New Zealand is an amazing place to visit, full of incredible landscapes and awe-inspiring attractions. From the rugged mountains of the South Island to the golden beaches of the North Island, New Zealand has something for everyone. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are 23 popular tourist attractions in New Zealand you don’t want to miss!
North Island Attractions
The iconic Auckland Sky Tower is a must-see for any visitor to New Zealand. At 328 metres, it’s the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and provides stunning views of Auckland city and beyond.
Waiheke Island is a beautiful, relaxed island off the coast of Auckland. Head here to enjoy some of New Zealand’s best beaches, vineyards and restaurants.
The Auckland Museum is the perfect place to learn about New Zealand’s Maori culture, its colonial history and local wildlife. Don’t forget to take a look at the incredible Māori war canoe on display in the main hall.
Rotorua is a must-visit for any geothermal enthusiast. From the hot springs and mud pools to the spectacular geysers, Rotorua provides an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to check out Hell’s Gate – a unique geothermal park with bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
W-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is an incredible geothermal area located just south of Rotorua. With its vivid colours, bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers, it’s the perfect place to explore and marvel at New Zealand’s volcanic activity.
Te Puia Geothermal Valley
This stunning geothermal valley is located in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and is home to boiling mud pools, hot springs and active geysers. It’s also the perfect spot for a unique Maori cultural experience.
Maori cultural experiences
A must-see for any visitor to Zealand is a Maori cultural experience. From traditional song and dance performances to tours of sacred sites, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about this ancient culture.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is an incredible part of the North Island, providing a wealth of activities from sailing and swimming to fishing and exploring. Don’t miss the towns of Russell or Paihia for some great restaurants, cafes and shops.
Hole in the Rock
Paihia and Russell
Dolphin and whale watching
Abel Tasman National Park
Golden Bay is a stunning area of the South Island. With its crystal clear waters and golden beaches, it’s the perfect spot for swimming, kayaking and exploring. Don’t miss Te Waikoropupu Springs – a spectacular natural spring with some of the clearest water in the world!
Kayaking and beach activities
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Stargazing and astronomy tours
New Zealand has some of the clearest night skies in the world, making it a great spot for stargazing and astronomy tours. Head to one of New Zealand’s dark sky sanctuaries, such as the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and marvel at the stars!
Te Papa Tongarewa Museum
Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary
Cable Car and Botanic Gardens
Punting on the Avon River
Fiordland National Park
Fiordland National Park is an incredible area located on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its spectacular scenery, with towering peaks, lush forests and majestic fiords. Explore some of nature’s most stunning views by taking a boat trip through Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound is located within Fiordland National Park and is one of the most breathtaking sights in New Zealand. Take a boat trip and explore its stunning scenery, including waterfalls, towering peaks and lush forests.
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
- The Anau Glowworm Caves are located on the South Island of New Zealand and are a must-see. Take an underground boat tour to admire the thousands of glowworms that light up the caves!
- New Zealand is a country that has something to offer everyone, with plenty of incredible tourist attractions. From stargazing and astronomy tours to exploring the unique wildlife in national parks, there is no shortage of things to do in New Zealand! Make sure you take the time to explore as much as you can during your visit.
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