The surreal natural beauty of New Zealand has made it a top choice for tourists and also for big- budget Hollywood productions. From snow-capped peaks, coastal glaciers, rain forests and gorgeous fjords to geothermal springs, the land boasts of various attractions. It is also a top destination for adventure lovers with facilities for enjoying rafting, heli-skiing, skydiving, hiking and other adventure sports. The country is also very easy to travel through with great facilities and a diverse range of accommodation options.
So let us take a look at some of the top destinations in New Zealand for your next holiday.
With fjords bordered by lofty peaks and cascading waterfalls, this area is often called the “eighth wonder of the world”. The whole region was crafted by the action of glaciers during the last Ice Age and presents a breath taking panorama. Ravelling on a boat through the area is the best option and it will also take you close to some of the native habitants like the dolphins and penguins. There is also an underwater observatory that provides a grand view of the underwater environment.
Bay of Islands
Located a short drive away from Auckland, this spot is one of the most favourite ones for the vacationers in the country. With a chain of around 144 islands in the area, sailing and yachting are popular activities that are enjoyed. There is also the option for enjoying diving and getting close to sea creatures like penguins, dolphins, whales and marlin. The islands also have some secluded coves and exciting hiking trails that lead into subtropical forests.
Tongariro National Park
Located in North Island, this spectacular volcanic park is a World heritage site. It is also near the beautiful Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. It is also a site which is an important part of the Maori culture in the country and is one of the oldest national Parks in the world. The stunning landscape has various hiking trails and is also a great spot for camping.
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
These caves come with the unique beauty of being illuminated by thousands of glowworms. A boat ride through the caves is a lifetime experience in itself. There are also options of floating in the still waters of the cave in total darkness while the light from the worms creates a surreal ambience. The caves are around 30 million years old and offer a magical destination for tourists.
Located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, this is one of the most geothermally active regions in the world. The volcanic craters, thermal springs and hissing geysers make the landscape unique from all aspects. Enjoying the warmth of the mineral springs is a favourite activity in the region. It is also a part of the Nelson Lakes National Park and there are two beautiful lakes nearby. In the right season, the nearby destination of Mt. Ruapehu presents some lovely snowfields for skiing.
Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
These two natural marvels are found in the South Island and a part of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The gentle coastal climate of the area where the glaciers terminate at sea level makes them ideal for exploring on foot. The vast mass of ice along with steep rocky pinnacles present a spectacular landscape. There are also ice caves that can be explored for a taste of adventure. Other options for exploring include guided walks and helicopter tours over the glacier.
Abel Tasman National Park
The coastal belt in this park forms one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. The 51 kilometre walk hugs the coastline with gorgeous views of the Tasman Bay being a constant companion. Apart from the wonderful views, there are also chances to spot creatures like fur seals, dolphins and penguins. The distinct features of the Split Apple Rock is another attraction of this trail. One can enjoy the staying in campgrounds, rustic huts and also in plush private lodges in this three-day long hike.
These are some of the top spots in New Zealand that will remain etched in your memory forever.