Friday, January 25, 2019


By Leila Dorari

6 best places for outdoor fun in New Zealand

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Whether you love surfing, swimming, beaches, hiking, walking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding or sightseeing – New Zealand is a place for you. New Zealand is a land that has to offer everything for everybody. Breathtaking sights, friendly people, opportunities for adventures and relaxation with outstanding cuisine and culture, New Zealand is a place where everyone will find what he or she desires. Here are some places that are a must see and visit if you are looking for outdoor fun of your lifetime. 

1. Abel Tasman National Park

Situated on South Island, Abel Tasman National Park offers many features to outdoor fun lovers. It is home to picturesque Abel Tasman Coast Track that can take you to a walk of a lifetime. Breathtaking view and enjoyable walk will bring you pleasure you will remember for a long time. On a plus side, this is the place where you can explore crystal clear waters by kayak, and visit many coves that will carve into your memories forever. If you are really lucky, you can even spot dolphins and get to swim with them. That is truly an adventure of a lifetime. Abel Tasman National Park is family friendly and you can either schedule a guided tour or explore on your own, it’s really up to you. 

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2. Hobbiton Movie Set 

Whether you are LOTR and Hobbit fan or not you don't want to miss on the opportunity to visit Hobbiton. You don’t even have to be really imaginative, Hobbiton will provide everything for you. You will be able to explore original Hobbit's homes and see it with your own two eyes. It is only an hour drive from Auckland and is a family friendly location where you can enjoy with your kids in a Tolkien adventure. It's entrance free and there are guided tours at your disposal. It is a great sight for taking photographs as well. 

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3. Sights for LOTR lovers 

If you are a LOTR and Hobbit trilogy fan, there is nothing that will draw your attention more than places that were used in films. Walking in the Middle Earth, exploring Isengard, break through the Misty Mountains, standing in front of the Pillar of the Kings... Glenorchy and Wakatipu Basin are the must see. You will feel, hear and sense Tolkien’s atmosphere wherever you look. This is an adventure you just don’t want to miss. All the sights are family friendly and you can explore them on your own or take a guided tour. Both ways the experience will be outstanding.

4. Winter sports lovers heaven

If you are a winter sports lover than New Zealand has to offer you a lot! Queenstown, Wanaka, Mountain Hutt... There is something for everyone. From family-friendly resorts that you can enjoy with your children and even if you are a winter sports beginner to adrenalin addicted skiers that look for a true snow adventure. New Zealand offers exclusive resorts and kid-friendly places where you can rest after a day on the snow with a full range of other offers. If you want to get the best experience of skiing in New Zealand try to get as much information about the place you want to visit according to your family situation and level of skiing expertise. The best way to do it is to address the people from booking agency that can help you with everything.

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5. Dunedin – the complete experience

Dunedin is a city full of contrasts, character, friendly inhabitants, culture, exquisite cuisine, art, beautiful architecture, eco-friendly surroundings, a natural museum, outstanding botanic garden and world-famous Otego Farmer's Market and once in a lifetime experience of fabulous Southern Lights. Dunedin has a strong Scottish identity and it is no wonder that whiskey that is produced in Dunedin is famous to be one of the best in the world. The world-famous environmentalist Sir David Bellamy said that Dunedin is one of the finest examples of eco-friendliness in the world. There will be not even one dull moment for you in Dunedin whether you are there to explore it with your kids and family, friends or on your own – this city will open its heart and soul and all the sights it has. 

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6. Wai-O-Tapu

You can’t say you visited New Zeeland unless you’ve seen its geothermal treasures. And where better to explore than in Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park? This is a family and kid friendly site where you can engage in self-exploring some of the most interesting sights in the world. Walk around the thermal park takes between 30-60 minutes and it includes attractions such as colourful hot springs, breathtaking lakes and waterfalls, spouting geysers and mud pools that are irresistible proofs of New Zealand’s volcanic activities.

There are not a lot of places on earth that can offer everything that an outdoor fun lover would want. But if you are looking for a place that can provide you with active holiday full of adventures, yet still provide you with peaceful rest that will charge all your batteries for a next adventure the next day – look no further. New Zealand is just the right place for you.

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