New Zealand has a myriad of beautiful tourist attractions. For adventure and photography lovers, New Zealand is a must visit. New Zealand offers beautiful nature, interesting culture and friendly community for tourism. Despite having a small region, New Zealand is famous for the unique landscape that includes mountains, beaches, rain forests, and glaciers. New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North Island and South Island, and a small island, Stewart Island. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, with the indigenous people, the Maori.
New Zealand is a place where traditional Maori culture mixes with modernity in cosmopolitan cities, charming villages and vast expanses of untouched wilderness. Pristine and heavenly.
Here are beautiful tourist attractions in New Zealand:
1. Fiordland National Park and Milford sound
This park is part of the South Westland World Heritage area and is New Zealand’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world. The scenery in Fiordland is very stunning, with deep fiords, steep mountains, raging waterfalls, and lush rain forests. Fiordland is home to Milford Sound, the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand. Milford sound offers some of the world’s most staggering coastal scenery with its dramatic peaks and dark blue waters. The area’s frequent downpours only enhance this South Island beauty, sending numerous waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.
Queenstown is one of popular destination. Queenstown is widely used mostly tourists to bungy jump sites and many other outdoor activities such as skiing and water rafting. This town is so beautiful with lake and surrounded by mountains. If you are not an adrenaline junkie then Queenstown is absolutely still the place to go, even if it is to just admire the spectacular mountain scenery while enjoying the many cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Rotorua is a city on the southern edge of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region, North Island, New Zealand. Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity. There are a number of geysers, the famous is Pohutu geyser at Whakarewarewa, and hot mud pools in the city, which is derived from Rotorua caldera. Rotorua is known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand.
4. Mountain Cook
Mountain Cook or Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching 3,754 meters (12,316 feet). located in the Southern Alps Canterbury region. The main accommodation here is the Hermitage Hotel and this grand hotel is also the main departure point to the many scenic walks and guided treks on offer. Walks range from a two hour stroll to difficult tracks suitable for experienced mountaineers only. A helicopter or plane ride gives visitors unsurpassed views of the mountains with the option of landing at the top of Tasman Glacier a true perpetually snow covered alpine environment. This glacier is New Zealand’s longest and has one of longest ski runs in the world if you decide that you want to decend without the plane.
5. Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands is a place you should visit if you are visiting New Zealand. This is one place that is famous for having 144 islands, with many magnificent beaches and secluded bays and an abundance of marine life, including whales, penguins, dolphins and the big marlin. It is a popular tourist spot for sailing yachts on world cruises and international sport fishermen.
6. Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. This park has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Site. Tongariro National Park has an area of approximately 795.98 km ². Tongariro National Park is the fourth national park was founded in the world. There are 3 active volcano, Mount Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro that located in the middle of the park.
Kaikoura is located midway between Christchurch and Picton on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Here you can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat and see some amazing marine life. Kaikoura is one of the few places in the world where whales can be seen all year round. You can enjoy swimming, fishing, and diving (including shark diving).
8. Coromandel Peninsula
This place is famous for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine golden beach, that decorated with hundreds of natural hide aways, making it the ideal place to rest and relax. A thermal beach called Hot Water Beach is one attraction worth seeing. You can dig your own hot spa pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach, explore the Coromandel Forest Park, or cruise around the islands by boat.
9. Abel Tasman National Park
The national park that located at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand, this park was founded in 1942, The park consists of forests, hills in the valleys north of Takaka and Riwaka Rivers, and in the north, bounded by the waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. This national park is a hiker’s dream. Closed to vehicles, one must enter by boat, foot or small plane, but the trip is well worth it. While traversing the mountainous terrain, blue penguins, wekas, oyster catchers, wood pigeons and other rare birds can all be seen.
10. Westland National Park and Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier are two popular tourist spot located in the Westland Park National. This glacier is one of the world’s most accessible. Visitors can walk right up to the foot of the massive glacier or take a helicopter ride over the dazzling Ice Age remnant. Lowland areas in the park are covered in an ancient Beech forest which are backed by steep cliffs and mountains. Its a contradiction to view glaciers from a rain forest, but this phenomenon is explained by the areas steepness and high rainfall. Westland National Park offers many activities such as a guided trek up one of the glaciers or a helicopter ride to the top of the Southern Alps, a mountain range bigger in area than the European Alps.