New Zealand, land of the long white cloud, land of the most majestic landscapes and a land of pure adventure. The last large landmass to be inhabited by settlers and even today you can travel for many miles across the beautiful land and not see another soul. Well known as the backdrop to the Lord of The Rings Films and visitors have come to realize that the beauty is very real.
The country of New Zealand comprises of two islands, North and south. The variety on offer to travellers is enormous. From the Southern tip to the Northern shores there are numerous National Parks together with famous great walks for the lover of trekking. Nature has fed a treat too with many species of birds and animal that can only be found on these islands. Flightless birds like the Kiwi evolved due to New Zealand’s isolation for millions of years with no mammals.
Places like Queenstown give rise to New Zealand being an adventure seeker’s mecca. Adrenalin seekers can take part in huge bungy jumps, white water rafting, skiing, paragliding and much more besides. The alps of the Southern Isle provides mountain passes and views beyond many an imagination.
With historic influences from Polynesia, Europe and Asia the food and drink scene is sure to delight. The range is mouthwatering. From lamb to crayfish, salmon to pavlova, combined with the legendary New Zealand wines and a typical Kiwi laid back way of life you can be sure that the cuisine is unforgettable.
To buy local produce you never have to stray far from the centres. Maori wood carvings and carved stones give a sense of the histotic identity. Farmers markets and fish markets provide splendid fresh produce from the local land and waters. Boutique malls are a plenty in many of the main towns and cities.
So much to offer, so much to see. New Zealand is high on many people’s list to visit and they are never disappointed having been.