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View of Lake Pukaki in the South Island of New Zealand

8 Reasons to travel to New Zealand

Aotearoa, Maori for the land of the long white cloud.

New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes in the world. The country is divided into two islands, where 4.6 million people and over 29 million sheep live (yes we have more sheep than people). It is where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed and home to the best sports team in the world—the All Blacks.

If you’re still trying to decide on your next destination, here are the top 8 reasons why you should choose New Zealand;

  1. Hikers Paradise: New Zealand has many treks suitable both for newbies and experienced hikers. Both islands offer thousands of options for people who love hiking. The options for sceneries are also very varied, including forests, mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers.

One of the most appealing characteristics of hiking in New Zealand is that there are no dangerous animals—no poisonous snakes, no deadly spiders, no dengue mosquito. So hike away with beauty and safety (remember to ensure you let someone know where you are going hiking and stick to the designated paths).

2. Beaches: Being an island (two actually), Kiwi’s have easy access to a vast amount of beaches. The country has over 29,000 km of coastline. Even in cities like Auckland, clean, beautiful beaches and ports are widely available, and some can even be accessed via ferry.

3. Incredible Nature: New Zealanders have done their best to preserve the natural habitat of the country. 13 national parks, 3 maritime parks, and hundreds of natural reserves are open for tourists. Moreover, there are several special rivers & lakes, which are protected by the government. In total, around 30% of the country’s land area is protected conservation land. Only here, can a river be considered a “legal person”.

4. Safety: The crime rates here are very low compared to other countries. New Zealand is the fourth safest country in the world.

5. A wide range of touristic offerings: It doesn’t matter whether you have a wide or tight budget—you will find an option that suits your pocket as well as your interests and time. From North to South you will find varied places to visit, so maybe the only difficulty would be to choose which ones!

6. Amazing Road Trips: Renting a car or even a camper van for your road trip is very easy. For backpackers, students, couples, and even entire families, driving around New Zealand for vacations is a popular activity, especially during summer.

7. International Environment: If you want to meet people from all over the world, this is the best place to do so. Auckland, the most populated city in the country, is like a mini New York. It is a cosmopolitan and diverse city where people from all over the world converge.

8. World’s Extreme sports capital: If you are an adrenalin lover, this is the place to be. Kiwis created the first bungee jumping in the world and the range of extreme sports is very interesting, you can choose skydiving, bungee, rafting, caves, zipline, canyoning, and much more.

9. Just happiness: The kiwi attitude is all about being happy and chilled. The fun thing here is that it is contagious.

I’m sure you are convinced now…

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INTERNeX New Zealand: The Hunua Ranges

The weather might be getting a bit cooler but there are still plenty of beautiful days (like today!) to make the most of New Zealand’s beautiful natural landscape.

The Hunua Ranges are located in the south eastern side of the Auckland Region (around 1 hour drive from Auckland CBD). They cover about 400 square kms of land and the park contains more than 450 species of native plants. There are hiking tracks through dense forest, views to the city, and of course the Hunua falls and numerous streams and falls. There are several camping areas (bookings are required- contact the Auckland Regional Council). The Hunua Ranges are a great place to go Mountain biking – there are several exciting trails.

Why not make a day trip there 🙂

INTERNeX New Zealand: The Great Walks of New Zealand

In a country with such natural beauty, it would be a shame to miss out on a true experience of what New Zealand’s incredible landscape has to offer. Be sure not to miss doing one (or more! 🙂 ) of the 9 Great Walks:

The 9 Great Walks:

1.    Lake Waikaremoana

East Coast Region.

Located on the South West Corner of the Te Urewera National Park. This walk is a 46km 3-4 day tramping track, which follows the shore of a lake for most of its length. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming and fishing, as well as magnificent scenery.

2.    Tongariro Northern Circuit

Central North Island Region.

Unique and stunning landscapes, active volcanic craters, brilliant blue lakes, steaming geothermal areas, glacial valleys. This is a 51.5km, 3-4 day track around Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.

3.    Whanganui Journey

Manawatu/Whanganui region.

The Whanganui journey is a 5day, 145km river journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki through countless hills and valleys along the stunning Whanganui river.

4.    Abel Tasman Coast Track

Nelson/Tasman region.

The Abel Tasman Track is located in Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island. The walk extends for 54.4km, taking an average of 3-4 days to complete.

5.    Heaphy Track

Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions.

A walk of a variety of diverse landscapes from beech forest to tussock grasslands, to lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas. This is the longest of the 9 Great Walks at 78.4 km. It takes around 4-6 days to walk. There is also the option to mountain bike the track which takes 2-3 days.

6.    Kepler Track

Fiordland region

This track is a 60km, 3-4 day loop track which takes you from the gentle beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops and grans Mt Luxmore. There is a long section above bushline with stunning panoramix views of the Kepler Mountains, lakes, rivers, and hanging valleys.

7.    Milford Track

Fiordland region

Said to be “The finest walk in the world”, the Milford track is a 53.5km walk over 4 days. Located in Fiordland National park, you will be taken aback by the natural wonders and spectacular display of a truly wild and beautiful part of New Zealand.

8.    Routeburn Track

Fiordland region.

This is a 32km, 2-4 day track which weaves through beech-forest valleys, along green rivers and glistening alpine lakes and breathtaking views from a mountain pass. This track crosses the Southern Alps and passes through the amazing landscapes of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park.

 9.    Rakiura Track

Southland region 

This track is located a short 20 flight from Invercargill, or an hours ferry journey from Bluff. The entire circuit is 37km and takes approximately 3 days.

Most of these walks have hut accommodation available,

For more information, check out the DOC (Department of Conservation) website.