New Zealand – one world in one country

So you want to travel the world but you only have time for one country? Then New Zealand one world in one country is where you can pack in a world of sightseeing within one diverse nation. Here are the Kiwi alternatives to some of the world’s most spectacular sights.

New Zealand One World In One Country

The Geysers of Iceland

Iceland is synonymous with geothermal scenery – Geysir gave its name of course to those breathtaking gushers of steam and boiling water. New Zealand one world in one country has much to offer as well, and the most impressive of all its geysers can be found near Rotorua. Pohutu erupts on a reliable basis, sending a jet of water up to 30 metres in the air about twenty times every day.

Pohutu Geyser Rotorua. New Zealand one world in one country
Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua

The Toronto skyline

With their laid back vibe, waterfront setting and skyline dominated by a tall telecommunications and observation tower, Auckland and Toronto have a lot in common. Forget the CN Tower and ditch Canada for the Southern Hemisphere. Ascend Auckland’s Sky Tower for panoramic views across New Zealand’s largest city and harbour. The brave can come down the fast way with a bungee off its ledge 192 metres above the ground, plummeting to the floor at speeds of 85 km per hour.

Auckland's Sky Tower. New Zealand one world in one country
Auckland’s Sky Tower

The Norwegian Fjords

The west coast of Norway is a spectacular sight, its myriad fjords beloved of many a tourist. Rivaling that coastline are the 1.2 million hectares of Fiordland National Park, the largest of New Zealand’s fourteen national parks. The stars of the show are unquestionably much-visited Milford Sound, with the imposing Mitre Peak rising dramatically from its deep waters, and tranquil Doubtful Sound, prized by those who make the trip for its wilderness setting and splendid isolation.

Milford Sound. New Zealand one world in one country
Milford Sound

Art Deco Miami Beach

Miami has South Beach, but New Zealand has Napier. Because of a devastating earthquake that flattened the place in 1931 and a rampant fire which followed, Napier’s buildings were lost. Within two years, however, the place had been rebuilt in the style of the time: Art Deco. These days that makes for a very pleasant stop on any visitor’s itinerary, never more so than in February when the city holds its annual festival.

Napier Art Deco. New Zealand one world in one country
Napier Art Deco: Photo by Phillip Capper / CC BY 2.0

The Glaciers of the Alps

Pass up Switzerland’s Aletsch Glacier, the largest in the Alps, or Pasterze, Austria’s longest. Instead, make your way to the twin glaciers that grace the western coast of South Island and explore Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. From hiking to heliskiing, New Zealand one world in one country has something for everyone, and after you’ve investigated their icy profiles, there’s no better way to warm up than in the nearby hot springs. Their proximity to each other means you won’t have to choose between them either.

Franz Josef Glacier. New Zealand one world in one country
Franz Josef Glacier

About JuliaHammond


Julia Hammond is a Geography teacher turned travel writer with a passion for places. Winning Mail Travel's Deep South competition was the catalyst to write for a diverse range of publications including Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again. She’s written Kindle guides to Cape Town, Peru and London for Unanchor and advice on Savannah for Wanderlust. When not travelling, she can be found at home in Essex planning her next trip, her two golden retrievers curled up at her feet.

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