Because of its magnificent beauty, New Zealand tops most people’s dream destinations list. But this place is not a faraway dreamland that should only remain in your imagination. Here are 5 famous nature tourist attractions that should convince you to finally visit New Zealand:
Queenstown, South Island
Considered as the country’s adventure capital, Queenstown does not fall short of attractions. You can start with tame ones, such as an unforgettable visit to the Middle Earth, where the popular Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. Adrenaline-fueled adventures in Queenstown are not for those with a faint-heart. Choose from bungee jumping to white water rafting to rock climbing to downhill skiing, and more!
Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, North Island
If you are looking forward to unforgettable scenic views, the Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park which is located on the country’s North Island is where you should head to next. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and only a few kilometres away is another impressive spot. A World Heritage site, the Tongariro National Park offers dramatic beauty with its lovely turquoise lakes, arid plateaus, soaring volcanoes, hot springs, and alpine meadows. Never miss the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is the most popular day walk that’s famous in the country.
Rotorua, North Island
It is recommended that visitors hire a bus in New Zealand when they plan on touring the North Island as there are more to see like Rotorua, another beautiful region that sits on the unbridled Pacific Ring of Fire. It is considered to be one of the most active geothermal areas in the world. You will be amazed to find beauty on many hissing geysers, steaming thermal springs, and the iconic boiling mud pools. You can experience the soothing effects of steam from mineral springs. Adventure-loving individuals can also try luging and sky-diving.
Abel Tasman National Park and the Abel Tasman Coast Track, South Island
Dying to see the famous New Zealand rock formations? Then go on a full day of adventure at the Abel Tasman National Park and the Abel Tasman Coast Track in South Island. The scenic park is a sunny region. This means that you can try plenty of activities such as hiking through the cool forests, swimming, and snorkelling in quiet coves, and go sight-seeing on the rugged cliffs where you can marvel at the panoramic views. Of course, you should not forget about visiting one of the most photographed attractions on this side of the region, the Split Apple Rock.
Kaikoura, South Island
Still on the South Island? Make sure to check out what the coastal village of Kaikoura has to offer. Situated between the Seaward Kaikoura range and the wide Pacific Ocean, the place is great for coastal hikes and whale watching. Wildlife enthusiasts can appreciate the sights of different species of birds and sea creatures. What makes Kaikoura truly a delight for visitors, however, is that it offers plenty of freshly caught seafood to feast on.