10 Solid Reasons For You To Visit NEW ZEALAND

Before we proceed with this weighty post on why you should be in New Zealand, here are the other posts from our New Zealand Series for your reference or to come back to once you are convinced enough and have already started picturing yourself with that glass of red and cozying up to the beauty of the place or already plunging off of a bridge in the middle earth:


If I was asked to give that one reason to someone who is not convinced with 10, on why they should plan their next trip to New Zealand; I’d say, “Iceland is way too mainstream”. Alright, I am partly just kidding and I haven’t been to Iceland yet. However, if you are still contemplating; then drop those misleading thoughts and grab that once in a lifetime opportunity (the country is freaking expensive after all) to find “inner peace” in the green valleys and on top of the white glaciers or drown in one of the many wineries there as that always seemed to work for me better.

Now, if you are still not convinced and wreaking your head over my creatively placed one liners then read on to find 10 persuasive reasons to why save your hard earned money and blow it all up in New Zealand before any country in the world along with your kickass metabolism and spare SD cards for that camera.

10 REASONS TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND

SCENIC ROAD TRIPS

Road Tripping along side scenic Lake Wakatipu

Every country in the world has a certain amount of natural beauty and New Zealand casually happens to have tons of it. No biggie there; just laid back life, healthy kiwis, happy alpacas and being naturally stunning. Road Trips there are easy, of course because of the brilliant infrastructure and you will never know where the time flies given every road you take, is this scenic! On one route you are driving towards the snowcapped mountains with colourful lupines in full bloom on either side and in the next instance you are on a road alongside a never ending  glistering lake. Also, kill time counting the grazing flocks of sheep you pass along the way. You will probably take longer than the estimated time to reach your destination given the number of difficult to ignore photo opportunities along the way, so plan accordingly and keep your camera close. To get our New Zealand Road Trip Itinerary click HERE.

SPECTACULAR WINERIES

Our view while sipping on delicious wine at The Lazy Dog Winery

Being a consistent wine lover and drinker, this was one of our top most reason to do the road trip in Southland. Delicious wine combined with a spectacular view; in our books a wining combination, courtesy of wineries in New Zealand. There are so many of them scattered all over the region with each one developing their unique flavours thanks to the fertile soil and low temperatures throughout the year that one vineyard stop is not good enough to experience their wine culture. To know more about how to get on with that experience click HERE.

BEER SAMPLING AT BREWERIES

Beer Boutique in New Zealand that served delightful food as well from their limited menu.

If wine isn’t your thing then you will be glad to know that beer is pretty delicious and popular with the kiwis there. Even better when there are six glasses laid in front of you to sample and each one of them brewed differently to enhance the said flavours. The kiwis love their beer as much as they love wine, hence, you will find some amazing award wining boutique brews for their discerning palates. This rules in advantage to us giving quality beer tasting boutiques a steady boom in the region and highlighting their heritage through their ever popular beer festivals and beer tours.

QUALITY AND DELICIOUS PRODUCE

Delicious food at the wineries like this one at Mt. Difficulty.

Ah the food there has left an everlasting craving for being served the food that is fresh and cooked just right. From fresh seafood to juicy lamb burgers and cheese platters with cold cuts to Mexican street style tacos, no doubt New Zealand is heading well over towards a country known to induce food coma to it’s tourists. You will usually find queues in front of the bakeries and restaurants during peak season and a 30 minute wait to get a seat or place an order is not uncommon then.

MASSIVE COLOUR CHANGING LAKES

Sun Down at Lake Wakatipu

I have seen lakes this massive but this glistering and picturesque; I am officially impressed. The blue of the water is unlike any other and every, EVERY (further emphasising)  lake is unique and different than the other one. We were stunned to watch the massive lakes magically change colour during different times of the day or depending up on the sun’s placement; on a bright sunny afternoon the lake is a gleaming turquoise, on a gloomy day it is almost green and around sundown a shade of deep blues and pinks.

ADRENALINE CRAZY COUNTRY

Kawarau Bridge Bungee set up at Queenstown

Thanks to the oh so great A J Hackett the country has earned it’s name as the adventure capital of the world. However, along with the best and the original bungee jumping spots in the world, New Zealand also manages to satiate your non-resting adrenaline-seeking soul by offering many other outdoor adventure sports with sky diving, white water rafting, zip-lining and many other water sports over their lakes. A perfect destination for outdoor pursuits, given the outdoor is this spectacular.

FRIENDLY KIWIS

At a cherry farmer’s shed trusting buyers to pay for the cherries on the shelves without any supervision. Only in New Zealand!

I have been to and lived for over six months in 5 different countries and by far I have found New Zealanders to be extremely friendly and great conversationalists. They are curious about you and love to share their stories at the same time. From helping with directions to making you your delicious morning dose of caffeine they are always vibe-ing warmth and positivity even in freezing temperatures.  As an Indian traveller I believe most of us have faced some form of difficulty connecting with the locals, be it language or service and some uncalled for experiences leave sour after taste. However, the kiwis are used to tourists from all over the globe and tourism is one of their biggest source of income so no doubt the service there is flawless with a warm smile at all times.

GET AWAY FROM CROWD

No soul in sight for miles at this side of Lake Wakatipu except for me and my loving cameraman.

With towns like Queenstown, Wanaka and many others concentrated in one place there are simply so many secluded locations to go to and paths to take a scenic walk without a single soul in site. With a population of 98,000 bodies in Southland alone spread over 8.4898 freaking million acres of land, you bet your alone time won’t be compromised anytime soon. Even, by the lake or river beds are a great place to take your family for a picnic with no crowd to disturb the serenity or just take yourself and thoughts to acquire that “inner peace”.

INCREDIBLE FLORA AND FAUNA

See through waters of lake tekapo

If you are that nature lover like myself that brightens up at the sight of flowers and sheep, you will love this country even more so. With so many indigenous varieties of plants and other life forms exclusive to New Zealand it is a treat to spot them every now and then because high proportion of these species are found no where else on the planet. From exploring the incredible glow worm caves and viewing kiwis (the birds) in their natural habitat to spotting 10,000 year old trees and carpets of lupins in colours unimaginable it all comes down to being a place that is every nature lover’s dream. To know where and how to spot Lupines, click HERE.

 BREATH-TAKING HIKE PATHS

Magical colours of Lake Pukaki. (Our favourite lake in the region.)

Lets talk about the versatility of this country; scenic road trips is not your way of doing the country, then do ’em scenic hikes which are fulfilling and great way to explore some out of sight locations. And, the paths that lead to these beautiful sites just as breath taking at every point. There are many local companies which organise these group hiking tours and are best done with experienced guides. With terrains and landscapes like this there are many hikes to choose from depending on your fitness level to your preferred destination.


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24 Comments

        1. Oh Milford sound was surreal! Beautiful waterfalls, Wild dolphins and sun bathing seals; sealed it all for us 😃
          Book your cruise accordingly because ours served delicious carrot cakes!

  1. There’s so much to see in NZ and we definitely need to go back to see the places we missed. This list gives me great reasons to put it back on the list.

  2. New Zealand is certainly amazing, as is Iceland, but if you want a trip with nearly all of the the same adventure and scenery for half the price, then you should check out Canada’s most westerly province: British Columbia. Admittedly, I live here (so I’m trying hard not to be biased) BUT I couldn’t help but notice while in both Iceland and New Zealand, that I had spent a whole lot of money to visit a place that reminded me non-stop of my backyard.

    Anyway, this was a great article and I’m not trying to downplay New Zealand in any way. I’m only trying to give my awesome corner of the world some exposure beyond the usual tourist stops.

    Enjoyed the read, thanks 🙂

    1. Firstly, thank you for taking out the time to share your thoughts on this. 😊
      Biased or not you are most definitely right. Some parts/outbacks of Canada are simply stunning and you are one lucky guy to call that beauty your backyard!
      The hikes to these lakes and mountains must be all so worth it. I can imagine how you must have felt about NZ being excessively expensive and anything but extraordinary for you.
      I think every place that is somewhat similar to the other has something unique to offer that lures different travelers for different reasons. For me other than the beautiful landscape and adventure sports it was a lot about the delicious WINE as well!
      However, you bet your Canada pushing skills have worked and it is on my priority list now before the entire world catches up 😁

      1. If you ever do make it over here, I’ll gladly give you the scoop on where to go. We’ve got a whole lot more than the guidebooks suggest, you just have to drive a little

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  4. That view of Lake Pukaki is precious. One could live with it. New Zealand is indeed a stunning country, a conclusion gathered through photos and accounts such as yours.

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