Towering snow-capped mountains. Sprawling crystal-clear lakes. Fields of green and gold. With its stunning scenery, it’s no wonder many flock to New Zealand for a luxury vacation. Together with its unique Maori culture, New Zealand has been the choice destinations for avid travellers across the globe. Here are some of New Zealand’s top tourist highlights!
Experience the Maori culture for yourself with a Maori guide at your side. These indigenous people first arrived from the Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki over a millenia ago and have lived in New Zealand ever since. Learn the Maori language, Te Reo Maori, as well as its customs and traditions. By immersing yourself in the Maori culture, you will start to see things in a new perspective as you attain a greater appreciation of the natural environment, and deepen your understanding of those around you.
Located only 35 minutes away from Auckland, Waiheke Island prides itself as “The Island of Wine Tourism”. Home to more than 30 boutique vineyards, the Waiheke wine growers have successfully matched the climate and soil structures to produce some of the country’s finest wines. Sit back, relax and admire breathtaking views while you enjoy wine and food pairings at the nearby vineyard restaurants. The island is also known for its pristine beaches and scenic coastal walks. Be sure to bring home some of the region’s award-winning olive oil for your loved ones!
The Glowworm Grotto of the Waitomo Caves draws numerous visitors year after year. Be enchanted by the ethereal blue lights twinkling in the dark cavern. Embark on a boat tour and glide down the cave network while listening to the old Maori legends surrounding the Waitomo region. You will be fascinated to know that your Maori guides are actually descendants of Chief Tane Tinoru, the man who discovered the caves way back in the 1880s. These caves are also home to beautiful limestone icicle-like formations known as stalactites and stalagmites, which are estimated to be over 30 million years old!
For the ultimate marine experience, head to Kaikoura for an unforgettable whale-watching encounter. Hop on a catamaran, sail out into the open sea to locate the colossal sperm whales, and get your cameras ready to snap the perfect tail shots! Look out for the massive humpback whales from June to August, as well as playful orcas, dolphins and the New Zealand fur seals. Admire the beauty of Kaikoura from the air — scenic flights are a great way to appreciate the contrasts of the region where mountains meet the sea. Kaikoura is also a mecca for seafood lovers: be sure to savour local specialties such as crayfish, mussels and groupers.
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