Are you planning a trip to New Zealand? Wondering how to plan a route to see all the most beautiful places? Or do you want to know how much this trip to New Zealand may cost? I honestly admit that despite being a relatively “small” country, traveling in New Zealand is much more exhausting than, for example, in the United States (which are much bigger!). Still, you can see all of the country’s greatest attractions. I hope that our experience will help you plan the perfect New Zealand itinerary.
Franz Josef or Fox Glacier? Which one to choose? Our plans for visiting the Westland National Park were (as usual!) very ambitious… Of course, we had to visit both 🙂 New Zealand glaciers are one of the country’s greatest attractions, next to a kiwi bird and spectacular fjords. Even, if your time is limited and you have to pick only one glacier, you still can’t miss this place.
What do you think when you hear “fjords”? Most likely – Norway. But did you know that you can also find them down under? The South Island in New Zealand is home to the magical Fiordland National Park. Many believe that this is actually the most beautiful region in this country. We found our beloved place somewhere else, however, Fiordland, particularly Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau, left us speechless.
New Zealand is considered as a very expensive country. After all these stories, we thought we would leave a small fortune at the other end of the world… Is it true? I admit sincerely that the prices on site surprised us rather positively. It is definitely not cheap, but for example, lodging on the site is much cheaper than on the US West Coast. Try our tips and reduce your New Zealand trip cost! You may find our itinerary here.
Usually tourists skip this region. While Rotorua and the Fiordland are rather crowded places, we didn’t meet tons of people in the Catlins. On the other hand, also not many kiwis live here permanently – only around 1200 people. That’s a pity! The Catlins, located in the south of the South Island, is just loaded with spectacular landscapes, wonders of nature and unique animals! We still haven’t decided, but I think the Catlins may be the most beautiful region we visited in New Zealand… Look at the pics below and decide yourself!
When I was planning our New Zealand itinerary, I came across an intriguing picture in the internet. The gigantic, spherical rocks scattered on the beach looked incredible in the sun rays… After a brief search, I finally found what is the name of this place – Moeraki Boulders! Another point was added to our trip. But do they actually look so magical?
Sincerely, I must admit that our New Zealand trip didn’t start as planned. Due to the huge rainfall, we couldn’t reach our first attraction – the Hot Water Beach, because all the roads were closed. After a quick glance at the map, we decided that we would spend two days (instead of one as planned) in Rotorua – this turned out to be the brilliant idea!
Probably everyone visiting New Zealand wonders where to see kiwis. Unfortunately, in fact it’s not that easy… These birds are highly endangered, and to make things even more complex – they are nocturnal. Even many New Zealanders have never seen them in wild… So how to meet them anyway?
Do you love The Lord of the Rings? You couldn’t imagine your childhood without reading The Hobbit? Are you dressing up as an elf when no one is looking? Well, I guess we’ve found something for you… Welcome to Hobbiton Movie Set! Do you know that 30% of people visiting Hobbiton didn’t read any of Tolkien’s books or watch movies based on them? However, they still fall in love with this place. Why? Visit a hobbit village with us and find out! Continue Reading