New Zealand’s scenery stretches from the wild mountains, the massive glaciers to the boiling hot springs, the golden sandy beaches, and the rough coastline. The world’s most popular is the country. There are also nice towns, secret spots, fantastic animals and much more. In New Zealand, we struggled to reduce it to an essential list of 15. So much needs to be done.
These are the top stuff we don’t want any traveler in New Zealand tour to do.
1. Visit Tongariro National Park Mount Doom.
Three active volcanoes (including Mount Doom), the foolhardily picturesque Tongariro Alpine Crossing (one of the best days walks on earth), thermal springs, hot mud pools, Maori religious sites, and much more are situated in New Zealand’s oldest national park. It’s Earth’s most gorgeous planet.
2. Go to the subway in Waitomo
Go to the west and you’ll find Waitomo, a lovely city set against nice green hills. You only come to discover the real wonders of magical caverns illuminated by lighter worms, the ideal environment for kayaking, pumping, and canyoning, if you go in the underground.
3. Rotorua heat stuff up
Don’t get off with the smell – geothermal waters might get some chickens, but more than do with hot springs, geysers, mud pools, and a good place on the lakeside.
4. Go on board the Islands Bay
You’ll find the Bay of Islands almost as far north as you can go, about 140 of them more precisely, which provides a lot of coastlines to explore on boats and villages to avoid. Set out for an outstanding seafood lunch in the lovely town of Russell.
5. Marvel at the Cove Marine Sanctuary Cathedral
The rock arch of the Cathedral Cove is accessible only by boat or on foot and is also a spectacular view from the waves. Te Hoho Rock is an amazing sight. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian will tell you this.
6. Get a picnic in Falls in Whangarei
Whangarei Falls is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in New Zealand at 24 feet and flows all year round. It’s easy to reach too, so you can enjoy a gentle walk in the bush or just sit outside the splash zone and have a fun picnic.
7. Take the former Kauri Forest Waipoua
Go to Hokianga on the western shore and visit the Waipoua forest to see the sizeable, up to 3,000 years old kauri trees. Most iconic is the 167-foot-high and 13-meter-long Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in the world.
8. Eat Hobbiton’s second breakfast
Travel to Matamata and saddle your pack horses (or cars), where you can find the true Hobbiton (or a complete set used by Lords of the Rings). Now it’s a major tourist spot, yet one of New Zealand’s top places for any fan of the trilogy.
9. Enjoy the Castlepoint lighthouse on the coast
The coast of Wairarapa is stunning, but Castle Point and its striking lighthouse from 100 years old are the best places to enjoy ocean views. In this protected lagoon, there is safe swimming as well.
10. Beachside lounge in Bay of Plenty
New Zealand may not be paired with hot sands, but sand, surf, and sun are all rivals in the world in the Bay of Plenty. Relax on the beach, eat fresh kiwi, and see the only active sea volcano in the world.
11. Know about Rotorua Maori culture
Rotorua is the place to explore the culture of Maori by visiting the village of Mitai Maori and the nearby broom. The Maori population accounts for 34% and cultural performances take place all year long.
12. Escape to Peninsula Coromandel
Although the white sand and stony bays of Coromandel are near Auckland, they are always silent and provide the perfect place to escape and relax in the beautiful scenery.
13. Attain the Pinnacles summit
An incredibly long and tiring but rewarding climb, the Pinnacles Walk is one of the most incredible panoramic views on North Island and follows steps designed for miners and loggers in the 1900s. You must book ahead and stay overnight if you want to hit the top.
14. Get to know the river Whanganui
The Whanganui River is the first river to be recognized legally as a human, Maori ancestor, found in the National Park with its same name. You can still discover its left 290km by kayaking, canoeing, or motorcycling.
15. Return to East Cape in time
Look no closer than East Cape if you are looking for somewhere peaceful, small and friendly, and love-based communities. Take a horseback riding and have a gentle pace.