Tag Archives: South Island
08. Jun, 2010

Enjoy the Thermal Pools of Rotorua New Zealand

Natural beauty and vividly contrasting landscapes are a normal part of New Zealand. The North Island spa city of Rotorua is known for its most prevalent peculiarities of nature. Walking holidays in New Zealand will take you through many different experiences. You can walk on windswept beaches and rugged coastlines and hike through lush leafy green forests on the mountains. However, Rotorua is best known for its thermal mud pools, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Rotorua is a quiet sleepy city. It is easy to find your way around this beautiful city that has a friendly and welcoming culture. The city offers numerous activities for visitors of all ages, no matter what your abilities are. You can find walking trails in every part of New Zealand, and in Rotorua, you can find many forest trails originating near the centre of the city. While many people come for the healing properties the thermal mud pool offers, the city also offers picturesque lakes, fishing, and hiking and biking.

You can find many thermal pools around the city. You really can’t miss the sulfurous odor that veils the city. You may find the odor unpleasant at first, but once you have been in “the smelliest city in New Zealand” for awhile, you will notice nothing but the thermal pools.

A violent and dramatic past is hidden in New Zealand’s beautiful Lake Rotorua. You can find relics from the city’s volcanic origins, and thermal pools and geysers all over the city.  When you walk in the city’s parks and gardens be careful of the steam coming from the open pools and sulfur vents. The pools hold no element of danger, but they are very hot.

You can find one of the most fascinating places in New Zealand when you visit Whakarewarewa, a village on the outskirts of Rotorua. The village has harnessed the power of Nature by using the thermal activity to their advantage. They use the natural landscape to bathe, wash clothes and predict the weather. Whakarewarewa is a tourist attraction, but it is also a living and working village, with the Maori villagers living together in one accord with their majestic surroundings.

You can enjoy the thermal pools by treating yourself to Rotorua’s indoor mineral pools and spas. Spend a luxurious day in the waters that have a reputation for healing. Medical practitioners have used the waters for therapeutic treatment. You may find the Rotorua Bath House a wonderful place to visit. At one time, the Bath House had given over 70,000 baths and 30,000 special therapies. You don’t have to worry about the shock therapy that was once used, since the Bath House is now a museum. The only shock you may have is the reality of having to climb out of the tub and head back to your life.

31. May, 2010

Take a Ski Trip to New Zealand

If you decide to take a skiing trip or a sightseeing trip, New Zealand has many ski areas to attract you. You will find the Southern Alps extending down the South Island, and a gigantic snow covered volcano in the North part of New Zealand. You will have no problem finding a place to sightsee or ski on your holiday.

New Zealand does not have lifts with warmed seats or 5 star restaurants on the slopes, so you should not expect those amenities. However, you will find excellent ski slopes without frills or funky ski suits.

If you are looking for fun and adventure, you can wind your way up the steep dirt and gravel roads on your way to the ski slopes. Watch out for the drop offs! Cardrona has a few apartments and in the North Island, Whakapapa has lodges, but other than that, there the commercial ski areas do not have housing.

New Zealand is the opposite of ski areas in North America or Europe. There aren’t any ski villages at the foot of the mountain. However, you will be able to find a café, a shopping area, a business that you can rent your ski equipment, and a place to buy your lift tickets.

The ski slopes are amazing. Although they are smaller than North American ski resorts and slopes, the amount of open space is quite large. The ground is completely open since the ski space is above the tree line. When you are skiing, you will find half pipes, abrupt declines, troughs, wide rolling bowls and cliffs. New Zealand ski slopes have numerous natural landscape features, so you can ski and play to your heart’s content. If you are after a quieter holiday, you can use the beginner’s slopes.

Cardrona and Snow Park both have renowned terrain parks in the South Island, and both have half pipes, and gigantic hits. Many North American skiers train at Wanaka for various skiing and snowboarding events.

You can’t top the amazing view from the ski slopes. You can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with friendly ski staff. Before you start skiing, check with Ski Patrol, and be sure you bring avalanche gear. If you get bold, make sure you know exactly what you are doing.

New Zealand skiing is worth the trip if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding. You will find club fields in Canterbury, such as Glen Plake. You will find magnificent ski areas in the South Island, namely in the Wanaka and Queenstown. In the North Island, Mt. Ruapehu is an active volcano you can ski or snowboard on. If you feel like hiking, you can ski by the crater lake.

Try to obtain reasonably priced tickets because New Zealand is a great affordable place to spend your beautiful and amazing snow holiday.

24. May, 2010

Milford Sound: A Beautiful Place to Visit in New Zealand

Milford Sound, found in Fiordland National Park, is one of the most popular places to visit in New Zealand. Thousands upon thousands of people come each year to see the beauty of Milford Sound.

Fiordland, located southwest of South Island, is the biggest national park in New Zealand. This magnificent area is a World Heritage Park, a protected ecological area for marine life. At Milford Sound, you can see beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, mountains and cliffs. When you visit this delightful area of Fiordland, you will be amazed by dolphins, penguins and fur seals. Mitre Peak, the most renowned landmark in the park, is a pyramid shaped mountain 1,692 cm high. Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls are some beautiful waterfalls located in Milford Sound. Lion Mountain, Copper Point, and the Elephant are also extraordinary features of the park.

Torrents of rain are normal in Milford Sound. This type of weather is responsible for gorgeous waterfalls and a hazy vapour that seems magical and enchanting. A feeling of peace and calmness is impressed upon an individual who views the huge mountains surrounded by the mist. The environment is breathtaking.

Visitors are able to view black coral, starfish, red coral, anemones, and other fish that live in the park when they visit the Underwater Observatory, located in a Milford Sound bay. When you look below the surface of the water, you will be able to see remarkable creatures and coral that live beneath the water.

When visiting Milford Sound, you can take the bus to the wharf or walk the Milford Track. Starting at the head of Lake Te Anau and ending at Milford Sound, the 53.5 km walk takes about 4 days to complete. Driving from Te Anau, you will go by Cascade Creek, Upper Hollyford Valley and Homer Tunnel. The visitor centre is often crowded during peak periods. There are usually more visitors in the daytime than at day’s end.

To really explore Milford Sound you will definitely want to take a cruise. The cruise leaves from the visitor centre and lasts up to two hours. Beautiful flights are also available for you to tour the Sound.

If you love natural scenic beauty, then travel to New Zealand to explore Milford Sound. You will see beautiful tall mountains, including Mitre Peak that rises out of the water. Magnificent waterfalls fall down to the water from towering heights, and will take your breath away. For more information, feel free visit Milford Sound.

06. May, 2010

Auckland Has Numerous Attractions to Keep You Busy

One third of the people that live in New Zealand call the beautiful city of Auckland home. You can have a great time visiting the bustling city and all the amenities Auckland has to offer. You can visit the Sky Tower, the art gallery, the museum and Viaduct Harbour.

The most distinguished landmark in Auckland is the Sky Tower. Nearly one million people visit the tower every year. You will find a couple casinos, a 5 star hotel, and restaurants in the Sky City compound. The Tower is 328 metres tall and has four observation levels for visitors to view the amazing sights the city has to offer. The Sky Lounge cafe is located on the lower level. You will find weather forecasts, computers, and free audio guides on the main level. The soaring sky deck is home to the visitor survey area. Sky Jump is cable controlled Base Jumping, while attached to a 192m wire. The look-out tower looks like a flying saucer because of the different coloured lights.

To acknowledge the end of World War 1, the Auckland Museum was constructed in1929. It closely mimics the Greek temples. You will find numerous collections, shows, and displays at the Museum. You will find three levels of various New Zealand histories, and galleries filled with art and ethnology. Bring the kids; there are fun activities for them to participate in. There are nearly 1.5 million stuffed, pickled, skewered, and freeze-dried exhibits to view. On the top floor, the War Memorial has a commemorative site and war history displays. The artifacts tell the story of how New Zealand came about. You can also purchase books, musical memorabilia, and jewellery.

There are nearly 12,500 exhibits at the Auckland Art Gallery, with regular exhibitions. These displays have international and local pieces of art. The Main Gallery showcases European and New Zealand art by well known artists. The New Gallery is home to exhibitions and various other pieces of art.

At the Auckland Viaduct Harbour, you will find housing, shops, and restaurants that were constructed by the water. The Maritime Trail has a paved path that travels around the basin of the harbour. When you travel the path, you will see historical plaques and delightful carvings showcasing the history of Auckland’s adventures on the sea. You can enjoy outdoor songs, acts and plays, as well as attend the outdoor movie theatre.

You will have a grand visit in New Zealand when you tour Auckland’s museums, art galleries, towers and the various waterfronts. There is so much to do, you can’t possibly become bored.