From caves filled with glow worms to countrysides dotted with sheep, from oceans great for whale-watching to the Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki)-filled beaches of the South Island, you can go stargazing and traverse the countryside on horseback or explore glaciers and volcanic areas shaped by geothermal forces over thousands of years.
One thing you cannot do is say that you lack for eco-travel options - New Zealand is awash with opportunities for you and yours to appreciate and experience the great Kiwi outdoors.
If getting outdoors and in touch with nature is your idea of a good time, New Zealand will not disappoint. Its national parks showcase an astounding diversity of natural scenery and wildlife just waiting to be explored and awed at. These are some of the most interesting for you to check out.
So read on for the long and short of your next eco-travel experience in New Zealand.
Tongariro National Park
There aren’t too many places where you can find a national park that is centred upon three volcanoes (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro) but New Zealand is one of those places. This 80 000 hectare park is a must-see for those who wish to see the country’s dramatic volcanic landscapes in all their wonder. From steam rising out of craters and silica terraces to emerald lakes and more - the beauty here is as awe-inspiring as it is diverse.
Palm-lined beaches and coastal palm forests will entice the intrepid explorer into the Kahurangi National Park but there is so much more to see here. The marble mountains of the park contain an extensive cave system created by the ebb and flow and disappearance of streams. Away from the palm-fringed coast in the eastern section you will encounter forest with a rich endowment of vines, shrubs and ferns.
Looking to see some out there wildlife? Fret not, you might encounter the giant, carnivorous land snails or even the Kahurangi Cave Spider, one of the world's rarest, which has a leg span of up to 12 centimetres.
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