Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and is definitely worth a visit if you cross between the North Island and the South Island. It is a small and compact city best explored on foot. Due to its location, it can often be very windy, which is why it is also called "Windy Wellington". The National Museum of New Zealand can be found in Wellington and it is the largest national museum in the world. The Wellington Botanic Gardens are full of unusual trees, colorful flowers and beautiful New Zealand plants. You can walk there if you want, but it is also fun to take the cable car. When you reach the top you’ll have a beautiful view of the harbor of Wellington.
The green peninsula of Otago, located in the southeast of the South Island, is an extension of the city of Dunedin and has many interesting sights. According to some, the Otago Peninsula is one of the most romantic places in the world. The hills and valleys that surround the city are are beautiful and are remnants of an eruption from an extinct volcano, as is Dunedin's natural harbor. Here you can walk along steep cliffs and spot rare animals such as the king Albatross, yellow-eyed penguins and elephant seals. With a bit of luck you can also spot a Dusky dolphin, killer whale or whale. Don’t forget to stop at the colorful Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens. The gardens are situated along a river with old trees along the banks and in the spring these turn pink and red with blooming flowers.
New Zealand, where Hobbit homes are hidden under green hills is also the country where you can taste some of the world's best wines. New Zealand is a young wine country but has built a strong reputation in the international wine world in a very short span of time. There are some very good wine regions to visit in New Zealand. Marlborough is the most well-known region. It is located in the north of the South Island and the majority of the wines are produced here. If you visit in February you can participate in the annual Wine Festival there while staying the night in a winery. Some of the oldest wineries can be found in Hawke's Bay. The Mission Estate Winery, the oldest winery in the country, was established in 1851 by French missionaries. These wine regions are perfectly explored by bike.
New Zealand is a paradise for thrill seekers and can indulge themselves in many different extreme, adrenaline rushing outdoor sports. On Kapiti Island, fly along a wire at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour along steep valley walls. Or embrace the excitement and enjoy the view of a sky dive as you soar freely downwards and then dangle from a parachute. Paragliding will provide you with heart-racing moments when you are scooped up by the wind, and float above green valleys, ravines and forests. This is one of the best ways to see New Zealand. In Lake Taupo you can go on a jet boat cruise where you feel the power of the water as you spray past the thundering Huka Falls and make 360-degree spins on Shotover River. There are tons more options that cater to your specific idea of fun and excitement.
The Bay of Islands is known as one of the top destinations in New Zealand. In this area there are about 150 islands surrounded by stunning turquoise-colored water, white sandy beaches and enchanting bays. It not only resembles a tropical resort, it also has the warm climate of a tropical island. This place is situated off the North Island and the best way to discover the beauty of the region is by boat. There are several cruises and sailing trips around the area. If lucky, you will not only see the beautiful islands but also an abundance of wildlife such as penguins, dolphins and whales. You can also take beautiful walks on many of the islands