Think Middle Earth, think New Zealand, a country that beckons you to explore its salubrious landscapes, painted like an artist would imagine heaven to be. This gorgeous island warrants a visit by all travelers seeking to soak in some natural beauty and have a holiday that promises rejuvenation of the senses. We take you on a ten-day travel itinerary that you can follow and one that will is going to do full justice to your wanderlust.
Day 1 & 2
Auckland in North Island it has to be as the starting point of your journey, for it is one the largest city of New Zealand. Orongo Bay oysters at Depot Eatery, Sky Towers for a bird’s eye view of the northern islands, Ponsonby and boutique that will make you shop till you drop is what doesn’t even begin to sum up Auckland. The place demands at least two days, for you cannot leave without visiting the Piha beach. Watching the waves of the Tasman sea kissing the toes at this black sand beach is a feeling that will stay with you even long after you leave. Wrap up the day by taking the Fullers ferry to Waiheke Island.
Rotorua should be your next destination, especially if you are a Tolkien fan. The countryside panorama is straight out of the movies, with cows and sheep grazing in the fields. The town of Matamata is a pilgrimage for LOTR fans as this is where they can take a two hour guided tour at the Hobbiton Movie Set, seeing for themselves some of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie scenes locations.
Adventure and Maori culture are the two important facets of Rotorua, and a trip to the Mitai Maori village offers you an insight into the life of Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Club it with some whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River and soaking in the geothermal mud pools at Kuirau Park.
Day 5, 6 and & 7 in Queenstown
Yes, we are being a little generous for this one, but why not? You can drive back to Auckland and take a flight to Queenstown in the South Islands. Gondola ride at Skyline, meals at Fergburger, bungee jumping, jet-boat ride down the Shotover River, and sipping on some Pinot Noir at Central Otago Wine Region are the highlights of Queenstown. A trip to Fiordland’s Milford Sound via coach tour, or a helicopter or a floatplane can be planned on your third day in Queenstown.
Mackenzie should be included at this last leg of the trip. Dotted with spectacular mountain ranges and gorges, Mackenzie is known world-wide for stargazing and is counted among world’s International Dark Sky Reserves.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. Try the helicopter ride to the Southern Alps and the Tasman Glacier walk while there.
Christchurch is the perfect way to bring your amazing trip to completion. It is the first British Colonial settlement on South Island and the town has to offer quite a lot when it comes to tourist attractions. Swim with Dolphins and whales before heading back to Auckland.
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