You’ve finished your studies and before you want to continue your regular life, you need a big experience? Maybe it’s time to take a gap year and get yourself some border-crossing experiences. New Zealand is the best travel destination you’re looking for an adrenalin-fuelled adventure, a laid-back lifestyle or a working holiday. Here are a few things you didn’t know about New Zealand.
- Getting a Working Holiday Scheme Visa is easy
If you want to spend your gap year in New Zealand working, We’ve got good news for you. Getting a working visa in New Zealand is easily obtained online permits travellers to stay in the country for up to 23 months, working for a maximum of 12 months. Did you know you even can get paid for being a ski or snowboard instructor?
- New Zealand is the land of bungee jumping
Yes, it’s true. Bungee jumping has its origin in the 80’s when a couple of young kiwis set up the first commercial bungee jump. Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world and this is mainly because it’s the home of bungee jumping. So get up that Kawarau Bridge and take a leap of faith to experience the thrill of hanging on a cord high up in the air. If this jump isn’t thrilling enough you can try the Nevis Bungy, the highest bungee in New Zealand (134m).
- Visit the place with the longest name in the world.
Wales is home of the village with the biggest name in the world but if you want to visit the location with the longest name, we have a few extra syllables for you. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuaitanatahu is the name of a hill in New Zealand. Don’t forget to memorize it just in cause you need to ask for directions.
- Kiwis are considered the most friendly in the world.
And by Kiwis, we don’t mean the small bird or fruit. The local people are referred to as Kiwis and are some of the friendliest people you will meet on this planet. That being said, we can say that the most important part of traveling is the people you meet along the way.
- No part of the country is further than 128km from the ocean
If you love the ocean and beaches, than this is good news for you. New Zealand consists of two islands and the benefit of that is that you have the ocean on every side of it. The longest drive you’ll have to make to find yourself on the shores of the coastline is 128km. Not bad huh?
- 5% of the population is human, the rest are animals
New Zealand is a country of the outdoors. With lots of forests, mountains and natural beauty, it’s a destination for the adventurous traveler. That being said, New Zealand has only 4 million people living in the country, most of them living on North Island. There are way more animals and wildlife living on the South Island than there are people in the whole country. And fortunately, snakes are no part of rich fauna.
Do Checkout my gallery of New Zealand here.