Fantastical New Zealand is definitely a sight for sore eyes and your peepers will ache from staring in awe from the wind whipping around glaciers or craning necks at the mountains, nature is the number one attraction. Nothing is more liberating than having large expanses of sky above your head and large stretches of land unfolding under your feet. Although in this country, the ground underneath is not usually that level, meaning over every rise and around every corner lies a new discovery. Beauty spots where nature goes all out, so your sore eyes will have to go all out to explore these wonders.
On and Off-Road
There’s plenty to get around and see, whether on foot or behind the wheel, whether North Island or South Island, whether city or country, meaning a true trip to New Zealand is an epic adventure, much like the journey portrayed by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings movies he filmed there. It is easy to glimpse the inspiring vistas and feel the same the thrill tingling through the body, giving you goose pimples when witnessing the sights, and feel why this scenery is so like something out of a breath taking fantasy novel.
Highland and Lowland… with Culture
Starting off with Mount Cook, the nation’s highest peak (named Aoraki in Maori). It stands over lakes, looking down with imposing grace, complete with three summits, surrounded by the Tasman Glacier on the east and Hooker Glacier at the south-west side. The National Park is a great spot for trekking, huts and Aoraki Village with an information centre. There’s Milford Sound for your Campervan Hire in NZ to take you to. Situated in the Fiordland National Park, it is home to seals, dolphins and rare black coral. Rotorua lies near the city of the same name and its 17 lakes feature stunning geothermal activity, geysers and a forest ideal for mountain biking.
The Waitomo Caves, near the village of Waitomo, is a fabulous subterranean world of cave networks, including Glowworm Caves, illuminated by countless glow-worms, offering unique and arresting site of rock-studded starlight. Ruakuri Cave is a vast space full of limestone formations and waterfalls, nearby among the cave networks lies Mangapohue Natural Bridge spanning the Mangapohue Stream, New Zealand’s actual, real-life Bridge of Khazad-Dum! As the country is famous for producing the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal books, why not pop over the town of Hobbiton in The Shire? Of course it is not the real Hobbiton, but it is the set, which is as close as anyone is going to get to it.
Step into the idyllic home of the Hobbits, as well as that of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins; Bag End. Explore the traditional and homely Hobbit setting, then you’ll experience why Bilbo never wanted to leave in the first place! There is also a replica Green Dragon Inn, a banquet tour to rival Bilbo’s birthday and explore North Island with the ‘Trilogy Experience.’