#travel new zealand
Introducing New Zealand
There are not many locations on this lonely world where travelers are so nicely catered for — in terms of the artificial enticements and splendours of this natural world.
Why I Love New Zealand
By Charles Rawlings-Way, Writer
As an English-born Australian, every visit to New Zealand presents a mix of cultures and landscapes that’s at once comfortable and quirkily distinct. The rolling hills and hedgerows of Devonshire collude with the irreverent, easy-going locals to disarm, distract and delight. Māori civilization is potent, the surf is world class, as well as the beer is amazing! NZ presents the very best of new and old worlds using social and ecological sensibility: a template for a new world order? I love NZ!
Food, Wine & Beer
Kiwi food was a dull echo of a British Sunday dinner, however nowadays NZ chefs find inspiration in new-world culinary oceans, especially the Pacific using its rich seafood and encompassing cuisines. And do not go home without attempting a few Māori faves: paua (abalone), kina (sea urchin) and kumara (sweet potato) make regular menu looks. Thirsty? NZ’s cool-climate wineries have been collecting wine-award trophies for decades now, and the country’s craft-beer scene is booming. Contemporary coffee culture can be firmly entrenched.
The New ‘Big Easy’
Forget New Orleans… NZ can freely claim the ‘Big Easy’ crown for the absolute simplicity of travel here. This isn’t a location in which you experience many on-the-road frustrations: buses and buses run on time; streets are in good shape; ATMs proliferate; pickpockets, scam sellers and bedbug-ridden hostels are few and far between; and the food is not likely to send you running for the nearest public bathrooms (usually tidy and stocked with the necessary paper). And there are no snakes, and just one poisonous spider — the uncommon katipo — sightings of which are considered fortunate. This good state is a location where you can unwind and enjoy (rather than endure) your vacation.
If you are even remotely interested in rugby, you will have noticed of NZ’s all-conquering All Blacks, who’d not have become world-beaters with their formidable Māori gamers. But this is only one example of how Māori culture impresses itself on contemporary Kiwi life: over NZ you can hear Māori language, watch Māori TV, visit main-street marae (meeting houses), then join a hangi (Māori feast) or even catch a cultural operation with conventional Māori tune, dance and typically a blood-curdling haka (war dance). You may draw the line in thinking ta moko, conventional Māori tattooing (frequently applied to the face area ).
Walk on the Wild Side
You will find only 4.5 thousand New Zealanders, scattered over 270,534 sq km: bigger compared to the UK using one-fourteenth the population. Participating in the gaps are the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that have made NZ among the greatest hiking (locals call it ‘tramping’) destinations around Earth. Tackle among nine heroic ‘Great Walks’– you’ve probably heard about this Heaphy and Milford Tracks — or even only spend a few dreamy hours wandering through some easily accessible wilderness.