Why visit New Zealand
The United States is New Zealand’s third-largest international visitor market. This trend is on the rise due to more direct airline routes and increased air capacity. Holiday makers from the United States want a destination that offers fun and relaxation, where they can be happy and enjoy themselves. Older visitors from the US have a desire to broaden their minds and learn and explore where they will feel safe and welcome. New Zealand offers the opportunity to experience luxury like nowhere on earth, or backpack on a shoestring. Whether visitors want to camp, B&B, partake in every adventure sport conceivable or enjoy a romantic time away in a secluded spot, New Zealand has the answer. The country has landscapes to suit every taste, from sea to desert, volcanoes to forests, vineyards, lakes, grassy pastures, hiking locations, and a very exquisite fauna and flora. It is the only place in the world where you can get experience the Maori culture and New Zealand’s very own unique brand of friendliness. Every season brings a different attraction, and festivals are plentiful year-round.
UNESCO Heritage and… movies!The islands of New Zealand offer many incentives for tourists to visit, not least of which are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the captivating locations used in the Lord of the Rings movies. R. R. Tolkien produced The Hobbits and The Lord of the Rings, which have birthed a special tourist industry in New Zealand where the movies were filmed. Almost 11 million people rushed to cinemas in the United States to watch The Hobbit during its first week of release. Nearly 1.2 million more watched Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during its opening weekend. Therefore, visitors from the United States would possibly be interested to embark on a selection of tours or visit relevant sites and related locations pertinent to the moves. This selection could include:
WellingtonNew Zealand’s capital was the location for the movie’s Hobbiton Woods, the River Anduin and the Gardens of Isengard and Rivendell, where Frodo recovered after his knife attack.
MatamataThe movie set remains for tourists to enjoy in city. Matamata area is a dairy farming region which provided the backdrop to the village of Hobbiton and the movie’s peaceful Shire region of Middle‑earth.
Mackenzie CountryPrivately owned, Mackenzie Country features grassy fields ascending to the mountains. This was the location for the movie’s epic battle of the Pelennor Fields.
Nelson TasmanNelson Tasman is the Location used for the ‘One Ring’, Chetwood Forest, and Dimrill Dale. Visitors can view the original ring, which is on display here, or purchase 9ct and 18ct gold copies of the original ring.
CanterburyHome to Mount Sunday, the sheer-sided hill where the main city of the Rohan people, Endoras, was set. The set may have been completely removed, but the location retains a certain powerful magic.
Southern LakesIt’s the area where Mount Earnslaw featured in the opening sequence of The Two Towers. That includes also Lothlorien, the beech forest en-route to Paradise, and Wilcox Green, the movie scene of the Gladden Fields. The summit of Mount Cardona gives visitors a panoramic view of Middle‑earth, the River Anduin and the Pillars of the Argonath, and the Dimrill Dale and Amon Hen in the distance. There is so much more to these Pacific Islands than an interesting culture, heritage and Peter Jackson’s and J. R. R. Tolkien’s visions. More than can be captured here. Places of cultural and/or national significance decreed by the World Heritage Committee present “natural and cultural properties of outstanding universal value [protected] against the threat of damage in a rapidly developing world”. New Zealand boasts three World Heritage sites and is vying for even more.
Te WahipounamuSouth West New Zealand was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1990. It is home to the large flightless bird, the rare and endangered takahe, and the kea, the sole surviving remnant of alpine parrot. Fiordland, Westland, Mount Cook National Parks and Mount Aspiring are all incorporated in the roughly 1.9 million hectares of Te Wahipounamu with its dramatic landscape shaped by long-passed glaciations. What remains for today’s visitors are the waterfalls, lakes, fjords, towering cliffs and rocky coasts. Many of its forests house trees are over 800 years old.
Tongariro National ParkThis national park is in the central North Island became a World Heritage site in 1993, and was the first in the cultural criteria. The mountains hereabouts have religious importance and are culturally significant to the Maori. The Tongariro National Park has active volcanoes and a widediversity from herb fields to forests, and tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau.
The Sub Antarctic IslandsThe Sub Antarctic Islands are in the Southern Ocean south-east of New Zealand incorporate the Antipodes islands, Auckland, Snares, Bounty and Campbell. Its fauna and flora are unique to the region and not found anywhere else in the world. Five species of the forty seabirds resident here only breed on these islands, with penguins and a further 86 bird species also nesting here.
The Southern skiesAbove Aorangi Mount Cook, the skies have a bid pending to become the world’s first starlight World Heritage Site. The following New Zealand locations are currently on a tentative list of future World Heritage sites.
Whakarua Moutere,the North-East Islands including Poor Knights Islands. The Poor Knights Islands, 14 miles off the Tutukaka Coast, have been formed through millions of years of volcanic disruption. The Pacific Ring of Fire formed remarkable tunnels, arches, drop offs, and caves. The resultant eco system remained isolated for untold centuries from the mainland. With an enchanting underwater life, it is beguilingly described as “Middle Earth in the Middle of the Ocean”.
Practical Travel Advice for a Memorable New Zealand TripNew Zealand happens to be God’s own place because of its breathtaking beauty, which is definitely not something you witness everywhere; it’s rare and profound. New Zealand tops in the list of world’s most beautiful countries. Renowned for its rich culture and unique lifestyle, New Zealand offers a multitude of matchless opportunities for first-time travelers. If you are planning a long-delayed itinerary to New Zealand, keep reading this article, as we are going to unveil some essential aspects you must take note of, so you have an enjoyable and unforgettable stay there. Let’s ponder down bit by bit into this amazing traveling guide.
How long should you stay in New Zealand?The duration of time you need to visit New Zealand depends upon a lot of factors:
- what you like to explore and experience?
- how long you are going be traveling?
- available budget?
- your preferred travel style?
- how much detail you want to include?
Weather and Seasons in NZNew Zealand has four seasons in a year. Isn’t it just incredible to experience? So, no matter what the season is, you are anyways going to experience a variety of weather changes. Nevertheless, here is what you will get in each season, as mentioned below:
- Summer (December-February): It is indeed the warmest time of the year and also the popular time to travel to New Zealand, which means flights and rentals are going to be a little more expensive than they usually are.
- Autumn (March-May): It is considered as the shoulder season when travel attractions get quieter, and so prices tend to go down. Autumn has milder weather between 42°F and 68°F.
- Winter (June-August): Usually, winters would depend upon which part of the country you are in. Temperatures can be anywhere between 26°F and 59°F. Prices are at their lowest in the winter season.
- Spring (September-November): Prices again remain pretty low during the autumn season until November as temperatures increase again a little.