New Zealand is a friendly country offering visitors a huge variety of options for adventure & exploration. Its rugged islands are home to mountains, native forests, beaches, and culture. It is a place where traditional culture mixes with modernity in stunning surroundings.
Kiwis are lucky to be born in New Zealand, or “God-zone” as we like to call it.
Here is our Top 12 Places that all New Zealanders should be proud of:
1. Otago Peninsula
Visitors and locals should take time to explore Otago Peninsula, the South Island’s most accessible spot for diversity of wildlife. Penguins, fur seals, and sea lions all dwell here in this landscape of wild walks, untouched beaches, and interesting historical sites.
2. Tasman Glacier
Tasman Glacier is a large river of ice under layers of snow. Considered the largest fresh water reservoir on Earth, it is a great destination for a boat trip.
3. Auckland Waterfront
A favorite place for all New Zealanders, Auckland’s waterfront is famous for its outstandingly designed public spaces, facilities, and events. It’s a space for locals to preserve their history and great achievements.
4. Nugget Point Lighthouse
Enjoy coastal views from the Tokata Lighthouse and watch seals, penguins, and other seabirds on these short, easy walks. Amazing views everywhere you look.
5. Purakaunui Falls
Surrounded by native bush, the Purakaunui Falls are a cascading three-tired waterfall in the South Island’s Otago Region. Definitely one of nature’s “special spots”, and one not to be missed if you’re in the area.
New Zealand’s most famous surf-beach, Piha is on Auckland’s West Coast. It draws the attention of seasoned surfers as well as those who’re curious about black sand beaches, and it’s also a perfect swimming spot for summer holidays.
7. Hahei Beach
Hahei is known for its white sand and is a popular Christmas and New Years’ holiday destination for locals. From here you have access to the stunning scenery at Cathedral Cove by either foot or boat.
8. Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing is often described as New Zealand’s best one-day alpine trek. It is breathtaking and includes some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll ever see.
9. Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo was created nearly two-thousand years ago as a result of volcanic eruption. Today the great lake is a great place for water-skiing, sailing, and kayaking. (and don’t forget fishing.)
11. Hooker Valley
One of the best places to view famous Mount Cook, the Hooker Valley Track is an easy walking trail that can be completed in a 3 to 4 hour round trip.
12. Te Waihou Putararu
Internationally acclaimed and with water so pure it supplies around 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water, this blue spring is stunning to look at. Get there with an easy hike through scenic pastureland.