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59 Reasons New Zealand Is The Best Place On Earth

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New Zealand. It is a country so diverse and so beautiful that there’s no wonder why it plants itself on the top of many traveller’s to do lists. There’s a little something for everyone, from the great walks to the mountains, from the hot springs to the hobbits and from the beaches to the lakes. There’s more than enough reasons to validate this amazing country as the best place on the earth, but we’ve narrowed it down to just 59 (yep that’s right, JUST 59)!

1. No part of the country is more than 128 km from the sea. What does that mean? Yep, in just over an hour’s drive, no matter WHERE you are in New Zealand, you can reach the ocean!

2. There are no snakes (take that Australia)

3. Tongariro Crossing (home to Mt Doom) is a walk like no other on the planet!

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Mount Doom!

4. Fergburger!

5. Only 5% of New Zealand’s population are human (the rest are animals)

6. World class skiing and snowboarding

7. World class mountain bike and hiking trails

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Mount Doom! The Tongariro Crossing is one of the most popular walks in New Zealand

8. Abel Tasman National Park will blow your mind

9. The world’s first ever commercial Bungy site is located in Queenstown

10. You’d be unlucky to have visited New Zealand and never spotted a Dolphin

11. The locals are awesome!

12. The Haka will make your body shake

13. Huka Falls is New Zealand’s most photographed national attraction for a reason

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Huka Falls

14. Cape Reinga Sand Dunes are great for sandboarding

15. Milford Sound has been voted by TripAdvisor as the world’s best travel destination

16. Christchurch’s Restart Mall following the Earthquake is a prime example of just how positive the Kiwis are

17. There’s no other country on the planet that has a town named “BULL” which has each of its local businesses take on the town’s name. Town Hall = Social – a- BULL. The Bank = Bank – a – BULL. It’s unforgetaBULL!

18. New Zealand is home to the longest place name in the world: “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu”

19. Blue Lake in Nelson Lakes National Park has the clearest water in the world

20. There are too many amazing places to visit that will blow your mind

21. Including Rotorua’s volcanic crater lakes in Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

22. And Cathedral Cove

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23. And Tunnel Beach

24. And Hobbiton

25. Auckland’s islands are stunning – Waiheke Island and Rangitoto are a must

26. Wellington is actually the coolest little city with amazing bars, restaurants and great coffee!

27. There ain’t no party like a Queenstown party

28. Skydiving over Lake Taupo is amazing

29. And Queenstown

30. And Lake Wanaka. In fact, Skydiving everywhere in New Zealand is amazing!

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Lake Wanaka

31. The cheese, wine, chocolate and meat are absolutely world class!

32. You can walk up the world’s steepest street in Dunedin

33. New Zealand is home to more species of Penguin than anywhere else on the planet

34. Airport landings are down right spectacular

35. One third of the country is covered in National Park

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The stunning Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park

36. Raglan – New Zealand’s famous surf beach – is way more cooler than Byron Bay

37. There are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand

38. New Zealand was one of the first countries to give women the right to vote

39. There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand

40. Spotting the Glow Worms in Waitomo Caves is an unbelievable experience

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Waitomo Adventures blackwater rafting

41. The Southern Alps are a sight for sore eyes

42. Lake Wanaka is one of the most beautiful towns on the planet

43. You can Jet Boat just like the royals did through Queenstown!

44. Rotorua’s Kaituna River is home the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfalls

45. Wellington’s Te Papa Museum is FREE and one of the best museums EVER!

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Te Papa Museum

46. Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers will blow your mind

47. So will Moeraki Boulders

48. and Puzzling World!

49. It is home to black sandy beaches

50. And towering volcanic craters

51. Every major town or city has a nearby Lake or Beach

52. Gisborne is the first place in the world to see the SUNRISE!

53. You can Luge at Skyline Rotorua and Skyline Queenstown!

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A luge with a view!

54. Where else can you SkyJump from a tower with views of a neighbouring volcano?

55. New Zealand’s Prime Minister once appointed a national Wizard

56. Where else in the world can you wear Jandals?

57. There are 9 Great Walks that will blow your mind

58. There are too many off the beaten track places of paradise to choose from and in just a short drive you can find yourself with your own private beach, lake or waterfall

59. It is one of the last habitable countries in the world to become occupied by humans

27 thoughts on “59 Reasons New Zealand Is The Best Place On Earth

  1. I am leaving in two days for a vacation on the South Island. This presentation is making my heart pump faster. It is my first but not last visit to that part of our amazing world. Thank you for the beautiful photos.

      1. To the bone. A bit of an exaggeration. There not that bad. I’ve never really been bothered by them that much. There bites are just itchy (like a mosquito), which you can avoid.

  2. Long story short, we’re a laid back country with stunning natural beauty, and became very popular in tourists due to the amazing sights, and the Lord of the Rings.

    1. You really should!!!
      This place is amazing and has the best views in the world and we are also first to the sun

  3. Dear sir
    I want to visit newzealand and also earn knowledge about but have no enough capacity of financial matter.
    So pls advice how to visit newzealand.
    Wait for your good advice

  4. We going to immigrate to NZ at the end of the year the thing that sold me was that only 5 persent of the population is human. No sandfly going to keep me away for sure.

  5. Yeaaah a good part is true,there is really unique and beautiful places in new zealand for sure,but nobody says that the weather is shit almost 8 months per year,it’s a VERY expensive country,and almost no freedom camping possible!!! About the amazing wine and cheese hum hum,well the article relate probably to the ones wich are imported from france hahaha

  6. It is amazing. I want to live there. I have never been there but I and my family are thinking of going there for this summer holiday. Reading this article and seeing all those pics made me want to go there quickly so that I can discover all of this.

  7. I have been NZ at least 10 times, my son lived there for 13 years. Anyone who is thinking of going, do it , the summers are stunning , Browns Bay is in the North Ireland wonderful little place.Long Bay round the headland. Auckland is wonderful. There is so much to see and do. When you fly into Auckland the wood carvings on the way through are amazing, and until you have seen the Hakka live you haven’t lived it gives you goosebumps. Enjoy. !!!!

  8. I want to move here – willing able and ready! No dependants, no criminal history valid passport toothbrush ready! Please help… 😬

  9. Love NZ. Visited 3 times and going going back in October! Coramandal Peninsula drive gives amazing views at every turn!
    White Island should have been on the list!

  10. Not one of the first countries in the world to give women the right to vote we are The first country in the world to give women the right to vote 😀

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