, such as wasp larvae ice cream, added every year. Make an exciting eating experience one of the top things you do on your New Zealand vacation.

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Family Fun Visiting NZ

A traveler in NZ will never leave disappointed.  With activities and scenery more diverse than what one could find on some entire continents, yet unlike any other place.  You haven’t lived until you’ve lived a day in NZ.  Yes, it is far away from most countries. True, due to the distance it isn't going to be possible at bargain basement prices as it might be for other destinations, but you can find some relatively cheap flights if you hunt around. But you know what? As soon as you get there you will forget all that. It is worth every hour and cent of travel, because there is truly no place like it on the planet.

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New Zealand Night Scene

NZ Night Life

Whether you’re an avid partier or just looking for an elegant place to spend a quiet evening, you can find what you’re looking for in all of the major cities of NZ.  All of them featuring vivacious night clubs playing music to suit any taste; bars with live bands are also popular with the NZ young adults, all of whom seem intent on proving their reputations as friendly and welcoming people.  For risk takers there are world class casinos where they can game to their hearts content and possibly find oneself on a lucky streak which seem so natural in a place like NZ.  A popular option for a quieter but still chic night out is live theatre, which is renown around the world for the superior performances; intellectuals consider this one of the top ten things to do in New Zealand. 

Boogie Wonderland

If disco fever has ever grabbed a part of your soul, forcing you to dance the night away, then you may want to check out one of Boogie Wonderland’s two locations.  With both clubs are themed to the 1970s disco scene in the United States, upon entering the club you will feel like you’ve stepped into a time warp.   Conveniently located in Auckland and Wellington Central, Boogie Wonderland is a great place to visit on your New Zealand vacation; it's a reminiscent night out that’s never too far away while you’re on the North Island. 

Float

Named for the visually stunning interior with the ceiling covered in balloons, float is not just another night club.  The atmosphere is augmented further by the bubble blowers which are handed out free at the door.  With a broad selection of smooth music from R & B to funk, Float always pleases it’s crowd, which is a more refined group of girls and gentlemen. 

Honey Bar

Even the Building is a work of art at Honey Bar, sculpted out of Oamaru limestone and Nelson Marble, adorned with polished oak and sculpted steel, the building is designated an official historic landmark. Some of the best New Zealand vacations include a visit to Honey.  The drinks live up to their auspicious surroundings, made with the best infused local liquors, Honey Bar is the perfect place to grab an upscale cocktail, or sip the finest champagne, in the most comfortable setting imaginable.

Minus 5°  Bar, NZ

Living up to it’s subzero name Minus 5 Bar could be the coolest bar in the world.  Furnished with walls, a bar, and handmade sculptures, even the glasses drinks are served in, all made out of ice, everything is frosty at the Minus 5 Bar except the service.  Never the same, the bar is completely re-designed by their professional artist/ice sculptor every 6-8 weeks, so one visit is not enough.  With everything made of ice, true to its name the bar remains at a constant temperature of negative five degrees, so dress warm! Enjoy this top New Zealand vacation spot!

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Day Trips in New Zealand
Parks and Countryside

The natural beauty and incredible diversity of NZ’s countryside which caused it to be chosen as the location of Peter Jacksons “Lord of the Rings” is even more magnificent in person.   Featuring flora and fauna much of which is endemic meaning it is found nowhere else in the world. Due to the unique climate and geographical make-up, one can experience just about every biome in a country smaller than Japan.  The National Parks include every type of landscape one could hope for white beaches bathed in sunlight, verdant rainforests, alpine mountains, pristine glaciers, and more can be experienced first hand in NZ’s 14 national parks. 

Albert Park

Boasting a history as complicated as the name is simple, Albert Park has been the setting for many historic events.  Originally a Maori village, the park was later turned into a European for because of it’s elevated location, in modern times the park has also hosted everything from protests, to festivals, and rock concerts.  The present day park is a perfect place to take in one of those events, or just relax if there is nothing scheduled.

Auckland Domain

This stunning park, created by an ancient volcano, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city.  At 75 hectares it is one of the largest parks in Auckland.  But the size isn’t what makes it popular, it’s the variety of beautiful and interesting features, such as the Wintergardens complex with temperate houses displaying tropical and wintertime environments year round, a sculpture garden surrounded by beautiful natural gardens, as well as the fact that it is home to the Auckland Museum. 

Mt Eden

Aucklands highest volcanic cone, Mt Eden is the perfect place at dawn to watch the first rays of sunshine caress the earth.  Or for those less excited by the proposition of rising before dawn, the depths of the crater are an equally impressive site.

One Tree Hill & Cornwall Park

Once a Maori fortress these two adjacent parks are located on a large volcanic cone.  The entire area is beautifully landscaped, and although technically two separate parks, visitors can walk between them without even noticing the transition.  One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park are a perfect outdoors activity for every vacationer. 

Parnell Rose Gardens

Between November and March, the roses that bloom here make it a perennial favorite among visitors to NZ.  A beautiful place to tour, which can also be booked for events by large groups, Parnell Rose Gardens is a nice place to enjoy a catered luncheon, or just take in some fresh air.  It is also just up the hill from the Saltwater Parnell Baths, a perfect place to take a refreshing dip after strolling through the gardens.

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Your Stay in New Zealand

Hottest Hotels

NZ offers a wide variety of high quality establishments for international guests.  Eagles Nest in Russle perched over Bay of Islands is likely one of the most exclusive hotels in the world.  With only four villas and a maximum capacity of 22 people, it can be difficult to secure a reservation so booking in advance is a must at the very minimum.  Amenities other than spectacular views include the small things, like your own personal chef.  Activities at this hotel don’t disappoint either with spa-treatments, sailing, deep sea fishing, or just relaxing on beaches. Despite its small size the quality of the place has made it legendary on the islands of NZ. 

Hilton Garden Inn in Auckland

Hilton Garden Inn in Auckland has a truly modern design, appearing like a white gold crown with a blue sapphire jewel high up in the center; that upon closer inspection is their distinctive pool, the water held back not by cement, but glass giving their guests a view while they swim.  The bow suites designed to feel like the bow of a ship overlook the bay and will give you the experience of a cruise without the seasickness.  

Larnach Castle in Dunedin

Larnach Castle in Dunedin took five years to build, with the first brick being laid in 1871, after which another eleven years was spent creating the perfect interior.  And no less effort was spent selecting the location than creating the castle.  Nestled in the midst of rolling hills and picturesque trees, the castle is like something out of a fairy tale.  Today the castle boasts 12 themed rooms, such as their enchanted forest room and their sea room.  The vision of comfort Larnach Castle is a great quiet place to relax, but it is also not lacking in activities being just a short fifteen minute drive from Dunedin. 

If you are on the other end of the spectrum, you may consider an Auckland hostel for a night.

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