Thanks to its gorgeous landscapes and natural attractions, New Zealand is indeed an adventurer’s paradise. If you’re thinking of visiting this country this 2015, here are some of the places you should check out.
The world’s largest mountain bike festival is coming to Rotorua, the “mountain biking mecca of NZ.” Whether you’re an amateur or a professional biker, you’ll definitely like Crankworx, which will be held from March 25 to 29. The festival will feature biking events such as speed and style, slopestyle, downhill, and enduro.
Queenstown Winter Festival
From June 19 to 28, it will be all action in the South Island’s premier alpine playground as the Queenstown Winter Festival returns for its 40th run. Firework displays, musical acts, and of course, partying will be held during the ten-day entertainment extravaganza.
Beervana is a two-day event in the country’s cottage industry capital of Wellington to celebrate New Zealand’s craft beer explosion. On August 22 and 23, more than 200 different beers from both established and emerging brewers will be showcased at the Westpac Stadium. There’s beer tasting, too, so make sure you don’t miss it.
A Hobbit Tour
If you’re feeling sad now that the last installment to Sir Peter Jackson’s Tolkien series has been shown at the movie house, you can relive the adventures of Frodo Baggins and co with the Hobbit tour. Wellington is the best place to start the tour, which allows visitors to see a massive Gollum, a giant eagle carrying Gandalf, and a sleepy Smaug just starting to wake.
There are nine Great Walks in NZ and you haven’t tried any of them, now is the perfect time to do so. People from different parts of the world fly to New Zealand just to enjoy the Great Walks so strap on your boots and start exploring the country’s lush countryside.
Kiwi food, anywhere
All year round, there are various food festivals across New Zealand that will satisfy your craving for local food. There’s the wild food of Hokitika on March 14, the Whangarei Fritter Festival on March 28, the oysters of Bluff on May 23, and the Kawhia Kai Festival on February 7. There’s also the Hawkes Bay’s Food and Wine Classic from November 6 to 15 and the celebrated Wellington on a Plate from August 14 to 30.