Auckland Natural Attractions and Things to Do

Auckland Natural Attractions and Things to Do

An increasingly popular international visitor destination, New Zealand has much to offer every category of traveller, with perhaps the best-served those looking for outdoor activities amongst some of the most spectacular and varied scenery on the planet. Both North and South Islands have their gems, with cosmopolitan Auckland, the main point of arrival for most tourists, surrounded by natural beauty, beaches, rugged coastlines and lush agricultural interiors.

The lively city and its surroundings offer a wide choice of activities to visitors, easily accessed form any Auckland hotel set in the downtown area or the suburbs. Along the peninsula within an hour’s drive of the city are no less than 100 beautiful beaches, ranging from secluded coves, to rugged rocky bays and sandy strands, each with its favourite water sports including sea kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming. Many have beachside cafes and bars, with sunbathing and snoozing also popular! Car hire is useful if beaches are your thing, as bus travel to the more remote beaches can be unreliable.

Sports here are a major leisure occupation, whether active or passive. The city’s gyms and fitness centres welcome visitors, and cycling, jogging or just walking along the gloriously scenic coastal trails is a great way to stay fit while on holiday. Other options include golf, with several fine courses locally available, yachting, white-water rafting and fishing. Less active but no less enjoyable is a visit to Eden Park Outer Oval Stadium for one of its regular Test cricket matches. Rugby, both league and union, has a huge following in Auckland, with matches taking place every week in several of the city’s stadiums.

Boating, swimming with dolphins on guided trips and fishing are activities easily arranged at Waitemata harbour, and extreme outdoor sports such as mountaineering, caving, abseiling, bungee jumping, skydiving, …

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Cuba Natural Attractions

Cuba Natural Attractions

Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Situated to the south of the USA and the Bahamas, east of Mexico, to the west of Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands and north of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Cuba has a great choice of beautiful sandy beaches and attractions. Thousands of people visit Cuba every year for their summer package holidays and for their winter sun holidays.

There are many attractions in Cuba, from the old colonial town of Havana to the Che Guevara Monument at Santa Clara to the vibrant town of Trinidad. Away from the towns, cities and beaches of Cuba there are some amazing natural attractions to explore, including biosphere reserves, national parks, mountain ranges and some stunning valleys with magnificent scenery just waiting to be discovered.

The following are just a few of the many natural attractions you shouldn’t miss when visiting Cuba.

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park – South-east Cuba

Dominated by the rivers that run down from the nearby parks, this is the most humid location on the island of Cuba, hence it is home to a rich and diverse range of trees and plants.

Baracoa – Eastern coast of Cuba

The city of Baracoa was the first settlement in Cuba and is where Christopher Columbus is believed to have originally landed on the island. This beautiful bay is surrounded by thick vibrant tropical vegetation and wildlife and is overlooked by the flat topped El Yunque Mountain. The mountain offers breathtaking panoramic views across the bay while the many rivers, 10 in total, enable visitors to explore by boat or raft. Named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the park is a haven for walkers and hikers.

Cienaga de Zapata National Park – Close to the resort

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