New Zealand is a haven for the outdoorsy types. A third of the country is made up of protected National Park and the well signed tracks and maps along the way make it incredibly easy to find your way around. It certainly made it easy to build my running passion and sense of exploration by foot, it is without a doubt the best running territory in the world.
From active volcanoes, mountains, fiords, waterfalls, lakes, caves, cascading glaciers and forests, there aren’t many places in the world where you have all these exciting geographical features at your fingertips, and another beauty of it is, a lot of these attractions don’t come at a cost.
The tectonic plates that lie beneath New Zealand have helped shape the country’s natural environment. Although this can have its disadvantages it has also blessed New Zealand with some spectacular geothermal areas and incredibly relaxing hot springs, most commonly visited in the thermal town of Rotorua. I experienced this sailing on Lake Rotioti on a private catamaran where you could hop off at the secluded Manupirua Thermal pools. You will have the whole place to yourselves. That’s just one unique experience to New Zealand that comes at a minimal cost.
I’m not one for long car journeys; however three weeks in New Zealand converted me. The luxury lodges of New Zealand are dotted along the entire stretch of the North and South Island and the scenic drives between them are some of the most enjoyable journeys I have experienced. Some of the lodges I visited had as much as 12,000 acres of land. The most perfect way to stretch your legs after the journey is to explore the estates by foot.
New Zealand has over 15,000 kilometers of beautiful coastline. It’s also incredibly varied making it that much more exciting. As you travel around the country you will notice some beaches are angled towards surfers and wild swimmers and others for diving and gentle swimming. It offers a bit of everything.
Seeing as one fifth of the North Island and two-thirds of the South Island are made up of mountains, the ranges stretch for miles and miles, leaving gorges, glacial lakes and large fresh water rivers to explore. A memorable running spot for me would be at Kiakoura, running along the coastline with a backdrop of the snow tipped mountains.
New Zealand is without a doubt the most stunning country I have been fortunate enough to visit. Come see it for yourself!
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