IF you are a kiwi considering a holiday in the United Kingdom there is a lot on offer for you. New Zealanders visiting the UK tend to be younger visitors who thrive on the bustling busy streets of London. There are many must-see destinations and activities as well as thriving ‘clusters’ where visitors tend to accumulate in hostels and budget hotels, as recommendations spread by word of mouth to friends and relatives.
All visitors to the United Kingdom should try to visit Madame Tussauds for the stunning and lifelike waxworks, The London Eye for panoramic views of the magnificent metropolis, the ancient Tower of London home to the amazing crown jewels, London Zoo and Hampton Court Palace, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! – a must for small boys of all ages! – and the London Dungeon. All the preceding sights are in London and well worth the visit. Other notable highlights of the country include beautiful Scotland’s Edinburgh castle perched on the hill overlooking the city, Liverpool’s Albert Docks especially the Beatles Experience, a showcase of how the Fab Four got their start and what their lives were like in the heyday of their success and LEGOLAND, a fun day out for families, couples or singles.
While not a favoured destination for those wanting holidays in the sun the United Kingdom has much to offer the wandering kiwi. The vibrant bustling nightlife of London’s vast multitude of clubs and pubs offer excitement and endless variety. The Peak Districts calls up memories of home with the huge variation of scenery. Inspiration to Wordsworth, Agatha Christie and the setting for the classic book Pride and Prejudice the Peak District offers dark forbidding peaks and soft rolling moorland interspersed with beautiful streams and lakes.
So whether you are a gap year student looking to work your way around the United Kingdom, or a family having an “Overseas Experience” be prepared for immense diversity, hidden gems tucked away in back roads and magnificent opulence – the United Kingdom has it all!