Who doesn’t just love those quirky Kiwis? New Zealand is one of my favorite travel destinations on earth. It has everything from stunning natural beauty to traditional Maori culture. Travelers to New Zealand can partake in one of many adventure/adrenaline related activities such as bungee jumping, cave rafting, abseiling (rappelling) or a New Zealand original – zorbing!. There are also many activities for the more timid. A cruise in the Milford Sound being one of the highlights.
If its quirks you’re after then you won’t be disappointed in New Zealand. I recently saw one of my friends’ pictures from a Banks Peninsula trek. One of the huts along the way has an outdoor bathtub with a fire pit underneath for a sort of DIY hot tub. This is the sort of charming innocence and innovation you’ll find all over New Zealand.
A brilliant display of Kiwi quirkiness is the Hobbit Hotel
This hotel on New Zealand’s north island approximately 2 1/2 hours from Auckland or the over-touristed areas of Taupo or Rotorua. The hotel is part of a larger complex called Woodlyn Park which began as a family farm. The Hobbit Hotel consists of only two units each with two rooms; one with two sets of bunks and the other a main living area with a double bed. Current rates are $185/night double occupancy $15/additional person.
Woodlyn Park located in Waitomo, New Zealand now draws visitors from all over the world to its Hobbit Hotel and other attractions including Billy Black’s Kiwi Culture Show featuring sheep shearing, a dancing pig and audience participation.
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