As the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens, there’s no need to look north for ski chalets, onsens or hip city breaks
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Forget long-haul flights and lengthy stopovers — you can enjoy these idyllic islands, gorgeous beaches and scenic regions without leaving the country.
Here’s the Luxury Travel Expert roundup of the world’s 10 most beautiful and spectacular day hikes, all of them crisscrossing breathtaking scenery.
There’s never been a better time for Kiwis to tackle Aotearoa’s 10 Great Walks.
Research underway into elevating the Parliamentary Precinct to World Heritage status.
If you’re in the market for a new travel destination, the UNESCO World Heritage List showcases earth’s treasures, both natural and manmade.
See thermal pools, Maori culture and Lake Taupo on this New Zealand walking tour; Anne Harnagel; Los Angeles Times
This exploration of the North Island starts and ends in Auckland. Reserve dates from December through March with New Zealand Walking Tours.
For the first time ever, Huka Lodge has created a new Snow Time Package which takes guests directly to the nearby ski-fields of Turoa and Whakapapa on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, located in New Zealand’s UNESCO world heritage Tongariro National Park.
As the country’s two largest and highest ski areas with over 65 ski trails across 1,050 hectares alone at Whakapapa, all levels of skiers and snowboarders can enjoy world-class amenities and stunning panoramas of volcanic terrain – whether advanced, intermediate or even those just wanting some fun on the slopes. For the truly adventurous, there are over 24 black and double-black diamond runs to ski.
With an extended ski season from 2 June to 22 October 2018, the Snow Time Package takes guests straight to the slopes for a day of fun and action before they return to Huka Lodge to luxuriate in its legendary service and some après-ski pampering.
The package includes:
- Accommodation for two nights, for two guests, full country breakfasts, picnic hamper for on the slopes, pre-dinner drinks with canapés and five-course dinners during your stay.
Read more from source: It’s snow time at Huka Lodge – LATTE Luxury News
Whether your idea of the perfect hike is a leisurely stroll along Spain’s sandy coastline; or climbing up the face of a towering mountain in the US; there’s nothing quite like getting out there and exploring the amazing world we live in on foot. Some of these bucket list hikes reward trekkers with unparalleled views; a challenge only for the bravest and once-in-a-lifetime experiences you literally won’t get anywhere else. But one thing all the bucket list hikes have in common is that they’re so incredible they definitely deserve a place on your bucket list.
Bucket List Hikes from around the World
The Inca Trail in Peru
Not one for beginners; the Inca Trail in Peru covers 43k and takes 4 days to complete, meaning you’ve got to camp out for 3 nights under the South American stars. The immense journey begins just after Cusco along the Urubamba River and ends at the Sun Gate – the iconic spot from where all the famous Machu Picchu pics are taken.
Every year, the UN releases a list of the world’s happiest countries, as determined by leading experts in economics, psychology, health and public policy. Even if you don’t live in one of these allegedly jubilant locales, you can and should visit them. Here, the top ten, plus the one place in each country you’ve just got to see.This article originally appeared on Purewow.com.
Visit Lucerne toward the end of winter for Fasnacht (aka the Carnival of Basel), a super-lively pre-Lenten festival with concerts, lantern exhibits, parades and other forms of revelry.
Located in the highlands of Iceland, Landmannalaugar, as you can probably guess from the photo above, is famous for its hiking trails.
In addition to being located in one of the happiest countries, Aarhus is frequently ranked among the world’s happiest cities. It’s also an incredibly young urban center.
Golden sands, hidden inlets, native forest and secluded beaches, our Great Walks are certainly picturesque. Here’s a quick guide to each one.
1. Abel Tasman Coast Track
Routinely touted as NZ’s most beautiful Great Walk , it is also the country’s most popular, located in its smallest national park. Great weather, granite cliffs, golden sands and a bushy backdrop are just part of its allure, so packed is this track with delightful surprises.
Spot seals and birds, explore fascinating estuaries, hidden inlets and freshwater pools, study strange rock formations and significant trees… but it’s equally acceptable to just laze around on your beach towel. Water taxis and kayak trips offer endless options for maximising enjoyment.
2. Tongariro Northern Circuit
The dynamic, dramatic features of Tongariro National Park are celebrated in its status as a Unesco World Heritage Area.
One of the best ways to explore nature and immerse in an unrivalled visual smorgasbord of landscapes is through hiking. Here are some treks – from the shortest to the longest – that we think you should traverse at least once in this lifetime.
Pulpit Rock, Norway – 8km
Dangle your feet over a 640m-high sheer precipice – if you dare – and admire the stunning and unobstructed view of Lysefjord from Pulpit Rock. To get to that surreal lookout point, a climb totalling 8km at an elevation gain of 330m must first be overcome. The hilly route – along boardwalks and clambering over granite boulders – is well-trodden and maintained.
Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand – 43km
Set in a dual UNESCO World Heritage site, this spectacular 43km hike will take you from alpine herb fields and forests to emerald lakes and desert-like plateaux over the course of four days.