New Zealand is an adventurer’s abode. No vacation in New Zealand can be complete without adding a wild twist to it. You can go abseiling in Waitomo or bungy jump at lake Taupo, being a madcap is easy in New Zealand. Dipped in the Maori culture and blessed with stunning landscapes, this is one country that mesmerizes everyone. Its pristine beaches, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, and deep blue lakes leave you spellbound and wanting to revisit New Zealand over and over again. This splendid country, enriched with abundant natural beauty, places you right in the heart of nature. Once you start planning a vacation to New Zealand, you will be baffled in picking the best places to visit. It isn’t an easy job. So, here is a list of the best destinations to visit in New Zealand in 2018 that are not only the most affordable but will also leave you with a memorable vacation.
Don’t let the sulphuric smell keep you from entering Rotorua – a place that lets you soak in the traditional Maori culture and take a dip in the hot water springs. Head towards Te Puia which is a Maori culture center and a geothermal activity complex. Here, you will not get to know about the distinctive Maori community but also see geysers erupting with hot water springing 30 meter upwards. Other places worth visiting in Rotorua include Kuirau Park, Rotorua museum, and Redwood Whakarewarewa forest.
Best time to visit: January to March when the temperature is quite warm and the crowd has receded.
Honestly, a visit to Milford Sound would make you feel very little. The sight of Mitre Peak standing tall at a height of 1,692 meter is enough to make you feel humble. Add to it a dash of cascading waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen Falls and you have a postcard perfect picture. A paradise for divers and kayakers, Milford Sound is undoubtedly the favorite destination in New Zealand amongst tourists.
Best time to visit: March or November – the weather might be a little harsh but it isn’t much crowded and the waterfalls are at their best.
3.Abel Tasman National Park
You can absolutely not miss the Great Walk at Abel Tasman National Park when you are vacationing in New Zealand. Sandy beaches, lush green forests, pointy cliffs, and coastal hiking trails define this place. You will be spoilt for choice upon visiting Abel Tasman. Spot plenty of wildlife as you hike along the trails and go kayaking in the deep waters to make the most of your time here.
Best time to visit: September to November when the place is splashed with vivid flowers and the beaches are deserted for you to explore.
4.Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves
No fan of the famous ‘Lord of The Rings’ series will skip visiting Hobbiton while touring New Zealand. A tour of this magical world has you wandering through the hobbit holes, the rolling green hills, and the pristine lake. You could also visit the Waitomo Caves along with your visit to Hobbiton. The stunning formations at these caves will certainly leave you awe-inspired. You may also go black water river rafting here to add some fun to your visit.
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Best time to visit: Any time of the year is good to visit Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton
No place can be as serene and picturesque as Hokitika in New Zealand. Visit Hokitika gorge and enjoy the breathtaking views of the turquoise water here. There are trails for hiking here along with kayaking to access the pristine water. Many other spots such as Lake Kaniere and Lake Mahinapua also await to be explored in Hokitika.
Best time to visit: February and March when the weather is warm and sunny.
Plan a vacation and visit the above mentioned beautiful places to know why New Zealand is known to be ‘God’s own country’.