New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful country with everything from beaches to mountains, glaciers to rainforests and geothermal springs to fjords. Photographers, filmmakers and nature lovers alike have fallen for the diverse landscapes of this small country and I am sure you will too - here are beautiful photos that will make you want to explore New Zealand as soon as possible!
Wellington was one of my favourite cities in New Zealand and would probably be the top city I would choose to live in if I moved there! Wellington is the capital of New Zealand (not Auckland!) and the second most populous city in the country. Located in the south of the North Island, Wellington connects the North Island with the South Island across the Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds by way of the Interislander Ferry to Picton.Wellington became the capital in 1865, replacing Auckland which had been the capital since 1841 since members of parliament wanted a more central capital city to both islands. There is so much to do in the city, from museums to gardens and cafes to beaches, and there are lots of totally free things to do in Wellington as well!
New Zealand is an amazing country to travel and the TranzAlpine train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth is possibly the most scenic train route in the country. Referred to as one of the most 'astonishing train journeys in the world' by Culture Trip and one of the 'world's most scenic train rides' by Fodors Travel, a journey on the TranzAlpine train will not be something you forget soon!Read on to find out all the information you need to know about the TranzAlpine train journey!
Where should you travel to in 2019? From emerging travel destinations to trending hotspots, here are the best places to travel in 2019! There are so many amazing places that deserve to be on this list so it was tough to cut it down to only this many.From Berlin, celebrating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall, to Kaikoura in New Zealand, which is now fully accessible again by road and rail after the destructive 2016 earthquake. Both Matera in Italy and Plovdiv in Bulgaria were named European Capital of Culture for 2019, so expect both destinations to be trending this coming year!Here are the top destinations you should explore in 2019:
Auckland, a city often mistaken as New Zealand's capital. While it is the largest city in the country, the capital is further south in the coffee haven of Wellington, but Auckland can probably take the title of the financial capital of New Zealand!While well-known for being a bustling city for business, Auckland is not massively recognised for tourism and this is definitely a mistake. Many people simply use Auckland as a place to start or end their New Zealand trip but if you can you should certainly aim to spend a day or more in the city.There is so much to do from adventuring to the nearby islands and beaches to experiencing the amazing night markets. For those short on time, here are two one day in Auckland guides comprising my recommendations of the best things to do in Auckland! I hope you enjoy creating your personal Auckland itinerary from these!Want to download an eBook version of this post for easy reading on the go? Head over to my eBook page to download it for free!
The Bay of Islands is a beautiful region of New Zealand that has an amazing subtropical climate. Only three hours from Auckland, the Bay of Islands has so much to do and Paihia is one of the best bases in the region. If you're looking for the best things to do in Paihia, look no further!