7 Sights to See While Traveling Abroad in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world. The government’s efforts to preserve the environment have made a positive impact on the varied regions of forests, fjords, beaches, mountains, and glaciers. New Zealand has untouched wilderness, vibrant cities, and charming villages. Be sure to add these top destinations to your itinerary while visiting some of New Zealand’s fascinating attractions.

1. Sky Tower

One of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks is the 328 meter Sky Tower; the attraction you must see in Auckland. If you’re studying in Auckland at an online university, you’ll have the time to explore the Sky Tower and experience panoramic views of the city and its landmarks from 220 meters high. At the tower’s base is an entertainment complex with 20 restaurants, bars, a casino, and theater. The Sugar Club is one of the few restaurants where you can see two oceans, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific. The Orbit 360 revolving restaurant allows you to see the entire city while dining from high above.

2. Hobbiton

The Hobbiton Movie Set in the Waikato area is where part of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies were filmed. Book a tour to experience Middle Earth’s famous Shire. The Evening Banquet Tour takes guests through the 12-acre farm that encompasses the Shire, with a candlelight banquet at the Green Dragon Inn. Following dinner, you’re guided along illuminated paths through the village. Special events include International Hobbit Day, Chinese New Year, and the Summer Harvest Festival.

3. Tamaki Maori Village

The Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua is the most famous cultural attraction with feasting, ceremonies, and performances. Learn about the customs of the Maori at an evening experience in the village that begins with an ancient ritual. Interactive activities include face tattooing, weaving, and wood-carving. A song and dance performance precedes the traditional feast.

4. Southland Museum

The Southland Museum and Art Gallery is the home of the tuatara: the world’s oldest and most rare reptile. One hundred of the rare creatures make the museum their habitat. The History Gallery displays include agriculture, exploration, settlements, and whaling. Learn about Maori history in the Maori Gallery that features intricate jewelry and carvings.

5. Wai-o-tapu and Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Spectacular volcanic landscapes and geothermal geysers including the Lady Knox Geyser are highlights of this park. Hike through the volcanic paths and visit one of the spas at the end of the day to relax and unwind. The park outside Rotorua is on the North Island where you’ll find Tongariro Alpine Crossing from the Lord of the Rings films, which is lauded as one of the best single day treks in the world.

6. Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

The Queenstown Gondola offers incredible views of Queenstown, the Remarkable Mountain Range, and Lake Wakatipu. The gondola is a short walk from downtown Queenstown. The Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar offers views of Coronet Peak from every angle. Enjoy a four-course lunch or six-course dinner and your favorite drink from the bar. Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve with a sumptuous buffet and choose from two seatings.

7. Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is the walking capital of the world and features both multi-day hikes and short walks, so you can find something suitable for all ability levels. Trek through the rainforests and experience panoramic views of lakes and mountains. Whether your plans include a day-long walk or a multi-day hike, the weather in this part of New Zealand is unpredictable and can change quickly. Bring warm and waterproof clothing to be ready for any inclement weather.

Milford Sound offers one of the most breathtaking views in the world. From the start of the Milford Track in Te Anau through to the glorious alpine sights near the Homer Tunnel and to the Sound itself, you’re sure to be in awe. You can even book a roughly two-hour cruise through the Sound. Some of the cruises go out to the Tasman Sea before heading back and offer views of seals, penguins, and perhaps even dolphins and whales if you’re lucky. Milford Sound deserves its title as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Visit New Zealand’s most exciting attractions. Book today by calling Gina at 757-541-2828 or email gina@travelnorfolk.com.

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