There are plenty of statements made about New Zealand which often paint it out to be for the adventurous, cold weather loving person. STA Travel has taken it upon themselves to tackle some of these myths and show you that New Zealand is much, MUCH more than the colder sibling of Australia.
MYTH NO.1: Its Kathmandu Weather 24/7 Now, I want you to picture yourself in New Zealand. Snowy weather? Puffer Jackets? A cold mist set across the beautiful mountains? Yep, what we thought…WRONG. Well, kind of. You see, New Zealand – like any other country – has four seasons, however it is a common misconception that it is constantly cold in the land of NZ. Wherever you are, you’ll never be more than 128 kilometers from the sea, with beautiful beaches providing places to surf, sail, kayak, jet boat and parasail (amongst plenty of other activities). If you want heat and sunshine, it goes without saying the summer months are when you should visit – with temperatures peaking at 30 degrees from December to March and staying well into the 20’s through April in some parts of the country.
MYTH NO.2: New Zealand is only made up of rolling hills. While New Zealand is known for its breathtaking landscapes, that doesn’t mean there are no metropolitan areas! New Zealand plays host to the southernmost capital city in the world; Wellington. On the North Island, Auckland plays host to a cool 1.4 million New Zealanders, with a population density of over 1,200 people per kilometre. Of the 4.7 million people living in New Zealand and 87.9% of that number are located in urban surrounds…pretty sure that qualifies as a country with plenty of city to explore!
MYTH NO.3: New Zealand is full of Dangerous Animals Hectors Dolphin, Kea Parrot, Kiwi Bird, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, just a few of many creatures unique to New Zealand. I know, sooo scary, right?! Dolphins, Penguins, Parrots…how EVER will you cope! It is a common misconception that NZ is full of dangerous and frightening animals and this couldn’t be further from the truth! Australia has way more dangerous animals, so if there’s anywhere you should be scared of visiting, it’s actually where you are right now!
MYTH NO 4: Everywhere you turn its snow-capped mountains and Misty Skies. When you picture New Zealand you envision rocky terrains and snow-covered mountains, and to some extent, you are right. Yes, NZ has beautiful mountains and scenery, however that’s not all it is known for. In fact, there are glaciers in New Zealand that over the course of only 12 kilometres transition from an icy mountain to thick rainforest. Interesting, huh?! Christchurch in particular is one big, lush, green destination, with the Botanical Gardens and the Temperate Rainforest creating plenty of oxygen for us all and looking beau-ti-ful at the same time. Feeling like you need some salt on your skin, sand in your hair etc etc? Ninety Mile Beach will fix you right up. Massive dunes, endless ocean and an epic expanse of sand will make the beach Insta-worthy and a definite highlight of the North Island.
MYTH NO.5: New Zealand is so small, you’re neighbours with the entire country. Yes, it is a true fact that 5% of NZ’s population is human and the rest are animals BUT New Zealand by land mass is larger than Great Britain – who would’ve thought? New Zealand is home to many cities and towns, the main city being Auckland with a population of 1.4 million people. If New Zealand is so “small” how can they possibly be host to 4.7 million people, glaciers, rainforests, beaches, mountains, fijords, waterfalls, bustling cities, lakes, rivers AND Lord of The Ring sets in the same place? Riddle me that, small-minded people.
MYTH NO.6: ‘Fish and Chips’ is the heritage dish of New Zealand. A classic (but frankly, weird) stereotype that New Zealanders come across is the common misconception that Fish and Chips are the heritage dish of the land. Incorrect. Seafood is a large part of New Zealand’s famous food dishes, but not thanks to the classic Fish and Chips. King Salmon, Crayfish, Whitebait, Oysters and Mussels are all huge homegrown dishes that New Zealand is renowned for. Between the modern day eateries and restaurants, dishes inherited through Māori culture and dishes brought across the seas from Europe, there are plenty of heritage dishes (and modern interpretations of these dishes) to choose from. Also, Marmite. Because it should probably have its own food category.
Whether you’ve got a week, a month or a year (but really, who has a year?) to holiday, New Zealand should be at the top of your holiday destination list. So, without further adieu, here are some of STA Travel’s best New Zealand deals available to help you explore New Zealand right now.
Up to 46% off Kiwi Experience hop-on hop-off bus passes • Book until 30 April 2017 • Applies to two routes covering both North & South islands; the ‘Whole Kit & Kaboodle’ pass (now from $909) and ‘Rangi’ pass (now from $623)
Up to 35% off New Zealand Campervan hire • Book until April 30 • Travel between 10 July 2017 – 24Sept17 Applies to selected Britz & Maui campers, From Auckland to Auckland
To book your next adventure, visit an STA Travel store, www.statravel.com.au or call 134 782.