New Zealand is an island country which has two primary islands, the North Island and the South Island. The North Island is the more developed island where most of the population lives and the South Island is less developed but has more diverse and dramatic nature. New Zealand is a country for nature lovers and has stunning natural beauty everywhere that you look. Both islands have beautiful nature to see but the nature that makes up the two islands are completely different.
In my opinion, the North Island has more urban activities to do and the South Island has more nature related activities to do. I feel the best way to describe New Zealand is to separate it into four different topics which are the North Island, South Island and the amazing nature.
Most people don’t travel to New Zealand because they are excited about the food but New Zealand has some very unique foods that should absolutely be tried when visiting. Some of the foods that New Zealanders eat today are native to the islands and other specialties are Māori cuisine and cuisines with British origins.
Some of the foods that everyone should eat when traveling to New Zealand are:
The North Island is has beautiful rolling hills that remain green all year. The scenery is beautiful and on the surface it may look a little boring but don’t let that fool you. The North Island has some very special natural features that should be seen when visited. The two natural features that can be seen in the North Island are the Waitomo Glow Worms and the Rotorura thermal formations.
The South Island is better known for its extreme sports but the North Island has just as much adrenalin rushing activities. A few things that might be fun to do are zorbing, bungee jumping off the Harbour Bridge, hiking to the top of the Harbour Bridge or Tower Jumping off the Sky Tower.
New Zealand predominately consists of smaller towns but there are two major cities in New Zealand and they are both located in the North Island.
Auckland is by far the most known city in New Zealand but the capital is located in Wellington which is the second largest city in New Zealand. Most people know very little of the things that can be seen in New Zealand’s cities but there are lots of activities to keep visitors busy.
My list of must see attractions on the North Island are a combination of nature, city sites and entertainment. The list below are the places and activities that I think are the best attractions on the North Island.
My favorite experiences on the North Island was spending the day touring the Hobbiton Movie Set. Walking around the set instantly brought back visions of Frodo and Sam, Bilbo Baggins and of course Gandalf. It was fun to see the Hobbit Holes, the charming Hobbit village and to just enjoy being in a truly beautiful setting.
With just a little imagination, it was easy to hear the sounds of the Hobbit village and remember some of my favorite scenes from the Lord of the Rings Move. Of course, visions of Gandalf’s fireworks at the Bilbo’s part kept popping into my head.
One of the parts that I enjoyed the most was that there were so many really great photo ops. There are places to interact with the movie props and to get up close to the Hobbit Holes. Our favorite photo op was to stand inside the door of the Hobbit Hole and welcome our visitors.
After visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set, I wanted to watch the movie again just to see if I would notice anything new from the set.
The South Island is thought of as being the prettier of the two islands and I think that it is hard to argue against it. The South Island also has beautiful rolling green hills but it has some of the most diverse natural beauty that I have seen in a small area. If you want to see natural beauty there is no better place to go than the South Island. Some of the natural features that can be seen in the South Island are fiords, glaciers, snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and raging rivers.
In addition to being an outdoor lover’s paradise, the South Island is known for being a pioneer in extreme sports. The South Island is where bungee jumping and shallow water speed boating started. Queenstown is known as the adrenalin and adventure capital of the world.
The South Island doesn’t have the big cities that the North Island has but many of the towns in the South Island are nice art communities featuring nice original works from local artists.
My list of must see attractions on the South Island are a completely nature sites. The list below are the places and activities that I think are the best attractions on the South Island.
When it comes to beautiful scenery, it is hard to find a more picturesque place on the South Island than Milford Sound. It is a beautiful sight to see the steep mountains rise up from the calm waters where they quickly become covered with lush green vegetation then as the mountain continues higher into the sky, suddenly the vegetation give way to white snow covered mountain tops.
The Fjords are probably the most famous natural attractions in the country but the south island is loaded with attractions for nature lovers to enjoy.
The west coast is covered in a temperate lush rainforest which ferns and mosses growing on the trees. The east coast is a dramatic contrast to the west coast but I think it is equally beautiful just less rugged. The highlights of the east coast are rolling hills, calm harbors, seaside towns, springtime colors, unusual rock formations and scenic ocean views.
Although New Zealand is a relatively small country it has an unexpected amount of amazing nature. There is so much to see that it will take you several trips just to see all of the different types of nature that New Zealand has to offer. The following is a brief descriptions of the different types of nature that can be seen in New Zealand.