New Zealand for new travellers: Here’s what you need to know before you go

“Middle-Earth,” another name for New Zealand, also known as one of the top destinations most people from young adventure seekers, to couples and retirees like to go to and experience.

Planning to travel to New Zealand in the next few days? Weeks? Months? You did the right thing by educating yourself first. You’ll have less hassle and stress if you do your homework about New Zealand before you arrive.

Here’s what you need to know before you go.

The fantabulous landscape. That’s a legit mix of fantastic and fabulous. The NZ scenery will blow your mind. No matter where you are in the fantastic country, you’re always minutes away from seeing something beautiful, and it’s true in all sense. The North Island is exciting for its volcanoes and geothermal wonderlands while the South Island is famous for its mountainous, snow-capped landscape and places like Milford Sound.

Ever heard of people fainting from seeing such a fantastic view? It can happen to you here, so know what to expect.

Adventures to experience. People who’ve been here aren’t joking when they said that New Zealand is the undisputed adventure capital of the world. That NZ location is Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Here you can do basically everything from hiking and mountain biking to the exciting shark boating. Flyboarding to frisbee golf, jet boating, skydiving, parasailing, and of course snowboarding and skiing during the winter seasons.

Of course, try not to get too carried away if you don’t want to blow your budget within the first few days.

Types of houses. New Zealand goes through 4 different weather seasons and what’s bizarre is the way that the citizens built their homes. Most have no central heating, no insulation plus houses are made out of wood. You’ll be surprised that it can withstand crazy winds that occasionally sully this part of the world. It gets pretty hot in the summer and exceedingly cold during the winter. Even arriving in the spring time can greet you with freezing weather right off the bat even in the lodging where you stay.

Just don’t forget to read up on the weather forecast before you go so you can plan for your clothing and other necessary preparations.

The weather. We’re not contradicting ourselves here because of the previous article, however, the NZ weather is honestly good in general. There is glorious summer sunshine without the humidity, scenic snowy winters that are perfect for skiing, pleasant springs and colourful autumns.

New Zealanders. Hands down New Zealanders are some of the friendliest people in the world. You’ll be struck by how kind they are. From the bartenders to the shopkeepers to the average joe walking down the street, if there’s one thing you can always expect in New Zealand, it’s just how friendly and lovely everyone is.

That’s most of it. Indeed, a successful travel to New Zealand requires ample planning, budgeting,  patience, and yes, good old research– that’s if you want to make the most out of your stay, which to my reckoning will be limited to a few days – week at most. With all said and done, it’s worth visiting and relishing Middle Earth.