Top 10 Most Beautiful Destinations In New Zealand

10 Most Beautiful Places You Shouldn’t Miss When In New Zealand

Vast mountain ranges, endless oceans and seas, sub-tropical rainforests, volcanic hotspots and a lot of nature’s wonders crowd this beautiful country, New Zealand. Tradition, people and culture also make it the best place for any tourist.

Touring New Zealand for a one-time vacation can be hard for any tourist.This country is vast, and each of the places you’ll go to has a different story and culture to tell. You need to immerse in them to fully experience what they have to offer. 

New Zealand is also composed of two islands– the North Island and the South Island– both of which offer different views and destinations you’ll never find elsewhere. Before talking about the best destinations, let’s see what these two islands have differently.

About the North Island

Known for its beautiful stretch of beaches, farmland, terrains, and geothermal hotspots, this island in New Zealand also focuses more on tradition and culture. 

Making up 76 percent of New Zealand’s whole population, this part of the country attracts a lot of tourists who want to experience the vibrant culture of the Maori. But you’ll never fall short of beautiful places to explore because you’ll also find yourself enamored with nature’s beauty.

Sea and ocean activities, hiking, biking, and soaking in its numerous hot springs are some of the best activities in this part of the country. There will also be so much more to look forward to on your next visit.

About the South Island 

The biggest island in New Zealand that houses many of the most famous glaciers, fjords, and the largest mountain in the country.

Unlike the subtropical North Island, South Island’s climate is cooler, especially in the mountain regions. 

This island is also the biggest producer of wine. While you can also experience New Zealand wine in the North Island, specifically in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, wine plantations are more dominant in the South Island. Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most famous wine, produced by 65 wineries around Marlborough Sounds. 

Now that you know what these two islands have, it’s time to get to know their most beautiful places.

Milford Sound

Found at the West Coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a natural wonder where majestic falls flow from its towering peaks. You can either experience it via an overnight cruise, a coach tour or a scenic helicopter ride.

Nestled deeper within the Fiordland National Park, you’ll find yourself in awe with everything it has to offer. A bounty of flora and fauna, the most amazing wildlife, rocky cliffs towering the landscapes, as well as valleys that teems in life.

Sea mammals like dolphins and seals flock in this area to welcome tourists. Penguins, ducks and other New Zealand birds can also be found in their natural habitat.

Within it also lies one of the most famous tracks in New Zealand, the Milford Track. Hiking, kayaking, walks and sailing are just some of the most interesting things you can do while in here.

Coromandel Peninsula

Exquisite coastlines and coves make up the Coromandel Peninsula. Located at the North Island, this laid-back place within city bounds is everything a city isn’t.

Pristine beaches and rainforests surround its mountainous core, giving tourists the best experiences to look forward to. You can do a lot of things here like diving, cruising, kayaking or fishing.

Part of its many wonders is the famous Cathedral Cove, a shy little cove that is picturesque in all angles. If you’re visiting this paradise, never miss out on Coromandel Peninsula.

Wai-O-Tapu

You’re in for the best geothermal experience once you come visit Wai-O-Tapu. With the best geothermal hotspots in North Island, Wai-O-Tapu covers it all complete with a geyser to marvel at, a geothermal park to tour around, and a mud pool to experience.

In it is the Lady Knox geyser where you can witness eruptions that shoot up to 10 to 20 meters in the air. You can witness it daily at around 10:15 am.

Naturally sculpted out of a volcanic activity that happened thousands of years ago, you’ll be mesmerized with the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You can also visit its largest mud pool and experience it firsthand.

Hicks Bay

Locally called Wharekahika, Hicks Bay is nestled in the city of Gisborne, at the North Island part of New Zealand. Here, bay views of the sunrise are majestic and special every single day, because it’s also the home of the first sunrise.

Everyday the sun rises in Hicks Bay will be the first in the world. That’s why when visiting here, you should never miss out on a single sunrise. Luckily, there are a lot of scenic spots where you can catch the first sunrise.

Hicks Bay is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, and also considered as the most memorable too. When looking to find accommodation in the area, opt to find the one that’s nearest to everything you need to go. 

Hicks Bay Motel Lodge has been serving tourists from around the world who wish to experience Hicks Bay the best way. Not only is it nearest to everything, it’s also a place where  you can feel the warmth and hospitality of the Kiwis. 

Marlborough Sounds

The biggest wineries in South Island cloak the vast Marlborough Sounds. After a long day travelling around New Zealand, it is ideal to refresh yourself over a bottle of the best wine. We’re recommending our Sauvignon Blanc– one of the best in the world!

Perched on the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Marlborough Sounds also offers a lot of the best water activities. You can either experience it via cruise or a scenic flight. Dolphins also welcome tourists warmly here– you can even swim with them if you like!

Waikato River

The North Island also houses the longest river in New Zealand, which is the Waikato River. It stretches across 425 kilometers, flowing from Lake Taupo. 

Scenic landscapes can be experienced by biking or hiking along its long trails. The Waikato River Trail is classified as easy to expert so best be prepared for it. In most cases, tourists would feel the the walk all worth it just by starting at its clear blue water.s

Napier

Architecture and art fuse together to bring tourists something to look forward to at Napier. For the art-inspired tourists, this will be your haven in the country. You’ll find yourself surrounded with beautiful street art in all corners of the city.

Architecture in Napier tells about age-old styles, making you feel you’re in a 1930’s film set. Enjoy this city through a guided walk to know the story of each and every architecture you’ll find. Every February, you can also catch this city’s Art Deco Festival— a celebration of the 1930s style which includes a vast array of vintage cars, 1930s fashion and good music.

Mount Cook or Aoraki

Mount Cook, traditionally called Aoraki, is nestled at the colder side of New Zealand– the South Island. It’s the main attraction in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, boasting of its ice-capped peaks and glaciers that provide the most scenic background.

Legend of Ngai Tahu says that Aoraki was one among the three brothers, the sons of the great Sky Father Rakinui. While on their voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. The brothers climbed on their canoe but froze when the chilly south wind blew on them. Their canoe became South Island and each of them that has turned into stone became the peaks of the Southern Alps, Aoraki being the tallest.

Mount Cook has 23 peaks that are 3000 meters high. That’s why you’ll find stargazing purely magical when viewed from its peaks. Activities include climbing, hiking, skiing or going on helicopter rides to find the best views from the mountain top.

Franz Josef Glaciers

For the adventure-seekers, you’ll find this place captivating and uniquely surreal. Your Franz Josef Glaciers experience will make your trip in New Zealand a lot more memorable.

Locally known as ‘Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere’ or “The Frozen Tears of Hine Hukatere”, it’s located in the Southern Alps 3000 meters above sea level. It descends into the rich forest of Westland’s National Park.

You’ll find the most spectacular glacier formations at its peaks, like ice caves and tunnels, seracs and crevasses. They are fast evolving and constantly changing, moving into different formations every two days. It’s also one of the safest glaciers to hike around, but of course with the help of the local guides and experts.

Tongariro National Park

In the North Island, another special mountain is worth your visit. Mount Tongariro, located inside Tongariro National Park is a beauty that stood the test of time. 

It has been awarded a dual UNESCO World Heritage status as it is one of the oldest national parks, with cultural and spiritual importance to the Maori culture. 

Views in this 80,000-hectare park encompass age-old volcanic wonders, featuring emerald lakes, old lava flows, steaming craters and mysterious alpine gardens. Its diversity and peculiarity should make it on your bucket list when visiting New Zealand.

Encompassing different regions with different climates, New Zealand is a country that will wake your adventurous and nature-loving soul. You should not miss these most beautiful places around New Zealand on your next visit.

Also make sure to plan your visit with the best accommodation you could find. To experience New Zealand fully, opt for the ones with the special Kiwiana touch, like Hicks Bay Motel lodge. Book with us now!

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