More on Senior Travel to New Zealand

Jan 14th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors. Welcome to the “youngest country on earth”…New Zealand (NZ).  It is written that the places there are sometimes too beautiful to describe, the people very friendly, and everything is simple and functional. We have friends who one year ago spent three months in NZ.   They did not want to come home.  They visited both the north island and the south island.  Both they said were fantastic.

NZ gained popularity when it was featured in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Senior Tourists are traveling to New Zealand in amazing numbers to experience the scenic views and the Maori culture. Starting in Auckland, you may want to spend a few days volcano and island hopping or taking in the arts and cuisine in NZ’s largest city. Wellington boasts NZ’s best night life and coffee-house scene along Cuba St. and Courtenay Pl. The Abel Tasman National Park is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts and kayakers to visit golden-sand beaches and quiet azure inlets.

NZ is only an overnight flight away from the West Coast of North America. Board the plane, brush your teeth, go to sleep and wake up in paradise. There are several airlines that can fly you to NZ. Air New Zealand and Quantas are undoubtedly the most renown.  With a thousand years of human settlement, NZ has a colorful and dramatic history, dominated by the relationship between Maori and Pakeha (Europeans). NZers are called “Kiwis” and have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. It is a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles.

The ten best tourist destinations in NZ  and The Most Incredible are good sites to visit if you are planning a trip to New Zealand.  The North Island of NZ is the smaller of the two main islands and has both NZ’s largest city—Auckland—and NZ’s capital city—Wellington.  The North Island is the smallest of the two main islands of NZ, and as its name indicates, is the northern-most of the two islands. Its northern location means it enjoys a warmer, more temperate climate than much of the South Island, and is much more vastly populated. The northern areas of the North Island enjoy a sub-tropical climate. The centre of the island is primarily a volcanic landscape with vast forests, volcanic peaks, and picturesque lakes.

The eastern side of the island is covered with vineyards. The South Island is the larger of the two main islands, but the least densely populated. Christchurch—known as ‘the Garden City’—is the largest city in the South Island Highlights include Mount Cook, Queenstown—the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere four season alpine and lake resort, Dunedin—NZ’s oldest city, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and the penguin colonies.

NZ’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rain forests. Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, NZ has a population of only 4 million – making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. It is a haven for seniors seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination for seniors.

No visit to NZ would be complete without exploring some of the locations featured in movies such as Lord of the Rings, Whale Rider, The River Queen, and The World’s Fastest Indian. After all, who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of Frodo, paddle along side the River Queen, swim with the Whale Rider, and race with the Indian. NZ has known human habitation for less than a thousand years. Before then, it was a land of forests, mountains and beaches. The loudest sounds were birdsong, wind and waves. Fourteen spectacular national parks preserve NZ’s natural heritage enshrining a huge variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife. The parks allow you to discover the heart and soul of a country that will never be totally tamed.

To understand what each part of the country has to offer, browse the 24 regions. Every region is presented in detail – a general introduction, key features, scenic highlights and recommended things to do. You can also look through the various accommodations and transport options.  Click the National Parks link and you’ll find a comprehensive guide to NZ’s 14 national parks. There are an unlimited range of tourist attractions and activities, located throughout the country. Whether you are looking for adrenaline-pumping adventure, or a relaxing game of golf, there is an activity or attraction to suit every senior’s tastes, age, culture and budget in New Zealand.   jeb



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