Ditch the Beaten Track and Head to New Zealand – The glory of the countryside and the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand are known throughout the world. People from around the globe flock to the shores of this island nation to have outdoor experiences and to truly get back to nature. Even with such a grand reputation as this, many of New Zealand’s visitors are still missing out on the depth of immersive experiences on offer.
In fact, it’s not hard to get swept away upon arrival by the myriad popular attractions and sights, but even with the incredible breadth of things to do and see, it still leaves the feeling that one has not quite truly connected with the country in a meaningful way. The bustle of activities carries them from one spot to the next, photo op after photo op, sweeping them along the rushing rapids of tourism hotspots while the unique heartbeat goes unheard, and New Zealand’s mysteries remain undiscovered. Of all the things to do in New Zealand, getting away from the buzz of the places where everyone else is destined is part of the allure – getting away from everything – far removed from the well-worn path.
Away from the sparkling lights of the cities and bustling crowds lies what the Maori people refer to as the Aotearoa, or ‘land of long white clouds’. This is the land that’s hidden, tucked into the rolling countryside and untouched wilderness, kept alive and well by the precious warmth and spirit of the locals.
To find it? You just have to wander a little off a main highway, or venture down a country road. You’ll find experiences unlike those you’ll find on the crowded city streets, where you’ll experience true Zealand hospitality without the crowds, discovering what being Kiwi means.
So many rolling hills means you’ll find hidden gems of towns in every valley you come into. You’ll find endless opportunities to discover the true character of New Zealand, and the connections you make to this land and its people are much more rewarding than a few snapshots at the more popular destinations for your social media channel of choice. You’ll discover kiwi culture, heritage, and spirit, each village alive with honest enthusiasm about their way of life, eager to share with those who’d travel just a bit off the beaten path.