New Zealand Tourism
If you think of one country that has it all- natural splendour, wide array of flora and fauna, new age amenities and lots of sightseeing options, the name of New Zealand won’t be far from your lips. With a pristine environment painted a relaxing-green by nature, this nation is both accepting and peaceful, not to mention how hospitable, making it a wonderful place to visit at least once in your lifetime. A truly winsome country which is bestowed with perhaps, nature’s best, this island nation is one place any serious traveller would definitely add to their bucket list.
Currency: New Zealand Dollar ($)
Population: 4.693 million
Time Zone: GMT +13:00
Area: 268,021 km
Official Language: English and Maori
Capital's calling code: +64
New Zealand has long been one of the major tourist attraction in the whole world. Tourism in New Zealand soars, and part of the credit goes to the impeccably beautiful natural vegetation and the hills present in the country. One thing which can be said about New Zealand is that it is very close to nature. Experiencing this beautiful nature of New Zealand is a treat. Nature has always played a huge hand in New Zealand tourism. In fact, it is because of the presence of the beautiful nature here that many Hollywood movies have been shot here. New Zealand offers the perfect scenery that you might look for in a fantasy land.
There are many mountains present in the country and majority of those peaks are snow laden. These snow-laden peaks enable the residents of New Zealand to carry out some really fun snow activities and sports. Skiing, sledding, ice skating, are some of the most common sporting activities you can do in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the front-runners in all the sectors of the sporting world.
Located to the south of Australia, New Zealand is an island country located in the south-western part of Pacific Ocean. It has two prime islands which are both marked by many volcanoes and also features glaciations. Being an island country is what works in the favour of New Zealand. The coastline of the country is about 12,000 km long, making it one of the best places to visit if you are fond of beaches, water sports as well as leisurely spending time on the seaside.
The Southern Alps is the largest mountain range in the country and divides the South Islands of New Zealand. It is a 500 km long range and the highest peak of the Southern Alps is Mount Cook which is 3,754 meters high. Barriers and Canyons are what which makes the natural terrains and hills of New Zealand stand out from the rest of the world. Mount Taranaki, Mount Tasman, Mount Ruapehu are some of the tallest peaks present here. New Zealand is probably the only country on the planet where you can find volcanoes in really large numbers. Most of the volcanoes present here have been dormant for a number of centuries, but a rare proportion of them are active also. Beside the dormant volcanoes, you can also find lush green lands and amazing vegetation. The lush green lands coupled with the dormant volcanoes offer a stunning picturesque view to the tourists. Due to this outstanding view, visiting these dormant volcanoes are often considered to be amongst best sites in New Zealand.
The history of New Zealand dates back to around 700 years. It was when the Polynesians discovered the islands and settled here to develop a new form of culture based on kinship which we now known as Maori culture. The country was first sighted on December 13th 1642 by a European explorer, named Abel Tasman who was a Dutch Navigator. It was only after 127 long years that another European explorer, Captain James Cook, visited the land in 1769.
The 18th and 19th Century then saw many of such visits which later led to a 20 years long war, that broke out in 1860, since both British and French found the land to be apt for their trade and colonisation. Much of the Maori land was either confiscated or bought off to clear the originally forest area to make way for gold mines, in Otago and West Coast (1861), railways and farmland. Later, declining the offer to join Australian Federation in 1901, New Zealand finally emerged as an independent nation in 1907.
Although it is not a very large country, New Zealand is a home to about 4.7 million friendly and hospitable people.
New Zealand is the most secular country on the planet. Approximately 50% of the population does not follow any religion in New Zealand. The religious culture is one thing which you should definitely explore during your stay in New Zealand. Amongst the people who follow any religion, the majority of them follow Christianity. Therefore, there are numerous churches present in the country. A minority portion of the population follows different religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. You can also find different kinds of religious sites like temples, mosques, and monasteries during your New Zealand tourism.
New Zealand Dollar ($) is the only currency accepted in New Zealand. The denominations are $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and coins 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2.
Cost and Money
Budget: A daily budget of around INR 9500 INR is sufficient for an accommodation in dorm beds or at campsites, meals at small eateries and travelling by Naked Bus for exploring NZ or InterCity Bus Pass too.
Mid-Range: A budget of about INR 9,500 INR to 15,000 INR will be needed for a stay in a mid-range motel or hotel, meals in a mid-range restaurant and exploring NZ by a rented car.
Luxury: A daily budget of more than INR 15,000 is required for a stay at a top-end hotel, meals at a fine dining restaurant and travelling via domestic flights.
ATMs can be widely found in most cities and larger towns. Credit cards are accepted by almost every restaurant, hotel and major retail shops. Tipping is optional in New Zealand and only the total bill is required to be paid. You can however pay 5-10% of the bill as a tip for good service.
I cannot forget my experience of skydiving in Wanaka. Thomas Cook had ensured that they’ll make all the bookings in prior and arrange proper facilities and time for training. Falling from this height is really safe and there is no reason to fear if you have such experts managing your trip and looking after all your needs.
How we changed our mind from Australia to less popular and quaint New Zealand is a secret, only Thomas Cook would know. Their packages and way of presenting them is really unique and shows their experience. I would really like to visit Te Anau and its glow-worm caves one more time. The Lord of the rings tours were also incredible and really satisfying.
Our honeymoon trip to New Zeeland was managed and prepared by Thomas Cook and their team. This 8 day trip took us to some of the exquisite locations in the country. My wife really loved Bungee Jumping in Nevis, Queenstown and I found Ziplining more interesting. Apart from this, travelling through the beautiful Southern Alps is no match. Everything was extremely professional and well organized.