It was probably the success of New Zealand’s “The Lord of the Rings” films, but it’s the magical scenery, the rich Maori heritage, and the unforgettable wonders of nature that made tourists return.
The capital of New Zealand, Wellington, and the largest town Auckland are situated on the North Island, but its real characteristics are outside urban areas.
Walk along the Bay of Islands’ golden beaches, fly to the middle ground on a Hobbiton set tour, or cross over Waitomo’s glowworm caves.
The main north centre in Christchurch, which has been rebuilt after the disaster of 2011, and New Zealand’s adventure capital in the southern city of Queenstown.
Those who want thrills meet to try skydiving, jumping bungees, white water rafting and ziplining.
1. Lake Wakatipu
Wakatipu Lake is the longest lake in New Zealand. It’s a highlight of an excursion to Queenstown shaped like an inverted n, nestling against the curve near the lake’s center.
In the last ice age, a gigantic glacier formed the lake, which sinks to a profundity of 400 meters. A spectacular backdrop to crystal waters is offered by the mountains surrounding the glacier.
The lake rises and falls every 5 minutes, air pressure is approximately 5″ (12 centimeters). The Maori legend that the rise and fall is the heart blow of a giant sleeping beneath the sea. This contributed to the Maori legend.
2. My Bay Maori Rock Carvings
One of the country’s most colorful and popular artworks is the unique craftsmanship developed by the Maori population of New Zealand.
The Maori Rock gravings in my Bay are a few better examples. The massive carvings decorate the cliff faces of the Bay, a tower over 10m high, which is one of the most striking attractions on Lake Taupo.
While the designs seem to imitate those of a Maori settlement of ancient times, they were actually carved in the 1970s in three summers by the artist Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell.
3. Waiheke Island
During the summer Aucklanders swim to Waiheke Island to make the most of its gorgeous beaches, which are some of the best and smoothest in the world, for swimming or water sports.
Some of the best beaches include Palm Beach, a remote beach so-called for the palm palms on the eastern end and the clothes-optional Little Palm Beach is not to be mistaken.
Blackpool Beach is popular with wind sports enthusiasts and the romantic Cactus Bay is popular with picnic couples, only by boat or kayak.
4. Franz Josef Glacier
A magnificent ice flow is one of the most quickly flowing glaciers in the world. One of the steepest glaciers on Earth descending 1,5 kilometers through the green temperate rain forest, 7,5 km (12 km) of the planet.
During the course of its course, it crosses humpy measures, causing ice to cliffs and sharp cracks.
In peak season over 2,700 visitors visit the ice every day. Some people spend time exploring the face of the airport, while others use helicopters to enjoy the views and have access to higher icefalls.
5. Huka Falls
The mighty Huka Falls are the biggest falls on the Waikato River, thundering through 20-meter cliffs into the rocky ponds.
They are one of the natural attractions most frequented by New Zealand, just over a kilometer to the north of the Taupo area.
The falls are aided by Lake Taupo (Australias’ largest freshwater lake) by narrowing the 100-meter wide river into a rocky ravine, pushing over the cliffside every second a colossal 220,000 liters (which are large enough to fill two Olympic swimming pools). The pressure behind the rock produces an enormously strong natural waterfall.
6. Mission Estate Winery
New Zealand manufactures some of the most expensive, award-winning wines in the world, and Mission Estate Winery on the outskirts of Napier is where everything got launched.
Mission Estate was founded in 1851 and began with missionaries who travelled from France with a little bit more than a dream and a few wines.
Mission Estate continues to operate as one of the most popular wineries in Napier almost two centuries later and is the main part of any excursion to the Napier coast or wine-tasting tour.
7. Tiritiri Matangi Island
Tiritiri Matangi is an open wildlife sanctuary dedicated to local species conservation. The island is closely monitored to keep predators like cats and mousses that search for vulnerable species and the small kiwi birds that run around the island from scratch.
Tiritiri Matangi has around 80 species of birds and the air is abundant with birdsong varieties that are seldom heard on the continent. Guests can find the different types of birds and find the hiking paths at the centre of visitors by guided walks.