Erin Schwartz, August 24 2021

Destination: New Zealand

Tourism has been on the rise in New Zealand over the past few years due to its allure of a stunning natural wonderland. From massive glaciers to tropical beaches, any travellers backlist should include a visit to the southwest Pacific Island. Here are some exciting things to explore in this unique country.

 Maori Cultural Tours 

The Indigenous peoples of New Zealand arrived on the north island over 600 years ago! Their rich culture is an essential part of the country, helping to shape it to be the way it is today. Several tours and cultural presentations exist to help teach visitors the various aspects of their people; cooking with geothermal water, weaving, tribal tattoos, and oral histories are all traditions that have been passed down for generations. The Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village and Waimarama Maori Tours are some of the best options to learn more about this fantastic culture. Knowledge of the past and respect for the people of the country all contribute to the wonder of this great country.  

Outdoor Activities 

Bungee jumping, skydiving, and the famous jet boat ride through the Shotover River Canyons, are just some of the exciting options for those seeking an adrenaline rush. New Zealand holds no shortage on adventure filled activities for one to try out. Conversely, if you are looking for a more relaxed and scenic experience, New Zealand is filled with sprawling hiking trails and camping sites. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is a leisurely multi-day, one-way path surrounded by miles of beaches and wild bush. Some crossings are only possible at low tide, so make sure to plan this trip out in advance. When you need a rest there are conservation huts and campsites by the water, which make perfect spots for those wanting to spend their time enjoying the beautiful landscapes.