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6 Reasons All Aussies Will Always Love New Zealand

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Ah, New Zealand. The land of lush, rolling landscapes, next-level scenery, and an unquenchable thirst for adventure (sports).

It’s no secret that we Aussies have an obsession with our next-door neighbours. In fact, Australia is New Zealand’s largest international tourism market, accounting for almost half of all international visitors.

So, what is it about NZ that has us forever coming back for more? There’s about a million and one reasons, but if you’re tossing up whether or not you should make the trip across the ditch, here are six that are sure to get you excited.

#1 New Zealand Is Out-Of-This-World Amazing

 

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They didn’t choose it as the setting of Lord Of The Rings’ Middle Earth for nothing. New Zealand is seriously stunning – without a doubt, it’s one of the most spectacular places on earth.

From subtropical forests, beaches, and offshore islands in the north, to glaciers, lakes, snow-capped mountains, and large, flat plains in the south, it’s got the lot. Not to mention, it’s home to fjords, volcanoes, hot springs and lush-as-hell pastures.

It’s one of those places that’ll really take your breath away and make you need to pinch yourself to ensure you haven’t just zoned out, postcard in hand.


#2 It’s Just A Hop, Skip And A Jump Away

 

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As if its unspoiled scenery weren’t enough, New Zealand is just a cheeky three-hour flight from Sydney.

And, with Qantas offering direct flights to New Zealand from all Australian capital cities, or providing transfers from regional ports, it’s seriously easy to make your way there. (They also have the biggest baggage allowance for the trans-Tasman trip, meaning you can really stock up on that Whittaker’s chocolate.)

Think of it this way: hop on a plane, binge-watch all this year’s Oscars front-runners, like A Star Is Born and The Favourite, and voila! You’ve arrived in NZ!


#3 It’s A Thrill-Seeker’s Heaven

 

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New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world: fact. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, a thrill-seeker, or are just looking to get that blood pumping, the Kiwis have you sorted.

When they say they’re home to everything adventure, they’re not messing around.

In New Zealand, you’ve got a choice of skydiving, bungy jumping, jet-boating, rafting, caving, zip-lining, canyoning, off-road driving, heli-skiing, or Zorb balling – nothing screams adventure quite like rolling down a hill at high speed in a giant inflatable ball.

Plus, those keen on hitting the powder, skiers and snowboarders are totally spoiled for choice in New Zealand, with its top-quality snow and diverse range of world-class ski areas for snow sport-lovers of all abilities.


#4 It’s Hard To Not Feel At Home

 

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Its locals are one of the best things about NZ. Kiwis are a friendly bunch that welcome visitors with open arms.

Both Aussies and Kiwis love the great outdoors, are excited to explore new places, try new things, and both totally sports-obsessed, meaning it won’t be too hard to spark up a conversation and make a new friend when you’re out and about.

Plus, with a similar sense of humour and a wide range of diverse cultures represented, it’s easy to feel right at home.


#5 Ah, The Serenity

 

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If you’re looking to escape the crowds or just keen on some peace and quiet, New Zealand is just the spot.

It has the land area of Great Britain, but a population just 4.8 million people, meaning you won’t have to venture too far to find complete solitude.

Most of New Zealand’s population is concentrated in the five main cities, Auckland being the largest, with a third of the country’s people living there. This leaves a tonne of open space to check out – all of which are riddled with natural marvels and hidden gems just begging to be explored.


#6 It’s Super Easy To Hop From Place To Place

 

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Forget The States, New Zealand is one of the best places on the planet for road tripping. Hopping in a car or campervan and hitting the highway is by far the best way to explore the countryside.

New Zealand has a great road network, every town has an information centre, and fuel is a lot cheaper than other parts of the world.

No licence? No worries. There’s a bus network that covers the entire country and a three-hour ferry ride will see you cross the Cook Strait, which lies between the North and South Islands.

Whether it’s your first or your 50th time visiting New Zealand, there are always new people to meet, new places to discover, and endless activities to try your hand at.

If you’ve been waiting to cross New Zealand off your bucket list, don’t wait. Go explore.

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(Lead image: Aaron Sebastian)