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TRAVEL GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is an amazing country for those who love the outdoors, indigenous culture and animals. Here you can find it all! From hiking to rafting, from Maori Culture to sheep shearing, from glaciers to rainforest and from kiwi birds to whales.
Spending a month in New Zealand, you will be able to get a very good impression of both the North and the South Island, seeing the main attractions. With a bit more time you can travel to the more remote and less visited spots. The North Island is famous for its geothermal activity, Maori Culture and beaches. Also, the weather tends to be a bit warmer in the North Island. The South Island main attractions are the diversity in landscape: glaciers, fiords, alps and fantastic skiing fields in winter. Both Islands have some great hiking tracks. There are 9 Great Walks: walks that take a couple of days to complete and will take you through some of the best scenery in New Zealand.
After a great day in the outdoors, enjoy a glass of local wine in one of the wine regions, a traditional kiwi roast (barbecue) or a hangi (maori meal). There are eight main wine regions in New Zealand: Auckland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa on the North Island and Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury and Central Otago on the South Island.
It is easy to travel around in New Zealand. You can either opt for taking public transport or rent a car, minivan of camper. The latter options will give you a lot more freedom to explore. There are plenty of campsites, paid and non-paid, where you can stop along the way. Make sure your tank is always filled with gas: sometimes gas stations are scarce! Another option is to take a bus tour: Stray Backpacker Bus, Kiwi Experience and Magic Bus are some of the options.
Kiwis (the people of New Zealand) are very hospitable and will make sure you enjoy your stay to the fullest.
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