The Best of New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most breathtaking countries in the world. Its natural beauty is evident in its hidden beaches, deep fjords, jagged mountains, and peaceful lakes. But it’s a really long flight to reach these isolated islands. Here are seven perfect excuses to finally make the long trip to Aotearoa.

Photo: Andris Apse via newzealand.govt.nz
Photo: Andris Apse via newzealand.govt.nz

Aotea Track: Take a bushwalk to hot springs, listen for fernbirds, look for beautiful orchids, and take in the views of the lush forests, the hidden coves, the sparkling water, and the small islands on Great Barrier Island.

Photo: Tourism NZ
Photo: Tourism NZ

Rakiura Track: Search for the elusive kiwi, follow an 18-mile trail, pass large bays, cross steep hills, and search for old Māori sites on Stewart Island.

Photo: Pseudopanax at en.wikipedia (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Pseudopanax at en.wikipedia (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ohakune: Switch seasons to visit New Zealand’s largest ski resort during their winter, ride an express chairlift to the top of the mountain, hike to a crater lake, and take in the view of a volcano on the North Island.

Photo: Steve & Jem Copley [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Steve & Jem Copley [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Hot Water Beach: Dig a big hole in the sand, watch it fill with bubbling water, sit in a natural hot tub, and enjoy gorgeous bay views from one of the most unusual beaches in the world.

Photo: Phillip C. (flickr.com) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Phillip C. (flickr.com) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Charlotte Sound: Pass uninhabited islands, isolated coves, a pod of social bottlenose dolphins, and freshly painted sailboats while riding a ferry through Marlborough Sounds.

Photo: N. Preseault
Photo: N. Preseault

Bay of Islands: Drive north of Auckland, stop at small wineries along the way, ride a ferry to Russell, visit waterfront historic sites, and eat freshly caught seafood in the Far North.

Photo: N Preseault
Photo: N Preseault

Hawke’s Bay: Find an Art Deco city, a restored farmhouse, lots of sunshine, overflowing orchards, and the perfect climate for Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes around Napier.

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2 thoughts on “The Best of New Zealand

  1. I absolutely love your blog! I have wanted to go to New Zealand for a long time and you have inspired me to plan a trip! Thank you for your beautiful photos!

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