New Zealand has been called one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The diverse terrain with mountains, beaches, and shimmering lakes all look like something out of a virtual reality experience, only it’s the real deal.
When you come, you won’t want to miss these 9 beautiful places in New Zealand.
- Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park
If you love getting out there, this place presents stunning mountain ranges, rocky terrains, and glaciers. As part of the Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage area it also boasts New Zealand’s tallest mountain.
- Piha Beach
Surfers love it here but even if you’ve never tried the sport, you’ll love the unique black sands and rugged landscape. The Lion Rock is a famed place to snap photos and see the Māori carvings.
- Cape Reinga
At the top of the North Island, this is where the Māori believe that the spirits of Earth leave and enter into Hawaiki, the ancestral homeland. Walking to the legendary lighthouse here will afford you some of the most impeccable views of the coast and the lush foliage.
- Lake Tekapo
By day, it dazzles with brilliantly blue glacial waters, but by night, it is the place to see the stars. It’s part of the International Dark Sky Reserve and one of the best places in the world to see an unobstructed view of the night sky.
- Mount Taranaki
Similar in shape to Mount Fuji in Japan, this stratovolcano has a spectacular summit. You can access it via the hiking tracks found all around Egmont National Park.
The alpine features and beautiful lake here are usually what draw people in to visit Wanaka, though the friendly small-town feel keeps them lingering. In the winter, this is the best place for skiing and feasting your eyes upon some of the most fantastic beauty in the country.
On the outskirts of Rotorua, this geothermal park has colorful springs like the Champagne Pools, the Devil’s Bath, and the Lady Knox Geyser along with bubbling mud pools. All these natural elements and more make it worthy of exploring, especially to get a chance to luxuriate in one of the hot pools.
- Tongariro National Park
This place holds UNESCO World Heritage status because the Māori and the remarkable volcanic features it holds. There are three active volcanoes here – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu – plus the glacial Emerald Lakes and the boiling mud pools of the active Red Crater, giving you so many gorgeous sights to behold all in one location.
Lovers of wine will not want to miss this, but even if fermented grapes aren’t your passion, this stunning area is ideal for anyone who loves the outdoors.
The beauty of New Zealand is enchanting. Photos alone can’t do it justice, however a visit there might just come close.