Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why Should You Travel Around New Zealand?

By David Francis

The local people, New Zealanders or Kiwis as they like to be called, are a very welcoming bunch of people and known for their hospitality. New Zealand ranks high in the 'Worlds friendliest places to visit' roundup every year and for good reason. New Zealanders love their country and are always excited to show it off to new arrivals. The hospitality is world renowned and comprises of good food, a few laughs and an adventurous life.

Kiwis have been some of the best hosts I have ever met and enjoy hearing the tales about this country from them while traveling. People of New Zealand tend to live an outdoors life and enjoy water-sports, rugby, fishing, kayaking, tramping (hiking), and all sorts if adrenaline pumping action on the south island.

As well as the great kiwi hospitality,New Zealand has a strong Maori history. This is more predominant in the north island, but the culture has a grip all around the country.The Maori people came across in canoes from the Polynesian islands many years ago and have many traditions and legends about the country. There are a few sacred sites you can visit and the Maori art and wood carvings are everywhere around the country. They also carved bone and greenstone to make weapons and jewellery.

The food in New Zealand is spectacular with specialities such as lamb, venison, pork, pies, seafood and honey being favourites with tourists. The kiwi cuisine is proudly showcased through the two islands with local restaurants competing for business by coming up with creative and delicious dishes to wet the tourists appetites.

Getting around in New Zealand is easy as the roads are of the highest quality and this makes driving around in a car or campervan a breeze. The long winding corners and dramatic mountain passes make driving around New Zealand a great experience. You can rent a campervan or motorhome at any of the airports or in one of the cities once you get there. This gives you the freedom to go where you want and not rely on scheduled transport options.

There are other options for traveling around like hitchhiking, which is very safe in New Zealand and a common practice amongst backpackers and tourists alike. It is a great way to meet other backpackers and locals and have a nice chat (and a free ride!).

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