New Zealand. A small country with a big heart. Drastic in beauty and humble in charm, it regularly makes a mockery of Instagram filters.
This being the case, we don’t get why travellers don’t make the ‘jump over the ditch’ (otherwise known as a three hour flight from ‘Straya...) to New Zealand. Here's 10 reasons why you should add New Zealand to your bucket list this summer.
1. You can visit more than 25% of New Zealand, in fact, it is encouraged!
While Australia has some pretty impressive coastline, the whole central part is basically an uninhabitable sandpit full of things that want to kill you. New Zealand is a natural adventure playground waiting to be explored. We highly recommend to our passengers to take advantage of our hop-on-hop-off bus network and explore those hidden gems.
2. New Zealand wildlife is adorable and it won’t try to kill you.
Australia, home of the box jellyfish, bull sharks, boxing kangaroos, crocodiles, deadly spiders, snakes - and let’s not forget the infamous ‘Bin Chicken’ which will literally ruin your picnic.
3. You don’t have to spend the whole summer indoors.
Unlike Australia, our temperatures are not bushfire, heatwave inducing hellfires. It gets hot in New Zealand, sure, but you won’t spend all summer sitting underneath the air conditioning or asking your mate to apply aftersun to your blistering dodgy tan lines like this guy.
4. Australia has had 7 prime ministers in no less than 11 years (wtf guys!?).
And this is what political unrest looks like in New Zealand (yes, that is a dildo!).
5. Is your backyard like a scene from Lord of the Rings?
Yea, we didn’t think so. We know we’d prefer Hobbiton-land over the blistering sandpit of killer creatures that is Australia. Aside from Hobbiton Movie Set, and Mt Doom, we drive through various mountain ranges and rolling hills used throughout the films, and provide commentary along the way.
6. We’re proud to be from one of the friendliest countries in the world.
Thanks to our laid back attitude and fun-loving nature, we’ll help you get the job done. Our driver guides are bursting with equal amounts of local insight and infectious enthusiasm. These guys have a commitment to making a difference and sharing the adventure with everyone they meet.
7. Is Sydney traffic getting you down?
The problem with so much of our country being lush farmland is that sheep outrank people 3 to 1 and so getting from A to B sometimes looks a little bit like this here in New Zealand… #EmbraceTheUnexpected.
8. Ladies and Gentleman… the All Blacks.
Enough said we think?
9. We’re god-damn extreeeemmmmeeee.
New Zealand practically invented the word adventure; Zorbing, Luging, Skydiving, Bungy jumping- there’s a reason why Queenstown is considered to be the ‘Adrenaline Capital of the World’. With almost 30 years in the game, there isn't a corner of New Zealand we don't know by heart or a fellow tourism vendor we don't know personally. The depth of these relationships ensures we're able to offer passengers a 'best price guarantee' on all activities along the way.
10. We wear thongs on our asses, not our toes (**awkwardly glances at Australia…**).
Here in New Zealand we call ‘flip-flops’, ‘Jandals’ and ‘swimsuits’ are called ‘Togs’; are you confused yet? This might help…
So there you have it, 10 reasons why New Zealand needs to be on your bucket list this summer. You can expect only good times and generous hospitality when you travel across this unique and vibrant country. We may be a bit biased though, so you'll have to come and experience New Zealand for yourself.