15 Reasons To Visit New Zealand In 2019

Explore nature or experience the culture, here's why New Zealand should be on your bucket list

It’s always the perfect time to New Zealand, but here are additional 15 reasons why you should come visit in 2019.

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1. For Breathtakingly Beautiful Walking and Hiking Trails

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The Pororari River at Paparoa National Park. Photo by R Rossiter/Dept. Of Conservation, Te Papa Atawhai

New Zealanders love their tramping (walking or hiking to the rest of us). So there’s understandable excitement about the new Paparoa Track, set to open in September 2019 on the South Island’s rugged West Coast. It’s the first Great Walk – a collection of premium tramping tracks throughout the country – to come into being in 25 years, and opens up the mostly inaccessible Paparoa Range, an area of astounding natural beauty.

There’s a heart-rending back-story to the 55-kilometre track: it commemorates the 29 men who, in 2010, were killed in an accident at the Pike River Mine, set deep within the range.

Related: 5 Best Ways To Enjoy Getting Around New Zealand

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