Are you currently dreaming about mountains, rivers, sea coasts, glaciers, and islands? Well, you are dreaming of New Zealand then. An island country on the south-west Pacific Ocean, New Zealand offers travelers everything, ranging from mountains and glaciers to volcanoes, beaches, and sea caves.
There are so many interesting spots to explore that you may not find one trip enough to have your fill. Hence, finding suitable New Zealand tour packages that cover the maximum number of places should be your priority.
Some of the amazing places in New Zealand that you shouldn’t miss:
1. The beauty of the Bay of Islands
Talk beaches, islands, and yachting?
The Bay of Islands is a string of 144 islands, dotting the waters of Cape Brett and Purerua Peninsula, which is approximately a 3-hour drive to the north of Auckland. You can also take the flight and reach the Bay of Island airport (also known as the Kerikeri airport). The place offers an abundance of marine adventures namely, cruising, kayaking, and yachting besides giving you a taste of its exotic wildlife that includes penguins, whales, dolphins, marlins and more.
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2. Wonders of Wanaka
Seeking a place of solitude, away from the crowd and into the lap of mountains? This mountain town offers amazing walking, biking and skiing trails with breathtaking views from the top. The slopes of Treble Cone and the ski resorts can make your stay memorable and give you enough reasons to come back again. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Puzzle World here.
3. The trail along the Takapuna beach
The hot, tourist-loved beach in Auckland offers a wonderful ambiance to relax and unwind. Dolphins and orca sightings during springtime along with the mouth-watering gelato in the Takapuna Beach Café will surely add value to your rejuvenating holiday. However, adventure seekers can trek to Rangitoto Island, which is a dormant volcano, and get a full view of the Auckland Harbour from its summit.
4. Magnificent Mount Cook
The highest mountain in the island country, Mount Cook is a must-visit for trekkers, rock climbers and hikers alike. Take the track along the Hooker River to get breathtaking views of the ancient glaciers and the swing bridges. You can also visit the Mount Cook National Park on your way back.
5. The Queenstown Crowd
Are you thinking crowd, city marvels and adventures? Well, Queenstown it is then! Every year, a large number of tourists from all over the world fly to this place to take amazing Gondola rides, enjoy the picturesque views of the Southern Alps, experience an adrenaline rush through Bungee jumping, feed and shop to their heart’s content. So, what’s stopping you?
6. Paparoa National Park
Mother Nature has filled the entire 30,000 hectares of green forests with her raw beauty, making it an absolute peace haven for the nature worshippers. Take the 11km Punakaiki – Porarari track to experience the entirety of the natural beauty, including pancake rocks and blowholes amidst the dense green forests.
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7. Neat and Nonchalant Napier, Hawke’s Bay
The Napier is characterized by Spanish Mission-style architecture, gourmet restaurants, and Art Deco buildings, all of which give you an experience of the Maori World. You can fly to Hawke’s Bay Airport from Auckland Airport, one of the most popular international airports in the world. You can also take the road from Auckland to Napier, which takes approximately 6-8 hours by bus.
8. The calmness of the Coromandel Peninsula
Looking for a tranquil ambiance beside the sea and away from the crowded cities? The Coromandel Peninsula can offer you golden beaches and adventure activities like, hiking, sky-diving, and kayaking besides fulfilling your needs to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Hot Water Beach and Thames, a small gold mining city, are major attractions of the place.
9. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
Intrigued by frozen rivers and the glacial landscapes? Do not forget to take a helicopter ride over the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, or a guided hike to experience the frozen beauty of icy peaks and caves up close. You can take a bus from Queenstown, Christchurch, or Wanaka to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, as the road trip may feed your adventure spirit appropriately.
10. Wondrous White Island
Wish to enhance the thrill factor in your trip? Take a fearless helicopter ride over the White Island, which is an active volcano in New Zealand. However, you have to wear gas masks and hard hats, but those will add more thrill to your adventure. The view of the volcano is, no doubt, incredible, but you can also indulge in other activities like scuba diving, to explore the underwater volcanic vents.
It can be a tad difficult to find New Zealand holiday packages that encompass all the aforementioned adventures. However, if you go for customized tours, you can cover most of them. Get in touch with a tour operator, who is more than willing to customize the tour package according to your preferences.
Shalu Prajesh is a passionate Traveler. She loves to read articles related to travel, and Holidays. She works with the best International Tour Operator in India. She also has a strong passion for writing creative blogs and articles about Travel and Holidays.
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21 thoughts on “10 Amazing Places in New Zealand You Simply Can’t Afford to Miss”
This is such a beautiful country. I can’t wait to visit.
New Zealand looks and sounds like a fairytale island. From the beautiful blue water to that magnificent view of Magnificent Mount Cook, there is so much to do!
Such a scenic country. What was your favourite place to visit?
For me, New Zealand is a true definition of paradise and sometimes overlooked. Paparoa National Park Is magically
I will keep this in mind for when I finally go to New Zealand to go see one of my best friends! New Zealand seems like a truly amazing place. I wish to experience it soon. And YES, your list will be considered!
I was in New Zealand last month. It is really a great place. I’ve seen a few of the places you listed and these are really awesome.
The way you describe New Zealand , it seems so heavenly and divine. I would love to visit this place but wonder if I would be able to see all these sights!
I went to New Zealand 2 years ago and loved it. Would love to go back and visit some of these places next time!
OMG I want to go there so badly! WOW It looks seriously so freaking beautiful! I need a passport!
New Zealand is such a beautiful country. I really hope to be able to visit it some day.
Hawkes Bay looks AMAZING!!! I would love to visit there!
Wow, I’ve never thought of visiting New Zealand. BUT, these pics are gorgeous and have definitely opened my eyes to all there is there! I gotta see that Volcano!
Wow! 80 percent of the places that you shared were new places that I haven’t heard of. Upon googling them I am now eager to visit NZ
I love to live vicariously through travel bloggers. It took me 15 years to take a vacation to New Hampshire as an adult. I know I may not travel outside the US. Thank you for sharing!
Wow! This looks absolutely beautiful! Definitely going to be looking into this when we plan our up comming honeymoon!
New Zealand is on my list already for a long time. Seeing those pictures makes me immediately go and book a flight.
Thanks for sharing.
Awesome places, I’ve seen a lot of pictures of Magnificent Mount Cook and I want to visit it soon because it’s a wonderful place.
I would love to visit New Zealand. It looks so beautiful!
New Zealand is such an amazing place, the beauty that it holds is so vast that I want to take multiple trips there to enjoy everything! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing stops.
I am planning a trip to New Zealand next year and was wondering where I should take myself to. Thanks for the great suggestions.
I would love to visit New Zealand once day. It’s so far away and I would say it needs at least a month’s holiday in order for the long flight to be worth it. I can see that there are some fantastic places to see in New Zealand, some unique scenery found nowhere else in the world.