New Zealand might seem like a pleasant, peaceful country, and do you know what? For the most part, it is. Sheep don’t get involved in much crime, after all. However, beneath the crust of the Earth lies a tumultuous hive of activity that has literally shaped the nation. It’s called the Pacific Ring of Fire, and it’s the product of tectonic plate movement that has forced up the mountain ranges we see today, such as the Southern Alps (notice how they are all in a big line?).
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The Maori people of New Zealand are known as the tangata whenua – the people of the land. Te Ara encyclopaedia states that they likely arrived from the Pacific Islands around 1300 AD, settling along the coasts to hunt seals and moa.
Much of their early history is hard to determine due to Maori having no written language until Europeans settlers arrived in the 1800s. However, there are many traditions that have been passed down through the generations, and that you can still witness today.
Here is where to get the best cultural experiences here in Aotearoa.
Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island, is also one of its most beautiful. This is perhaps why it has been given the affectionate nickname ‘The Garden City’.
Let’s take a look some quick facts about one of the country’s favourite holiday hotspots.
Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular winter tourist activities here in New Zealand, and it’s not surprising why. This country is positively swathed in fantastic alpine resorts, from buzzing major commercial operations to smaller, more laid-back clubs.
But let’s not dillydally with an intro – on your next NZ winter holiday, make sure you visit at least one or two of these locations.
New Zealand is a country where fun, outdoor experiences are the name of the game. From bungee jumping in Queenstown to exploring the wilderness of Northland, there is a genuine plethora of things to see and do outside in this fabulous country.
As a nation that consists primarily of two main islands, neither of which are particularly wide, the beach is never far away. In fact, Te Ara encyclopaedia states that no location here is more than 130 kilometres from the great blue, and there is around 18,000 kilometres' worth of coastline to be explored.
We've listed some of our favourites with special titles and the closest rental car branch to pick up your rental car , to help you figure out what should feature in your New Zealand beach holiday road trip plan.
In 2001, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released around the world, putting New Zealand tourism on the map like never before.
Over a decade and five films on and NZ is equated to Middle Earth more than ever before. In fact, the International Visitor Survey cites that 13% of international visitor arrivals are a direct result of the movies. Whether you’re visiting New Zealand because you’re a fan or you’re just looking for a fantastic NZ road idea, we’ve highlighted all of the top Lord of the Rings filming locations and points of interest for you!
Walking is an experience we humans have been loving since the dawn of our existence. There’s just something totally awesome about strolling along a pristine trail, knowing you can take it at your own pace, stopping whenever you want to soak in the sights.
New Zealand is a land filled with scenery that could blow the silver right off a Hollywood silver screen, and you can experience it on a road trip holiday to our Great Walks.
Here’s what to look for.