Inspiring Travel Videos from New Zealand
New Zealand in a Nutshell
Famous for the indigenous Maori culture and for being the perfect playground for adventure junkies, New Zealand (Aotearoa in Maori language) is a remote island country lying east of Australia. Rotorua’s volcanoes and the glowing Waitomo Caves in the North Island, scenic fjords and Alps in the South, glistening lakes and stunning trekking mountains throughout. And ever heard about its award-winning wines, Tolkien’s Hobbiton, Auckland’s vibrant city life and the ‘All Blacks’ rugby team haka dance? Breathtaking…
A Country Split Into Two
Both the North Island and South Island have to plenty to offer for travellers’ delight, and for that reason the question is raised: “Which island should I travel to?” If time’s not a problem, you can definitely experience the best of both sides, but if not… then it’s surely a hard pick.
The North Island is the cradle of the nation’s culture, as it’s where the Polynesian first settled having brought with them a great heritage that later developed into the famous Maori culture. Here is where 70% of the whole country’s population lives. Whether landing in Auckland (the nation’s most vibrant city) or Wellington (its compact waterfront capital city), you’ll feel shaken up by all the adventure and cultural opportunities within and around these urban environments.
From Auckland, you can easily reach the over 140 sun-blessed islands on the Bay of Islands’ enclave (the name frames the location perfectly!) to the North, and the spectacular walkways and pristine beaches in the Coromandel Peninsula (to the East).
Heading south you’ll find must-visit Rotorua, the Maori cultural capital, as well as the Lord of the Rings’ Hobbiton, and the glittering Waitomo Caves. Lake Taupo, the island’s pulsating heart, lays right in the centre of the North Island next to the volcanic Tongariro National Park (NZ’s first park). Hawke’s Bay on the East Coast is framed with beautiful beaches and great vineyards, while surfers from all over the world head off to Raglan on the West. On the southernmost point is Wellington, NZ’s capital city and the bounding point between the North and the South Island through a 3-hour ferry ride.
33% bigger than its northern sister, the South Island is world-famous for its beautiful fjords, magnificent glaciers, scenic trails, pristine lakes and rivers, or simply put, some of the most breathtaking views in the world; it’s a nature lover’s paradise, no exaggeration.
In the southwest of the island is Te Anau, the gateway to the jaw-dropping Milford Sound – the most famous fjord in Fiordland National Park – and Queenstown, the world’s adventure sports capital: skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, skiing, you name it.
Lying in the Southern Alps and in the centre of the island is Aori Mt. Cook, NZ’s highest mountain (3,754m high), just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Lake Tekapo. The UNESCO World Heritage Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier steal the show on the westland and in the north, you’ll find Marlborough’s fine wineries, delicious seafood and impressive islets, as well as the scenic trails of Abel Tasman National Park.
Kaikoura on the northeast coast is a well-renowned whale watching destination, Christchurch further south is the island’s biggest city and the busiest international landing point in the South Island and Dunedin on the southeast is known for its Scottish heritage and for the being the country’s first big city.
9 Travel Videos on New Zealand's Map