Where to go in New Zealand.
Here are my absolute favourite and most inspiring destination picks for New Zealand. Firstly as mentioned time was tight. I will stick to the North island so that you can really capture so mind blowing sights and experience some jaw dropping experiences.
Place number 1: Rotarua
Rotorua is actually only half an our from my home town Tauranga however when asked of my favourite destinations I would pick this place by far regardless of the smell (rotten eggs) , there is so much there and its not just for tourists, as a native I go there so often just to appreciate the unbelievable sights there are, some of these include the most incredible geothermal valley. Below is a photo of just one of the stunning views and you are so close you can touch them, not that you want to they are over 100 degrees hot. It somewhere I would go ten times over and still be blown away.
Whakarewarewa thermal valley
You can also experience some traditional Maori culture in Rotarua from watching the Haka live and many other shows that will give you a good idea about the culture of New Zealand, I am proud that my country has embraced the culture rather than shut them out. Its such a beautiful language and culture. You can also try a hangi, please don’t miss out on this, it is the best food you will ever eat, you can see how they are made in my hang video I made when I learnt how to make one. Link below:
Next is black water rafting this is in Taupo, you can see the amazing lake here and experience something that you couldn’t have dreamed of.
Delving deep under ground through caves and in the best way possible, on black tubes. If you can’t deal with cold water maybe you should stay clear but honestly its worth it. The glow worms just light the room and you just lay in oar.
I’ve done it twice and I will do it again.
If you love lord of the rings like I do you will want to visit Matamata which was actually renamed as the home of Hobbiton. You can’t go to New Zealand and miss out on this.
These are my recommendations for the moment, if you have other requests I am happy to offer my time.