New Zealand is a Photogenic Island Nation

New Zealand is co-hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. And as the tournament fever picks up, tour operators are upbeat about promoting Australia and New Zealand by luring tourists with attractive offers and discount deals. The World Cup tournament has increased the visibility of the two nations and there is no reason why a keen tourist should not grab the opportunity to catch up on some cricket live and explore the photogenic island nation of New Zealand. Home to some of the magnificent fiords, beaches, mountains, dense forests thermal regions in the world, New Zealand is beautiful, pristine and heavenly. People are warm and friendly. This is where the traditional Maori culture seamlessly blends with modernity in charming villages and metropolitan cities. Here are some tourists attractions of New Zealand:-

•    Abel Tasman National Park – Towards the northern tip of South Island is Abel Tasman National Park. This huge and lush national park is home to a diverse of rare birds like Blue Penguins, Oyester hatchers etc. Closed to vehicles, this park can be accessed by road, water or small chartered plane.

•    Bay of Islands – One of the most beautiful tourist destinations of New Zealand, Bay of Islands is a cluster of 144 islands comprising dramatic bays and pristine sandy beaches. Abundant marine life and cruises makes Bay of Islands a favorable holiday destination.

•    Coromandel Peninsula – Coromandel Peninsula is famous for its white sandy beaches that frame the scintillating coastal scenery. The forests surrounding the beaches are great for exploration. Tourists should not miss out on visiting Thames city and Hot Water Beach.

•    Franz Josef Glacier – The world’s most accessible glacier, Franz Josef Glacier is located in Westland National Park. Tourist can either trek it down to the foot of the massive glacier or hitch a ride on the helicopter.

•    Kaikoura – Kaikoura is a small coastal town and a delight for seafood lovers. Here tourists can watch albatrosses, fur seals, whales and dolphins off the shore. One can also take a walk into the wilderness of Kaikoura forests or indulge in a seafood feast this town has to offer.

•    Milford Sound – One of the most famous tourist attractions in New Zealand, Milford Sound is a coastal scenery replete with dark blue waters and staggering peaks. Lying to the south most of Fiordland National Park is Milford Sound where its beauty is enhanced by frequent downpours.

•    Napier Art Deco – Situated on the north eastern coast of the island is Napier, a small city in Hawke’s Bay. Napier city is famous for its distinct architectural style from the Art Deco era. The Art Deco Weekend held in February is popular. Display of vintage cars, soapbox derby, and picnics are some highlights of this event.

•    Rotorua – Rotorua is one of the major drawcards for tourists visiting New Zealand. A thermal wonderland with countless geysers and hot springs, found mostly in reserves and parks. Wai-O-Tapu, another tourist attraction is nearby.

•    Sky Tower – Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located in, largest city in New Zealand. This iconic structure stands 328 metres tall and is the largest free-standing structure in Southern Hemisphere. Tourists can dine at the revolving Orbit at the top of the tower and also view the magnificent sight the city and tower have to offer.

•    Tongariro National Park – Diverse ecosystems in Tongariro National Park will surprise any tourist. A hike from Whakapapa Visitor Centre entails passing through scrubland, forests and volcanic eruptions.

Plan your trip to New Zealand for the biggest cricketing event and be there when India defends its title. New Zealand has unlimited range of activities and tourist spots to suit each tourist’s taste, budget and interests.  

Yogesh Tripathi (have 103 posts in total)

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