New Zealand: The Ultimate Travel Guide by TourRadar 5/5

Embark on a journey where you can retrace
the footsteps of the Fellowship, enjoy epic adventures of your own and experience legends
come to life. From its active volcanoes, deep glacier lakes,
unique wildlife and dazzling fjords, one thing’s for sure, in this nation of Kiwis there will
never be a dull moment. Steady yourself as TourRadar’s Ultimate
Travel Guide reveals everything you need to know about this truly remote island paradise. So travellers, are you ready? Welcome to New Zealand. Let’s start with the basics. This beautiful island nation is home to just
over 4 and a half million people, many of whom go by the self-appointed nickname “Kiwi.” This slang is derived from the country’s
national symbol: a flightless bird called, you guessed it, the kiwi. The country itself is formed by two main landmasses
– the North Island and the South Island, as well as about 600 other smaller islands. New Zealand as a whole is quite modest in
size, similar in land mass to Japan. Wellington is the Capital City of New Zealand
and also the southernmost capital city in the world while Auckland, the original capital
city, is the largest Polynesian city and goes by the name “the city of sails.” Which makes sense when you consider Auckland
has more boats per capita than any other place in the world! What else does New Zealand have more of than
the entire planet? Sheep! Hopefully you’re a fan of these furry farm
animals because there are about seven to every resident, which works out to nearly 30 million
sheep. Your mum won’t have to worry about you throughout
your kiwi adventure either because New Zealand has remained firmly in the top 10 safest countries
to call home for several years running. They’re also comfortably progressive, having
been the first major nation to allow all citizens the right to vote, regardless of gender. There are three official languages in New
Zealand: English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language but you’ll be able to get by just
fine with English. Now whether you’re looking to uncover the
Maori way of life, hit the slopes or sample delicious wine – there’s plenty of diverse
adventures to enjoy – so let’s take a closer look. New Zealand is renowned for it’s world-class
hiking trails. Breathtaking views await you in Fiordland
National Park, which includes four major tracks – Milford, Kepler, Routeburn and Hollyford. While Milford is perhaps the most famous,
hikers of each track can expect to enjoy views of forested valleys, diverse birdlife, turquoise
waters, expansive lakes and truly spectacular mountain scenery. For Lord of the Rings fans, a visit to Tongariro
National Park, where you can behold the jagged volcanic rock and eerily barren landscape,
should be a considered a must. Hopefully the moody weather cooperates during
your visit and you’ll be granted a view of Mt. Ngauruhoe, otherwise known as Mount
Doom. Hiking the entire Alpine Crossing takes about
7 hours and includes lava fields, tussock meadows and the neon turquoise, geothermally
heated waters of the Emerald Lakes. If beaches are more your thing, New Zealand
has a hike for that too! Along the Abel Tasman Coast Track, travellers
can enjoy more than 40kms of golden sand beaches, subtropical bush line and granite cliffs,
accented by clear azure waters and frolicking fur seals. Keep in mind that several tidal inlets mean
that you’ll be required to time your crossings with low-tide, so plan accordingly. Along New Zealand’s Otago coast you can
see the mysterious Moeraki Boulders, beachfront stones formed from ancient sea sediments. An equally mesmerizing and seemingly perplexing
sight would be the famous Waitomo Caves with their legendary blue glowworms. Thrill-seekers can abseil down into this lost
world, which takes about 20 minutes and provides impressive views of spagatites and gigantic
flowstone formations on the way down. Once you’ve lost yourself in the isolation
and majesty of nature, grab a few of your fellow travel companions and go jet boating
through Queenstown’s Shotover River, or tackle the currents of Tutea Falls along the
Kaituna River in Rotorua, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Of course there’s also ziplining, bungee
jumping, and skydiving. Each offer unique and exhilarating views of
places like Rotorua, Auckland Harbour, and Queenstown respectively – though you can enjoy
any one of these thrill-seeking experiences pretty much anywhere throughout the country. If you want to take things a tad slower, hit
up one of New Zealand’s countless golf courses. Enjoy the stunning greens that can be found
in Auckland, Queenstown and Wellington. For the snow bunnies, strap on your skis and
fly to the top of Queenstown’s mountains to enjoy a refreshingly exciting ski down
world-renowned peaks and valleys. Within 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown,
you’ll be at the foot of Coronet Peak and within 35, The Remarkables, a range that lives
up to its name and is a must for any snowboarder or skier out there. Once the weather warms up you can catch the
surf on the curving Bay of Plenty or along the untouched beaches of Gisborne. And if you really want to show off your surfing
skills then head to Whangamata, situated on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula
in the North Island. After all, it’s only the surfing capital
of the country! But maybe you are just looking to kick back
and enjoy that well-earned break? That’s certainly alright and you picked
the right destination to escape to. You can catch a kapa haka performance of the
Maori people, indigenous New Zealanders, and enjoy chants and choral singing to graceful
songs and ferocious war dances. Consider visiting Maori meetings grounds,
called marae, and take part in a powhiri, a traditional welcoming ceremony. Or if you wish to get literary, take a tour
of Hobbiton in , Waikato and see JR Tolkien’s epic story brought to life with a wander through
the heart of The Shire. You can stop by the Green Dragon Inn or visit
the Bag End. But what time of year does one journey to
Middle Earth? Fall? Spring? Winter? Well just to be clear, there’s never a bad
time to travel to a place like New Zealand though travellers should be ready for weather
that can change unexpectedly, regardless of the time of year. However most places throughout the country
receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and because of the low levels of air pollution,
the sunlight is especially radiant! While the far north has subtropical weather
during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C
(14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures
year round. The average New Zealand temperature decreases
as you travel south. New Zealand’s Summer runs from December
to February and should be considered the peak travel season, it’s also considered the
perfect time for enjoying activities like hiking, scenic driving, winery tours, and
surfing. If you’re lucky, you can catch a wave alongside
dolphins off the country’s long coastline. Autumn settles in from March to May and the
views of fall foliage are truly something to behold. Winter lasts from June to August, and this
is when you can expect the ski season to begin to flourish. Spring temperatures are enjoyed from September
through November and offer a beautiful combination of spring blossoms and snow-capped mountains. Once you’ve satisfied your desire to explore
it’s time to sit down and enjoy some delicious local cuisine. And just what is waiting for you at the dining
table? Let’s find out… New Zealand’s cuisine draws on Polynesia,
Asian and European inspiration and the results are staggeringly delicious. A typical kiwi breakfast consists of cereal,
toast and either a cup of coffee, tea, juice or milk. On weekends, when more time is available to
prepare a cooked breakfast, locals sit down to plates of scrambled eggs, bacon, cooked
tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns and baked beans. After a long morning outdoors, you’ll need
to enjoy a quick hot pie to reenergize. These tasty small pastries come in a variety
of flavours and are typically filled with mince and cheese, bacon, egg and even steak. Once the evening rolls around, enjoy servings
of roast lamb, mutton and of course battered fish and chips. Due to New Zealand’s long coast line the
selection of seafood is quite diverse: succulent oysters, mussels, shellfish, king salmon,
snapper, scallops and whitebait – a true Kiwi delicacy. The most common way to enjoy these small baby
fish are as whitebait fritters, essentially an omelet prepared only with egg white mixed
with the delicious whitebait. If you’re looking for a refreshing dessert
to top off your day of indulging your taste buds then help yourself to pavlova, a meringue-based
dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. But what should you wash down all these tasty
foods with? Of course you can enjoy your share of refreshing
beers and ciders, but New Zealand is mainly renowned for its many exquisite wines. Sommeliers praise the country’s take on
sauvignon blanc as being the best in the world. Other wines highly regarded include Cabernet/Merlot
blends and Pinot Noir to name a few. Mhmmm, spectacular. Once you’ve allowed your thirst to be both
quenched and delighted by New Zealand’s unique libations, it’ll be time to begin
mapping out your next adventure through this oceanic paradise. We hope these tips ensure that your next great
Kiwi adventure will be a truly inspiring one. If you still can’t get enough then check
out Days to Come for more inspiration and travel tips. If you’re ready to experience the country
for yourself, simply visit today. As they say in New Zealand, Kia Ora! Until next time! TourRadar – booking tours made easy.

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  • Thanks for your comments! While we always do our best to nail each and every pronunciation it can certainly prove difficult. Lucky for us you kiwis are known for your patience and understanding! Thanks for watching 😉

  • I m indian i m wathing nz qlfyr to cwc world cup 2019 finel its.. nice bolt its. My favrt bowler i love newzealan cricket

  • Gisborne has the best surf, damn I miss this country.

  • We all love people of New Zealand. They are really dignified and best humans on this planet. Lot of love and well wishes from Pakistan

  • The pronunciation😓

  • wonderful to watch ….

  • My favorite country in the world ❤️

  • Love you Kiwis 😀

  • I’m so going here

  • For anyone who wants to explore New Zealand by road, take a look at my videos! They are in 4K 🙂

  • New zeland is the best country but Switzerland is my favourite country 🇵🇰

  • Praise to our Father God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ for a wonderful creation 🙏❤️🕊 Repent, Forgive, believe in the Gospel

  • anyone else cringing at the pronunciation of the place names

  • Can I move to this beautiful heaven on earth? I fell in love with New Zealand when I was still a kid and hadn't traveled even out side of my own state.

  • Pronunciation: (for anyone who is interested)
    Otago= O-ta-go
    Gisborne= Gis-bin
    Wangamata= (maori word annoying to pronounce): whanga-mata (kinda like Fong-a-mata)
    Also spelling: it’s “fiordland) no ‘j’.
    Pretty good though 👍🏻
    Think that’s all in the vid! Hope I helped people.

  • I wish I could go there…..

  • Omg! Great video ever

  • An amazing country, jealous that I wasn't born there! A must visit.

  • I lav uu new zeland one day Insallh 😍😍😍😍

  • New Zealand ❤️

  • I won't go to a country that denies its citizens the right to own any semi-auto rifles or pistol folks.

  • I’m moving to New Zealand in 2 months, any tips on where I should live? Preferably north island.

  • New Zealand and Switzerland are siblings

  • I visited New Zealand last year and it was the best journey in my life! Definitely coming back in the future!

  • 0:10 see legends come to life….

    Gibraltar appears on screen.
    Like if you got the reference.

  • We all know the all blacks are the best rugby team

  • I love to go to NZ someday. Greetings from the Philippines. ❤

  • I am a Maori and love this country. I could never imagine living anywhere else and have no intentions to. Believe it or not, im 49 yet ive never been to the south island. I am so proud of this country especially its sporting achievements. NZ currently have over 10 world cups or championships in team sports, more than any other country, definately on a population basis and also have the most dominant sports team in history from any country in any sport, the All Blacks, NZs national rugby team. The All Blacks have roughly an 80% winning percentage from 1905—2019.In the last couple of months NZ have also been in 2 world cup finals, winning one(netball) and losing one with a draw(cricket). NZ were ripped off in the cricket because of an umpiring mistake which the umpire admitted later on. As i speak the rugby world cup is only a month away and NZ are the current world champions.

  • Auckland was the second Capital, the original Capital was Russel in the Mid North Bay of Islands

  • The best video of New Zealand that I have seen so far… thanks for posting.

  • Awesome video, informative and beautiful sceneries! Love it!

  • Fact: New Zealand has more sheep than there sheep on the entire planet.

  • Such a beautiful country❤❤

  • Oh this looks gorgeous.

  • Love the video! I wish I could travel there. Check out some of my travel videos to New Zealand and Thailand and more when you have a chance.

  • hello my frind . im bangladeshi my babby trepman and mony problem peelles help me…008801720396222

  • New Zealand has everything. For me, I really want to study there, for I think that education there is high.

  • OMG. I eager to move New Zealand.

  • Life goal to settle in New Zealand

  • Bugger you forgot to mention some of the worlds most scenic rail journeys – but good video nonetheless

  • This is like heaven on Earth. And the people seem even more wonderful than the scenery. Seems Like the country where nice people go to get away from all the mean and greedy and phony people. I am in the plastic people capital Los Angeles. The air is so disgusting here, homeless people everywhere, Oarnge county, the richest county in the USA is full of homeless and Meth is everywhere. So many men 40-70 fronting, prison tats, obnoxious lifted trucks and Cartel gang bangers cruising around in Acura hatchbacks with tinted front windows acting like there 22, trying to act like they're all hard when they are total Mama's Boys. If I make it to New Zealand, I'll probably stay until I die.

  • Great expozay of our country! Aotearoa is beautiful!

    Maybe the video is due for a remake with a narrator who can nail the pronunciation!

    Here’s a few good lessons on how to pronounce our beautiful native language 🙂

    Speaking te reo

  • Such an amazing video about a very beautiful country.

  • Omg the narrator is clearly not a kiwi. His pronunciation of place names are sooooo wrong. I’m embarrassed.

  • ✌💕travel brings riches in life with experiences, learning and making new friends.

  • This is the good side of New Zealand, the bad side is hard to find good paying jobs, many people loseing their house which is very EXPRESSIVE, the Chinese owns 85% or more mortgage notes in New Zealand, legalized prostitution well I suppose that's a good thing lol 😁

  • Bella la terra se è tenuta bella e a ordine con rispetto e amore per l'umanità

  • ok all the rest of the pronunciations are as bad

  • Bit of practice with the pronunciations wouldn't go amiss. But as a Kiwi you're forgiven – great film and hope to get back in the near future.

  • I am kiwi and you got the pronunciation wrong, it's not o-tae-go it's o- ta-go and it's not wang-a-mata it's fong-a-maaa-ta

  • Tolles Video. Nächstes Jahr im September geht es für 6 Wochen nach Neuseeland. Ich freue mich schon riesig darauf. Träume schon so lange davon.

  • I love new Zealand out of them 2 Australian and American I love new Zealand my favorite animal is sheap just like Ohio my new Zealand I love new Zealand but not Australia ore America I have new Zealand blude to I'm frum American but like new Zealand the most the nicest cultures ever very nice love new Zealand if i can i wanna have I kid in new Zealand when I meat some one in church um going to someone is gonna set me up with someone I love new Zealand ya you no what my state colors are scarlet white black ore gray color for the state colors Zealands colors black white ore silver and I'm frum ohio but I really wanna go to new Zealand wher my relatives are the ones I never got to meet so ya but thise time I will and the only place I well have respect for is my state and new Zealand love it love new Zealand

  • Kill a kiwi by slowly making his disgusting life leave his body ! Send me the proof .get paid 10.000 cash paid instantly .

  • See it now before the massive number of non-whites Arden is welcoming in destroys your formerly gloriously white country. Can anyone say that 'diversity' has made any formerly white country a better place ?

  • Came here to see the place BTS are at ^.^ seems fanstastic

  • This Guy's pronunciation's are just to hard to listen to

  • Too much virtue signaling.

  • Not sure "brown grass" is really what I'm looking for in terms of "fall foliage".

  • I wanna visit alone but how do i travel around when i dont know how to drive. No license . 😭

  • You suck💩🤬🤬🤬💸🦄🤯😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡👿 olet kakka

  • Hobbiton is in Matamata not Hamilton hahahhaa

  • nz is a safe country just ask all the muslims that were killed there this year

  • Would love to see this beautiful country, looks remarkable in terms of physical beauty

  • One day I have to come here!

  • I see no negroes to ghetto up the place. . . .

  • scenic destination

  • Im from Philippines and im looking forward to work in cattle(dairy/beef) farms. Any suggestions? recommendations? Is new zealand the right place?

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  • Top 10 things to do in New Zealand

  • it takes about 17 hours by direct flight to get to nz from europe. sorry, no perks to go to nz knowing the fact that scandinavians have it all

  • Who is this narrator? The pronuncian means it's difficult to use this video…

  • Hello from México, la want to know New Zeland

  • Now I want to visit New Zealand. What a beautiful place.

  • this video gave me tears of joy. I will see you soon NZ.

  • you pronounced every single word wrong

  • At 4:06,frolicking fur seals are so cute!😍❤

  • Guess what my is new Zealand I'm born in the but American Australian new Zealand o and I have a corder British in me I'm half Australian and my is kwiwi new Zealand o my poppa and nana is born in new Zealand and they.are from Wellington thatd the news mom is from qeensland sunshine coast born in Australia wher leaving in Texas I'm actually born from strongsville and born in ohio me and my sister and me and my sister are half Australian that's the good news witch I'm and hear is the author good new s because we found out a lot from my new Zealand that I really am related lofty blondefeald so my moms of what I believe has been to new Zealand and I'm not making stuf up I mean all of thise what a buityfull country i respect all 3 countries I'm from America but with Australian and new Zealand blood and British 2 I cant wait to go to live if you think I'm makeing stuf up I'm American Australian half new zealander so I'm kwiwi to but just haven't been yet and dont get mad i.just love new Zealand you guys man if I get a chance my someday I well move to new Zealand pl6dont dont get mad at. Me for this because I love and respect new Zealand to just like my 3 I'm from America and American Australian half new zealander because I think you might get excited about this I'm related to loft blondefeald how no how through my moms dads side that's how but he is a famous reselar from the 30s I just found out my mum told me I love new Zealand I love it myn3 buityfull countrys I gosh like me see America and Australia half new zealand we love new Zealand love it

  • Buityful county love it

  • I miss New Zealand so much! It's been almost two years since I left to study abroad there. By far one of the most spectacular places on Earth!

  • My sister is also living now in NZ and I heard too much amazing places there

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