Are you looking for a destination for your next vacation? Today we are going to try to give you a hand! And do not think that what we are going to do is show you one of those lists that we like so much, but that we are going to propose a destination that is gaining more and more followers in our country. We are referring to New Zealand , which is at the antipodes of Spain.
Yes, we know that it is a very distant destination and that you have to fly many hours to reach it. In addition, we are aware that it is not a very economical trip. However, crossing half the world and spending a little more than necessary on your next vacation will be truly worth it. To convince you, today we are going to give you some reasons why you should go to New Zealand. Can you come with us?
Without a doubt, the main reason why you should go to New Zealand is that this country has truly amazing landscapes , as well as a very varied nature. Thus, on its two islands you can enjoy golden sand beaches, coastlines with cliffs, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, glaciers, fjords, snow-capped peaks, mountains to climb, green hills … The Tongariro National Park, the Waitomo Caves or the Lake Tekapo are just some of the natural places that are worth visiting. On the other hand, you should know that almost anywhere you can contemplate the wonderful starry sky.
Fauna and Flora
The flora and fauna of New Zealand deserve a separate mention, since this country is home to some species of plants and animals unique in the world, such as the kiwi , which is a bird that does not fly; the tautara, a reptile at risk of extinction; or the yellow-eyed penguin. Other animals that you can find on the islands are sheep, possum and kakapo, as well as whales, dolphins or cows. As for the flora, the giant kauris stand out.
On the other hand, it is important to note that New Zealand is considered one of the most hospitable countries on the planet. Therefore, it is an ideal destination for backpackers, who can hitchhike, couchsurfing, wwoofing … In addition, you should know that this is a fantastic place to housesitting, a form of hosting still not widespread in our country consisting of staying in a house while the owners are away, as long as some obligations are fulfilled, such as taking care of the animals.
How could it be otherwise, we have to talk about Maori culture, one of the great reasons why we travel to New Zealand. And it is that although the Maori are perfectly integrated into society, they continue to preserve their traditions and customs, which, without a doubt, are worth discovering.
Hobbiton Movie Set
Whether or not you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings , you will love knowing the corners where most of the scenes of the famous film saga were filmed, which are an adaptation of the novel by JRR Tolkien. Without a doubt, the most visited place by fans of the saga is the Hobbiton Movie Set, where the houses that were built as part of the hobbit village are located.
Peace of mind and security
Although it receives more and more tourists, the truth is that New Zealand is a destination where you can still enjoy the tranquility despite being in its main tourist spots. In addition, it must be borne in mind that according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), it is a very safe country, in which crime is very low. In fact, the security forces do not carry firearms.