New Zealand’s largest city and home to the international airport it becomes the very starting point for tourists. Surrounded by shimmering harbors, Blonde and Black beaches, Mysterious coves, rain forest cliff points and volcanoes, this becomes a star spot amongst adventurers.
Must Visit: Waitakere Ranges, Rangitoto Island, Waiheke Island, Bethells Beach, Sky Tower, Manukau Harbor and the Waitemata Harbor.
Heart throbbing adventures are a specialty of Queenstown. Flocks of tourist come here to enjoy these adrenaline pumping sports like bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, river rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, hiking, downhill skiing and mountain biking. Undoubtedly,it’s called the adventure capital of New Zealand. But, this doesn’t mean Queensland lack in beautiful luxurious hotels, spa and restaurants.
Must Visit: Skyline Queenstown, Queenstown Garden, Lake Wanaka, Routeburn Track, and Lake Wakatipu.
3. Bay of Islands
It consists of 144 islands and is heaven for sailing and yachting. Indeed one of the popular destinations in New Zealand. You can kayak along the coast, explore hidden coves, hike the island trails or observe the mesmerizing aquatic marine life that includes dolphins, whales, big marlin, and penguins.
Must Visit: Waitangi treaty grounds, Urupukapuka island, Haruru falls, and Piercy island.
Located in the pacific ring of fire, Rotorua is one of the distinct geothermal wonders in New Zealand. Steaming geysers,boiling mud pools, hissing thermal springs and volcanic craters are the key attraction apart from sky diving, luging, trekking, and mountain biking.
Must Visit: Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Pool, and Trout Fishing. Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-O-TapuThermal Wonderland.
5. Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park
Lake Taupo is the largest lake of New Zealand and very near is the stunning but very old Tongariro National Park popular for spellbound volcanic features and its involvement in Maori culture. Towering volcanoes, turquoise lakes, arid plateaus, alpine meadows, and hot springs makes it one of the best spots.
Must Visit: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mount Tongariro, Taranaki Falls and lava line of volcanic eruptions.
6. Coromandel Peninsula, North Island
Away from the fast pacing life of cities, Coromandel Peninsula offers the best it has with its golden sand beaches,mountains and secluded forest. It is best for those craving tranquility and want to spend their holiday by relaxing in beaches. Hiking, kayaking, and sky diving are a few sports you can indulge into.
Must Visit: Hot Water Beach, Thames (small city popular for its gold mining history)
7. Napier Art Deco
Famous for its attractive art deco architecture, Napier brings flocks of tourist every February for the Art Deco Weekend dedicated to vintage cars, picnics and the soapbox derby. This smallcity in hawk’s bay was rebuilt after affected by earthquake in 1931 and hence has distinct architecture than any other city of the world.
Must Visit: Te Mata Peak, MTG Hawk’s Bay,National aquarium of New Zealand, and Pania of the Reef.
Sandwiched between the Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura offers great waterfront climbs and prominent whale watching tours. The place is irresistible to sea food lovers, birdwatchers and those who love and appraise natural serenity.
Must Visit: Whale watching tours and Coastal hikes.
9. Milford Sound
Located in southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound offers picturesque beauty to viewers. Its stunning waterfalls, towering Mitre Peak and rain forests makes it popular amongst tourist.
Must Visit: Mitre Peak, Harrison Cove,Bowen Falls, and Southern discoveries.
Art, Adventure and Positivity are pillars of this very beautiful town. It survived four major earthquake between September 2010 to December 2011 and the city shows glimpses of its rebirth here and there.
Must Visit: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christ church Gondola, Canterbury Museum, and Hagley Park.