New Zealand is popular for its breathtaking settings, serene atmosphere, crystal clear waters and splendid natural beauty with rich flora and fauna. Besides, some of the treasures that travelers can explore are snow-capped peaks, sparkling coves, coastal glaciers, rain forests, fjords, and fish-filled rivers. New Zealand is the perfect place for adventure lovers and for those who seek solitude, freshness and peace.
Among the wide range of water sports, white water rafting, luging, jet boating, heli-skiing, skydiving, and mountain biking are few sports that the place offers for you to stay active and excited! The vast span of untouched wilderness is known for its distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.
New Zealand offers a huge variety of things to do and experience, and in this post, we have compiled a comprehensive listing of memorable New Zealand attractions that you would love to visit while you are in this fantastic country. So, fasten your seat belts and hold your breath because we are going to take you to the land of the kiwis!
Destination: New Zealand
Brief: New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands- the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu.
Ideal Stay: 5-7 days
Language: English and Māori
Cuisine: Seafood, Roast Lamb, Maori Hangi, Fish and chips
Attractions: Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Bay of Islands, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Abel Tasman National Park and the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, Napier, Hawke’s Bay, Coromandel Peninsul, Kaikour.
Activities: Skiing, biking, bungy jumping, caving, sky diving, jet boating, rafting, water sports, stargazing.
Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, South Island
Judged as the world’s top travel destination in an international survey, Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park. Acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination, the place was called as the world’s eighth wonder by Rudyard Kipling. It offers some of the world’s most staggering coastal scenery with its dramatic peaks and dark blue waters.
A World Heritage Site, Fiordland National Park protects some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and is a paradise for hikers with some of the country’s best walks, including the famous Milford Track. You can also go for Sea kayaking to explore the fjords.
Rotorua, North Island
Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. With sparkling lakes, stunning scenery, countless geothermal attractions and some of the best mountain biking trails, the place attracts domestic as well as international tourists.
If you want some adventure then there is no place like this in New Zealand. You can also explore the forests and lakes on a rented cycle to make the journey even more thrilling and worth it!
Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
These glaciers span from the top of the Southern Alps all the way down to near sea level. You can take a helicopter ride above the beautiful ice fields for stunning views unlike anywhere else. The daring side of you can go ice climbing or take a glacier hike to explore the many crevices.
In nutshell, there are lot of ways you can actually explore these enormous glaciers. They are super cool!
Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo, North Island
The first and the oldest national park of New Zealand, Tongariro National Park is located in the central North Island. The fourth national park established in the world, Tongariro has a number of Māori religious sites within it and it is home to the famous penguins, dolphins & whales.
Here, you will also discover the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is widely regarded as one of the world’s best one-day hikes (a wicked awesome one!) which will take you through marshy terrain and you get to soak in some amazing volcanic views. Also, the glittering Lake Taupo adds to its charm.
Bay of Islands, North Island
The beautiful Bay of Islands is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country and it is a perfect place for sailing and yaching. Penguins, dolphins, whales, inhabit these glittering waters, and the region is a popular for fishing and scuba diving. The beautiful area contains 144 islands, many secluded bays and some great sandy beaches. One of the warmest parts of New Zealand, you get all the tropical breeze here!
Queenstown, South Island
The place can give you serious adrenaline rush with activities like plenty styles of bungee jumping, jet boating, sky diving, white-water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and downhill skiing. The list is endless!
In wintertime, you can do downhill skiing, go backpacking, there’s nightlife galore, plenty awesome and quirky places to eat and also Lord of the Rings locations nearby if you wanna check out.
The charming village of Kaikoura is home to some of the most diverse sea life in the country. Folks here enjoy whale watching the most, although you can spot dolphins, otters and other variety of marine life. All in all, it is a cool village and quite different from the rest of New Zealand.
Abel Tasman National Park, South Island
Located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park. The Abel Tasman Coast Track in Abel Tasman National Park is a heaven for hikers especially when they get to spot blue penguins, wekas, oyster catchers, wood pigeons and other rare birds. The place is popular for the many weathered rock formations, especially Split Apple Rock, a giant granite boulder sliced in two.
If you have never been caving before, Waitomo caves are perfect for you! They offer a whole variety of caving options where you can go tubing, black water rafting, ab sailing that’s essentially rock climbing down waterfalls and other cliffs or maybejust regular cave walk!
I know you are totally mesmerized by the pristine beauty of New Zealand. So, pack your bags already and get ready for this magnificent experience!