In the second edition of the Travellers Tales series, Ellannah Sharman gives us her top 5 recommendations for the adventure of a lifetime in New Zealand:
1. My number one place to see in New Zealand definitely has to be Queenstown. It’s the adrenaline capital, has great food, is surrounded by beautiful mountains and there are hundreds of activities available to ensure you’re never bored. My top recommendation for Queenstown would be to be brave and do the AJ Hackett Nevis Swing and Bungy jump as they are the biggest in the world and will definitely make your trip a memorable one! Even if you’re not visiting in summertime, Queenstown still has plenty to do as in winter, the area transforms into a ski resort with plenty of picturesque snowy mountains to ski or snowboard down. Some of the best food in New Zealand can also be found in Queenstown. The famous Ferg Burger does not fail to deliver, as shown by the sometimes hour long queues to even get your hands on one- but it’s well worth the wait!
Fat Badgers also has 20 inch pizzas that will help to take your mind off your aching legs after completing one of the many free hikes Queenstown also has to offer. Ben Loman is one of the best and hardest you can do in Queenstown, promising 360 degree views over the whole town on a clear day.
2. From Queenstown, you can also travel down to Milford Sound which is a must see when in New Zealand! For once the weather forecast is irrelevant as come rain or shine, Milford Sound is beautiful and boat trips will take you out onto the fjord to get you up close and even underneath some of the most amazing waterfalls.
3. Kaikoura is another amazing place that promises to show you New Zealand in all its glory. Here you can find wild seals laying on the rocks and spot whales in the ocean which is something you don’t get to see every day back home in the UK.
4. The North island is also a beautiful area to explore. The Bay of Islands is probably one of the warmer places you can visit and the sandy beaches there make it easy to relax after travelling through the activity filled South Island. You can also take the ferry over to the other islands in the bay or take day trips by boat to see and swim with the wild dolphins there.
5. Finally, immersing yourself in New Zealand’s culture is also important to learn about the native Maori people and their history as well as the history of this incredible country. The Tamaki Maori Village is an amazing experience and they even invite you to stay the night in a traditional Maori house where you will be spoiled all evening with delicious food, lively performances and stories of their culture.