Bollywood heartthrob Sidharth Malhotra has been sharing his love for New Zealand with his industry peers. The star has been seen planning itineraries for his dear ones and sharing quick tips for those who wish to visit the country. Here is a quick sneak peak of Sidharth’s top picks in New Zealand for you.
In Sidharth’s own words, this is ‘the most magnificent bird’s eye view of the gorgeous Auckland city’. This is undoubtedly one of the best possible descriptions of the Skywalk.
The activity takes place 192 metres above Auckland City whereby visitors walk the circumference of Auckland’s famous Sky Tower. The Sky Tower stands tall at 328 metres in the heart of Auckland and is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
- Sky Dive
Sidharth has been saying this to everyone he knows that he has lived his dream of flying like a free bird as he experienced the free fall at NZone Skydive center in Queenstown. It is known as one of the best and safest places in the world to try this adrenaline pumping adventure sport. The feeling and the high of this is beyond words.
NZONE has been offering tandem skydiving in Queenstown since 1990. Having jumped over 250,000 customers’ to-date, NZONE is New Zealand’s most experienced Tandem Skydive Company.
Sidharth found his calm as he cut himself from this world and dived deep into the heart of the ocean. A whole new world opened its doors to him under the surface of the water. He described this tranquil experience saying that the corals and tiny, colorful sea creatures make one admire the wonders of nature.
New Zealand’s Poor Knights Island region with Dive Tutukaka is one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world! The region has the largest sea cave of the world and is home to the only living dinosaur species; the Tuatara
- Haka Dance
Sidharth is mesmerized by the powerful Haka. The Haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka is a fierce display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a Haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe’s history.
Each country has its own form of local culture in which music and dance are important elements of entertainment. Similarly in New Zealand, the Māori people are known for the ‘Haka’, a war dance that is not only a challenge to opponents, but also a mark of respect.
- Hot air ballooning
Another must do according to Sidharth is sunrise hot air balloon ride in
Queenstown. This ride offers panoramic views of Queenstown and its surroundings such as “The Hobbit” filming locations, Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, and The Remarkables mountain range. The balloon rises to altitudes of over 6000ft and drifts with the breeze.
- Weta workshop
A diehard fan of Sci-fi movies and fantasy films, how can Sidharth forget to mention the enchanting Weta Workshop where all the legendary characters come alive? In fact, Sidharth had an opportunity to actually dress up like an elf warrior.
The Weta Team brought The Lord of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy to life and helped put New Zealand on the map as a film tourism destination. The team at Weta has won 36 awards including 5 Oscars and 4 BAFTAS. The Weta Cave Workshop Tour is a movie based visitor experience in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. A 45 minute guided tour starts and finishes in the famous Weta Cave and provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop.
- Onsen hot pools
While juggling with a hectic work schedule, the only thing Sidharth truly needs is to relax and unwind at a peaceful location where he can be himself. He found a perfect one in New Zealand and he wants his friends to try it too.
Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliff-side overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over breath-taking alpine scenery and the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover Jetboats on the river below. Onsen Hot Pools are Queenstown’s only indoor/outdoor hot pools and with the push of a button the front wall and roof retract to reveal incredible views. The pools are filled with a mixture of mountain spring water, rain water, and lake water.
- Get Inked
During his New Zealand tour, Sidharth wanted to be carefree and try exciting options like any other tourist. One of his impulsive decisions was to get a temporary Maori tattoo done. It was a fun experience and Sidharth believes that it helped him get closer to the local culture. He suggests that everyone who visits New Zealand should get at least one Maori tattoo done.
- Barbeque picnic lunch: Food and wine
What can be better way than to spend a lazy holiday afternoon to hog on scrumptious fresh sea food while you lay in the sun sipping one of the world’s finest wines. According to Sidharth a riverside barbeque lunch with your buddies is a one of a kind experience.
With more than 14,000 kilometers of coastline, New Zealand is home to some amazing seafood while the country’s wine is distinguishingly known for its purity, vitality and flavor.
- Visit to Tane Mahuta
Last but not the least, one of Sidharth’s most memorable experiences in New Zealand is his visit to Tane Mahuta, a 2000 year old tree that is known as The Lord of the Forest. He suggests his friends to experience the peace and serenity that the forest has to offer. This is the largest Kauri tree in the world and Sidharth feels that visit to New Zealand is incomplete without a visit to Tane Mahuta.