Leisure Travel- Destination New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the few remaining places, where the full splendour and beauty of nature can be witnessed, a fact to which over a million annual visitors can attest to. The mere mention of the country evokes images of lush, misty forests spread as far as the eye can see, majestic snow capped mountains that border the horizon, and cool, crystal clear waters running slowly over smooth round pebbles. Indeed the land of the Kiwi’s is one of the last, untouched refuges of this planet and the local tourism industry focuses heavily on ecotourism. For the nature lover, New Zealand offers the best in leisure travel.
Known as Aotearoa in Mauri, the island has a rich heritage, thanks to the large indigenous population. The Mauri culture adds an element of spice. One of the most enjoyable aspects of holidaying in New Zealand, is the opportunity it provides to be a part of local traditions and celebrations. The weather is, for the most part, cool except for summer. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the coldest season is in July, and the warmest in January.
Autumn, which falls between March and May, is one of the best times to visit. The climate around this time is not rainy, but is still cold enough to warrant a sweater. A number of events occur around this time. The CheeseFest in March will appeal to all cheese lovers, while those who are a bit more adventurous with their diets, will find Hokitika Wildfoods Festival to be fascinating. With foods ranging from garlic ice cream to garden snails, the Wildfoods Festival will definitely be one of the most memorable events. There is also the NZ Music Month, Womad and the Auckland Arts Festival to look forward to.
Avoid the hordes of tourists by staying at a Palmerston North hotel
. Sufficiently off the beaten track, yet only two hours away from Wellington, Palmerston North offers a terrific balance between urban and unspoiled New Zealand. Take advantage of Palmerston North hotel deals
provided by hotels like the Kingsgate Hotel Palmerston North, to make the most of your vacation.