New Zealand is only 1000 miles long, 280 miles wide, and home to under 5 million people, but there are a vast variety of things to see and do in this long, narrow country. Travelers can ski in snow-covered mountain ranges and sunbathe on subtropical beaches, learn about the culture and British heritage of Maori, taste some of the best wines in the world, and stroll through the wild. You will probably find it in New Zealand, whatever sort of travel experience you enjoy.
There are two major islands in the country—the English names of Te Ika a Maui and Te Wai pounamu in Maori, both of which are imaginatively north and south islands. While the South Island is smaller, over three-quarters of the population of New Zealand lives in the North. Visitors should preferably spend time on both islands, even though choosing one is not a bad approach. Here are 9 of New Zealand’s best places to visit.
Rotorua is known for its geothermal characteristics and Maori culture in central North Island. Time-short travelers can visit from Auckland on a day trip, but when traveling across the North Island this is a convenient stop. Orakei Korako or Hell’s Gate are good choices for bubbling pools of mud, boiling spirits, colorful rock formations, and hot spring bathing in many resorts and vacation areas in the area. In tourist villages such as Mitai, Whakarewarewa, and Tamaki, you can learn more about Maori culture with its cultural displays of traditional music and dance and a hangi meal prepared in an underground pit.
Waitangi is one of the most important locations in the modern history of New Zealand. In 1840, chiefs of Maori signed an agreement with British Crown representatives, the Waitangi Treaty, which was a founding document that provided the British government with the sovereignty of New Zealand. Visit this lovely coastal location for a crash course in the country’s history. The grounds of the Treaty of Waitangi include an indoor museum, an indoor Treaty Building, a decorated marae, and a ceremonial waka, spread over the region. The Bay of Islands offers lovely views.
3. Hokianga Harbour
The Hokianga harbor is frequently ignored by tourists and is an option for camping or rental trips, as well as the Bays of Islands. The area is small and mostly Maori. The area is small. The Hokianga are common activities such as dune board, walking, horse trekking, and dolphin watching. Sit down in one of Omapere, Opononi, and Rawene’s neighboring villages. To further your study, there are two of the largest living native kauri trees in the Waipoua Area, just south of the Hokianga.
4. The Coromandel Peninsula
In Hauraki, across the Firth of the Thames from Auckland, the Coromandel peninsula stretches to 50 miles. It is a microcosm of all positive in northern New Zealand: amazing beaches walks, and artificial, laid-back cities. At a low tide on Hot Water beach, dig a few inches under the sand to create a natural thermal bath, spend the day on one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand (whose words are some), Cathedral Cove, and stroll along the Pinnacles Walk or Coromandel Coastal Walkway.
5. Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is a dual UNESCO World Heritage site, listed on the high central plateau of central North Island for both its geological and cultural value. Three volcanic peaks: the Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe mountains are the major attractions and events. A fairly difficult day trip that is a spectacular day trekking is the Tongariro alpine crossing. Skiing on the Whakapapa or Turoa ski areas in winter.
6. Hawke’s Bay
The Hawke’s Bay is one of the largest wine-producing regions in New Zealand and the oldest, with over 200 wineries in the province. Its sunny climate, Art Deco, and the world’s largest gannet colony make this region famous. Particularly Napier was renowned for its Art Deco architecture since most of the city was rebuilt in this style following a huge earthquake in 1931. Cape Kidnapper Reserve Keen Bird Watchers can visit the gannet colony.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand at the bottom of the North Island. Wellington is a great little town to discover, with equal bureaucratic formality and the bohemian arts center. The parliament building in New Zealand, the Beehive, (you understand why when you see it), and the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in New Zealand should not be overlooked. Te Papa is simply known as Te Papa. The Weta Workshop was created by Peter Jackson, the director of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ so fans can definitively think about a tour. The workshop is a special effect business.
8. Abel Tasman National Park
Many people ride from Wellington to Picton, atop the South Island, on the Interisland Ferry, and then drive west to the Nazi Abel Tasman National Park, the smallest national park of New Zealand. The sandy beaches, turquoise seas, and woodland trekking routes are all Abel Tasman. Join the park from Marahau’s tiny town for longer walks. Kayaking from Kaiteriteri is also possible in the park.
Kaikoura is renowned for the watching of whales and dolphins on the eastern coast of the upper Southern Island. The unique currents and deep trench just offshore are a marine life hotspot. Whale watching cruises are running all year round and while there is never a guarantee for sperm whale sighting, you will have a great chance of watching them, along with dolphins, seals, and Albatros.