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Three must-see New Zealand spots tourists visit more than Kiwis

You’re sitting in a pub in a major city somewhere in the world (let’s say London), having a relaxing drink and talking about the amazing attraction you visited that day (let’s say Stonehenge), and a local sitting nearby says that he really does need to get around to seeing that.

But as it turns out, last year he did the car hire thing and drove around New Zealand in a month, visiting all those places you’ve always meant to get around to seeing.

So here are three suggestions, compiled especially for Kiwis who need to learn how to be a tourist and see the sights and delights in their own backyard.

Hobbiton

When Peter Jackson made the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more recently the prequel ‘The Hobbit’, he turned New Zealand into Tolkien’s Middle Earth, and the set built for scenes in ‘Hobbiton’ is now a permanent tourist attraction.

Hiring a car in Auckland and driving south will get you there in a couple of hours, or look into Wellington campervan hire and make a weekend of it with some mates.

Abel Tasman

Any Kiwi walking Abel Tasman coastal track is far more likely to come across an array of overseas visitors befitting a United Nations conference than a fellow Kiwi. And for shame, as this is one of the most beautiful tramps New Zealand has to offer

Walks can be from three hours to five days, and you can get there with a Christchurch car hire and driving up in a day.

Franz Joseph

This is a glacier like you expect from the movies, and it’s only a five hour drive from Christchurch, or six and a half from Dunedin. You can climb the ice, walk on the ice or fly over the ice in a helicopter.

This is truly such an incredible experience you don’t have to fly overseas for, and one that will make you forget all about work on Monday.

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