New Zealand is an island country in the south Pacific, best known for its pristine nature and abundance of natural life.
As one of the most remote countries in the world, New Zealand has some of the most stunning natural parks you will ever visit.
If you’re a fan of movies such as The Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit, you also probably know that they were filmed on locations in New Zealand.
The fact that New Zealand has 13 national parks is enough to show that it is a country of stunning natural beauty. Regardless of whether you just want to relax and explore or prefer an active and adventurous vacation, New Zealand won’t leave you disappointed.
Whanganui National Park
Have you ever dreamed of peaceful relaxation in the shadow of a lush green forest? Whanganui National Park, with its native forest, hidden ridges and rolling valleys is New Zealand’s green paradise.
The park was named after the Whanganui River, third largest river in New Zealand, known for being an important waterway for the local Maori people.
Whanganui National Park is ideal for canoeing and kayaking. You’ll find many campsites along the river bank, offering a unique experience and a chance to explore wild nature.
A picturesque town on the shore of the eponymous lake on New Zealand’s Northern Island, Rotorua is famous for geothermal activity. The Pohotu Geyser - the largest in New Zealand - and Waiotapu pools are the main two of the town’s attractions.
When staying at Rotorua, don’t forget to take a spa break at some of the town’s many wellness centers.
Surfing, relaxing or simply taking long walks on the beach are some of the activities you can consider when visiting Muriwai Beach.
Located on the west coast on the Northern Island, a short drive from the capital, Auckland. While there, we recommend you enjoy the spectacular sunset, as well as take some time to visit the Gannet colony nearby.
When the word ‘fiord’ is mentioned, most people think of Norway, however, it is less-known that New Zealand’s southern island boasts a number of spectacular fiords, the most spectacular of which is the Milford Sound.
The view of the virgin forest, high mountains, and waterfalls will leave you breathless. Milford Sound is one of the most popular sights in New Zealand, visited by thousands of tourists each year.
The place is perfect for travel photographers as it offers a fantastic opportunity to take unique photos of unrivalled beauty.
Known as ‘Aoraki’ in the Maori language, Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. It is a must visit place if you like to have an active vacation.
There are plenty of sights to see at the mountain, most of which can be reached by boat or plane, but we recommend you stretch your legs and explore the area on foot.
Point of interest:
The Hooker Valley Track. A short, free walking track.
Tasman Lake & Glacier.
Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. One of the best places in the world for viewing the night sky.