Situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the island country of New Zealand has recently grabbed one of the top spots on every traveller’s bucket list. Whether its varied topography with mountains, islands and beaches, or its small towns with a laid back charm, the country has something for everyone. And with recent guidelines being updated, New Zealand has decided to open up its borders for the world, permitting travellers from April 2022 onwards. And if the country has long been on your radar, here are five places in pictures that you should definitely put on your bucket list:
Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Often described as New Zealand’s greatest day walk, this hike is an experience of a lifetime. One can witness flowing lava, an active crater, emerald-coloured lakes, panoramic views and much more here. It is advisable to be prepared for the changing weather conditions here.
Watch the Oceans at Cape Reinga
If you’re a fan of the crystal clear waters stretching till the horizon then Cape Reinga is perfect for you. At the northern most point in the country witness two oceans meet.
Soak in the Hot Pools
While hot springs might be common phenomenon, a hot pool under the sand is something definitely worth exploring. The water at the Hot Water beach is exactly that experience. Dig up a hot pool yourself between the high and low tide mark here and cherish a beach spa.
Indulge in Wine Tasting on Waiheke
Waiheke Island is one of the most famous islands in the country and rightly so. One can sip on the country’s finest wines here and that too overlooking the sea. Waiheke is also home to vineyards, olive groves, beaches and cafes.
Absorb the Maori culture
Rotorua is the country’s cultural centre and it is here that you can visit a pre-European Maori village and cherish a delectable hangi feast too. Did we mention the thermal pools yet?