The hidden wonders that tourists don’t visit

The hidden wonders that tourists don't visit

The most beautiful places in New Zealand

New Zealand has wonderful landscapes rich in flora and fauna. It is a paradise in the middle of the southern Pacific Ocean. The country is divided in two parts, North Island and South Island. Next, we tell you the hidden wonders that tourists don’t visit.

Wonders of North Island

In this area of New Zealand we suggest you visit 4 places: the Coromandel Peninsula, the Tongariro National Park, the Great Barrier Island and the Ruapehu Mount.

The first one is a popular destination for locals to escape the big city. There, you should visit the Karangahake Gorge, the epicenter of the gold rush of 1875. Also, we recommend you enjoy a sunny day in New Chums Beach.

Secondly, it is important to visit the Great Barrier Island since there are thousands of deserted beaches, many archaeological sites, you can see killer whales, etc.

Thirdly, the Tongariro Nationa Park, the oldest park in the country, is a good option to enjoy spectacular landscapes with volcanic craters. We recommend you to take the Tongariro Alpine Crossing route (full-day excursion) to see all that it offers.

The last place in the north zone is the Ruapehu Mount, one of the best places to ski.

Wonders of South Island

In this area we suggest you visit 3 places: the Central Otago, the Doubtful Sound and the Stewart Island.

Firstly, the most famous region in New Zeland for its wines is Central Otago. It is popular for its sauvignon wines. Also, the territory offers you to practice some sports such as bungee jumping, parachute jumps and jet ski excursions.

On the other hand, the Stewart Island is practically unknown. You can find a large population of dolphins, penguins and whales, and also bird species.

Finally, the Doubtful Sound is the second largest fjord in the country. When you arrive there you can see Kiwi birds, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions and Fiordland penguins.

We hope you have the opportunity to discover the hidden wonders that tourists don’t visit. Please, organize your trip and obtain New Zealand visa before your travel date to avoid problems. We assure you that it is an essential step to travel to this country.

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The most popular sports in New Zealand

The most popular sports in New Zealand

The importance of sport in New Zealand

In this article, we want to list you the most popular sports in New Zealand. Certainly, in this country, there is a great love for sports and there are many professional competitions.

As a curiosity, because of the weather, sports are divided in 2 categories: summer or winter sports. In schools, during the first semester children practice one type of sport and in the following semester the other. For example, football, skiing, etc. are only practiced in winter.

Favorite sports in NZ

The most practiced sports are: rugby, cricket, surfing, cycling, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, badminton, bowling, squash, cycling, skiing, shooting, hunting, rowing and fishing. Anyway, the most popular is rugby.

Rugby

This sport is so important for New Zealand as football for Europeans. It is divided in 2 groups: Rugby and Rugby League. Both have rules and both attract crowds of people in the stadiums.

Cricket

This game is the second favorite sport of the population. Also, it can be said that it is the most practiced sport in city parks. It is quite popular among the Hindu, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan community.

Surf

Surf is the sport of the youngest people, and New Zealand has excellent beaches to practice.

Diving and Underwater Hunting

In Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and Northlands hunt lobsters and octopus. Due to the large amount, it is practically not necessary to dive to catch one. Also, mussels abound in coastal stones. It is very important to wear rubber clothes when diving.

Golf

The main audience is the adult population. New Zealand has excellent professionals and several golf courses.

Finally, we hope you have identified the most popular sports in New Zealand and be lucky to practice them or enjoy a competition.

If you are coming to this country on vacation, do not forget to fill out the New Zealand visa application form. It is a mandatory transaction to enter the country as a tourist.

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A visit to Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand

A visit to Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, an impressive natural incident

First of all, we want to recommend you a visit to Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand. The name of Moeraki refers to a small fishing village. Anyway, most people know the place for the Moeraki Boulders or the giant New Zealand balls.

Certainly, in the Moeraki Boulders Scenic Reserve you will find large and impressive rocks, nestled on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast.

On the one hand, the Maori legend tells that these giant stones are the pumpkins that fell from the Araiteuri canoe, when shipwrecked it faces this coast. On the other hand, scientists claim that it is an erosion process, which has taken more than 60 million years and has turned these rocks of mud and calcite into stone balls.

Tips for visiting Moeraki Boulders

  • It is essential to visit this place at low tide or two hours before or after, in order to see the formations.
  • There are two alternatives to reach Moeraki Boulders. The first one is to leave the car in the main parking and walk for 5-10 minutes along the beach. On the other hand, you can go to the parking, go to the viewpoint and then go down the stairs to reach the stones.
  • Avoid organized groups, which go directly to the restaurant with buses.
  • Make the 6-kilometer walk along the coast, from the town of Moeraki to the formations.

We encourage you to go to New Zealand and dicover the Moeraki Boulders. Finally, do not forget to apply for a visa for New Zealand in order to enter the country.

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Skydiving in New Zealand

Skydiving in New Zealand

The best places to skydive

The Skydiving in New Zealand is one of the most popular and traditional activities. It is a very popular sport due to the wonderful landscape that the country offers. For this reason, in this article we would like to show you a series of perfect places to fly over the territory.

First of all, the Skydive Fox Glacier is a perfect place for parachutists. This is located on the west coast of the South Island, just 25 minutes from the municipality of Franz Josef. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Alps, the rainforests, the lakes and the mountain.

Secondly, Taupo is recognized as one of the most impressive fall areas in New Zealand. The team of Skydive Taupo will allow you to reach the adrenaline needed to enjoy an unforgettable experience. In addition, they offer affordable rates.

On the other hand, the Lake Wanaka area, the Upper Clutha River and Mount Cook offer one of the most popular waterfalls on the South Island.

Other interesting areas…

We have mencioned the most important and interesting places to do skydiving. Anyway, there other good options to see:

  • Queenstown
  • Bay of Islands
  • Abel Tasman
  • Franz Josef Glacier

Finally, we recommend you take photos and videos, dressing warmly (especially in winter) and above all enjoying this wonderful experience.

Do not forget to fill out the New Zealand visa application form to obtain a visa. If you do not have a visa, you cannot enter the country.

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Louise Cake, a traditional recipe

Louise Cake, a traditional recipe

One of the best New Zealand recipes

In this article, you can find our Louise Cake, a traditional recipe. We mention all necessary to prepare the recipe in your home with your family.

This cake is very popular at tea time in New Zealand and consists of a thin base layer of cake crumbs or cookies with raspberry or plum jam and coconut meringue. It is necessary to mention that the recipe varies minimally in each region.

Please, see below how to prepare our Louise Cake, a traditional recipe.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 250g of softened butter
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup  of jam for filling
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of baking powder

Coconut Meringue Topping:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups of thread coconut
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract

Preparation

Firstly, you must preheat the oven to 160 °C and cover a container with baking paper.

Next, you should beat the butter and sugar until they are creamy. Mix the egg yolks and vanilla, and then add the flour and baking powder to make a dough. Put the dough in the bowl and bake it approximately 20 minutes.

Then, while the dough is in the oven, you must cook the meringue. Put the eggs in a bowl and whisk them. Beat the sugar until the mixture forms a bright meringue and add the coconut and vanilla.

Finally, let the dough cool and then spread it with jam and cover it with coconut meringue topping. Then, you should bake until crisp and lightly browned (about 35 minutes). Please, cut into about 25 pieces and it’s ready to eat!

We hope you have discovered a little bit more of New Zealand traditions. This country is really interesting to visit and we recommend you to apply for a New Zealand tourist visa before embarking on your trip.

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