Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions in New Zealand
(The following is a guest post from Charli Moore of Wanderlusters. Follow her adventures with her photographer partner, Ben, via Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, please email Editor-In-Chief Bret Love at [email protected])
The dynamic geology of New Zealand has long been a source of fascination for scientists. Straddling a tectonic fault line, the terrain which forms this country is peppered with volcanic, geothermal and seismic activity.
Once part of a much larger super-continent, New Zealand is the only terrestrial evidence of “Zelandia,” a predominantly submerged continent around half the size of neighbouring Australia. While New Zealand covers a relatively small proportion of this continental fragment, it hosts a varied array of ecosystems which have been moulded by the crushing forces of the colliding tectonic plates below.
New Zealand residents and visitors have a veritable natural playground on their doorstep. From the sub-tropical rainforests of the far north to the alpine ranges and vast glacial lakes in the south, there’s an eco-adventure waiting at almost every turn. With so much on offer, I’ve narrowed down some of my favorite ecotourism destinations in New Zealand, each offering a unique insight into the history of this country’s legendary landscapes.