Thomas Allen Disselkamp, product development specialist at the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, enjoys traveling both throughout the United States and abroad. When not attending to his professional duties, Tom Disselkamp has enjoyed visiting New Zealand, which, to many, has some of the most stunning natural beauty on the planet. As tourism grows, here are four places that aren't as commonly mentioned:
1. Jackson Bay, South Island – This authentic fishing village seems to have more fur seals and penguins than actual residents. While it's a 30 mile trek to reach this outpost, a nice cup of coffee and an unrivaled view of the southern Alps await those with patience.
2. King's Country, North Island – Known for it's glow worm caves, this area is still very sparsely populated, despite any tourist draw. Offering waterfalls, orca viewings and the very endangered Maui Dolphin, this is the perfect location for animal lovers.
3. Mount Maunganui, North Island – A paradise for surfers, this is also the place to come for dolphin sightings, hot springs, and scuba diving. It's the perfect place for those who love all things outdoors.
4. Arrowtown, South Island – For those looking for a break from breathtaking views and long hikes, Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town. Today, it offers leisurely strolls of shops, restaurants, and several cafes.
Thomas Disselkamp has worked for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, for more than 30 years.