New Zealand Holidays for those lucky enough to be returning for a second or third trip
If you have already been fortunate enough to have had a unforgettable holiday in New Zealand in the past and want to go back for a second visit, you already know that this is a country with stunning terrain, wonderful views, plenty of attractions and lots of exciting places to visit. The chances are that in your first trip you will have visited some of the more popular and well-known areas such as Auckland (known as The City Of Sails) which is of course the largest and most populated area in New Zealand and therefore tends to draw in the crowds with a rich tapestry of offerings for the tourist.
You probably have already done Wellington and may also have been lucky enough to visit both the North Island and South Island and so your question for returning may well be, “What shall we see this time?”
New Zealand has far more to offer you whether this is your second visit or tenth visit. Firstly, if you are feeling daring, what about doing a bungee jump in the very place where it was invented and visit Lake Taupo? Your friends and family are bound to be proud of you when they hear of your achievement but the fact that this is where the modern day bungee jump was invented really adds to the experience.
Of course if that is a bit too daring for you then the area itself is pretty stunning and you can enjoy boat rides, treks and fishing here in surroundings that will take your breath away.
One of the real beauties that people miss on a first trip though is the offshore islands. North Island and South Island have so much to offer that people rarely have the time to consider anything else. However, if you are lucky enough to have a return visit then these are certainly worth a consideration.
Stewart Island is probably the best known island but there are also the Chatham islands and the Sub-Antarctic Islands and each island offers its own unique character and attractions.
Stewart Island doesn’t have many roads so it’s mainly about walking although if you feel like pushing the boat out (literally!), you can charter a fishing boat or take a tour boat or can even take a helicopter trip to see the island at its very best.
There is a museum on the island, plenty of bird watching to be done, sea kayaking, deer hunting, diving and of course fishing and there are some stunning walks that you can take. Of course most people simply enjoy taking in the views and enjoying the peace and quiet of island life, a far cry from jumping off a cliff bungee jumping!
The Chatham islands are extremely interesting and dramatic rocky islands that offer beaches, caves and lagoons aplenty and even allow you to enter a new time zone!
Finally, if you are returning to New Zealand, a visit to the Sub-Antarctic islands can tick a box that few people get to tick. These consist of five separate groups of islands, all of which are uninhabited. These are for the much more adventurous traveller are rarely visited by tourists and instead just by scientists and people involved in conservation as the islands are now wildlife reserves. However, if you are really looking for something a bit more wild then possibly this is where you’ll find it!
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