New Zealand is among the most surreal creations of nature, and at times it seems as if you have entered a beautiful movie set. There are very few destinations that can boast so many beautiful natural wonders packed into a small area and New Zealand is definitely among them. From the snow-capped peaks, sparkling coves, and coastal glaciers to the rainforests, there are so many treasures travellers can explore here.
Due to its dramatic topology, New Zealand is a major attraction for adrenaline-fueled sports. You can find almost every adventure sport here like water rafting, luging, skydiving, jet boating and mountain biking are some that are on the top of the list. If you talk strategically, New Zealand is a breeze to travel through. Here are some of the most famous and breathtaking places that you must visit when you go to New Zealand.
Hokitika Gorge is located at New Zealand’s South Island, and is a must visit spot. Due to the natural cocktail of glacial water and planktons along with some other ingredients, the river here is vibrant blue in colour. There are many hiking tracks in and around the gorge where you can enjoy the natural beauty. And if you are feeling brave, you can always go for a dip in the glittering blue waters. Just be warned, the water is freezing, and there can be some strong currents in places so be careful.
This is a place that any Lord of the Rings fan can’t skip at any cost. The shire is exactly as you have seen in the movies and much more than that. when visiting Hobbiton you feel like being whisked away to the magical place of middle earth. From visiting the tiny houses to having a sip at The Green Dragon Inn, it is the ultimate lord of the rings experience.
Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound
Fiordland National Park is amongst the world heritage site that protects some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The dramatic landscape was sculpted by the glaciers, carving the famous fjords of Milford and Doubtful sounds. There are many things to explore for the travellers like the virgin rainforests, craggy mountain peaks and offshore islands. The peak here is heaven for hikers with some of the best walks in the country, including the famous Milford Track.
Situated at the tumultuous Pacific ring of fire, Rotorua is the place where the earth speaks. It is amongst the most active geothermal regions of the world. The volcanic craters, steaming thermal springs, boiling mud pools and hissing geysers are the geological wonders that the visitors are welcome to. There are also plenty of adventure activities to do here like sky-diving and mountain biking just to name a few.
Sitting snuggled between the shores of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and the majestic peaks, Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital and the top destination for international travellers. From Bungee jumping to white water rafting, paragliding to mountain biking, there are many adrenaline-fueled sports that Queenstown offers. There is also an excellent network of hiking trails for the visitors to explore the stunning alpine scenery. With all this, Queenstown also provides the best of creature comforts like first-class hotels, spas and restaurants.
New Zealand offers you undeniable beauty and thrills which will give you the memories of a lifetime. There are just a few of the beautiful places that New Zealand has in store for you.
Travelined welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!