Comprised of two main islands, North Island and South Island, New Zealand is an incredible destination to discover. For many travellers, New Zealand is both a dream destination and a once-in-a-lifetime place to visit. Snow-capped peaks, sparkling coves, coastal glaciers, rainforests, fjords, and fish-filled rivers are some of the treasures travelers can explore. Here is the list of top 10 places to visit in New Zealand.
Top 10 Places To Visit In New Zealand
10. Stewart Island
Stewart Island is the third-largest island of New Zealand. It lies 30 kilometres south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait. Most of the island is forested and undeveloped with over 80 per cent of the island is set aside as the Rakiura National Park, giving you the chance to explore the wild side of New Zealand. Stewart Island is a paradise for hikers. The island has just 28km of road, but 280km of walking tracks suited to short waks, day walks and multi-day hikes. Walk the three-day Rakiura Track and you will get the full experience of Stewart Island’s wild beauty. Stewart Island is the only place in New Zealand where you can readily see kiwi in their natural habitat.
9. Punakaiki coast
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The beaches are violent and rocky, and the lush vegetation gives it a primal, wild sort of atmosphere. Beach walks, sunsets and towering limestone cliffs define this area. This place is one of the best place to visit in New Zealand and attracts a lot of tourist.
8. Mount Maunganui
“The Mount” is the colloquial name for Mount Maunganui, a relaxed beach town that occupies a peninsula at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour. This stunning coastal paradise offers plenty of options for everyone to enjoy a perfect holiday break, from the beach to the mountains, fine dining to outdoor food markets, you’ll create special memories here you will never forget. .The views are awesome from the top, well worth the huff and puff, you can see the beach, the inner harbour and port.
7. Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is the most populated and second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. With it’s palm trees, white sand beaches and stunning coast it is the perfect way to experience tropical paradise without venturing too far. It is voted as the fourth best island in the world. The island also boasts plenty of quirky galleries and craft stores, a lasting legacy of its hippyish past.
Matamata, home of the Hobbiton Movie Set, is a small agricultural town in the heart of the Waikato region, nestled at the base of the Kaimai ranges. As a massive Lord of the Rings fan, visiting Hobbiton had been on my New Zealand must do list, and it did not disappoint. It is now a permanent attraction complete with hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, Mill and The Green Dragon Inn. It is the ultimate Lord of the Rings experience.
5. Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island. Blessed with golden beaches, rich vegetation and the bluest of water, it is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. It is named after Abel Tasman, who in 1642 became the first European explorer to sight New Zealand and who anchored nearby in Golden Bay. The scenery is mesmerising regardless of how you chose to view it, just be sure that you do.
4. Cathedral Cove
Another one of New Zealand’s popular beaches, Cathedral Cove is a marine reserve located on The Coromandel peninsula. From beautiful Hahei Beach on The Coromandel you can walk to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention. The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. You will no doubt be roasting by the time you get here so it’s the perfect place to take a dip in the cool water and relax on the beach.
Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of Lake Rotorua from which the city takes its name, located in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand’s North Island. The town of Rotorua is one of the most unique sites in the world, sitting on top of a volcanic plate the strong smell of sulphur welcomes you into the town. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa and hot mud pools. It is a truly unique and awe inspiring experience.
2. Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island within Fiordland National Park. With its magical combination of mountain peaks, ink-dark waters and superb dramatic forest-clad cliffs, it must be seen to be believed. you can’t help but be left in awe of your surroundings. There are literally thousands of waterfalls around you. The Sounds, the sight of it’s raw beauty is something that will stay with you long after you leave.
Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, discovery and rejuvenation. The only problem with this place is leaving it, no matter how many times you go, saying goodbye is never easy. If you are going to go anywhere in New Zealand, then it’s got to be Queenstown.