Are you planning to visit the Southern Hemisphere on your next vacation? Well, if you feel overwhelmed by Australia, then why not check out its smaller neighbor further down under? Yes, we’re talking about New Zealand. Australia’s quaint neighbor is known for its fun-loving people and diverse culture, and as well as its tourist attractions. This is among the few places in the world where you may encounter the best of the snow and the tropics almost at the same time.
But what’s there to check out when on travel in New Zealand? Well, aside from the ever-famous Milford Sound, below are some irresistible attractions in the country:
1. Bay of Islands
One of the most popular holiday hotspots in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands offers a stretch of 144 islands, surrounded by bays and white sand beaches. The area is also known for its abundance of various marine species, such as whales, dolphins, penguins, and marlin. Because of these natural wonders, a lot of yachts and cruises pass by the bay when on travel in New Zealand.
And yes, the Bay of Islands is also a favorite venue of sport fishermen, making this a great haven for fishing enthusiasts.
2. Napier Art Deco
Meanwhile, if you are a big fan of vintage art and want to get lost in time for a moment, then visit the city of Napier. This small city located in Hawke’s Bay stands out mainly because of its eye-catching art deco architecture. This is mainly due to the rebuilding period of the city after it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. The rebuilding took place at a time when the Art Deco movement was at its peak, thus the result are majestic buildings that are very much different from the rest of the country.
Because of its popularity among tourists, the Art Deco Weekend was established, and is held during the month of February.
3. Sky Tower
One of the tourist attractions you should never miss when on travel in New Zealand is the Sky Tower. Located at the heart of Auckland, the Sky Tower stands at 328 meters, and is the tallest free-standing structure in the whole Southern Hemisphere. It also serves as the main highlight of Auckland’s skyline. The tower also has a 360-degree view of the whole cityscape, and houses a fine dining revolving restaurant.
4. Abel Tasman National Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Situated at the northern end of the country’s South Island, this national park is dubbed to be every hiker’s ultimate dream.
This park is closed to land vehicles, and you can only enter by boat or a small plane. In the island you can go hike and trek the mountains, and as well spot various kinds of marine and wildlife, such as blue penguins, oyster catchers, wekas, wood pigeons, and many other rare birds that are only found on location. This is also a great retreat in case you’re already tired of the city life.