10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

by Elisa Parry

If you haven’t caught up with the latest hilarious campaign from Tourism NZ to #GetNZontheMap you need to check out the video starring PM Jacinda Arden and comedian Rhys Darby here. It might be a small country, but it’s got a big heart. At RedBalloon, we’re passionate about helping NZ get the credit it deserves and making sure it is never left off a world map again. Here are 10 reasons why New Zealand is a great place to live and visit.  

10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

1. It’s the home of Hobbits

Middle-earth actually exists in New Zealand and it’s the most picturesque place in the world. Who wouldn’t want to tour the set of Hobbiton, made famous by the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy?

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

2. New Zealand has got some pretty cool (literally) glaciers

If you’re looking for glaciers, NZ is the place to go. There’s the Tasman Glacier, Milford Sound Glacier, Fox and Frans Josef Glaciers just to name a few. Take a helicopter or go for a hike on one of these truly majestic places. The views are out of this world!

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

3. New Zealand has the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere

Surely this is enough to keep New Zealand on the world map? The Auckland Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328 metres high. You can take in the incredible views from the observation deck and for those who are particularly brave you can base jump off the building!

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

4. New Zealand has three World Heritage sites

Te Wahipounamu, Tongariro National Park and the Subantarctic Islands are all World Heritage listed sites. Looking for a unique way to take in the sights of Tongariro National Park? How about skydiving over it?!

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

5. New Zealand has magic mud

Okay, so we might be pushing the boundaries with “magic” but the natural geothermal mud baths at the Hells Gate Reserve are well worth taking a dip in. You’ll also want to take a soak in the sulphurous spas while you are there.  

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

6. New Zealand has delicious wine

Perhaps we should have started the list with this one as New Zealand sure does produce a good drop! Spending some time in the Marlborough region is a must, although you’ll find delightful wineries scattered throughout the country.

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

7. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungy jumping  

New Zealand is the birthplace of bungy jumping and has become a mecca for adventure seekers from all over the world. There are loads of options for places to take the leap like the 134m Nevis bungy in Queenstown and even the Auckland Harbour Bridge!

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

8. New Zealand has stunning scenery

Milford Sound, the Bay of Islands, the Abel Tasman National Park – there are so many sights in New Zealand that will take your breath away. It’s the perfect place to explore the great outdoors via a hike, cruise or even a helicopter flight! If you don't mind the dark, a tour of the Waitomo glowworm cave is a must! 

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

9. New Zealand has strong lake game

Lake Wanaka, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Taupo, Lake McLaren – if you’re into water sports there’s plenty of lake-based activities in New Zealand. From paddle boarding to jet boating and even taking a submersible shark thrill ride (yes, this is a thing).

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10 reasons to get NZ back on the map

10. New Zealand has a live volcano

Life is always interesting when you have a live volcano close by. On White Island, you can walk on New Zealand’s only live marine volcano. Pack your swimmers on this trip and enjoy a dip while you’re there!

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