Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Walkers, mountaineers, and ardent nature lovers go to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park to marvel at its rocks and mountains. Aoraki/Mt. Cook – New Zealand's highest mountain is located in the National Park that forms part of Te Wāhipounamu's World Heritage Site, in the southwest of the South Island.
The Piha Beach is popular among surfers, photographers, and Auckland holidaymakers who don't want to get too far from the town. Black sand is part of this beach's charm and a rough look. The volcanic monolith Lion Rock is a favorite location to see a shutterbug, with its war memorial and special Māori carving.
Cape Reinga is right on top of the North Island – but in New Zealand, this is not the northernmost point. This is the location where spirits leave the earth and the ancestral home of Hawaiki. The legend of Māori tells us. The walk to the popular Cape Reinga lighthouse offers a wonderful view of the coastline and the greenery around it.
The bright black glacial waters of Lake Tekapo daily shine. In the evening, with the capital, its incredible lake, the neighboring Mount John Observatory, and the International Dark Sky Park on Southern Iceland, it becomes a stark haven in the region. You have another picturesque bonus in spring: the lupins painting the roadside in a pink and purple tapestry.
Milford Sound is a secluded fiord of the Fiordland National Park that hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from Queenstown or Te Anau to enjoy the clear waters and natural surroundings. The more adventurous the Milford Track – one of the most common hiking routes in New Zealand – could explore.
Summer holidays for New Zealanders are the Coromandel peninsula. Some of its assets include a series of picturesque coastal towns, camping, surfing, and fishing sites. Wonderful gems like Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove are bonuses.
Mount Taranaki is a calm stratovolcano on the West Coast of the North Island, also known as Mount Egmont. The symmetrical appearance of Mount Fuji in Japan gives it a clear resemblance – in that Mount Taranaki was the backdrop of the famous Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai (2003). This splendid summit is reached by walking trails across the Egmont National Park.
The Hokitika Gorge is situated on the west coast of the South Island and is one of those incredible spots as the photos. A 33 km long walking track away from Hokitika city takes you into the heavily wooded surroundings and shimmering turquoise waters. A wonderful swing bridge comes into view as you enter the viewing platform, the perfect place to take a snap.
Wanaka has become a loved getaway to those who need a breath of their vibrant cousin, Queenstown, with its little town and its unbelievable lake and alpine features. Wanaka is the perfect base for skiers in winter since the town is on its way to some of the leading resorts of the South Island; summer is full of water activities for the guests who wish to enjoy the expansive lake that gives the town its name.
The Thermal Wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu, just outside of Rotorua, has impressed tourists throughout history with its geysers and hot pools. The GP is remarkable for its vivid Champagne Tub, the neon Green Devil's Bath, and for the bubbling Lady Knox Geyser and mud pools that highlight the remarkable volcanic activity of the region.
Nelson Lakes National Park
Nelson Lakes National Park is situated at the top end of the South Island and is a symbol of the start of the South Alps. Two spectacular alpine lakes, Rotoroa and Rotoiti, surrounded by forested valleys, are located in the heart of the park. The park and the lakes are perfect places to camp, fish, walk, and swim.
Situated on the Wairarapa coast right north of the capital, Wellington, Castlepoint is a small seaside town. Its lighthouse is the highest on the island – a walk to this beauty of 23 meters (75 feet) can introduce you to some of the most stunning views of the sea. The lighthouse road includes a set of fossil shells; you can see native fur seals and birds, if you are lucky, concealed from the view. Another highlight is the sheltered lagoon at the base.
Tongariro National Park
The Unesco Dual World Heritage Site has Māori cultural associations and impressive volcanic features in the Northern Island's Tongariro National Park. Three active volcanoes are situated in the park – Tongariro, Ngauruhö, and Ruapehu ski pistes – along with the Emerald Lakes glacial field (the best walking sight in the Tongariro Alpine crossing) and the active Rouge crater boiling mud pools.
The wine tasting draws many visitors to Marlborough. This magnificent stretch of southern Island has put New Zealand winery on the world map, thanks not least to its groundbreaking sauvignon white varietal cultivation. Please visit Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Sound if you want to walk.
The first things to remember when you think of Moeraki are the convincing spherical blocks spread around Koekohe beach. The rock features in Otago are remarkable for their scale and are very popular for geologists, making this region a safe haven. The boulders have been cut out of mudstone erosion and stormy waves, sometimes in groups.