New Zealand is one of the most gorgeous countries on earth, it is the third most beautiful country in the world and even with its modest size, it packs a lot of history, culture, and attractions. New Zealand is known for its stunning national parks, dynamic Māori culture, incredible hiking trails, and world-class skiing and surfing, and many more adventure activities.
New Zealand is famous for its national rugby team
, and its picturesque landscape, but the most unique thing about New Zealand has to be its wildlife
, especially the birds. Kiwi which is the national bird of Newzealand and the world’s only alpine parrot the kea can be seen only in Newzealand.
Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. It was the second capital of Newzealand from 1841 to 1865. In the middle of the city is the amazing Sky Tower and also witnesses Viaduct Harbour, which is surrounded by superyachts and is lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
Rotorua, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island, is known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. In Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley, there are bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. On its way, you can visit Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools.
Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand. One of the famous movies Lord Of The Rings was mainly filmed in New Zealand, it is surrounded by lush green trees and beautiful small tiny hobbit houses which looks like small dome houses with tiny vessels, pots, chairs, and table. The visitors feel like they are walking around a real Hobbit village. There are 44 hobbit houses, but only a few are accessible to visitors.
Polynesian Spa is a refreshing geothermal spa facilitated in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. The Local Māori believed there are therapeutic benefits of the water and bathed in the acidic pool ‘Te Pupunitanga’, now called Priest’s Bath. It’s a natural minerals bathing and luxury spa that alkalines and refreshes the body.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a trip to the Waitomo caves is a trip to another world. You can see millions of these tiny creatures as they sparkle luminous light in a subterranean world. You can either walk through the cave or take a tube ride to glow worm caves, where you can see the glowworms lighting just like a clear sky with dazzling stars.
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colorful and active geothermal attraction – it’s a drive from either Rotorua or Taupo. You can take a boardwalk through the Thermal wonderland where you can hear the bubbling, coughing, strong smelled minerals, and acids that are present in that area and spitting mud pools that are fun to watch. You can also witness the live active volcano. The area is well signposted so that you can have a safe walk through the board.
HELLS GATE MUD BATH AND SPA
Enjoy a New Zealand spa experience with a relaxing mud bath and sulfur spa. Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve is Rotorua’s most active
thermal park. It is believed to have natural healing properties and is a culture having been used for over 800 years. It’s a bath of mud, commonly from areas where hot spring water can combine with volcanic ash and little sulfur, your whole body is covered with mud and you relax for some time and let your body observe some good benefits
. Mud bath is a historic culture of New Zealand and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world
Franz Josef, New Zeland
It is famous for its beautiful glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. The Franz Josef glacier is approximately 7000 years old whereas the Fox Glacier is around 14000years old. Franz Josef is very much steeper whereas Fox Glacier has a gradual incline. The walk to Franz Josef Glacier is full of clifts and snow caves, where you can be lucky enough to witness the famous blue ice. You cannot get on the Fox glacier unless you do a guided heli-hike/helicopter ride. The guided walks around the glacier will allow you to access private viewing points closer to the glaciers.
Skydiving 9000ft from Franz Josef, it’s a mind-blowing experience where you are thrilled, scared and you’re flying through the cold wind, you experience all of this at the same time. There will be a team to guide you through all the processes and everyone will be allocated a personal Tandem Instructor. They will guide you to the plane. Each passenger will have access to a window seat to enjoy the tremendous views of New Zealand’s tallest mountain range and surrounding glaciers. Relax and enjoy, your skydive experience.
Wanaka, a small town in southern New Zealand, with views of snowcapped mountains. It’s the gateway to the Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring National Park, a wilderness of glaciers, beech forests, and alpine lakes. On your way to the Wanaka lake, is the outdoor maze and Puzzle World. You can even visit Lake Wānaka which is New Zealand’s fourth-largest lake. The lake is 278 meters above sea level, covers 192 km², and is more than 300 m deep.
It’s known for its adventure sports, vineyards, and historic mining towns. The most famous adventure which should be on the to-do list is bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, this 43 meter Bungy Jump is the first bungee jumping site in the world, and still, the most popular Bungy site which attracts millions of thrill-seekers every year. One more adventure which should be added to the to-do list is jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers.
Milford sound and nature cruise
If you find yourself on the South Island and are debating whether or not to go to Milford Sound, our advice is to just do it!
Milford Sound is located southwest of New Zealand. It’s known for its Mitre Peak, rainforests, and waterfalls. The fiord is home to seal colonies, penguins, and dolphins. The whole cruise trip you would witness beautiful sceneries, mountain peaks scrape the sky, and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 meters, and the breeze is so high you get a splash of chill water on you.