Gap years in New Zealand
The incredible scenery and seemingly endless list of exhilarating activities, makes New Zealand the ultimate backpacker destination. Located in the Oceania region, this completely unique country was one of the last to be settled by humans, allowing for its natural forest and wildlife to thrive and grow here. Outside of the natural landscapes, the cities, like Wellington and Auckland, offer plenty of hostels and bars for backpackers to meet up, drink a few beers and plan a drunken New Zealand adventure.
A gap year in New Zealand will offer something completely different each day. If you’re travelling because you’re bored of the predictable 9 – 5 life at home, then New Zealand is the perfect location. On Monday you can go black water rafting through the glowing tunnels of the Waitomo caves, Tuesday and Wednesday can be spent accomplishing a two day hike in Milford Sounds National park, Thursday is time for some relaxation in the Ngawha hot springs, picking the pace up on Friday by going skydiving over Lake Taupo.
Adventurous backpackers should also challenge themselves to hike the snow capped Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, bungee jump from the AJ Hackett site - the world’s first bungee spot, go kayaking on the Nelson Lakes, Zorb down steep hills, surf on the waves at Wainui beach, or spend a day or two exploring the sets of Lord of the Rings in Wellington. We weren’t kidding; the list really does goes on and on.
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