New Zealand boasts an unparalleled landscape and experience for travellers to experience; with cascading waterfalls, fjords, hot water springs, steaming geysers as well as untamed wildernesses, clear beaches and majestic glaciers all offering something different to experience.
New Zealand boasts an abundance of diverse flora and fauna that rival any in the world, from national parks and forests, walking tracks, coastal reserves and maritime areas to their vast national parks and coastal reserves.
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hobbiton Movie Set, home of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins from Middle Earth, should not be missed by fans of Middle Earth. Situated just outside Matamata in New Zealand, this film set was constructed for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Sir Peter Jackson and his crew selected their location following an aerial search – it is an idyllic sheep farm which features lakes, mills, and several other features that were ideal for use as movie sets.
Visitors to this permanent attraction can take guided tours of its movie set. Visitors will gain insight into its history and construction while discovering where certain scenes were filmed – children will love this tour while adults will also find it captivating!
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo, New Zealand’s North Island town renowned for its glowworm caves. A mere 2.5-hour journey from Auckland, this nature lover-friendly destination makes an excellent day trip.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves are an incredible natural wonderland filled with hundreds of thousands of glowworms known as Arachnocampa luminosa that light up their cave ceilings to attract mates and lay eggs.
Waitomo Caves consist of three main caves – Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave – formed over millions of years by underground water seepage activity.
Tours of the Waitomo Caves include a boat trip along the Waitomo River where thousands of glowworms light up the sky above you. In addition, tours visit Cathedral Cave, famed for its acoustics and impressive formations.
Rotorua’s Agrodome is an outstanding New Zealand attraction and should not be missed when visiting this city. A working farm where visitors can learn all about New Zealand agriculture while meeting friendly animals.
Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley offers great shopping for wool products as well as geothermal activities, like boiling mud pools and shooting steam, that you can experience during a walk through its geothermal region.
Since 1972, when its founding by champion shearer Godfrey Bowen and farmer George Harford, The Agrodome has become an immensely popular tourist attraction. This educational museum provides information about agriculture while featuring shearing displays and sheep dog trials for visitors.
Agrodome provides activities for kids and adults of all ages at its facility, from popular Sheep Show and Farm Tour events to thrilling adventure activities like bungy jumping, swoop and freefall extreme. A great way to spend a day together as a family.
Bay of Islands
New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is one of its most beloved travel destinations, boasting 144 islands connected by miles-long sandy beaches and rugged shorelines – an idyllic retreat for sailing, fishing and coastal hikers alike.
Paihia, the main tourist hub of the Bay of Islands, serves as an ideal starting point for exploring all that this region has to offer. Situated three hours north of Auckland, Paihia serves as an excellent launching pad for an array of exciting activities!
If you’re in search of something more daring, Cape Brett offers a two-day one-night trail which leads to one of the most beautiful DOC huts in Canada.
Experience an unforgettable journey when you take a helicopter tour over Cape Brett, Russell and Waitangi towns. Your narrated tour provides insight into these regions’ histories while taking in their beautiful cliffs and beaches.