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Visiting New Zealand

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New Zealand has long been a destination we’ve wanted to visit. I’m in the early stages of research and I’m hoping for some feedback from people on why New Zealand is a special place to visit.

Background on why I’m asking for feedback - we’re from Canada and some areas of our country, or destinations close by, seem very similar to what I’m seeing through my research of New Zealand. We have visited a number of these places over the years and have loved them. The similarities are leading me to question our choice to visit New Zealand but I don’t want to dismiss it based on early research. I’d really like to find the uniqueness about New Zealand that shouldn’t be passed up and that is where I’m hoping you can come in.

A little further background about us. We enjoy nature more than cities. We enjoy walks and 2 -3 hour hikes but are not “trekkers” who do long strenuous full day hikes or multi-day hikes and we also love road trips. All seeming to be a good fit with New Zealand.

Some examples of places we’ve visited that seem to be similar to New Zealand:

British Columbia, Canada:
Vancouver - vibrant city on the Pacific coast surrounded by mountains, with a number of activities outside of the city as well
Kelowna - great wine country set in a beautiful valley (we’ve visited wine regions in California, Spain, and Italy as well)
Vancouver Island - full of nature and wild life, quaint small towns, great salmon fishing, etc., etc.

Alaska and our Canadian Yukon - beautiful glaciers, rugged wilderness, great salmon fishing, among many other things.

Our Canadian East Coast (Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick) – lots of quaint small towns, a couple of interesting cities (Halifax and St. John), sea kayaking, beautiful coastal rock formations, beautiful Provincial/national parks, coastal drives, fabulous seafood, etc., etc.

We have also visited a park set around breath taking waterfalls in Croatia.

A number of places we visited also have your typical tourist attractions:
Toronto, Canada has a tower similar to the one in Aukland with a lot of the same activities.
We’ve had opportunities to do speed boat tours, amphibious vehicle tours, historical type tours, zip lining, etc, etc. in many locations. (No Hobits though – lol)

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. This is a dream I’m hoping not to crush!

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