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Things to Do in New Zealand
Activities and Adventure
For those who want breathtaking adventure can indulge themselves in jumping, sky diving, white-water rafting, jet-boating and helicopter adventures. The Waitomo Caves gives the opportunity for black water rafting under a galaxy of glow-worms. Whereas for those who love extreme adventure can try out rock climbimg and abseiling. You can also have a conducted glacier trek or view the majestic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers from a flight. Kaikoura in South Island is the bed for the whale watching industry where you can get to see the giant sperm whales. In addition to it other activities that are offered includes horse riding, safaris, quad bikes, hot-air balloons and kayaking.
On a tour to New Zealand one would be amazed to find its immaculate scenic beauty. It is a popular destination for the skiers, anglers and trampers. The other attractions of the land include innumerable theme parks, zoos aquariums, observatories, museum, galleries, historical sites and Maori culture performances. People aged above 20 years can also try out their luck at the famous casino. The most striking feature of New Zealand is its green and clean image backed by the environmental policies.
Before planning a holiday to New Zealand one should know that the people here love to celebrate their regional diversity and national achievements. A number of events celebrated annually includes Montana World of Wearable Awards (mid-September), Napier's Art Deco Weekend (mid-February), Auckland's Pacifica (mid-March) and Marlborough's wine festival (mid-February). Weekly events consist of an Agricultural and Pastoral show, an art exhibition, triathlon, orchestra recital, play or cultural performance.
Ethnic Restaurants could be found in major towns and cities of New Zealand. A famous cuisine style popular here is the Pacific Rim, which is a blend of Pacific and Asian flavors with that of Anglo Saxon. The Chefs are innovative in their approach and emphasizes on fresh and quality ingredients while making dishes. New Zealand has a reputation of providing world-class wines and its Sauvignon Blanc is known as the finest, worldwide.
There is something for all age groups with innumerable nightclubs, restaurants and bars. The young pub-going crowd loves to hear to live bands whereas the more matured ones attend the jazz venues. And if you are attracted to thrills and excitement of the nightlife you must try and visit the gaming tables and machines of the casino. One thing to be kept in mind before attending a casino is that one should be above 20 years. Restaurants, live music and dancing are also present in some of the casinos.
The regular retail outlets coexist with modern hi-fashioned malls. Factory outlet centers sell well-known brands for all age groups including shoes, accessories and music. They give 70% off compared to the retail shops. A number of designer boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops as well as art and craft shops are spread throughout the country.
The conducted tour offers sightseeing along with farm, fishing, wine and movie set tours. In addition to this one can also experience train journeys, cruises, sand safaris, with tours to historic places and factory. One can choose from a wide range of tours from the large national enterprises to small, family-run businesses.
Walk the Routeburn Track
New Zealand's stunning scenery makes walking one of the country's top activities. One of the best regions is Fiordland National Park, simply because no other area matches its beauty. There are four major tracks - the Milford, Kepler, Routeburn and Hollyford - and though the Milford is the most famous, the Routeburn is shorter and has more varied scenery.
The track follows a 24-mile route through two World Heritage Areas - through forested valleys rich with birdlife, waterfalls, turquoise-blue rivers, deep green lakes and spectacular mountain scenery. You can walk independently or as part of a guided group, usually over three days . The path has four huts and two campsites so advance booking is essential.
Visit Wanaka
Wanaka and its eponymous lake are places you'll want to return to again and again. The town is laid-back and a great place to spend some downtime, especially compared to its more action-packed neighbour, Queenstown.
Wanaka, sheltered behind the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand, is the ideal holiday destination. There is something for everyone, whatever your age, ability or sense of adventure. From fishing to flightseeing, tramping to tennis, horsetrekking to heli skiing, goldpanning to golfing. Close to the Mount Aspiring National Park, the area is a natural paradise.
Wanaka is about one hours drive from Queenstown. However, while the pace of life here is far more sedate and less huried than in Queenstown, Wanaka features many of the same high adrenalin activities and adventures. So if you want to do your paragliding, jetboating or rap jumping in a more quiet and secluded atmosphere, Wanaka may just be the place.
Swim with dolphins and watch whales
Off Kaikoura on South Island, a mixture of very deep water and the mixing of warm and cold currents forces nutrients to the surface, providing a rich habitat for a variety of marine life. This in turn means visitors can see sperm whales, dolphins and seabirds such as the royal albatross.
Join the Maori-owned Whale Watch Kaikoura, which runs up to 15 sailings a day, or Haka Tours, which has teamed up with Dolphin Encounter for dolphin-watching and swimming.
Stay at Blanket Bay
New Zealand has a fine selection of luxury lodges, but Blanket Bay is the finest, a magnificent retreat situated on Lake Wakatipu on a 65,000-acre high country farm, with quintessential South Island lake and mountain views. There are five guest rooms and three suites, two chalets housing an additional two suites. Swimming pool, steam rooms, games room, wine cave, Jacuzzi and an exhaustive selection of adventures and excursions are available. Jet-boating from Blanket Bay's private jetty is especially memorable.
Enjoy Abel Tasman National Park
A stunningly beautiful area, the park has sandy beaches lapped by clear waters and lush green bushland, inhabited by an abundance of wildlife.
You can hike the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a mixture of bush walking and gentle climbs, with water taxis to pick you up at various places, enabling you to pick and choose the sections you want to hike (or you could kayak along the shoreline). Staying at Awaroa Lodge is highly recommended, a perfectly situated place from which to explore the park and enjoy superb organic food.
Enjoy Christchurch
Christchurch is a perfect gateway for much of the South Island, but is worth a stay in its own right. Enjoy - among other things - the many bars and restaurants, the outstanding Christchurch Art Gallery, Hagley Park and the majestic Botanical Gardens.
Go Skiing
New Zealand easily adapts to its seasons so that summer hiking destinations turn effortlessly into winter playgrounds for skiers and snowboarders. Wilderness walking, tramping and climbing are also widely available. Try guided backcountry heli-skiing, where you are flown to out-of-the-way spots and escorted to the best runs.
Sail in the Bay of Islands 
The Bay of Islands is a stunning part of North Island. With its secluded coves and beaches and crystal-clear water, the area is a favourite holiday spot for many locals. Head to the town of Paihia and join a serene sailing trip around the bay. If you’re lucky, you might spot some dolphins and penguins.
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