Must-Visit Attractions in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands. The capital of NZ is Wellington on the North Island. This is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. 

8. Wellington

With a big identity, Wellington is a small city. It’s kinky, arty and full of character. This seaside capital is a city, different from any other with its funky side streets, pop up eating house and weekend markets. 

7. Hokitika Gorge

Hokitika Gorge is located in NZ’s South Island and due to a natural and absolute cocktail of glacier water, plankton and a few other ingredients the river is a vibrant blue. But be careful, the water is freezing, and there are strong currents in places so be warned!

6. Mount Maunganui

Regularly voted one of New Zealand’s greatest beaches, it’s not hard to enjoy why Mount Maunganui is so famous. Not only is this cool seaside town the ideal getaway brimming with trendy cafes and restaurants, but it is also as excellent as a picture. 

5. Hobbiton

As an onerous Lord of the Rings fan, traveling Hobbiton had been on my New Zealand must do schedule, and it did not discourage! The Shire was exactly as I had expected it to be and more, and I felt instantly whisked away to the magical place of Middle Earth. 

4. Cathedral Cove

Another one of New Zealand’s famous beaches, Cathedral Cove is a marine reserve located on The Coromandel peninsula. The beach is only accessible by a 30-minute track from the nearest carpark, winding your way through native bush and past stunning cliff faces you will eventually end up on this gorgeous stretch of sand. 

3. Rotorua

The town of Rotorua is one of the unique sites in the world, sitting on top of a volcanic plate the strong smell of sulfur welcomes you into the city. Wai-O-Tapu is a geothermal wonderland, complete with exploding geysers, brightly colored lakes, hot springs, and steaming craters. 

2. Milford Sound

Milford Sound is the most visited Fiordland in the South East corner of NZ. This is the home to jagged cliffs, cascading waterfalls and mysterious air. Cruising through The Sounds was, without a doubt, one of the best things I got in New Zealand. 

1. Queenstown

This amazing town is everything Kiwi rolled into one. The landscape is just wonderful, I mean, look at that photo?! New Zealand is the home of adventure, and Queenstown is its adrenaline pumping capital. Bungy jumping, skydiving, mountain biking, luging, here you can do it all.

This was such a hard list to put together as entirely; frankly, all of New Zealand is incredible. It has it all: mountains, lakes, glaciers, caves, beaches, cities and more.