Top 10 Places to Visit in New Zealand
The Australian and New Zealand travel bubble is officially open, so it is time to start planning your New Zealand adventure! To help with your planning here are our top 10 places to visit in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s largest city is full of hidden surprises, wander down lanes in the vibrant downtown prescient where you will find one of a kind fashion and quality restaurants. Be sure to visit the Botanical Distillery located on Waiheke Island, 40 minutes from the city centre, and take time to sample their botanical gins, and cocktails.
As New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is a lively city with a proud cafe culture, culinary and art scene. The galleries and museums host amazing exhibitions, be sure to visit the Te Papa interactive museum on the harbour with rich cultural programs and edgy art events. This city is also home to some great festivals including Wellington on a Plate which showcases the cities food scene and the Wellington Movie Tours that take you behind the scenes of the NZ film capital.
If you are interested in movie making be sure to visit Hamilton Waikato, home of Hobbiton! But there is more to this city than Middle Earth, take time to explore the picturesque landscape of rolling hills and gentle plains. The city is also home to a delicious food precinct, filled with fine restaurants, farmers markets and independent eateries.
Tourists have been drawn to the natural hot springs of Rotorua since the early 19th century, and it is easy to see why relax in the thermal mud pools or hot springs in the volcanic valley. If thermal pools are not your thing be sure to visit the Redwoods, walk among the treetops thanks to bridges suspended between the 110-year-old trees and become one with nature.
Set on the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, the township of Taupo has dramatic mountain views and is the ideal base for visitors all year round with all kinds of active adventures and opportunities to relax. If you are looking for some extreme adventure be sure to Kayak down the Waikato River, follow the warm water through tight squeezes and waterfalls while you admire the beautiful scenery.
Bay of Plenty
If you are looking for dramatic scenery and natural wonders, the Bay of Plenty is the place to go. Hike the summit of Mt Maunganui for an incredible bird’s-eyes view of the bay and the township of Tauranga. For a less strenuous experience choose from a range of walking trails that loop around the bay.
Visitors to The Coromandel can bask in the unspoilt environment and get away from the crowds of the bigger cities. Discover turquoise beaches, coves and cliffs perfect for marine activities or explore inland and fine emerald trees, forest trails and waterfalls. For nature lovers be sure to visit Cathedral Cove, accessible by sea view the majestic limestone formations and golden beaches.
Bay of Islands and Northland
Located at the northern tip of New Zealand the Bay of Islands is more tropical than the rest of the nation. Take your time and explore the area at a leisurely pace, be sure to see visit the lighthouse at Cape Reinga on the northernmost point of New Zealand and see the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean collide.
The adventure capital of Queenstown is home to world-class skiing and snowboarding up the mountain and watersports down below. There is something for everyone in this resort town including a wine trail in Gibbston.
Thanks to the temperate climate and vast unspoilt wilderness visitors to Marlborough never want to leave! Visit the Marlborough Sounds and sample the local delights including sauvignon blanc, which the region is famous for, or visit Saint Clair and sample the perfect pinot noir.
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