New Zealand: Rejuvenated and ready to return
New Zealand: Rejuvenated and ready to return.
As fall gives way to cool, cool days, warm company, and well-deserved winter peace, the challenges of the past few months are beginning to fade and fade. The earth and people slow down and recover, taking stock as we eagerly await the promise and hope of a rediscovered spring.
As we celebrate the obstacles we have overcome, we venture out into the world again to celebrate our freedom. The relaxed pace and tranquil appeal of the season create the perfect opportunity to investigate and discover all the reasons why this time of year brings such joy.
It’s time to renew
In the aftermath of the pandemic, winter is a period of introspection and renewal in New Zealand, a quiet period of reflection, recovery and rediscovery. It’s time to come together, rejuvenate and be reborn… to come back to life with a passion and a new sense of purpose.
This new love of life makes it the perfect season to turn our attention to all the things that need to be done … to pick up the things that fell by the wayside during the hectic days of summer. It is time to reset, repair and prepare for the days to come, to take this opportunity to not only restore but also improve upon our return from hibernation and find the whole world.
A renewed trend toward wellness is an obvious byproduct of accepting the impact and the struggles we have had and continue to have with the virus that has swept the world. New Zealand is perhaps the most perfect place for this renewal. Not only is it visually stunning, it is also a cleanse for the mind and soul in a way that is difficult to explain. Our natural world experienced the precious interlude, restful and revitalizing as it patiently awaited the return of our steps.
The earth, the sea and the sky all have rediscovered freshness; the days seem clearer, the air fresher, the landscape more alive. Perhaps this much needed rest has given renewed vigor to the earth … or perhaps our time away simply lets us see the miracles of the world with cooler and more grateful eyes.
Whatever the reason, the beauty and wonder of New Zealand are impatient under the cloak of winter, ready to burst into the riot of spring to fully celebrate our return.
It’s time to reassess
Like butterflies, our withdrawal from the world has transformed us into something more than us. The rest did us all good, allowing us to recover from our busy lives and rediscover the beauty and joy that each day can truly bring. While we feel that we may be changed forever, the metamorphosis and the journey of self-discovery will continue … but now it’s time to step out of our cocoon and rediscover all the joys of life.
If there is one glimpse that the challenges of the past few days have shown us, it is that we need to seize the day and take time for special moments with special people … to fully enjoy life. It is time to spread our wings, to pursue our dreams and to savor every moment.
It’s the perfect time to do the things we’ve always wanted to do … to explore a world of limitless possibilities. We can mark this must-have thing from our bucket list or just follow where the wind is taking us and our heart is calling us, leaving no stones unturned and no reason for regret.
We can go to the sites we have never seen and take the risks that we have never taken. Share our long-neglected favorites with those we love. Revisit happy places and share precious moments. Revive old memories and forge new ones together.
It’s time to rediscover
Although there are a multitude of popular activities and must-see sites, the country has more to offer the discerning traveler. For those who wish to look beyond the bright spotlights of the famous, there are exclusive experiences and unique adventures just waiting to be discovered.
Away from the crowds and the most sought-after activities, small groups seem to be an ideal way to emerge safely and carefree in the experiences that await. With the orientation for the coming years strongly oriented towards safer ways of seeing the world, the trends towards tailor-made travel experiences offer assurance.
It’s time to rethink
As we enter a new era of existence, our very existence, our daily lives, our travel plans, our family plans, just about every part of our life is being reconsidered. The same goes for travel and tourism, in terms of restructuring. Attract the traveler who will intrinsically value the same things we do as a nation. Our national resources come into play, as does the intention to maintain the integrity and beauty of it all.
We will see the emergence of travel trends that may well be very conducive to the restoration and maintenance of national treasures; small group trips are safer than larger trips. Guided experiences offer a deeper immersion into New Zealand culture. This applies specifically to the Maori culture of our country which so fascinates international customers.
But spending an hour watching a cultural show or walking through a museum can be trivial. Especially in comparison with an opportunity to be fully invested in a cultural narrative that speaks of ancient wisdom and shares enriching ideas about a bygone era, but nevertheless relevant today.
Every moment is a good time here in our little corner of paradise, but as we emerge from days of isolation and hardship, we have gotten a special insight into the possibilities and potential that each day can hold.
So, as the country is reborn and awakening, this is the ideal opportunity to make up for lost time … to go out, explore and discover these special experiences, delivered by personal interactions. With concern for resources, respect for small businesses and attention to personal security, the future of New Zealand tourism is set on a new path.
Veronika Vermeulen is Director of Aroha New Zealand Tours Ltd. Aroha New Zealand Tours Ltd. has been offering 100% tailor-made trips and private guided luxury experiences in New Zealand since 2000.