Most tourists who have visited New Zealand will recommend Queenstown as being a town everyone must visit. Marketed as a city for adrenalin seekers, Queenstown certainly offers that and much more. If you only intend to bungy jump, sky dive or go white water rafting once in your lifetime, Queenstown is certainly the place to do it. One of the memorable images that will stay in your memory long after you leave Queenstown is it's beautiful scenery â€“ set amidst a backdrop of an impressive mountain range called 'The Remarkables', Queenstown offers great hiking trails and fly fishing, all within reach of a beautiful view of Lake Wakatipu. In addition to this, Queenstown has built its reputation as being a premier destination for skiers and snowboarders who make a pilgrimage to the nearby ski fields each winter. If you only visit one New Zealand town and have an adventurous spirit, Queenstown should be at the top of your list.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is located on the northern tip of the North Island and is definitely a must see region of New Zealand. Located 60 kilometres north-west of Whangarei, the Bay of Islands is popular worldwide for its fishing, dolphin watching, beautiful scenery and popularity as a sailing destination. The Bay of Islands was also rated by marine legend Jacques Cousteu as one of the best diving spots in the world. You should visit the Bay of Islands for a number of reasons: maybe you want to learn how to sail or go swimming with dolphins. Alternatively, you might want to visit just to unwind and take in the sights and eat at local restaurants or visit nearby wineries. Either way, you won't regret your decision to visit this beautiful place.
Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations. Why? Well it offers tourists the rare opportunity to visit numerous geothermal geysers and mud pools. When you drive into Rotorua for the first time you realise the town has a peculiar smell â€“ which is the result of hydrogen sulphide emissions, giving it a 'rotten egg' stench. You will quickly get used to it though and be amazed at its beauty and what it has to offer. Built around 17 lakes, Rotorua is a water lover's paradise, with many fishing and waterskiing activities also bound to keep many tourists happy. In addition to this, Rotorua has a famous luge circuit, which will provide fun for people of all ages.
Most people will say that Auckland is like any other 'big city'. It has a big city feel to it too â€“ a commercially dense downtown area with numerous high rises and skyscrapers, a large sprawl of residential areas and awful traffic through the inner city if you decide to commute during peak hour. However, Auckland has blossomed in recent decades as a liveable, culturally diverse city that acts as New Zealand's primary business and cultural hub. Take a stroll through Auckland's numerous boutique shopping districts such as Ponsonby, Parnell or Newmarket and you will be surprised by the many unique shops and bargains you will find. When visiting Auckland make sure you get out on the water â€“ take a cruise on Auckland's harbour and you'll soon find out why the city is named the 'City of Sails'.