Things that fascinate me about New Zealand as a tourist
We’ve seen and heard a lot about the majestic skyline of New York, the timeless beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the breathtaking mountains of Switzerland, and the list goes on for every traveler’s vision board, but as someone who was personally captured by New Zealand’s unique beauty, I think it’s a place like no other that will always lure you to come back.
Here are just some of the things that fascinate me about New Zealand:
Everywhere we went from Auckland, to Rotorua, to Queenstown, the country holds a strong sense of its Maori culture as the first people to arrive in New Zealand were ancestors of the Māori. The first settlers probably arrived from Polynesia between 1200 and 1300 AD which explains the viral ‘war dance’ performances we see on social media, the ‘haka’- It is a type of ceremonial Māori dance or challenge. Haka is usually performed in a group and typically represents a display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. These days, if you find yourself in NZ’s rugby stadium, you might as well witness a live haka performance by the country’s pride- All Blacks rugby team, but do note that this is just one Maori practice among the many that this culture brings.
If Canada is famous for its maple goodies, and Australia for its honey, NZ also beams with its HokeyPokey, a New Zealand term for Honeycomb toffee. I remember that for every store or restaurant we visited, the Hokey Pokey flavor was always on the list, and it’s definitely a must-try especially if your goal is to complete with all of McDo’s flavors around the world. Another product that NZ is proud of is their Manuka Honey as it has been scientifically proven to deliver antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to protect and nourish your body. A lot of stores around NZ sell Manuka Honey and can even come as a lotion, soap, facial wash, daily vitamin intake, and all the like. Manuka honey and HokeyPokey are some of the best pasalubongs to bring home to your loved ones as they’re not usually found elsewhere except New Zealand.
NZ is all about adventure
If adventure sportsand extreme activities are what keep you alive, then NZ is definitely a place for you especially In Queenstown – the adventure capital of the country. It attracts more than three million visitors each year, eyeing world-class skiing and snowboarding, bungee jumping in the famous AJ Hackett, to unique thrills in the water, the air, and on land.
Overall, New Zealand is a beautiful country that would leave you wanting more. It’s a place like no other.
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Written by: Angela Tibudan