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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 04 Jun 2012
New Zealand, a country made up of two islands, is a destination with remarkable natural diversity of rainforests, coastal deserts, mountains and the like. Whether you are an avid traveler, a devoted foodie or one with an adventurous streak who wouldn’t mind zorbing down a hill, you will never run out of exciting things to do in the zealous New Zealand. To ensure that your trip to this beautiful island country is a memorable one, spend time planning forward.
Firstly, know how much time you can devote for this trip. The more the merrier. Ideally, two weeks is the minimum trip length you should consider as you can get to see the greater parts of both the north and south islands. If it’s a trip shorter than two weeks then just focus on one part of the country instead trying to see it all.
Secondly, decide on the budget for the trip. The largest expenses will most likely be the airfare, lodging, food and transportation. Do a complete research on the airfare since you might be able to add an extra stop in Hawaii or Fiji if you find the right deals. Most importantly don’t forget to take into account the cost of the recreational activities such as Bungee Jumping, Jet Boating, Sky Diving and Glacier hiking that this land of adventure has to offer.
Thirdly, know where to start. Auckland on the North Island is the best place to start with, followed by places such as the Bay of Island, Taupo and Wellington. If you start with the South Island, Queenstown, Te Anau, Fjordland National Park, Mount Cook National Park and Foz Glaciers are spots that can serve as warm ups.
Fourthly, plan ahead for the trip and research your options online. New Zealand is the land of adventure sports like Bungee jumping, Canyon Swing, Kayaking, Rafting, Skydiving and tons of natural beauty from the Franz Josef glacier to the untouched beaches of East Cape. Make sure you read up on all alternatives and be prepared for the ones you do wish to indulge in. It is easy to miss out on some must-visit experiences if the destination is not well researched.
Lastly, New Zealand is as rich in culture as it is in adventure. Handicrafts of carving and weaving from the Māori culture and Greenstone jewelry are some items to bring back home along with the beautiful memories of this foreign land.
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