You never need an excuse to visit New Zealand. This has to be one of the world’s most beautiful countries and – as a developed nation with all the economy and infrastructure that brings with it – the country’s population of just 4.5 million people speaks of just how unspoiled this place remains.
And there are few better times to visit New Zealand than the early part of the year. February and March are akin to August and September in the northern hemisphere and the country really is at its most stunningly beautiful at this time of year. If you wait a little longer, the leaves begin to turn and the colours really are awesome.
But if anyone did need an excuse to visit during the latter part of a New Zealand summer – then the visit of one of the world’s best cricketing sides for a test series is the ideal reason.
At the time of writing, New Zealand have already enjoyed a narrow victory over India in the first Test – after a very close finish in Auckland. This tees things up perfectly for the next Test in the country’s capital, Wellington – beginning on February 13th.
It’s only a two-match series so it’s either going to be a home win or a draw – and the Indians will be absolutely determined to level things up – which makes the betting market very interesting. As things stand, New Zealand are odds-on with Betfair to win the series, which makes the draw a good value bet.
And with Betfair – finding the value is what it’s all about as, of course, you can lay bets back at shorter odds thereby ensuring a profit whatever happens. And a punt on the cricket can really liven things up, particularly if you’re a neutral.
If you can make the trip in time –then the second Test promises to be a thriller. But if you aren’t a cricket fan – then come to New Zealand around this time of year anyway; this country will not disappoint you if you’re a lover of majestic natural beauty.