Being so close to Australia, New Zealand is a great destination for a weekend away. If you’re looking for alternative sightseeing options, these five shouldn’t be missed.
Ok, so it’s no surprise that the traditional Maori war challenge is a must-see when visiting New Zealand. Performances are held each day at the Te Puia, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua. To find out more, visit Tepuia.com.
Hobbiton Movie Set
Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fanatic, or just a movie fan in general, taking a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set is a great way to experience Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Set near Matamata in the North Island, Hobbiton is on a working beef and sheep farm, so there’s more to see than the Hobbit’s house. To find out more, visit Hobbitontours.com.
The Mighty Kauri Tree
Following on from Australia’s fascination for all things ‘big’, the kauri tree is a native pine, which grows in the sub-tropical north of New Zealand. At 4.4 metres in diameter and 17.7 metres to the first branch, Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) is the largest one in existence. To find out more about the kauri tree, visit Kauri-museum.com.
Cadbury Chocolate Carnival
Yes, there is a celebration of all things cocoa and it happens in Dunedin in July. Make sure you’re there towards the end of the carnival to experience the Jaffa Race, where giant versions of the candy-coated orange chocolate are hurtled down the steepest street in Dunedin. And if you can’t make it there in July, you can always visit Cadbury World at any other time of the year. To find out more, visit Cadburyworld.co.nz.
Hailed as the most beautiful spot in New Zealand, this is the place where fjords, dramatic waterfalls and snow-capped mountains meet, making a truly unique natural environment and named the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by Rudyard Kipling. You can catch a boat trip from Queenstown or Te Anua and the small village of Milford Sound has a few accommodation options. To find out more, visit Newzealand.com.
While you’re travelling around New Zealand, don’t forget to take advantage of discounts using your Seniors Card, which is accepted where you see the SuperGold NZ sign. Also, if you’re not eligible for a Seniors Card, but are over 55, then you can purchase a Seniors Card (not the same as that issued in Australia) for $39. For more information, visit Seniorscard.co.nz.
Find out what else is on offer for senior travellers in New Zealand.