Out of many, I have narrowed down the list to 5 of the most beautiful places in this heaven on earth- New Zealand. Check them out to find out why you should be there:
1. Muriwai Beach, Auckland
Muriwai is an impressive coastline with cliff-top trails to a huge gannet colony, with easy access and viewing platforms that let you get up close. The best time to see the 1200 pairs of gannets is between August and March. Just 40-minute drive from Auckland’s city centre, it has massive black sand dunes, amazing surf and killer sunsets. Here, you can hire blokarts and bikes and ride around the seaside paths.
2. Urewera National Park – Moss Forests
Popular with hikers, kayakers, hunters and fly-fishing enthusiasts, Urewera National Park protects the largest area of native forest remaining in the North Island. It is also home to nearly all species of New Zealand native birds. The ancestral home of the Tuhoe people, its main attraction is Lake Waikaremoana, which is one of the most beautiful lakes on the island.
3. Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo is known for its beautiful blue color. It is caused by so-called glacial flour, which are fine particles of rock created by the friction of materials carried by the glacier on the subsoil. It’s all here- whether it’s tramping, mountain biking, climbing, horse trekking, fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, scenic flights, star-gazing, skiing, heli-skiing, ski touring, cross-country skiing, ice skating, water-skiing, or windsurfing. It offers you all that you can think of.
4. Tongariro national park
The volcanic area with the two most active volcanoes in the world, is full of beautiful trails around volcanic craters. It is said to be one of the most beautiful spots that can be seen in the world. This 80,000-hectare park is a spectacular showcase of volcanic wonders including emerald lakes, old lava flows, steaming craters, colorful silica terraces and peculiar alpine gardens. It is an environment of staggering beauty and diversity.
5. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense – with sky scraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields. Although Aoraki Mount Cook encompasses 23 peaks over 3000 meters high, it is very accessible. Far from city lights, the stargazing here is magnificent. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park forms the majority of New Zealand’s only International Dark Sky Reserve.
New Zealand has something to offer to everyone. It’s a country filled with adventure and wildlife, and travelers rarely have anything bad to say about it.
Bonus: Discover events near me if you’re looking for more fun.
By Jyoti Khatri
Jyoti Khatri writes for Chillwall on fun events, fitness, lifestyle near me and around the world.