The Ten Best Natural Sights of New Zealand

February 21, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Adventure Travel

Both islands of New Zealand are rightly well-known for their natural beauty. Tourists from all over the globe head to the country in order to experience some of the wonderful landscapes. Don’t miss out whilst touring New Zealand and plan at least a trip or two to some of the area’s distinctive natural wonders.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Rotorua - Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland 3

Close to Rotorua, this attraction boasts a thermal landscape sculpted out of volcanic activity that has taken thousands of years. There are myriad of natural colours on show and a mud pool that is eye boggling. Arrive before mid morning in order to see the impressive Lady Knox geyser on display.

Fiordland

Another must see destination, this area was used as a location for The Lord of The Rings movies. The region is in the southwest corner of South Island and is best visited in high summer.

Mount Eden

Ever popular with tourists, Mount Eden is Auckland’s highest volcano. The mountain slopes have paths that are suitable for walkers of all ages and most abilities. It isn’t particularly hard to reach the summit to relax and enjoy the views over the city below.

West Coast Glaciers

Reflections at Lake Matheson

As the name suggests, the region near to the west coast by Queenstown is a wonderful sightseeing area for glaciers. Be sure not to miss out on tucked away places like Lake Matheson whilst you explore.

The Caitlins Coast

Considered by some to be off the beaten track, this is wild shore line is natural New Zealand at its best. The unspoilt coastal area is awash with bird life, waterfalls and native flora. With little light pollution to spoil it, the coast line is the ideal place to spend an evening star gazing.

Lindis Pass

Another South Island natural sight, Lindis Pass links Central Otago with the Mackenzie Basin. Pass through the wonderful and aptly named Misty Mountains at a height of nearly one kilometre above sea level to take in the surrounding area’s hardy grassland.

Ulva Island

Ulva Island, Stewart Island, NZ

Located in Stewart Island’s Paterson Inlet, Ulva Island is a small place that packs a punch. The island is a paradise for bird spotters with a huge variety of feathered inhabitants.

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Close to Okakari Point and Cape Rodney, the reserve is ideal for exploring marine wildlife. Take a diving lesson, an organised sea-borne tour, or simply relax on the beach, if you prefer to take it easy for a while.

Tongariro National Park

With three volcanoes, this rugged landscape is great if you like to explore the great outdoors. The area is also a good place to go if you enjoy skiing in naturally beautiful and unspoilt area.

Cape Reinga

The northern tip of North Island is a place of stunning beauty you should not miss out on. According to Maori legend, the area is the place where the souls of the dead depart. Don’t visit and fail to see the broad Ninety Mile Beach.

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