Wildlife Encounters in New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect destination for those who enjoy travelling alone. It is easy to get around, accommodation is cheap and the people welcoming and affable. Organizing your own itinerary and travel arrangements can be fun and liberating; you choose where to go, when and for how long! New Zealand is about free choice and independence with its spectacular mountains and diverse scenery.

The main cities in New Zealand are Auckland and Christchurch, and Wellington the capital. Other cities of interest include Napier and Nelson, Tauranga and Rotorua. Queenstown should definitely be on your list as one of the top destinations to visit in this captivating and matchless country.

The scenery in New Zealand is extravagant and as diverse as you can imagine. The North and South Islands are completely different to each other but both have mountains and rivers, fiords and glaciers, dramatic beaches and surf and verdant forests and lakes, just some of the natural delights you can expect to see.

Many travellers visit New Zealand for its range of exciting activities, you can easily find something much closer to home if it is a beach holiday you want, people coming here are not looking for the norm but seeking something really unique. If you want water based activities there are a multitude to choose from and they can take place in the surrounding seas, on a lake or in a river, surfing, boogey boarding, kayaking, deep sea diving, parasailing, windsurfing, fishing and more.

If it is the ultimate excitement you are after there are plenty of opportunities for jet boating, four wheel drive practice and white or black water rafting. The Bridge walk is one you will never forget as you climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge experiencing the best views of Auckland with fully trained bridge guides. If you have come to New Zealand for bungee jumping then head to the 192m Auckland Sky Tower and make a sky jump from the top, falling at 75kph to a target at the bottom. There’s no greater thrill.

For those who like to keep their feet on land then experience a bush walk or take off to the mountains for a hike, snowboarding or skiing. If you are looking for cheap accommodation, Auckland and Christchurch hotels are easy to book online.

Whale watching is possible in Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island. This is the main centre for whale watching and one of the only places in the world where you can see sperm whales. These whales can grow to over 15m in length and dive deep into the ocean to feed. Orca Whales are also spotted between December to March, and humpback whales in June and July.

Penguins are an amusing species as they dive and swoop like other birds do in the air, whilst on land they waddle along upright. There are 3 three species of penguin around New Zealand, the Korora is the world’s smallest at only 25cm tall and can be seen at The Marlborough Sounds, Akaroa Harbour, Oamaru and Stewart Island. The Fiordland crested penguin is one of the worlds rarest found in Fiordland and Stewart Island. The rare Hoiho has a prominent yellow eye band sweeping back from each yellow eye and can be seen at the Otago Peninsula, and along the South Otago Coast. Book your cheap hotels online NZ before you travel to avoid disappointment as you don’t want to miss these beautiful creatures.

New Zealand’s bird population is pretty impressive and sure to keep you occupied for hours. There are over 80 types of seabird breed found on the country’s shoreline, some only found within New Zealand whilst others migrate here from thousands of miles away. Uncommon national species can be seen at various locations including Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds, and Kapiti Island.

There is a broad range of lodging choices to suit your price range, whether you can afford luxury or want to keep to a budget. Finding cheap hotels in New Zealand as you tour the country is not difficult and there are plenty of choices for the independent traveller. Whether you need a Sydney, a Rotorua or a Queenstown hotel, have a look online for affordable rates.