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New Zealand’s Best Travel Destinations Revealed

For many travellers, New Zealand is a dream destination to travel to. It’s far away, full of pristine natural habitats and has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

It’s also an incredible destination to take some time exploring as a local. Packed full of breathtaking mountains, lush rainforests, islands, rivers and coves, New Zealand is full of wonders that many people probably have no idea are on their doorstep. While the world is in lockdown, why not take some time to explore your own backyard? Take a look at some of New Zealand’s best destinations to visit and start planning your dream trip around Aotearoa today.

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Bay of Islands, North Island

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Located just 3-hours north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is a scenic destination in New Zealand for anyone who wants to get out amongst nature. One of the most popular destinations for New Zealanders and tourists alike to explore, the Bay of Islands consists of 144 islands sprinkled around a picturesque bay full of sparkling blue waters and marine life. The Bay is a haven for sailing and yachting and offers plenty of gorgeous spots such as lush rainforests, secluded coves and island trails to explore. It’s the perfect place to feel like you’re escaping to another country while still only being a few hours’ drive from home.

Waiheke Island

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A quick 30-minute boat trip from Auckland, Waiheke Island is one of the best destinations to visit in New Zealand if you’re a wine connoisseur. The small island boasts a lot of vineyards that produce some fantastic wines. Book in a wine tasting trip with one of the local experts and have someone drive you around some of the best vineyards on the island. Waiheke Island is also home to spectacular food, beautiful beaches, a thriving art scene and olive groves. Spend a few days here and you’ll never want to return to the mainland. Waiheke is particularly convenient for Auckland locals, but it’s also well worth the trip for anyone who wants a weekend away from real life.

Franz Josef Glacier, South Island

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The Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most popular destinations in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Flowing at infinitesimal speeds from some of the highest peaks in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. The glacier can be explored on foot and it’s recommended to book a guided tour through the landscape of ice caves at the base of the glacier. If you’ve never found the time to visit before, why not make the trip now while the Glacier is relatively quiet?

Rotorua, North Island

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Famed for its hot pools, Rotorua is one of the most active geothermal regions in the world. Many locals will tell you that it’s a sight to be seen and they aren’t joking. Consider a walking tour of the geothermal wonders where you’ll get to experience everything from boiling mud pools and volcanic craters to thermal springs and famous geysers. Not only is it full of volcanic wonders, but adventure enthusiasts will also have plenty to do here. Rotorua is popular for sky diving, trout fishing, luging and mountain biking to name just a few of the activities on offer. This is the perfect destination for Kiwis who want to get out of the big cities and have a weekend where they have almost any activity at their fingertips.

Travelling around New Zealand can sometimes be difficult, especially if you don’t know the area well. Many parts of the country don’t have great mobile coverage, or any at all, due to the distances between towns and destinations and the great swathes of land that are inhabited by nothing but nature and animals. If you are planning on getting out and about and visiting some of the more remote regions of your homeland, consider investing in something like the ZOLEO Satellite Communicator to ensure you’ll always have mobile reception during your travels.

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