Mumbai, XXX 2022: New Zealand has always been known for its picturesque landscapes and mesmerizing locations. From crystal lakes to snow-capped mountains, from white sandy beaches to vast vineyards, making it a traveller’s dream destination. But did you know that New Zealand also has some quirky regions which are sure to blow your mind? These regions boast of attractive mountains which are known to be world’s most symmetrical mountains in the world along with a few award-winning food and beverage locations as well as stunning castles and culture.
Buckle up and get ready to discover some of New Zealand’s quirkiest regions:
One of the southernmost cities in the world, Invercargill is enveloped by beautiful, untouched, remote landscapes and is known for doing things its own way. First up would be getting a cheese roll, a delicacy in this region and the perfect snack before hitting Dig This. A unique experience to get out of your comfort zone and get the blood pumping, pick from a wide range of diggers from mini to mega and try your hand at 360 spins, handstands, playing digger basketball or crushing an entire car. At Bill Richardson Transport World discover world class vintage trucks, the largest of its kind, or head to E Hayes Motorworks to learn about local legend Burt Munro and his incredible speed achievements.
II. Hawke’s Bay
It’s the architecture that you’ll notice first, streets of beautifully restored Art Deco buildings that give it the atmosphere of a 1930s film set. Every year the Art Deco Festival celebrates this with vintage cars, fashion and music as the city comes alive with locals and visitors embracing the spirit. Take a vintage car tour and join your Art Deco attired driver for an insightful guided commentary on the city. High on the list of sunshine hours, it offers a temperate climate for cycling around the city, walking to scenic waterfalls like Shine falls or Maraetotara falls or hitting the water at Mohaka rafting. Home to sophisticated wineries, delicious restaurants, bars and cafes and the scenic boardwalk along coastal Marine Parade.
Dunedin is a region with it all – from nature, to award winning food and beverage, from wildlife to culture and castles. With a quirky city vibe including heritage buildings lending itself to a creative hotpot of people. Check out New New New for trendy burgers and great beer in a zany setting or for a locals feel head to Otago Farmers Market in the shadow of the architecturally indulgent Dunedin Railway Station. The heart of the city offers urban style options and creative art covers exposed buildings or head out of town for up, close and personal experiences with wildlife, the Royal Albatross Centre, Yellow Eyed Penguins at Penguin Place or Fur Seals on the picturesque, open coastlines. Pay a trip to Larnach Castle for high tea and enjoy the sweeping views typical of the region, blue sky horizon, and raw, scenic backdrops.
It attracts some attention due to its place as one of the world’s most symmetrical mountains in the world, but the region is also filled with undiscovered gems. Perhaps best known is the Len Lye Museum, an iconic building in the centre of New Plymouth home to some of the country’s best contemporary art. Pukekura Park is a beautiful, lush park in the heart of the town and home to their Festival of Lights. Featuring music and activities, its main attraction is the dazzling light installations and with new ones each year, you never know what to expect. Don’t miss the award-winning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge which frames Mt Taranaki and continue along the promenade for an incredible coastline, dotted with surfers, cyclists, and artwork.
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