New Zealand, an island nation in the southwest Pacific Ocean has a flock of beautiful attractions to offer to its visitors. The country is one of the world’s most beautiful and interesting natural countries. It has incredible scenery, an abundance of fun activities and a diminutive population of just four million very friendly people. In fact, people make up only 5% of the country’s population – the rest are animals. True, New Zealand’s greatness has been exposed to the world by movies like The Lord of the Rings, but astonishingly few people cook their path down here. But with places and activities like those listed below, New Zealand is clearly worth any journey. Here are a few of the best places to visit when in New Zealand.
Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. It has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travellers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. The landscape around Milford Sound still bears evidence of its creation in the form of epic scenery: Cliffs rise from fjords crowned by mountains and waterfalls.
Tucked into the forested foothills of the Southern Alps, the cosy township of Fox Glacier is geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights. Named after Sir William Fox, New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1869 to 1872, Fox Glacier describes both the glacier and the nearby village. Like its twin, Franz Josef, the glacier descends from the Southern Alps down into temperate rainforest just 300 meters above sea level. Close to Fox Glacier is beautiful Lake Matheson, one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. Whether you are walking, heli-hiking or ice-climbing with us in this incredible environment, this place promises you memories you will never forget.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it’s paradise. The Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. The stunning scenery, golden beaches and fresh seafood make it one of the most prominent tourist destinations in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands is also home to several historical attractions such as the Mission House and the Waiting Treaty grounds, the birthplace of the nation. No matter what you’re looking for, adventure, fun or relaxation, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime here.
New Zealand’s far away location ensures that its natural beauty is protected from the swarms of holidaymakers who would overcome this place if it was easy to stick to. With incredibly diverse and unspoiled scenery and a rich civilisation and heritage, this place, surely deserves a spot in your path.