New Zealand is a strikingly attractive country. It is blessed with the abundance of natural beauty and is home to thick native forests, rugged mountains, glaciers, miles of coastline with sandy beaches, thermal regions and picturesque fiords that have been well protected. Besides its natural beauty, there is also a diversity of adventures and explorations available here. New Zealand has something for everyone. So, if you’re dropping by, remember to check out these attractions.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman is located on the northern tip of the country’s South Island. It may be New Zealand’s smallest national park, but the attractions are huge. This area also has the best beaches in the country. Ranges of gold to white colored sandy beaches look out onto the clear waters of the Tasman Sea. Aside from the gorgeous beaches, this park also showcases a lush rain forest and is home to the popular Abel Tasman walk which is a hiker’s dream.
Bay Of Islands
The Bay of Islands is one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand. The famous area has 144 islands, many secluded bays and some superb sandy beaches. This stunning bay is rich in marine life including whales, dolphins, penguins and the big marlin making it a popular tourist spot for sailing yachts on world cruises and international sport fishermen.
Fiordland National Park
This park is New Zealand’s largest national park and is one of the largest in the world. It has an area of more than 1.2 million hectares and this is where you will also find the most famous Milford Sound. Dive in the stunning deep fiords and have a chance to see dolphins, seals and rare bird life. There’s also countless raging waterfalls, steep mountains, and lush rain forests. Oh, and did I mention the Lord of the Rings was filmed here?
Franz Josef Glacier
This spectacular glacier is located within Westland National Park in the southwest and is one of the world’s most reachable glaciers. It offers tourists a unique experience as they can walk right up to the foot of the colossal glacier or take a helicopter ride over the astounding Ice Age remnant. It is one of South Westland’s major drawing crowds.
Milford Sound is among the most prominent tourist attractions in New Zealand. Situated at the most northern and accessible end of Fiordland National Park, Milford sound presents some of the world’s most astounding coastal scenery with its towering cliffs and peaks, and dark blue waters, fantastic waterfalls, rare wildlife and stunning landscape. Day or overnight cruising is the best way to experience this magnificent place. This is also where you’ll find the Mitre Peak and the New Zealand Glow Worm known for its bio-luminescent glow after dark.
Mount cook or Aoraki is the home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. The largest peaks in all of Australasia are here including the highest mountain, Mt Cook, as well as the neighboring peaks of Mt Tasman, and Mt Sefton. Marvel at the magnificent landscapes and feel the kiwi spirit of adventure when in this area.
An observation and telecommunications tower, the Sky Tower is located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. It is the tallest free-standing edifice in the Southern Hemisphere with the height of 328 meters (1,076 ft. The Sky Tower has become an iconic structure in Auckland’s skyline. The tower provides views of up to 80 km away with a fine dining in the Orbit revolving restaurant.
Te Papa Tongarewa
Located in Wellington’s spectacular waterfront, Te Papa Museum is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. This bold, innovative national museum is recognised as a world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences. Discover the great treasures and stories of New Zealand’s fascinating history, its unique natural environment, dynamic art heritage, and the Maori culture in this unique museum.
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. It was the fourth national park established in the world. Located in the middle of the park are 3 active volcanoes – Mount Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro. The area gets regular snowfalls in the winter and is home to most of the ski fields in the North Island. Tongariro is acknowledged for its surprises and extremes. The various ranges of ecosystems in this park include serene lakes, active volcanoes, dense forests and desert-like plateaus.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park
This national park is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island and is part of the South Westland World Heritage area and extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to a wild and remote coastline. This is where you can find the renowned Fox and Franz Josef – two dominant glaciers. Activities include guided treks up one of the glaciers, helicopter rides to the top of the Southern Alps, as well red deer, tahr and chamois hunting.