If you’re visiting New Zealand for the first time, there are probably a few things on your Unmissable Amazing Must Do list. Here are a few of the most beloved places to visit in New Zealand.
A peninsula of rugged mountains and native forest, surrounded by beautiful beaches, The Coromandel is only a few hours’ drive from Auckland but feels an ocean away from any bustling city. Hiking, bird watching, sea kayaking, surfing and lounging on the beaches are all part of the adventure, with our personal standouts being The Pinnacles walking track and the dig-your-own-hot-pool-in-the-sand experience at Hot Water Beach.
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, or simply fell in love with New Zealand from seeing the landscape in the movies, chances are Hobbiton is on your list. Hobbiton is a popular destination, so why not beat the rush by staying just around the corner?
The labyrinth of caves and underground rivers beneath the Waitomo Hills is a staple experience for visitors to New Zealand. The caves are lit by native glow worms, forming a stunning impression of the night sky beneath the ground. Plus, the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park is a 15 minute drive away, making this an awesome day visit.
Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Site and a sacred land, both for its natural geographic features and for its importance to Maori culture. Its spectacular volcanoes, bright turquoise lakes, hot springs and dramatic plateaus make it one of the most visually stunning locations in the North Island. It sits beside the country’s largest body of water, Lake Taupo, and is home to one of the most popular day walks in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Fiordland and Milford Sound
You won’t be alone if you end your New Zealand visit thinking that Fiordland National Park has the most dramatic scenery in the country. The National Park is the home of three spectacular fjords, carved into the land by glaciers – Milford Sound, Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound. Fiordland is a land of waterfalls, untouched islands, mountains, native forest and dramatic lakes. It is also the location of the Milford Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, and one of the most incredible environments to explore by kayak.