When it comes to lakes on the North Island of New Zealand, Lake Taupo is often the inland waterway that immediately comes to mind. Seeing as it’s the largest lake in New Zealand, it’s understandable that massive Lake Taupo gets the bulk of all the attention. Heading up towards the mountains, however, in the wilderness [...]
When it comes to steaming vents, sizzling fissures, and pools of bubbling mud, most travelers who are visiting New Zealand think of Rotorua. Indeed, this odiferous city (which smells like sulfur) is known for its geothermal attractions, but there are also sites in the surrounding area where the Earth appears to boil. One of these [...]
Situated at the top of the famous Cook Strait, Wellington Harbor wraps its arms around visitors like a family member welcoming you home. The sheltered protection of this large harbor is one of the reasons why the city was chosen to be the nation’s capital, having been moved from the smaller harbor area at Russell to the north in the Bay of Islands. More than just the spacious harbor, however, Wellington for cruise visitors is a convenient port where many of the city’s best attractions and are only minutes from the ship.
Like the rest of the country, the North Island of New Zealand is one of the best places in the world for hiking, trekking, and camping. Whether its scouring the shoreline of an empty beach or weaving through alpine lakes, the volcanic terrain and sub-tropical shorelines make for world-class adventures. Despite the number of hikes, however, there are only three hikes on the entire North Island which have been officially classified as “Great Walks.” Along with five Great Walks on the South Island and one on Stewart Island, the “Great Walks” are what many consider to be New Zealand’s “best of the best.”
More than just the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is an important waypoint for travelers. This artsy and blustery city by the water is the site of a major airport, and it’s also where many travelers ride the ferry between the North and the South Island of New Zealand. For some, Wellington is simply a stopping point while en route to somewhere else, whereas for others, Wellington is a destination unto itself which is worthy of spirited exploration. For those who are either taking a rest day in Wellington or are touring the city on a budget, the good news is there are enough free things to do in Wellington that you can enjoy an affordable day in the city.
The summer in New Zealand gets into full swing at the same time North America starts to settle in for winter’s deep chill. Given that New Zealand is already regarded as one of the most scenic global destinations and home to some of the world’s most affable (and adventurous) locals, it should come as no surprise that the long, warm days of summer in New Zealand easily rank as the perfect time to visit the country.