5 Unmissable Spots For Solo Travel Through New Zealand
Consisting of two islands, New Zealand is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Packed with jaw-dropping scenery, movie-set landscapes, and remote areas, the island nation has to be experienced to be truly understood. Here’s our selection of some of the top places to see, if you’re planning to visit the paradise of the pacific.
Bay of Islands
If you’re looking to start your trip with a shot of adrenaline, consider the Bay of Islands. As one of the best places in the country for sailing, fishing, and watersports, the Bay of Island is a 3-hour drive from Auckland. Try scuba diving, or get up close and personal with marine life on a Dolphin cruise. The cruise will take you to one of the islands’ most famous sights, the Hole in the Rock. You can sail through the unique rock formation when the tide permits. Stay at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, for a unique waterfront stay.
As the country’s largest city and air travel hub, Auckland is an unmissable destination if you’re planning to visit New Zealand. Offering an endless amount of culture, don’t miss out on the Auckland Art Gallery – the largest art institution in the country with more than 15,000 works of art. For the foodies, Auckland is home to an array of cuisines, bars, and restaurants. Feeling brave? Auckland will also serve you a shot of adventure with the Auckland bridge climb, bungee jump, and skydive. If you’re looking to spoil yourself, stay downtown at The Hotel Britomart.
Snuggled between snowy peaks and a shimmering lake, the south island’s Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital. As one of the country’s top attractions for international visitors, you are bound to find every kind of adrenaline-fuelled activity. Try your hand at everything from white water rafting to mountain biking, and explore the stunning alpine scenery of the island. Lord of the rings fan? Queenstown was used as a filming location for the film franchise, with no shortage of tours in the area. Looking to explore further? Visit Fiordland national park, or take a day trip to the magnificent Milford Sound. Choose the Crowne Plaza Queenstown to overlook the stunning lake Wakatipu.
Widely known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand’s north island, Rotorua houses an array of geysers, hot springs, and pools in and around the city. In addition to its geothermal attractions, the city also allows travelers to experience the rich Maori culture. Don’t miss out on a visit to the lady Knox geyser, known for reaching heights of up to 20 meters. Visitors can experience this strong identity through a guided tour, exploring local architecture and natural sights. Planning to visit in the summer? Cool off at one of the city’s 16 lakes, or visit one of its surf beaches, 40 minutes away. Stay at the Prince’s Gate Hotel, to stay in the heart of the historic area.
Tongariro National Park
As a dual UNESCO world heritage site, the Tongariro National Park is listed for its natural and cultural significance. As a haven for hikers, most sights and activities are focused around three volcanic peaks: Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe. If you’re visiting in the winter, don’t miss out on the tongariro Alpine crossing which is spectacular during this season. The day hike is a moderately challenging journey, that will spoil you with its view of the emerald lake. Book at the Boulevard Waters Motor Lodge, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.
So, are you inspired to embark on an adventure of a lifetime? Voyage to the corner of the earth, and experience the very best nature the world offers. Save your spot, and get ready to make incredible memories.