Been to Australia and love it? Why not check out its smaller neighbouring country of New Zealand on your next trip? Home to stunning landscapes and plenty of things to do and see, New Zealand is the ideal destination for the tourist who’s looking for a bit of everything. Discover some of the top attractions to visit while in New Zealand below.
- The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy’s filming locations
Immersing yourself in the fantastical world the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit is definitely a must-do while in New Zealand. The films were shot on location throughout the country, with the most iconic location being Hobbiton located near Matamata on the North Island. Hobbiton, or the cosy and peaceful shire where the hobbits lived in the films, can be visited during the day on a guided tour, where you’ll be delighted by the lush greenery and quaint fairy-like houses with their circular doors and sloping roofs.
If you’re feeling really fancy, you can even indulge in an evening banquet in The Green Dragon dining room, where you’ll be treated to a feast of traditional Hobbit fare and enjoy the chance to wander the paths of The Shire by night, when the trails are illuminated by handheld lanterns and the glow of the moon.
- The Mirror Lakes
Located in Fiordland National Park, The Mirror Lakes are truly a sight to behold. Famous for their glass-like reflective qualities, the lakes leave visitors feeling as if you’re looking into giant mirrors reflecting the surrounding majestic alpine scenery.
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Get ready for a unique experience when you enter Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where thousands of glow-worms light up the caves, creating a magical and otherworldly ambience. Visitors can explore this natural attraction by boat tour, which will take yoo through the glow-worm grotto and reveal the history of the 30-million-year-old underground world of the caves. If you love lying beneath the stars, you’re guaranteed to be blown away by the caves’ peace, stillness and galaxy of living luminescent lights glowing above you.
There’s something for every tourist in Queenstown, no matter the season. Adventure junkies will be spoilt for choice with a huge variety of thrilling activities like bungy-jumping, white water rafting and skydiving, while those of us who prefer a slower, more relaxed pace, can indulge in a round of golf at Queenstown’s beautiful golf courses or unwind with a drink and meal in one of the town’s amazing bars and restaurants. Wine enthusiasts will be happy to learn that Queenstown, along with the nearby Gibbston valley are home to over 75 wineries and some of the world’s top-rated Pinot Noir.
- Lake Taupo
The size of Singapore, Lake Taupo is located on New Zealand’s North Island, in the caldera of Taupo Volcano. Lake Taupo is the lake of choice when it comes to water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. While out on a kayaking excursion, you may even spot the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen while on the water. Lake Taupo is also well known for its fishing, with the town of Turangi boasting the biggest natural trout fisher in the world. Why not rent some fishing gear, cast a line and catch your very own meal?
If you’re looking to visit the most visited attraction in New Zealand, make your way to the north of Taupo to Huka Falls, where you’ll be amazed by more than 220,000 litres of gushing water thunder into the Waikato River below. A truly mesmerizing experience!
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