New Zealand is such a diverse country, where you will find something for everyone. A country which is rich in cultural heritage, which has world class wines and cuisine on offer, one of the friendliest and welcoming people on earth and of course it is one of the safest, secure and stable country to live in.
Geography & Climate:
New Zealand is divided in two main islands – North Island and South Island. The smallest of the lot is the third one, which is Stewart Island. Total distance from Top of North Island to south of Stewart Island is approximately 1600 KM. Wellington is the capitol of New Zealand, while Auckland is the biggest city and economic capital of the country.
North Island is more cosmopolitan in nature. Some of the key cities are Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington. It is more populated so more traffic as well. However, in North Island, distance between key cities is comparatively shorter drive. In terms of scenic variety, it has everything to offer starting from farm land, geothermal land, vineyards, mountains, splendid beaches to geothermal activities as well.
Although South Island is bigger in terms of size but 75% of the New Zealand population lives in North Island.
Average temperature in summer ranges between 14 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees and in winters it ranges from 12 degrees to 3 degrees Celsius.
Few things which you cannot miss while you are in North Island is visit to Sky tower, paihia beach, geo thermal activities in Rotorua and Hot water beaches.
New Zealand typically has four seasons round the year.
Summer: December to February – Average Temp: 15-28 degrees
Winter: June to August – Average temp: 6 – 18 degrees
Spring: September to November – Average Temperature: 12 – 20 degrees
For tourists high season is between November to March and low season will be between April to October. Though winter is low season for New Zealand, however some of the towns like Queenstown will be busy with people interested in winter sports activities like skiing.
New Zealand offers any visitor who is searching for an adventurous experience a great opportunity for participating in extreme adventures that can be found in its diverse geographic locations.
Fiordland National Park
The Milford Track is a 33 mile trail that goes through the center of Fiordland National Park, and it is surrounded by magnificent scenery. Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano that is located within the Fiordland National Park on the North Island and during the winter months, it is a great location for lovers of snowboarding and skiing.
New Zealand’s national parks as well as Great Walks also offer adventure tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore spectacular scrivener of New Zealand’s parks while backpacking, tramping, camping, trekking, bush walking, horse riding, and hiking.
New Zealand’s numerous national parks and hundreds of thousands of acres of recreation land presents any adventure seeking tourist with unlimited wilderness to experience.
Hot Rocks Tour: North Island
While in, New Zealand, you should not miss an opportunity of taking the famous hot Rocks tour. It is a tour of the North Island that offers any adventure tourist the best experience of the thermal north. You can visit the thermal mud pools of Rotorua, participate in sea kayaking or sand boarding, visit the Waitomo caves, go for dolphin swimming, or go sailing on New Zealand’s largest lake. This trip offers you a rare and exciting chance to experience the culture, diversity, and magnificent beauty of New Zealand.
Summer Blast Tour: South Island
Another adventurous way to tour New Zealand is by taking the popular “summer blast” tour and experience the best that South Island has to offer. The trip takes you through a wide range of natural wonders, which include mountains, glaciers, dramatic fiords and beautiful beaches. There are numerous wildlife encounters while on the trip as the rugged coastline hosts dolphins, penguins, whales, seals, and other sea creatures. If you are thirsty for adrenaline, there are numerous activities to get into including glacier hiking, dolphin swimming, kayaking, paragliding, skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting and surfing.
Extreme sports in New Zealand can be found in Dunedin Extreme sports, Queenstown Extreme Action, Christchurch Extreme Action, Palmerston Extreme Action, Waikato South extreme Action Sports, and Auckland extreme Sports just to name some. Some of the extreme sports you can participate in include bungy jumping, spider walking, abseils in waterfalls, rock climbing, jag air flying, sky diving, and jet boating.