places to visit in New Zealand

Places to visit in New Zealand

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New Zealand is a must-visit place for many travelers and many add NZ to their list of places to be visited at least once in their lifetime. New Zealand has a very diverse geography and vivid landscapes. You can visit rocky terrains, ice-capped mountains, and untouched beaches.

New Zealand is a place of heavenly beauty and it is difficult to make a list of selected places to visit in New Zealand as some places show the color of nature and others take you to the light of modernization.  That’s why to visit all the wonderful places of NZ you have to visit more than once.

Travelers can view the world’s largest geothermal park and also witnesses the world’s largest multiplex screen on the New Zealand trip. New Zealand is the house for sports adventures like hiking, biking (mountain), skiing, special thanks to its topography. Accommodations are diverse as you can get a bunk beds, breakfast inns, or some luxurious hotels.

If you are planning a trip to NZ then you want to know some must to visit places in New Zealand. We are here sharing the list of top 10 places to visit in New Zealand.

BAY OF ISLANDS

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Must-visit place in New Zealand

One of the best places to visit in New Zealand for fishing, sailing and some water sports. A three-hour drive from Auckland city, the bay of islands is a beautiful place consisting of 144 small islands. You can explore forests or do hiking on island trails. Bay of Islands has famous rock formation which you don’t want to miss on your tour. Popular for fishing this place is inhabited by dolphins, whales, and penguins. There are many things which you can do to explore the whole new underwater world.

AUCKLAND

places to visit in New Zealand
Must-visit place in New Zealand

New Zealand’s largest city and most busy international air travel hub. As it is a famous city in New Zealand and well connected to all parts makes it a perfect city to start a tour of NZ. With two harbors, forests, volcanoes it becomes a nice place to visit in New Zealand. Unusual beaches with gold and black sand are backdrops for your perfect clicks. Auckland is also known as the “city of sails” in NZ. A stunning factor in Auckland beauty is Sky Tower which provides you 360 view of the city from 328 meters height. The revolving restaurant of sky tower is the cherry on the cake.

For getting an idea of NZ culture you can also visit many museums in Auckland. In pleasant weather, you can have a walk on the Auckland domain park which is situated on about 185 acres. Auckland is the hub of bars and restaurants so don’t forget to visit downtown to have a nice cuisine experience. For an adventurous experience, you can visit the Auckland bridge for climbing and bungee jumping.

WAIHEKE ISLAND

places to visit in New Zealand
Must-visit place in New Zealand

Take a boat from downtown Auckland and in 30 minutes you will be on Waiheke Island which is a must-visit place in New Zealand. If you are a wine lover, voila you had reached your favorite place. A small island in New Zealand, this place has a number of vineyards. If you want to savor the taste of almost all the products you must find somebody else to drive for you. 3 major vineyards in Waiheke have more than 14 different flavors of wine. There is much more to do on Waiheke Island that you can visit olive groves, forests, and beaches.

CHRISTCHURCH

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Must-visit place in New Zealand

Between 2010 and 2011, this place was hit by 4 earthquakes but still, Christchurch is able to make a place in most-visited places of New Zealand list. Visitors can see the evidence of the carnage. By using some unique material, new buildings are being constructed at the site of old heritage. The botanical garden is one of the original attractions that get saved from natural calamity. Some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees are present in this garden of Christchurch. Through cable cars, you can have a scenic ride of Mount Cavendish.

QUEENSTOWN

places to visit in New Zealand
Must-visit place in New Zealand

Queenstown is situated on the southwest side of South Island is the adventure capital of New Zealand. The status of being adventure capital is perfectly justified as during the months of spring and winter (June to October) it is famous for skiing. People from the whole world come here for this memorable experience. In the other time of year, Queenstown presents other adventure activities to its visitors like rafting, jet boating, skydiving, and bungee jumping. The world’s highest cliff jumping site is present in Queenstown where you can toss yourself from the cliff in a number of ways. The dining scene of Queenstown is one of the best in New Zealand and the best burger point in the world is also present here. All these eateries and adventure sports make Queenstown a must-visit place in New Zealand.

ROTORUA

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Must-visit place in New Zealand

One of the most visited places of New Zealand famous for the production of Geothermal energy in the world is Rotorua. Rotorua is situated on the pacific ring of fire and its Landscape is like a film set where you can see volcanic craters, steaming geysers, boiling mud pools, and hissing thermal springs. Wonders of a geothermal area and red lava lines are leading features of this area. Some reviews of this area are that Rotorua is the land where earth talks with you. Visitors can have a walking tour of this wonder and adventure seekers have plenty of things to engage them.

WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES

places to visit in New Zealand
Must-visit place in New Zealand

Want to experience something unique, you must visit these caves illuminated by thousands of glowworms, it will be a breath-taking experience which you will never forget in your life. To discover the cave completely you can take a boat ride to have a better understanding of the science behind it. You will not be able to compare that experience with anything else in your life.

There are other non-glowing caves in Waitomo like aranui and ruakuri which gives you the pleasure of cave decoration with a beautiful spiral entrance. Limestone formations are found in these caves. For adventure, you can try black water rafting where you can raft, swim, or crawl on the rubber tube in the pitch-black caves with glowworms. One can reach here by car via Auckland, Hamilton, or Rotorua easily.

MILFORD SOUND

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Must-visit place in New Zealand

Kiwi’s claim it to be the most scenic and beautiful place in whole world and must-visit place in New Zealand. After seeing this amazing place, your hands will be down and it will blow your mind in good ways. Milford is also termed as eighth wonder on this earth. You can explore sound by boat or trekkers can explore the milford trek for multiple treking experience. Once you are pleased by surface beauty of milford you can visit the underwater observatory to experience the underwater view of this heaven. This discovery center is situated at the depth of 30 feet and you can reach it by a boat. Milford sound is famous for its waterfalls, ever lasting rain forests and amazing wildlife.

COROMANDEL PENINSULA               

places to visit in New Zealand
Must-visit place in New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula is the Gem of northern New Zealand- a place away from city noise and fast pace life. Coromandel is heaven for the people looking for peace in their routine. Directly connected with Auckland by the road, water, and air, it is easily accessible. A 1.5-hour drive by car, 30 minutes by local flight, and 2-hour ride by ferry. For an everlasting experience, you can visit from September to November. Peninsula is a favorite among new Zealanders for camping, fishing, and surf sports.

KAIKOURA

places to visit in New Zealand
Must-visit place in New Zealand

Seafood lovers can give a treat to their taste buds by having fresh crawfish and blue mods at Kaikoura. Also, this place is liked by wildlife enthusiasts and bird observers. Kaikoura can help you socialize with whales, dolphins, and seals. This place is so lively that it will take your spirit to a whole new level. This coastal village shared its border with the Pacific Ocean, so it goes without saying that for seafood lovers, Kaikoura is best. For coastal hikes and whales tour, one can always head towards this oceanic bliss.    

These are some of the most liked and must-visit places in New Zealand. Our research is based on the personal experiences and reviews of local people and tourists. We hope that the list of top 10 places to visit in New Zealand will provide you with an idea to plan your memorable trip to the island paradise.

Shekhar Bhatia

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