For many, the appeal of travelling in New Zealand is seeing and experiencing the untouched and untamed nature throughout the varying landscapes of mountains, volcanic plateaus, farmland, glaciers, fiords and native forest.
From idyllic white-sand beaches on the east coast to the glistening black sand of the rugged west coast, and right from the sub-tropical Bay of Islands in the north to the glaciated slopes of Fiordland in the south, New Zealand is a country of contrasts. This diversity has made New Zealand world-renowned for countless exhilarating activities set in remarkable natural surroundings.
Throughout both the North and South Islands there are beautiful spaces set aside as recreational reserves and gardens, including Christchurch Botanic Gardens – a city oasis with a showcase of flora and fauna and the Hamilton Gardens, which feature Te Parapara, New Zealand’s first traditional Maori garden. There are 14 national parks throughout the country offering all the wonders of nature; take the time to enjoy the scenery and experience it with all senses on a walking tour through the spectacular native forests. New Zealand’s coastal playgrounds offer the opportunity to get up close with a variety of marine wildlife for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.