New Zealand is an amazing country. At one point it stayed under the radar of travelers, but the nation quickly caught fire and word burned through the world. Almost overnight, New Zealand became a worldwide fascination.
On top of it being a great place to visit, New Zealand has plenty of activities that take place outside in nature.
Take a hike on the Great Barrier Island; it’s the fourth-largest of New Zealand’s islands and is a rugged mountainous landscape.
Go white water rafting at the Kaituna River. There are more than 14 drops sure to be a hit with adrenaline junkies. There’s no experience required but participants need to have a go-for-it attitude.
Sign up for a scenic flight and get to see New Zealand from a bird’s eye view. The flight encompasses Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Park. The scenery includes some of the most incredible views in the world.
Complete a summer dream and learn to surf at the world famous Raglan beach. The beach is known to have waves with the longest breaks in the world. The waves aren’t too intense so it’s perfect for someone looking to learn the basics.
Glide through Queenstown by way of a zip line. It’s the world’s steepest tree-to-tree zipline offering stunning views of the forest. It’s a three-hour tour and worth every second. There are guides to supervise participants every step of the way.
Not being able to bring a pet along for a trip can be a dealbreaker from some dog lovers when making plans. Luckily, the folks at Pup Flask created an easy-to-use portable dog bowl that will travel anywhere you and your pup go so hydration is never a problem.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.