For many travellers, wandering around New Zealand is both a dream and a once-in-lifetime experience. The visit will expose you to some of the most beautiful and geographically diverse landscapes in the world. With its amazingly pristine beaches, spectacular waterfalls, and magnificent mountains, you will never run out of wonderful places to go.
If you are planning for a trip to New Zealand, you may want to know which places should be on top of your must-see list.
1. Queenstown, New Zealand
Sitting on the shores of the South Island's Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown has a richly deserved reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand. During the winter and spring seasons, the place is known for world-class skiing. You can enjoy adventure activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and river rafting all year round.
If you opt for cliff jumping, Queenstown is the best place you can go to. The Shotover Canyon Swing is where you can hurl yourself off a cliff in several different ways. After these adrenaline-pumping activities, enjoy the pride of Queenstown - its dining scene.
A day or two is not enough to savour the endless discoveries and adventures of this place. So, find a luxurious place to stay and continue with your journey 3-5 days later to have enough time to discover all Queenstown has to offer.
Aspen House, your luxury accommodation in Queenstown is at 34 Aspen Grove Fernhill, offering magnificent views of the lake and the Remarkable mountains while giving easy access to local restaurants and stores while letting you sleep in peace and harmony 5 minutes away from the hub of activities.
2. Milford Sound
If you visit Milford Sound while in New Zealand, you will understand why Rudyard Kipling called it the "eighth wonder of the world." The best way to see the cliffs rising from fjords that are crowned by mountains and waterfalls is through a boat. You can take some sightseeing cruise from the fjord to watch waterfalls and wildlife. You may also get into a kayak so you can navigate the waters under your own steam.
Milford Sound is also home of the only floating, underwater observatory in New Zealand. So, once you've experienced the water from the surface, try going underneath to visit to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.
However, there are not a lot of places to stay close to the region. You can drive three and a half hours back to Queenstown to your luxury Aspen House Villa where you can comfortably stay.
3. Franz Josef Glacier
Have you tried hiking an actual glacier? You can do it in New Zealand. The Franz Josef Glacier will allow you to experience guided walks and jaw-dropping helicopter tours. From ice climbing to a more relaxed hike on the 6.8-mile-long glacier, the tours offer everything you want to undertake.
The Franz Josef Glacier receives a lot of sunlight and the temperatures on the ice are usually only a few degrees colder than in the nearby town so you will not be freezing on top of a giant glacier. The best way to end your tour around Franz Josef Glacier is through soaking up in the Glacier Hot Pools.
4. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
At Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, you will be met with dramatic scenes of New Zealand's highest mountains and longest glacier. Other than that, there are lots of opportunities for hiking there, no matter what your skill level is.
Don't forget to stay past sunset for a visit to the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, where light pollution is strictly controlled for amazing stargazing opportunities.
A visit to Christchurch will let you see the evidence of the city's rebirth from being rocked by four large earthquakes. It has established new buildings made from old shipping containers and other unique materials. Despite the disasters, many original attractions are standing still, such as the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
When you ride on the Christchurch Gondola, you will be able to take in the new and the old of Christchurch from above. This cable car will lift you on a scenic ride to the top of Mt. Cavendish.
6. Bay of Islands
One of the best places to go fishing and sailing and engage in watersports is in New Zealand and it's called the Bay of Islands. After a 3-hour car drive from Auckland, you can get on or in the water right away. When you try scuba diving, you will be ferried far out into the bay to explore a whole new underwater world.
If you are into getting up close and personal with the marine life, you can ride on a cruise and see both whales and dolphins. You can also sail through Bay of Islands' most famous sights.
With its international air travel hub, may flights arrive in New Zealand through Auckland Airport, making in an ideal place to start to your exploration of New Zealand. Once you got over your long flight and explored the vibrant metropolis, you can go venture farther afield in the city. Get to know the culture first by visiting museums.
If you are a morning person, stroll around the 185-acre Auckland Domain park and stop at the nearby Parnell Farmers' Market, which sells fresh produce on Saturday mornings. If you are seeking for great adventures, consider the Auckland Bridge Climb and try the Auckland Bridge bungee jump.
8. Takapuna Beach
Nestled right in Auckland's urban area, you will discover this stunning stretch of beach. In the springtime, you can frequently sight dolphins and orcas. You will also be spoilt for choice with the numerous incredible restaurants right on its doorstep.
From the beach, you can see an island that is a dormant volcano called Rangitoto Island. You can climb to its summit to see an insane view of the Auckland Harbour.
9. Great Barrier Island
One of the beautiful places to stay in New Zealand that only a few brave and adventurous souls make the effort to reach is the Great Barrier Island. After a 4-hour ferry ride from Auckland, you will be frolicking on white sandy beaches, jumping off waterfalls, and chilling in hot springs hiding in a bush.
As the 3rd dark sky sanctuary on Earth, you will be able to understand the night sky with access to telescopes and local guides to explain the constellations. If you want to blend with the locals, don't bother wearing footwears and say hello to everyone you see.
After a 30 minute or more boat ride from downtown Auckland, you'll reach Waiheke Island - one of the best places to go in New Zealand for wine lovers. For a small island in the middle of Hauraki Gulf, this island sure is home to a lot of vineyards that will surely make you hungry.
Of course, there's more than you can do in Waiheke island than just drink wine! You can explore the vibrant art community, beaches, forests, and olive groves. You can take a culture tour, scenic flight, or hiking trip so you'll know why Waiheke Island is one of the best places to stay around New Zealand.
Certainly, New Zealand is a stunning specimen of a country. With so many beautiful places to visit. So when planning a trip to travel through this beautiful country means going to an adventure haven, a romantic wonderland.