New Zealand is a country of breathtaking scenery, and because of the many natural wonders it offers, it’s very inviting for anyone looking for a natural adventure. Maybe this is also why Kiwis enjoy exciting holidays abroad, carrying the national spirit with them.
In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 destinations for New Zealanders that go beyond typical choices. You’ll find a bit of everything, so get your luggage because it’s time to explore!
1- Japan: Beyond Sushi and Sumo
Japan is more than just the things mentioned above (though they are pretty great, too). When you visit Japan, explore further than the streets of Tokyo. Japan is filled with charming rural towns and offers excellent opportunities for hiking through picturesque landscapes.
Don’t forget about Japan’s second-largest island, Hokkaido. It has incredible white winters and beautiful, colourful summers.
2- Portugal: Gateway to Europe
Portugal is one of the most beautiful European nations, with its incredible beaches, historic cities, and delicious cuisine. Besides having a lot to offer, it’s more budget-friendly than other European countries. You can also enjoy world-class wine while enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Portugal is also an important place for spirituality. Its “Caminhos de Santiago” crosses the country from south to north and has been travelled by pilgrims for centuries.
3- Fiji: Close to Home
What about a tropical paradise without going to the Caribbean? If that’s your cup of tea, consider Fiji, which is just a short flight away. White sandy beaches? Crystal-clear water? Everything checks, and when you join it with amazing snorkelling, diving, and watersports, you know you can’t go wrong!
Perhaps these are just a few of the reasons why Fiji is known as the place where happiness comes naturally.
4- Peru: More than Machu Picchu
Yes, Machu Picchu is truly incredible, but Peru is much more than a synonym for this mythical location. You can explore the vibrant markets of Cusco, marvel at the Nazca lines from above, and enjoy Miraflores in Lima, a world-class destination with all the commodities for travellers around the world, including casinos, fashion stores and 24-hour supermarkets.
You can also enjoy the “other coast” of the Pacific Ocean here, with spectacular sunset views from the cliffs that dive straight into the ocean. And let’s not forget that the Amazon can offer a unique, magical adventure too!
5- Morocco: Desert Magic
If you visit Morocco, prepare to be dazzled. Marrakech’s vibrant souks, the stunning blue city of Chefchaouen, and, of course, the vast Sahara Desert will leave you spellbound. But let’s not forget about the incredible food. Couscous and aromatic spices will transport you to a different world.
You can also marvel at the imposing Atlas Mountains, with its highest peak reaching 4,167 m.
6- Canada: Remote Wilderness
Canada, eh? After enjoying what Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal can offer, it’s time to explore the country’s vast, untamed wilderness together with its natural beauty. You can explore the rugged landscapes of Jasper National Park, and let’s not forget about the Northern Lights in Yukon.
Few things are more beautiful than enjoying Canada’s forests in the fall, with spectacular golden tones.
7- Kenya: Get Ready for Some Safari
If you love wildlife, you can’t go wrong with Kenya. You can go on a safari adventure in the Maasai Mara and witness the Great Migration, where more than 1.800 million animals make a 1,800-mile trek.
But that’s just the beginning. Kenya has diverse landscapes, all worthy of bringing your best camera and enjoying some spectacular vistas. You can also visit traditional villages and go on hot air balloon trips. A win-win!
8- Iceland: Fire and Ice
As the name implies, Iceland offers a lot of vast, snowy landscapes, which is a welcome change for Kiwis. However, few consider that thanks to its incredible geological activity, heat is as common as cold here. You can enjoy geothermal hot springs and explore otherworldly landscapes.
Reykjavik is perhaps one of the most charming world capitals, with incredible panoramic views and the marriage between modernity and tradition. Don’t forget to try out the original Skyr here!
9- Argentina: Tango? Yes, and More
Many have a notion that Argentina is about tango and steaks. However, thanks to its large extension (it’s the 7th largest country in the world), it has an amazing variety of landscapes with glaciers, tropical jungles, vast deserts, mesas and canyons, forests, and sleepy plains.
You should take your pick here. Besides the obligatory visit to Buenos Aires, the capital city, you should decide whether to explore the cold south or the warm north. Both are fantastic and wildly different experiences.
10- Greece: History and Mediterranean Life
Greece is a dream come true for both history buffs and those who want to enjoy a taste of Mediterranean life, including spectacular beaches, amazing food, and sunshine. There are so many places worth mentioning it feels unfair to other destinations!
Discover the Acropolis in Athens, sail through the Greek Islands, and enjoy the volcanic beaches of Santorini with some wine and Feta cheese for a perfect sunset.