Places to VisitFrom your town to Queenstown
New Zealand has abundant natural beauty with towering mountains, lush plains, volcanic areas and impressive glaciers.
Places to visit on your study breaks
On the North Island
Bay of Islands
An area with more than 144 islands, the Bay of Islands is a three-hour drive north of Auckland and is just perfect for sailing, yachting, fishing and whale watching. In the Bay of Islands you can see penguins, dolphins, whales and marlin in their natural habitat.
Rotorua, is part of the tumultuous Pacific Ring of Fire, which is one of the most active geothermal regions around the world. At Rotorua ,you can see boiling mud pools, hissing geysers, volcanic craters, and steaming thermal springs. In this region, you can also enjoy sky-diving, luging, and mountain biking.
Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton – Waikato region
The Hamilton-Waikato region is where you can find one of the world’s most famous movies sets used for filming The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. If you would like to experience the ‘Home of Middle-earth’ you can wander through ‘the Shire’ and see the fascinating hobbit holes including Bilbo Baggins’ home, Bag End.
On the South Island
You will find Queenstown between the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the snowy peaks of the Remarkables. Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital where you can enjoy many adrenaline-fueled sports including bungee jumping, jet boarding, white-water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking and downhill skiing, but in addition to this there is the stunning alpine scenery and hiking trails.
Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound
At the southern part of the island is the World Heritage site, Fiordland National Park protecting the island’s most spectacular scenery. The landscape has been sculpted over centuries by glaciers which have carved the majestic fjords of Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. You can explore the many offshore islands, the mountain peaks and as well as the rainforests hiking on some of the country’s iconic walks, including the famous Milford Track. Kayaking is a popular way to experience the fjords or alternatively, if you’d like a bird’s eye view, you can take a scenic flight over the park.