Need a getaway? Go to New Zealand

New Zealand is a country consisting of two islands  that is filled with natural beauty, volcanoes and glaciation. It is also a famously known location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films. It is the ideal trip if you want to fuel your adrenaline and take on adventure.

Milford Sound    Photographer: Commons/Robin Capper

Start your journey by making way to New Zealand’s South Island. This island is an ideal starting point as it has the most beautiful sighting you can possibly witness; the Milford Sound. Sail through this ‘eighth Wonder of the World’ or take a hike up this glorious and magnificent fiord and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere whilst being in the nature and glacial surroundings. You will surely see some wildlife too such as penguins, dolphins, whales, seals and birds in their lush rain forests. Milford Sound is located in Fiordland National Park, which is one of the largest in New Zealand.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves   Photographer: Commons/2il org

Head over to New Zealand’s North Island and visit the Waitomo Caves. This small village has a solutional cave system which has the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves along with many others. Take a guided tour to the three levels of this cave or take a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto that leads onto the underground Waitomo River, where the little glowworms create a bright canvas of light on the dark limestone walls.

Fancy a thrilling experience? Why not go kayaking at Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove). This incredible Marine Reserve is 2,100 acres wide and is also linked to Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay. Just picture yourself being surrounded by nothing but the crystal blue cool waters, pale white sand and the hot sun shining in your face. Explore the large, deep cave that is an iconic spot for films and music videos such as Narnia. Familiarize yourself with the sea life, by doing water activities such as snorkelling or diving.

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Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove)  Photographer: Commons/Takver

If you’re a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films then it is vital to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set. This picturesque private farmland has been recreated to look exactly the same as the film sets. If you take the guided tour, you will be able to see features from the film set such as the Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and the double arched bridge. The director Peter Jackson first spotted the Alexander Farm as the ideal film location whilst he was doing an aerial search in New Zealand’s North Island in 1999.

The Hobbiton Movie Set   Photographer: Commons/Tom Hall




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