The Top 5 Places to visit
New Zealand has places that are unique and worth a look. In this article, we will cover all the essentials of New Zealand. We will cover what to know, what to do, and what to see in New Zealand.
1. Cape Reinga
Found in the northern tip of the North Island, it is a mythical place in Maori culture. Cape Reinga is believed to be a place where the souls of the deceased rest. You can discover its lighthouse, its beaches, and its hikes. This place where the Tasman Sea joins the Pacific Ocean, it is a must for any trip to New Zealand. Cape Reinga’s geographical location is far from everything, these do not make it one of the easiest places to access and is well often overlooked by tourists passing through the country.
2. Aoraki / Mount Cook
Mount Cook, Aoraki by its Maori name, is the highest peak in New Zealand. With its 3,724 meters, it dominates the mountain range of the Southern Alps. It has spectacular landscapes, glaciers, turquoise water lakes. Mount Cook is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Many hikes allow you to discover this unique place. Mount Cook should be on your list if you are staying a few days on the South Island.
3. Abel Tasman National Park and Tongariro National Park
Arguably is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful national parks. Abel Tasman National Park is located in the north of the South Island. It is the perfect place for hiking or kayaking in any season. Its forest, its beaches, and its fauna will amaze you. This park is named in honor of the navigator Abel Tasman. It is renowned for its fine sandy beaches and turquoise water. The park is home to a marine reserve where many marine mammals such as sea lions live.
Tongariro like the Abel Tasman National Park is undoubtedly one of the most famous landscapes in New Zealand. Tongariro National Park is a beautiful place to see. It became famous all over the world after the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this national park, with its 3 volcanoes and turquoise lakes is a place that you should not miss under any circumstances. This national park is indeed one of the top 5 must-sees in New Zealand. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequented each year by thousands of people.
4. Bay of islands
Bay of Islands, or the bay of the islands, is a beautiful place. Paradise beach, turquoise water, the Bay of Islands has even the second bluest sky in the world. This place is also of major importance in the history of New Zealand since it is the place of signature of the treaty of Waitangi, the founding act of New Zealand. The first capital of New Zealand is Russel, in the Bay of Islands.
The activities in this bay are numerous, hiking, kayaking, and parachute jumping.
5. Milford Sound and Hobbiton
Milford is beautiful. You should book your cruise and set off to explore this place and its majestic mountains. Drawn millions of years ago by glaciers, this place is one of the most beautiful and wildest landscapes in New Zealand. The region even hosts 3 of the 10 great walks in the country. Milford Sound is the number one place to go on a trip to New Zealand. Cruising is the essential activity in this place and it is also possible to practice kayaking or fly over the place.
If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings, then Hobbiton is the place for you. You can visit the Hobbit village of Tolkien’s trilogies and stroll through this charming village created from scratch for the filming of the trilogies, a moment of relaxation in the heart of the Lord of the Rings universe. A guided tour will tell you more about the history of this place and its little manufacturing secrets. You can finish the tour at the Green Dragon Inn and enjoy a beer inside this strange building. Don’t forget your device to immortalize the memory. Hobbiton is a must on a trip to New Zealand for all fans of the trilogy.