New Zealand/Maori Aotearoa is known as “The Land of The Long White Cloud,” formed by volcanoes and then soothed by glaciers. It is a land of spectacular caves, coastal glacier lakes, lush valleys, rain forests, gleaming fjords, long sandy beaches, and magnificent snow-capped peaks, creating majestic landscape travelers can explore.
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heavenly middle Earth beauty and popular due to its filming location for the “Lord of the Rings.” This island is one of the world’s great places to visit. It is believed that New Zealand was one of the last places on earth to have human inhabitants. There are a few areas that stand out for being the most picturesque places in New Zealand.
1. Bay of Islands, North Island
The Bay of Islands is a famous tourist attraction of New Zealand. This bay is known for its extraordinary beauty and contains a pearl of 144 semitropical islands with beautiful golden beaches, secluded bays, and serene forests. The bay is rich in marine life, including penguins, whales, dolphins, and the giant marlin. It is a haven for sailing yachts and boats, an absolute paradise for beach lovers.
2. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, South Island
Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in Westland National Park is one of the world’s most accessible glacier. Both these glacial rivers flow from the highest peaks in the Southern Alps. Frozen topography of ice caves and pinnacles at the glacier foot and a sequence of tantalizing hot pools are found. The pleasant coastal climate makes it easy for visitors to explore them on foot.
3. Tongariro National Park, North Island
Emerald Lake-Tongariro National Park, North Island [Image source]
Tongariro National Park is one of the world’s oldest national parks, that lies in the center of the North Island. This National Park is a World Heritage Site due to its striking volcanic features and its importance to the Maori culture. Tongariro is a land of marvelous beauty with towering volcanoes, turquoise lakes, alpine meadows, wild forests, arid plateaus and hot springs. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a popular day walks in the country. Things to do here include enjoying the park’s walks, camping, hiking trails, and spending time in its exciting visitor center.
4. Milford Sound, South Island
Milford Sound is called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” because of its magnificent beauty. Milford Sound is a remote fiord Lying at the most northern in Fiordland National Park. This glacier-carved valley is breathtaking in any weather; it leaves visitors in awe of the towering cliffs rising from the dark waters, mountain peaks grating the sky, and splendid waterfalls cascading downwards. The rains multiply the Milford Sound with glorious effect. The best way to explore the place is by boat. Explore the waterfalls and wildlife around the area on a cruise.
5. Rotorua, North Island
Rotorua is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, known as one of the world’s most active geothermal regions. Bubbling mud pools, whooshing geysers, volcanic craters, and natural springs add to its fantastic topography. Visitors have options like sky diving, luging, trekking, and mountain biking to making it a must-visit place.
6. Abel Tasman National Park, South Island
Abel Tasman National Park is a hiker’s dream, located on the northern tip of the country’s South Island. This national park is the smallest national park in New Zealand. The Tasman Coast Trek is the cherry on the top, with an unspoiled coastline of extraordinary beauty, turquoise blue water, rich bird and sea life, making a perfect destination for relaxation and adventure. Snorkel, hiking, trekking, camping or relaxing; are numerous options to do here.
7. Auckland, North Island
Auckland “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and the most populated Polynesian city in the world. Auckland’s diverse landscapes give you the opportunity to be lost in nature. It is bestowed with two glittering harbors, golden and black-sand beaches, unspoiled forest, hiking trails, scenic coves, picturesque islands, and mysterious volcanoes, make the city a perfect base for day trips and wilderness adventures.
8. Queenstown, South Island
Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, is one of the country’s top destinations for international visitors. Nestled between the shores of glittering Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Bungee jumping, river rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, and skiing are just some of the exciting things to do here. Visitors can explore the lovely alpine scenery on the excellent network of hiking trails, gold-mining towns and the Middle Earth scenery from the popular Lord of the Rings movies.
9. Coromandel Peninsula, North Island
The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful beach destination on the North Island. A sublime world, away from the city’s hustle-bustle, the Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise for people looking for peace. There are incredible golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery and forests perfect for days of exploration and other natural wonders. Things to do here include relaxing on beaches, sea kayaking, sky diving, and visiting the many galleries and art studios. At Hot Water Beach, a dip in the bubbling hot pools is a great way to end a busy day of sightseeing.
10. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, South Island
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, South Island [Image source]
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. It is home to one of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. An expanse of untouched, magnificent alpine landscape, blue lakes and wide-open skies, and mountain ranges piercing the clouds, offers an adventure that will leave you amazed.
11. Wellington, North Island
Wellington is the capital city, port, and a major commercial centre of New Zealand. It is situated on the shores and hills surrounding Wellington. Port Nicholson(Wellington Harbor) is a landlocked bay ranked among the world’s finest harbors. Wellington is a beautiful city, situated in the extreme south of the North Island. The coast offers incredible waterfront views from the many hills in which the city is built.
12. Moeraki, South Island
Moeraki is a small fishing town about an hour’s drive from Dunedin. It is known for its surreal set of beach boulders scattered around Koekohe beach. The Moeraki Boulders are geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 65 to 13 million years ago. These boulders are in various sizes and states of ruin. Some are split open and some are almost perfectly round.