February is the best month to visit the beautiful and diverse New Zealand. It offers nice and warm weather and it comes after domestic holiday time which is in December/January. For many travelers, New Zealand is both a dream destination, so interesting that there is always too little time to see everything. That is why you may want to know what are the top of the must-see list in New Zealand.
The majority of international flights arrive in New Zealand through Auckland Airport, which makes it perfect city from which to start your exploration of New Zealand. Furthermore, the fact that the city is regularly rated one of the top world’s cities for quality of life and liveability makes it even more attractive. What to see in Auckland? First, take the morning ferry to the Rangitoto Island – the youngest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. Once you arrive, you can hike up to the top of the volcano, which is doable for both young and old. If you don’t want to move out of the city, you may get some culture by visiting one of the many museums in Auckland – we recommend Auckland Art Gallery or Auckland Museum. The interesting proposition is to visit the Sky Tower. At a height of 328 meters it is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the Sky Tower has become an iconic structure in Auckland’s skyline. The tower offers views of over eighty kilometers away and fine dining in the Orbit revolving restaurant.
Rotorua is located on a volcanic plateau which covers much of the Central North Island. It is the most unique tourism attraction in the world. Aside from the amazing scenery of this volcanic-shaped wonderland, the 16 beautiful lakes in the region and the lush green of the abundant native flora, Rotorua is a geothermal paradise and the cultural heartland of Maori culture. What’s more the city still maintains its small town charms. A visit to the museum located within the famous Rotorua Bath House will educate and intrigue with its extensive Maori heritage collections.
Famous for the opening scene of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s renowned natural icons. Accessible only on foot or by boat, the place is easy to find – marked with a a gigantic arched cavern passes. The beach is sandy with shady pohutukawa trees – a perfect place for a picnic and a swim.
Some say that Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village. It is known for its world class café and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. Moreover, the city offers many attractions for visitors. There’s nothing quite like the view from city to sea at the Mount Victoria Lookout, from where you can watch the ferries sailing in through the harbor. Another must-see place is the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which is free, fascinating and fun for curious minds of any age. The exhibits are innovative and interactive, telling stories of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural history in new and exciting ways. New Zealand as a whole is famed for the quality of its gardens, and Wellington’s Botanical Gardens are among the best of any on offer throughout the country. Situated in the aforementioned wonderful spot overlooking Wellington, the Botanic Gardens are a dazzling array of all things floral – exotic forests, stunning rose gardens, lush native bush and smaller specially-themed areas all combine to provide a breathtaking new spectacle to be taken in around every path. If you want to see all important attractions in Wellington at once, consider taking a ride on the historic Cable Car.
One of the very special features of Christchurch is that you can be enjoying the surf and sand at the beaches in the morning, and playing in the snow in the afternoon. Despite being rocked by large earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch has made a true comeback. To see evidences of this rebirth, take a look at buildings names – Revival Bar and the Re:START mall. Of course, many of Christchurch’s original attractions are still there. One of the best places to visit is the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in New Zealand. Take in the new and the old of Christchurch from above with a journey on the Christchurch Gondola. This cable car lifts you on a scenic ride to the top of Mt. Cavendish. Do you like to feel adrenaline in your blood? In Christchurch you can swim with dolphins, fly a hot air balloon, watch whales, visit Adrenalin Forest, go white-water rafting, sky diving or cannoning. It’s all waiting for you!
Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. There are over 40 cellar doors in Marlborough, why not take advantage of a pre-arranged wine tour with a local tour operator and visit a selection of the region’s top wine producers. If you enjoy sea-kayaking or scenic boat tours, visits to formal gardens or hiking through bush, Marlborough is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. The spectacular Queen Charlotte Track is 71 kilometers long and it leads through native forest, along view filled ridges and beside idyllic coves. The region provides numerous opportunities to see wildlife close up. Dolphins, seals, blue penguins abound throughout the Sounds and along the coastline to Kaikoura.