New Zealand was always amongst the places on my bucket list that I wanted to visit as a digital nomad. Luckily, before the coronavirus pandemic took all of us by force, I got an opportunity to visit Queenstown, New Zealand, in 2019. I stayed in the area for about a quarter, and needless to say, it is the best. The city and its residents are very welcoming, supportive, and helpful; the place has an eccentric sense of belongingness.
Based on my experience, you must visit the following places in Queenstown, South Island, for an enthralling digital nomadic experience.
Mount Cook, New Zealand
If you’re keen on trekking and other mountaineering activities, it is highly advised to visit Mount Cook on foot. Pay a visit to Hooker Valley Trek, or choose from other formed and well-marked tracks that begin near Aoraki/Mount Cook Village. You can get an aerial bird’s eye view of the area on a scenic flight as well, or you could go on a boat trip with a local group of professionals on the only accessible glacial lake with icebergs in the world. The mountain is one of the famous tourist attractions in New Zealand, and believe me; it is totally worth it.
The Larnach Castle
The Larnach Castle was built by William Larnach in 1871 and is the only castle in New Zealand. The castle gives visitors a deep insight into Dunedin’s history and boasts of a 3,000 square foot ballroom, a tower with sweeping views of the Otago Peninsula, and stunning Victorian-style gardens. Enjoy the high tea at the Larnach Castle on Sundays at 3, and get a gist of what royalty looks like.
Rakiura Island is home to New Zealand’s largest and most diverse bird population. The place is a paradise for people who like birdwatching. Amongst others, the Stewart Island hosts birds like kākā, albatross, penguins, weka, and even kiwis; you can witness all these birds chirping and playing while you take a walk on the island. The area is spread in an approximate area of about 240 km square and is filled with walk tracts, forests, beaches, and much more
Milford and Doubtful Sounds
Fiordland National Park is amongst the few UNESCO World Heritage sites in New Zealand. The National Park is known for Milford and Doubtful Sounds, which can be explored either by boat, air, or foot; personally, I prefer exploring the park on foot. Fiordland National Park has rich flora and fauna that had me in awe when I visited the place for the first time. The park can be accessed through the exotic town of Te Anau.
South Island is a major tourist attraction destination in New Zealand. It is a perfect place for digital nomads as the place is not very expensive, has a fantastic internet connection, friendly residents, picturesque landscapes, etc.
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