Landmarks and Monuments You Can’t Miss with New Zealand Packages
Aoraki (Mount Cook)
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is situated in the Canterbury region of NZ’s South Island. Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand, sitting at 3,724 metres (12,218 feet) tall. When you book New Zealand holiday packages, pay a visit to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to see this mountain as well as 22 other peaks. Rock climbers will find some amazing climbing opportunities, while less experienced climbers can take advantage of mountain hikes. Another icon to see in this national park when you have New Zealand packages is the Tasman Glacier. The glacier is an impressive 27 kilometres (16.7 miles) long.
Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most scenic (and iconic) landscapes in New Zealand. When you book New Zealand accommodation and flight packages in the South Island, take a boat tour through Milford Sound. This landmark is located within Fiordland National Park and features rugged mountain peaks emerging from the water. In addition to enjoying scenic boat rides, visitors with New Zealand packages can go hiking, take a scenic flight over Milford Sound, or go diving to see unique black coral.
Bay of Islands
If you plan New Zealand packages in the North Island, visit the Bay of Islands at the very top. This landmark is made up of 144 islands that are fanned out between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. Visitors to the Bay of Islands can experience gorgeous coastal walks as well as subtropical rainforests. If you plan a boat ride in the Bay of Islands, you’re also likely to spot marine wildlife, including dolphins, penguins, and marlin.
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is located in the heart of the country’s North Island. Visitors with New Zealand accommodation and flight packages can immerse themselves in the country’s oldest national park by tackling hikes to see lofty mountains and Maori cultural sites. Landmarks to visit within Tongariro National Park include Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu, and a series of bright green lakes on the Tongariro Crossing. Visitors with New Zealand packages can also check out Lake Taupo, located just north of Tongariro National Park.
Major Events and Festivals
Plan your New Zealand holiday packages in late June or early July to experience the Matariki Festival. This annual holiday observes the Maori New Year and is celebrated in cities and towns all across New Zealand. Matariki festivities can include Maori cultural demonstrations, traditional music, and Maori art exhibitions.
Each March, music lovers flock to the nation’s capital to experience one of New Zealand’s top music festivals. Performances feature both well-established and up-and-comers across five stages set up along the Wellington waterfront. Plan your New Zealand holiday packages during the festival to see more than 40 musicians and DJs across all genres of music.
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
It’s no secret that New Zealand is one of the top holiday destinations for wine-lovers. The Marlborough region at the top of the South Island produces much of the country’s wine and specialises in sauvignon blanc. Visit the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival in order to sample some Marlborough wines as well as food from some of the top chefs in New Zealand. This is a huge event, so if you’ll be visiting, be sure to lock in your hotel and accommodation New Zealand early.