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New Zealand: For Adventure Seekers

''Explore thrilling adventures from skydiving, bungee jumping to jet-boating and canyon swinging here''

Known as adventure capital of the world, New Zealand has almost everything to offer from sky-diving, jet-boating to cruising turquoise-blue waters and scenic flights. A perfect place for backpackers. In fact, area around Queenstown offers some of the best skiing in the southern hemisphere. If you happen to visit Christchurch, Gondola ride is a must. Auckland, on the other hand, has a large number of volcanic cones offering spectacular panoramic view of the city.

LOCATION : An island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Is located in the east of Australia.

QUEENSTOWN : Queenstown located on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu is known for its scenic beauty, fiords, golf courses and vineyards. The breath-taking landscapes of Queenstown can be viewed best from the air with the help of a scenic flight. Do sightseeing or just indulge in spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.

SIGHTSEEING IN QUEENSTOWN : Milford Sound: A fiord in the south west of New Zealand, is one of the famous ones among the tourists.
Arrowtown’s gold-mining: Twenty minutes from Queenstown, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant.

ACTIVITIES : Skiing: Queenstown offers many ski fields the famous ones being - Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. The city welcomes skiers and snowboarders from June to October.

Bungee Jumping: Is a must if visiting Queenstown. An unforgettable experience but not for the faint-hearted. The Kawarau Bungy is the world's most famous of jumps.

Jet-boating in Shotover River: It’s a fast flowing river with numerous rapids. Experience the ride of your life in the gushing waters of the Shotover River and through Skippers Canyon at high speeds. Skim across the water and shoot through narrow rocky gorges. The ride is exhilarating and views breath-taking.

Skippers Canyon: A historic and scenic gorge located in the north of Queenstown. It houses the Shotover River, one of New Zealand's richest gold bearing rivers. Ride in the canyon with some gorgeous views and historical info about gold mining in the region. Skippers Road is considered to be one of the dangerous routes. It is s mostly one-way, narrow and steep with sheer drops of several hundred metres.

Routeburn Track: World-renowned for hiking located in South Island of NZ. Walk through ice-carved valleys and beech forest and alongside waterfalls and jewel-like lakes and have splendid views to cherish for life.

Lake Wanaka: Discover year-round outdoor activities like water sports, skiing, and climbing at Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. Explore the city’s inner gulf on a day trip or cruise to one of the nearby islands for a few days.

AUCKLAND : It’s the New Zealand’s largest city and a hub to shop and dine with the city’s impressive range of restaurants, bars, cafés and market. It houses some of the best natural wonders from black and golden sand beaches to picturesque gardens and tranquil bays for a traveller to explore. The place has about 48 volcanic cones, which provide spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour.

AUCKLAND SIGHTSEEING : Rangitoto Island: Is the region's most iconic volcano and a favourite day trip destination for visitors, hikers and bird watchers.

Waiheke Island : Just 35 minutes from Auckland by ferry takes you to Waiheke Island known as the island of wine with around 30 boutique wineries and vineyards. Also a haven of beautiful olive groves and beaches.

Skycity: Is home to the iconic 328 metre Sky Tower, a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants and cafes and the world-class Skycity Casino Auckland.

Bay of Islands: Located in the north of Auckland is known for dolphin and whale watching, relaxing on the beach, swimming, boating, and eating seafood.

Some of the other attractions in Auckland include: Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, Waitemata Harbour, Auckland Art Gallery, Rainbow's End, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland Civic Theatre, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Mangere Mountain, Aotea Square and Mount Richmond.

ADVENTURE : •Take a scenic flight, go hang gliding, charter a helicopter and just fly over city landscapes and the
sparkling blue waters.
•Ride bike through the forest or canoe down waterfalls.
•Ocean-touch bungee jump from Auckland Harbour Bridge
•Go into natural caves, navigate a maze of tunnels and try to spot glow-worms.
•Horse trek to see Auckland’s scenic beaches and farmland.
•Indulge in world-class diving and snorkelling and get to see some amazing sea life.
•Indulge in freshwater kayaking adventure

FOOD : The Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough and Central Otago are the country's wine regions. Most wineries are open for tasting and have fine restaurants onsite. Some of the world-famous wines here include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the Bordeaux. Grab a bite at local burger chains such as Burger Wisconsin and Burger Fuel. Also try Roast kumara (roasted sweet potato), Pavlova (a cake of whipped egg whites baked), Anzac Biscuits (biscuits made from oatmeal), Kiwifruit and Kiwi dishes, Whitebait (native freshwater fish), Marlborough green-lipped mussels, Bluff Oysters and Roasted Lamb. Fish and chips is another typical New Zealand meal (a traditional brought over from England) which is commonly sold wrapped in newspaper.


Source / Review By : Roshan Agarwal

Roshan is an entrepreneur and an avid traveller

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