New Zealand Beaches
New Zealand being an island, by default the country is having a huge range of beautiful beaches. In fact, there are almost 10,000 miles of coastline in total when you combine the South Island and North Island. New Zealand is filled if beaches not only in quantity, but quality as well. You can find almost anything ranging from really hidden lagoons to rocky shores with black sand. Ninety Mile Beach The name of this beach is a bit misleading because the Ninety Mile Beach is actually “only” 64 (88 kilometers) miles. The beach is with golden colored sands and an excellent place for surfing. It is located on the Northern tip of the North Island, just west of Kaitaia. The northern sand dunes are a popular tourist spot for bodyboarding. If you plan on on visiting Ninety Mile Beach on your own, make sure you are driving a 4WD car because of the soft sand. Hot Water Beach Hot Water Beach gets it’s name from the geothermal activity that brings mineral rich water from the ground from two natural hot springs. In the southern end of the beach you can dig your own spa pool in the sand. You should be able to […]
Driving in New Zealand
Driving in New Zealand is not the same as driving in some of the other countries in the world. For example, in New Zealand, you will need to drive on the left hand side of the road. The driver’s seat is on the right of the vehicle. This can be a real challenge to visitors from the United States or Canada who are driving in New Zealand for the first time. It is essential to have a valid driver’s license to drive in New Zealand. Also, you must not have received any suspension of disqualification of any sort in New Zealand. If you are visiting New Zealand on business, it is recommended to get insured before driving in New Zealand. It is not compulsory for drivers or car owners to get insured in New Zealand, but it protects you from a potentially huge financial loss in case you happen to get into an accident. It is important to learn the Road Code as well, before driving in New Zealand for the first time. If you are an international student who wants to drive in New Zealand, you must be at least 18 years old and will need to pass an […]
Rotorua is a city on the North Island in New Zealand. The city is famous for being the cultural center of the the Maori people. The city has been built around a lake also known as Rotorua. The city is mostly on the southern side of the lake with some 57.000 citizens. The biggest industry in Rotorua is tourism and here are some of the well-known attractions. Tamaki Maori Village If you are unfamiliar with the Maori culture and history, the Tamaki village is excellent place to visit. There are several activities, cultural shows and the highlight of the night is the Hangi dinner. This is typically an organized tour so book in advance with some of the operators around the area. Te Puia geysirs and mud pools The scenery around Te Puia is very unusual and the geysir “shows” are nothing short of amazing. The geysirs go off quite regularly, usually every hour. Te Puia also has a wealth of Maori culture information. Be sure to catch the Haka performance. Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest The trees in the Wakarewarewa forest are so tall that you might fall over trying to catch a glimpse of the top. The redwood forest is an amazing […]
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