When New Zealand is mentioned, we envision breathtaking scenery, adventure sports, and lots of sheep. New Zealand has a wealth of attractions to offer, and if you are planning your first visit to this amazing country, here are some tips to keep in mind.
New Zealand is known for its unpredictable weather and temperatures drop the further south you travel. The summer months of December to February are warm, however, they are also the busiest months for travel, hence the rates are at their peak.
For fewer crowds, you may choose to schedule your visit during the autumn months between March and May before winter sets in. The weather is ideal, and prices lower than during the summer season.
For snow-sports enthusiasts, however, winter is the best time to visit. July and August are ideal months for skiing on the slopes of the Southern Alps and Queenstown is a popular destination at this time.
The spring months of September-November have warm days and cool nights. This is a pretty season that presents lovely sights of flowers popping up in the field.
What to pack
Due to the uncertainty of the weather, the wise move is to go for layers because no matter what the season id, you may encounter unexpected cool spells.Crucial items that should appear on your packing list include:
The Top Attractions to Visit
A town on New Zealand’s North Island, Paihia is the base from which you can explore the Bay of Islands. These sub-tropical islands are over 140 in number and they represent some of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches. They are untouched and undeveloped, with calm blue water, surrounded by vivid green vegetation. You have the possibility of swimming with dolphins at these beautiful islands.
While you are here, take a ferry ride to Russell, a charming town with historic buildings and art galleries. This seaside town is one of the earliest settlements dating back to the early 19th century. One of the most popular destinations in this region, Russell offers fishing activities as well as excellent restaurants along the Strand.
This rich cultural center of New Zealand history was the home of a famous Maori chief Hongi Hika. Possible excursions from Kerikeri include a visit to Rainbow Falls. If you are feeling energetic, you can walk along the Kerikeri River track, an interesting route that takes you past old hydro-dams and a native forest.
Great Barrier Island
Also known as Aotea in Maori, the Great Barrier Island is located 100km north-east of Auckland. This is the 6th largest island of New Zealand and a unique location to take in the beauty of nature.
Revel in the long white beaches, rugged high cliffs and calm sandy bays. Explore the town on foot as you visit museums and boutiques. Alternatively, hire a car and check out the smaller towns.
Tryphena, at the south end of Great Barrier Island is one of the main population areas that was the site of a Maori fortified village in earlier times. There is great fishing here and also safe swimming.
New Zealand is famous for many more beautiful picturesque sites, a veritable photographer’s dream. It will take careful planning to narrow down the options before finalizing your itinerary.