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The 10 Best Places to visit in New Zealand

The 10 Best Places to visit in New Zealand

One month in the distant insular state in the South Pacific – in the land of the hobbits and Māori, the glaciers, sand beaches and mountains. We made a list of the ten best places to visit, even if it turned out pretty hard at this most fascinating spot on the Earth.


10. Rotorua, New Zealand

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“Geyser, hot springs, and mud pools – Rotorua is a real health resort, but one should be aware of one thing: this city smells like sulphur. The many show-villages like Tamaki and Te Pui inform about the fascinating history, art, and handicraft of the Māori.”


9. Wellington, New Zealand

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“If you are in Wellington, you should definetely do two things: On the one hand, driving in Wellington’s Cable Car and enjoying the unbelievable panoramic view of the city, and on the other hand travelling to „Wellywood“ with its many film studios inside and outside of the city, above all the Lord of the Rings production set Weta.”


8. Mount Cook, New Zealand

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“To camp directly at the foot of Mount Cook is a real adventure. At sunset one can enjoy an incredible play of colors at the highest mountain of New Zealand. But be aware: At night, it can get really cold, so make sure you pack some warm clothes in your bag.”


7. Fox Glacier, New Zealand

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“What an adventure! With sturdy shoes and hiking poles you go on a glacier-hike and enjoy the view on Mount Cook and Abel Tasman. And always remember: press your foot firmly into the ice.”


6. Kaikoura, New Zealand

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“You could drive for hours along the eastern coast of New Zealand towards Kaikoura since you can observe sea lions on the cliffs everywhere. Don’t miss out on the famous “Seafood BBQ” in the original fishermen’s village enjoy lobsters, scallops, and fish fresh from the grill directly at the beach.”


5. Abel Tasman, New Zealand

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“The Abel Tasman Coast Track offers an incredible hiking experience. This trip though becomes really exciting when you think you can fool the tide schedule. (Seriously: Do inform yourself beforehand at the Department of Conversation about the recent tide schedule. What you would need besides that, you can find here.)”


4. Queenstown, New Zealand

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“Pure adventure! In Queenstown everyone get his money’s worth – or at least everyone who is looking for some thrill. Jetboat and paragliding, bungee jumping and skydiving – but it won’t get boring. Besides the adrenaline thrill this city with its galleries and street artists also offers a lot of variety – and with the famous Fergburger one of the best burgers in the world.”


3. Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit“, these are the first words in Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Hobbit. The countryside of the small town of Matamata in the North of New Zealand was the shooting location for the famous triology ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the ‘Hobbit’. You really feel like you are in the ‘Shire’ – and the best is that at the end of the tour you can enjoy one of the cool beers in the pub ‘The Green Dragon Inn’.”


2. Christchurch, New Zealand

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“When you walk through Christchurch, you instantly notice how hard this city was damaged by the Darfield-Earthquake of 2010 and the fatal Christchurch-Earthquake of 2011. With each step, the many writings, posters, art exhibitions, and the ReStart Mall made from containers in the city center will give everyone the impression how much hope is in this community.”


1. Milford Sound, New Zealand

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“During the entire ferry ride you feel like you are in a different world. Rudyard Kipling once called this fjord the eighth world wonder. Endless high cliffs, thick rainforest, waterfalls, sea lions and dolphins playing in the waves – Milford Sound is just one of the most dreamlike landscapes of New Zealand.”

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