As the title of the article suggests, the country is clean to its best, has the natural greenery and beauty as people desire and also hosts many adventurous activities making it a playground for many. The country has rugged islands on which one can enjoy the nature’s creations of mountains, dense green forests, glaciers, beaches and much more. The government has put in a lot of effort to maintain the environment and preserve the culture. You will find traditional New Zealand population mixed comfortably with the modern cosmopolitan people. Everyone living there is friendly and every place existing there is photogenic. Every travel-lover has this country on their list and desires to be there at least once in a lifetime. If you are among those people, here is a list of places where you must visit while in New Zealand:
Bay of Islands:
This picturesque area has 144 islands and beautiful beaches. As it has abundant marine life (including dolphins, sharks, penguin,whales etc. ), it is a great place for sea lovers; there are many places to view the dolphins and whales from a boat or while swimming . Many islands means many opportunities to try water activities. It is a perfect place for scuba diving and you can also learn it for having an experience of the underwater world. Another attraction there is a natural opening in the rock formation at the Bay of the Islands which is popularly known as ‘ the hole in the rock’ and tourists can sail through it but only during the right conditions of tide.
It is the ‘Eighth wonder of the world’ according to the very famous Rudyard Kipling. The most beautiful and brilliant coastal scenery in the world are lying in the Midford Sound. The dark blue waters of the place combined with the natural greens, numerous waterfalls reflecting white and multi-colored environment is a blessing for the visitor. This area receives frequent downpours that keep the waterfalls cascading down and singing with happiness for the tourists. To have a complete view of the place, you can take a sightseeing cruise that will show you the evidences of the creation of this epic place along with the sea life.
This is the largest city in New Zealand and there are high chances that if you are traveling to the country, you might end up landing in Auckland. The entire city has highly advanced and modern architecture combined with natural beauty making it worth your time. You should visit Auckland Art Gallery offering more than 15 thousand art work pieces. Don’t miss to get out onto the Haruki Gulf and experiencing the waters of its islands. Waiheke Island is closest to the mainland ad should be visited to see waters like emerald. Visit Goat Island Marine Reserve for exploring a thriving aquatic ecosystem. Apart from the beautiful waters, the place has dense rainforests, volcanic cones, thermal water springs and sprawling parks. A must visit is the 328 meter tall Sky Tower which will provide you spectacular view of the city.
Franz Joseph Glacier:
This is located towards the southwest of the Westland National Park and is the world’s most easily accessible glacier. Tourists can walk to the base of the huge glacier to view this Ice Age remnant. There is a air-view available by riding a helicopter over this dazzling glacier. There are guided walks tat you can take to reach the glacier and try ice climbing or hiking it. Also, don’t have to worry about the freezing temperature as Franz Joseph receives a lot of sunlight.
The adventure capital of New Zealand is Queenstown. There are a lot of activities you can take up such as bungee jumping, white-water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, jet boating, paragliding, downhill skiing. These sports are sure to fill up your adrenaline and also give you a stunning view of the alpine scenery. The city not only satisfies your adventurous hungers but also fulfills your wishes of viewing the actual gold mining towns with the Middle Earth scenery you saw in ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie and have an actual experience of the ‘Hobbit‘ in Hobbiton. Be comfortable as the city is also offering high class hotels, restaurants, shops and spas.
Lake Taupo is located in this National Park and is the largest lake of New Zealand. It is a dual world heritage site as it houses stunning volcanic features and preserves the Maori culture. It is one of the oldest National Parks of the world and deserves a visit, specially the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is a day walk that will take you through the Alpine forests and give pleasure to your eyes by showing the scenic beauty around. You can see towering volcanoes, arid plateaus, hot springs, turquoise lakes, alpine meadows and much more.
Other attractions of the country are: Rotorua which is a active geothermal region having boiling mud pools and volcanic craters; Aoraki National park a.k.a. Mount Cook National Park housing the country’s tallest mountain(Mount Cook) and longest glacier (Tasman Glacier); Napier which is known for its Art Deco architecture of the Spanish Mission style unique in its own way.
New Zealand isn’t limited to the above mentioned sites and destinations but also has a lot of other places and scenes to offer. Visit this place and explore more of the nature in the beautiful manner as it is present. You will love it and never regret. If not now, do keep it in your bucket list for future endeavours.