One of the regular features on LandLopers is the Interactive Travel Guide. The idea is to highlight one city or country every week and then get the best recommendations from you all. By the end of the week, we hopefully will have created the best tips not from guide books, but from real people.
Today I want to do something a little different, I want to highlight the entire country of New Zealand.
This week I am supporting a remarkable effort, the #Blog4NZ Project. The goal of the initiative is simple: To help New Zealand recover from its devastating earthquake and encourage tourists to return to this magnificent country.
The Interactive Travel Guide series isn’t just for people who have traveled to the highlighted destinations. I have always welcomed comments about the experiences people want to do most, even if they haven’t been there. Today, I fall into that category as I have never been fortunate enough to travel to the land of the Kiwis, even though I intend to visit as soon as I can.
In fact, putting together these New Zealand pieces has actually made me want to visit New Zealand all that much more. Researching and reading about the unique landscapes and fabulous activities has been fantastic travel porn. I’m not sure when or how, but I will visit New Zealand in the not too distant future.
One of the activities I want to do most in New Zealand is glacier lake kayaking.
As I’ve written many times, I love anything to do with the water. Put me on a boat, and I’m a happy camper. I enjoy kayaking, in spite of some past missteps, and my heart began to race as I read about a phenomenal water activity in New Zealand, glacier lake kayaking.
Located in one of New Zealand’s most spectacular national parks, the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, are the pristine waters of two glacier lakes, the Mueller and the Tasman. Regardless of which one you choose, the experience looks amazing. Throughout the half-day adventure, paddlers bear witness to icebergs, calving glaciers and the unmistakable sounds of nature in constant flux. If this weren’t enough, views of the highest peak in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mt. Cook, are constant and always guaranteed to thrill.
In a country blessed with tremendous natural beauty, the glacier kayak adventure in the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park appears to be one of the most amazing experiences anyone can enjoy.
Now it’s your turn! Please, even if you haven’t been to New Zealand before, tell us all what you think are the best travel experiences in New Zealand!