New Zealand’s Aquatic Paradises
by Cathy (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Nov 19, 2015

New Zealand is one of those places you’ve got to have on your bucket list, particularly when it comes to wonderful water adventure. The air is fresh; you can go surfing and skiing in the same day, share a beach with penguins, see boiling mud pools, cycle winding mountain passages, and take a helicopter ride way up to the top of a glacier so you can get lost in the spectacular crevasses and caves. And that’s all after you’ve finished your water adventures.

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

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Legend Jacques Cousteau gave his stamp of approval to this spectacular diving site, rating it one of the top ten in the world. Located just off North Island’s east costs, Poor Knights is an underwater island adventure where cliffs form a maze of adventure, with caverns and caves just waiting to be explored. No doubt you will see a wild medley of tropical fish and vegetation; many fish you won’t see elsewhere thanks to the subtropical push from the Coral Sea. A place divers come from all over the world to explore and just exist as one with the sea. All skill levels are welcome, and there are plenty of dive shops around to get you suited up and set to discover. A magnificent underwater world you’ve got to see to appreciate.

Surfing Raglan – Surfing Dream

If you are serious about surfing kiwi-style, you better make your way to Raglan, Manu Bay. Rumor has it Raglan has the world’s longest left-handed break. If you are just starting your surfing career it’s wise you start fluttering a spectacular Ngarunui; it’s patrolled, and the waves aren’t so monstrous. A little less intimidating to say the least. Best time to hit the waves are October through April and don’t forget to take in the stunning sunsets, swimming and beach activities.

Auckland for Sailors Young and Old

If you are looking for sailing you better make your way to Auckland, where you’ll discover a real American Cup yacht, and go adventuring through the breathtaking Waitemata Harbor. Become one with the team or have a go yourself; all while taking in the beautiful view of the Auckland city skyline in the background.

Calling All River Rafters and Anglers

Tongariro River is the place to be for one of the best angling spots in the world and all those thrill-seekers for paddling. Here you’ll find over sixty wildly rolling rapids as the river soothingly winds through the mystic ancient beech forest. While on the river keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful blue whistling ducks.

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