15 May 15 reasons to travel to New Zealand
In the first of a series about reason to visit New Zealand we bring Antipodean Luxury Travel’s favourite 15….
Image: Liar Patterson
Epic scenery, soaring mountains, patchwork plains, historic townships, pristine waterways and staggering views. New Zealand has everything!
2. Friendly People
Need directions, want to chat to some locals, find the best fish and chips shop? Just ask a kiwi and they will help you. New Zealand has been voted one of the friendliest countries to travel in.
3. Tick a world heritage site of your bucket list
Image:Destination Lake Taupo
With three UNESCO world heritage sites, you’ll go a long way to clearing up that check-list. Subantarctic Islands, Te Wahipounamu and Tongariro National Park are incredible and easily accessible.
4. Legendary Food and Wine
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Great food and wine are a staple of the New Zealand lifestyle… From epicurean food festivals like F.A.W.C. to lobsters on the beach with a local Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, nothing in my travels has come close to the quality of food and wine back home.
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Do you like boating, fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, sky-diving, flying, gliding, hunting, photography, star-gazing… I’m running out of room. New Zealand is the adventure playground of the world, the birthplace of the Bungy Jump and the “Cricket Crunch” (that’s eating grasshoppers). Whatever your sense of adventure there is something to get your teeth into… so to speak.
6. Picturesque Townships
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On the outskirts of most New Zealand cities are the most gorgeous towns around. Auckland has Waiheke Island, Wellington has Greytown, Christchurch has Akaroa and Queenstown has the historic and delightful Arrowtown… check them out on your trip.
7. The All Blacks
Our national rugby team has existed for 130 years making them one of the oldest professional sports teams still around. The mighty All Blacks have won a remarkable 85% of every match they’ve ever participated in. We love them, they are legends.
8. Ginger Crunch
It is possible the New Zealand Ginger Crunch biscuits could be the answer to world peace. These delicious morsels can be picked up at most local bakeries, homemade ones are the best though. Be warned – one is never enough.
9. Phenominally Cool Luxury Lodges
Don’t travel all that way and miss out on a little bit of unpretentious luxury, the New Zealand way. We call them lodges not resorts, but it’s the same thing. Well thought-out architecture, service that suits everyone in extraordinary locations. It is the best money you’ll ever spend.
10. The Coffee Culture
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Coffee is locally roasted, brewed and served throughout New Zealand in cafes, restaurants, even trucks on the side of the road. The standard is high and the prices are low.
11. Hobbits live there
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J. R. R. Tolkien must have visited New Zealand, his descriptive text seems to perfectly describe our land. The land of ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and a living movie set, Hobbiton, in honour of the Oscar winning movies.
12. The Wildlife and Mammals
Bird-life, wild-life, marine-life… we have whales, dolphins, seals, flightless kiwis, albatrosses, bellbirds, kakapo, keas, kingfishers, moreporks, kereru and so much more. This is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers like nowhere else.
13. Roast Lamb
Image: Lottie Hedley Photography
Not to be mistaken for the UK equivalent with their weirdly mushy peas. Try and tell me your mouth isn’t watering right now looking at this image from The Great New Zealand Cookbook, cooked by New Zealand chef extraordinaire, Martin Bosley.
14. Traffic Jams
That’s right, this is how it’s done. Prepare to slow down, don’t toot your horns, enjoy the New Zealand traffic jam at its finest. It’s a beautiful thing.
15. Footrot Flats comics
Image: Murray Ball
Although the last on our list, this is certainly not the least coolest thing in New Zealand. A staple read in all proper Kiwi homes around the country, Footrot Flats by Murray Ball is the legendary humour that sums up the Kiwi way of life. Beloved by all…..