New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula is home to some of the wildest wildlife in a country of unusual fauna. From blue penguins to sea lions to your only chance to hang out with actual albatross, a visit to the Otago Peninsula is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Just pack a warm jumper if you’re visiting in July. The wind from the south can be a bit brisk.
Deep in the New Zealand countryside, south of Auckland, there is a place where you can head underground into a cave that literally sparkles all around you. What is it that makes the Waitomo Caves glow so brightly? It’s not what you think. The Waitomo Caves are one of New Zealand’s most popular and most unique attractions, and they are the only place in the world you can see the country’s famous glow worms.
Can you imagine an endless stretch of warm tropical beach with soft sand and great waves, and not a single hotel or restaurant as far as the eye can see? New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach has turned its back on commercial tourism, and it remains as it has for thousands of years; Beautiful, untouched and wild. Explore towering sand dunes, pretty coastal rivers, and Cape Reinga, which is the very edge of the country and a sacred Maori place.