Reason 1: The Countryside
New Zealand stretches over 2 main islands, North & South, and encompasses about 600 smaller islands. Because of its length of about 1600 km. (990 miles) from tip to tip, its diversity is great. There are lush green pastures and rolling hills dotted with sheep, rain forests, and active volcanoes and geysers. Along its 9,300 miles of coastline, it sports beautiful beaches and breath-taking fjords depending on where you are. It is like a journey to several countries with dramatically different landscapes, but you are visiting only one.
Reason 2. No Worries Travel
There’s little to worry about in your journeys around the country. Act with caution as you would anywhere including at home. You don’t have to drink bottled water, or look askance at street vendors, or pass by public washrooms. New Zealand is safe and clean. Out in the country if you are hiking or biking, there is no dangerous wildlife or snakes. Public transport is available, easy to use, and again, clean. If you must travel from the north to the south, flights are available and under two hours. If you rent a car, one thing to remember and it might take getting used to, is the driving is on the left.
Reason 3: Its People
Believe it or not, this country was one of the last settled places on earth. It wasn’t until the 13th century that Polynesians made a landfall. The Maori culture is their legacy. Colonization by Europeans began in the 17th century. Today New Zealand is part of the British Commonwealth and the official languages are English and Maori. Known as “Kiwis”, New Zealanders are friendly, outgoing, and sporty people in general which makes it a delight to interact with them on your visit. They will always make you feel welcome.