New Zealand is an unearthly, friendly and photogenic country offering visitors unbeatable chances for adventure and exploration. The rough islands are home to dense forests, mountains, beaches, glaciers and thermal regions that have been well-preserved. It is a place where traditional culture mixes with modernity in cosmopolitan cities, charming villages and vast expanses of untouched wilderness. Pristine and heavenly, the island nation has something for everyone, including the following top tourist attractions in New Zealand:
1) Franz Josef Glacier: This glacier, is located within Westland National Park in the southwest and is one of the world’s most accessible glacier. You can walk right up to the foot of the glacier or even take a helicopter ride over the stunning Ice Age remnant. Along with Fox Glacier, this is one of South Westland’s major tourist attraction.
2) Bay of Islands: The Bay of Islands is one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand. The picture perfect area contains 144 islands, many secluded bays and some great sandy beaches. This beautiful place has an abundance of marine life including whales, penguins, dolphins and the big marlin. It is a popular tourist spot for sailing yachts on world cruises and international sport fishermen.
3) Rotorua: This is known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. There are numerous geysers and hot springs in and around the city, many of these are in parks and reserves. Natural eruptions of steam, hot water and mud occasionally occur in new locations. There’s Wai-O-Tapu nearby, which is also a popular tourist attraction with many hot springs noted for their colorful appearance.
4) Tongariro National Park: This is the first national park of New Zealand, and is known for its surprises and extremes. The park’s diverse range includes calm lakes, active volcanoes, herb fields, untamed forests and desert-like plateaus. When planning a visit to the park, you should start your trek at the Whakapapa Visitor Center, which is a three hour hike from the stunning Taranaki Falls. And if you wish to take the short hike, it will take you through forest and across the lava line of volcanic eruptions from hundreds of years ago.
5) Sky Tower: The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located in New Zealand’s largest city. It is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and has become an iconic structure in Auckland’s skyline. The tower offers views of up to 80 km away and fine dining in the Orbit revolving restaurant.