New Zealand is an island nation south of Australia that is ranked one of the top destinations in the world. Last year New Zealand welcomed over three million visitors including thousands of students from countries worldwide. With breathtaking backdrops and hospitable Kiwis (locals citizens), enriching cultures, and endless outdoor adventures, your passport is calling for a new stamp! Let’s explore how New Zealand can be the perfect destination according to your personality type.
The Critical Thinker
If you enjoy delving into thought-provoking conversations that foster critical thought, you will thrive in New Zealand’s top ranked institutions. Located in the most urban and largest city in the country, Auckland, The University of Auckland is ranked as one of the top one hundred institutions worldwide. With it’s lively student culture and accessibility to research opportunities, there are plenty of opportunities to continue in an atmosphere of creative thought. Conversely, if you prefer to contemplate life’s big questions in a more secluded area away from the city, New Zealand has plenty of areas to explore while enjoying its scenic nature.
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The Curious One
If your travel bucket list continues to expand with intriguing places that allow you to learn about a new culture, then New Zealand’s growing multicultural society has to be one of your top locations. The Māori people are indigenous to New Zealand and their rich culture is shared and continues to be integrated into the community. Celebrated annually are the Pasifika Festival and Waitangi Day which both offer glimpses of the Māori culture through traditional dances, food and various activities.
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New Zealand offers endless adventures with extreme water activities such as jet boating or rafting contrasted with a relaxing kayaking and fishing trip. Venture for a walk through the infamous Fox Glacier or ski down an active volcano. New Zealand is also known as one of the best places to stargaze which many visitors referring to it as a magical experience. To top off your time abroad, explore the country’s natural beautiful at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland or admire the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest.
The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, is known for it’s abundance of cafes and restaurants for easy access to a fusions of cuisines. The coffee culture in New Zealand is competitive, which means you’ll be able to find a phenominal cup of coffee. Farmers markets and festival such as the the Devonport Wine and Food Festival allow you to taste local cuisines; or, partake in a cooking class to learn how to make traditional dishes. Your must-eat food items include green lipped mussels, hokey pokey ice-cream, and an L & P soft drink. Continue to immerse yourself in the Māori culture by trying hāngī food which is more than a food cooking method, it’s a communal event.
New Zealand will take your Instagram photography skills to a new level, and make you forfeit using a Snapchat filter. The country is naturally photogenic and you’ll find yourself wanting to capture it’s natural essence daily. The Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka is one of the top photographed trees in the world and a captivating gems in the country. New Zealand also boasts hidden gems all over the country including waterfalls that are over one hundred feet high. Take time to capture the essence of New Zealand’s scenic towns and historical areas. One more popular location is Glenorchy, which was the backdrop for the notable movies Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Remember, before you leave New Zealand take time to capture a picture (or video) of the moment that you realized visiting New Zealand was one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.