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  • 1 Great Barrier Island Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Auckland

    Although connected to Auckland by a fleet of airplanes and ferries, Great Barrier Island, far off in the Hauraki Gulf, has lost none of its rugged beauty. Modern comforts are unknown here. Its pristine beaches and unique wildlife more than make up fo..

  • 2 Waimangu Volcanic Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    587 Waimangu Road NZL - Rotorua

    This is a must see - the world's youngest geothermal system created by the eruption of Tarawera in 1889. Waimangu is a unique ecosystem that is still intact. Don't miss Frying Pan Lake (the world's largest known hot springs), Inferno Crater and the s..

  • 3 Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    201 Waiotapu Loop Road NZL - Rotorua

    Lady Knox geyser erupts every day at 10:15am, up to 21m, but its punctuality isn't the only feature of this place. Wai-O-Tapu is also famous for its geothermal wonders such as the 65m in diameter Champagne Pool and its turquoise waters fringed with o..

  • 4 Tongariro National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Ohakune

    Three active volcanos - Ruhapehu (2,797m), Ngauruhoe (2,292m) and Tongariro (1,968m) - are set in magnificent Tongariro National Park, on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is your chance for some fantastic downhill skiing, as well as great hiking ..

  • 5 Abel Tasman National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Marahau

    Abel Tasman National Park (225km2) is a coastal paradise inhabited by dolphins, penguins and sea lions, with the forest as a backdrop. The best way to explore the park is by kayak or on foot along the superb and very popular Coast Track. You can take..

  • 6 Southern Alps Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Haast

    The Southern Alps are a string of snow-capped peaks and unique landscapes separating the southeastern part of the South Island from Westland, a strip of land along the coast. To be explored as soon as possible - on its large roads or on the picturesq..

  • 7 Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Mount Cook Village

    Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is worthy of great respect with its 140 summits over 2,300m - including Mount Cook (3,764m), New Zealand's highest peak. Over a third of the area is covered with glaciers such as the..

  • 8 Westland National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Fox Glacier

    Lake Matheson makes a wonderful tableau with Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. But the stars of Westland National Park, a treasure house of nature on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, 25 km away. There are numerous e..

  • 9 Mount Aspiring National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Wanaka

    Along with Westland, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Fiordland, Mount Aspiring National Park is one of the four national parks in the southwest on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its high point is the angular Mount Aspiring (over 3,000m) set in a superb Alpine..

  • 10 Fiordland National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Te Anau

    With its sublime fjords, including Milford Sound, waterfalls crashing down, high cliffs and great glacial lakes, Fiordland National Park, on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is one of New Zealand's most remarkable sites with many facets to admire.

  • 11 Milford Sound Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Te Anau

    The splendour of Milford Sound, in the shadow of Mitre Peak (1,692m), has awed generations of artists and writers. You're sure to be just as impressed by this 16km sound lying between dizzying mountain walls. To be explored by boat or on the famous M..

  • 12 Hauraki Gulf Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Auckland

    The islands in the Hauraki Gulf spread out in unparalleled splendour across from Auckland. Sixty lovely spits of land to explore, from inhabited islands (Waiheke) and ecological sanctuaries (Tiritiri Matangi, Little Barrier) to extinct volcanos (Rang..

  • 13 Waitomo Caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Waitomo

    The Waitomo Caves are an amazing and thrilling place for underground exploration. In addition to the superb concretions including stalactites and stalagmites, there are vaults "illuminated" by glow worms and a "black" river where ..

  • 14 Golden Bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Collingwood

    Golden Bay, isolated by mountains, boasts a wealth of handicrafts and natural beauty, including Abel Tasman National Park, Farewell Spit Reserve and the exceptionally pure Waikoropupu (ou Pupu) Springs. Don't miss this hidden treasure.

  • 15 Arthur's Pass National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Otira

    It's lovely to come upon Arthur's Pass National Park after taking the spectacular road to reach magnificent Arthur's Pass (920m). The mountain chain is at its highest point here at Mount Murchison (2,400m). A thrilling sight, but be sure to exercise ..

  • 16 West Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Greymouth

    The magnificent, stark and nearly uninhabited coast on the Tasman Sea, set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, is made for the strong of character. You'll love the pioneer spirit of the West Coast, its rugged hospitality and dozens of peaks - ..

  • 17 Moeraki Boulders Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Moeraki

    You're sure to be intrigued by the spherical stones scattered over Moeraki Beach, the result of underwater sediment accumulated 60 million years ago. The Maoris have turned these boulders shaped like cannonballs and turtle shells into a source of leg..

  • 18 Southland Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Invercargill

    The agricultural plains of Southland run down to one of the country's most beautiful coastlines, the last before Antarctica. The coast road takes you past one marvellous sight after another until you reach the most beautiful of all, the sublime Fiord..

  • 19 Waipoua Kauri Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Aranga

    The Auckland road goes through majestic Waipoua Kauri Forest, shaded by the world's oldest kauri trees. Te Matua Ngahere ("the father of the forest") has proudly upheld its 2,000 years while others are over a thousand years old. Needless to..

  • 20 Marlborough Sounds Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NZL - Picton

    The Marlborough Sounds are a world apart, boasting islands like lacework and peninsulas speckled with magnificent sounds and bays. The string of submerged valleys can be explored by kayak or on foot, on Queen Charlotte Track for instance. A must see.

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