10 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand

10 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand

Comprised of two main islands, North Island
and South Island, New Zealand is an incredible destination to discover. Packed with unforgettable landscapes, breathtaking
scenery, and an unparalleled combination of lakes, mountains, and lush greenery, the island
nation has to be seen to be truly understood. While touring New Zealand, be sure to give
equal time to its lively cities and its more stunning natural landmarks. Here’s a look at the best places to visit
in New Zealand. Number 10. Coromandel Peninsula. This north-eastern peninsula is famous for
its white and golden sand beaches that frame magnificent coastal scenery, forests perfect
for days of exploration and other natural wonders. Start your visit in Thames, a small but picturesque
city with a rich history of gold mining. Don’t miss a stop at Hot Water Beach, where
visitors can dig their own hot pool from the springs under the sands. Number 9. Kaikoura. A picture-perfect coastal town situated a
few hours north of Christchurch, Kaikoura is famous among visitors for its marine mammals,
eco-friendly lifestyle, and its landscape that brings the country’s stunning coastline
shoulder to shoulder with its jagged mountains. Renowned for its fishing opportunities, the
town is filled with activities to keep you occupied. Spot dolphins, whales, and other exotic marine
species on a cruise or join them with a wetsuit and scuba dive amidst some of the best reefs
in New Zealand. Number 8. Glacier Country. Glacier Country is found on the Western Coast
of South Island, and its jewel is the Westland National Park. Here, you’ll have the chance to see the
country’s two most spectacular glaciers: Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most accessible
glaciers on the planet, meaning that you can actually walk up to the glacier and even through
the glacier valley itself. Guided tours give you a closer look at the
expanding glaciers, and you can relax after a day of hiking by soaking in the incredible
glacier hot pools. Number 7. Napier. Feeling somewhat like a wealthy seaside town
in England, Napier is a charming place to kick back and relax, with a romantic air about
it. With lovely 1930’s facades and some delightful
streets to explore, its fantastic collection of art-deco buildings is interspersed with
some brilliant restaurants and atmospheric cafes. Napier has several gorgeous beaches nearby,
as well as a fantastic aquarium to check out. The marvelous wineries just outside of the
city are also well worth exploring. Number 6. Rotorua. Lying on the shores of the lake after which
it is named, Rotorua is renowned for its fabulous hot springs and geysers that are absolutely
everywhere. Situated at the heart of a Volcanic Zone,
the city is the North Island’s most popular tourist destination. Steam and spray constantly cloud its streets
and the scent of sulfur hangs heavy in the air. While its parks and nature reserves are home
to vents, fissures and lakes, a sizeable Maori population invigorates the town with their
art, culture and history. Number 5. Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is one of the most popular
holiday destinations in New Zealand. The picturesque area contains 144 islands,
many secluded bays and some great sandy beaches. This beautiful bay has an abundance of marine
life including whales, penguins, dolphins and the big marlin. Not surprisingly, it is a popular tourist
spot for sailing yachts on world cruises and international sport fishermen. Number 4. Auckland. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is the
largest and most populated city in New Zealand. It is located on the North Island, and it
is known for its vibrant culture and foodie landscape. For amazing views of this beautiful metropolis,
climb the Auckland Harbor Bridge. If you’re interested in learning more about
the history and heritage of New Zealand, then be sure to check out the Auckland Domain,
which is the city’s oldest part. Here you’ll find great exhibits of Maori
and Pacific Island artifacts at the iconic Auckland Museum. Number 3. Queenstown. On New Zealand’s South Island is Queenstown,
a destination known as the dream spot for those in search of adrenaline and adventure. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Southern
Alps, and right on the banks of deep-blue Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is also an incredibly
beautiful spot. One of the best ways to experience the scenery
is on Lake Wakatipu itself. You can cycle around the lake’s perimeter
or set off on a cruise of the lake’s magnificent waters. There is also a vibrant nightlife with the
town’s small central area packed with bars and restaurants. Number 2. Tongariro National Park. The first national park of New Zealand, Tongariro
is known for its surprises and extremes. The park’s diverse range of ecosystems includes
tranquil lakes, active volcanoes, herb fields, untamed forests and desert-like plateaus. Start your trek at the Visitor Center, just
a three hour hike from the stunning Taranaki Falls. The short hike will take you through scrubland
and forest and across the lava line of volcanic eruptions from hundreds of years ago. Number 1. Fiordland. One of the most scenic spots in New Zealand
is the Fiordland National Park. Here, you can set off on incredible hikes,
fish for trout or cruise on the spectacular fjords in the south-western corner of the
South Island. Milford Sound is the biggest attraction in
Fiordland, and it is a true fjord created by a glacier. On a cruise through Milford Sound, you can
spot waterfalls, admire the sheer rock faces towering over the water and even see wildlife
like dolphins and penguins.

100 thoughts on “10 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand

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  2. only a very miserable basement dwelling oven dodger with no future no prospects surviving off dying 70 yr old dad would dislike this

  3. whoever put this together needs be shot there are no boats floating outside the museum that was the auckland harbour

  4. Rankings in this video:

    10. Coromandel Peninsula
    9. Kaikoura
    8. Glacier Country
    7. Napier
    6. Rotorua
    5. Bay of Islands
    4. Auckland
    3. Queenstown
    2. Tongariro National Park
    1. Fiordland

  5. All glory to our Father God and His Son Lord Jesus Christ for a wonderful creation 🙏❤️🕊 Repent, Forgive, believe in the Gospel

  6. They left out one of the best kept secrets: the Wairarapa area and Wellington, several times voted as best capital in the world!

  7. If you're doing the Tongariro Crossing, it's certainly worth your time, BUT at seven hours, it's not a short trek.

  8. You showed stuff all in Auckland except central city which is the worst bit. By Thames I think you mean the Coromandel Peninsula which is awesome

  9. I live on the west coast of the south island. Its awesome but the Glaciers are melting fast. And you can't walk on to it anymore, you can fly onto it but it's not cheap.

  10. There's a whole lot more to the Coromandel than Thames and Hot Water beach. Fiordland, crack up that you showed the interislander, on Milford sound, it doesn't go anywhere near there. It's route is between Wellington and Picton, across the Cook straight. LOL that you talk about Thames and show Whanga.

  11. Baa haa haa @ the commentary referring to Fiorland but showing an interisland Ferry travelling though the Marlborough Sounds at the other end of the South Island!

  12. The crown jewel in NZ is the Abel tasman national park and Kaiteriteri beach in Motueka in the Nelson District, and should be considered NZs NO1 tourist spot but not even mentioned on this video

  13. 0:18 Just a 'heads up' for potential tourists, we call them 'the' North island, and 'the' South island, not North island and South island.

  14. I've traveled a whole year in NZ it's magnificent. Missing from this list is definitely Wanaka (climb the peeks if your fit), the West coast, Abel Tasman, Wellington, Glenorchy, Nelson lake district, and tramping. Tramping is the best way to visit NZ, tramping is doing big hikes,especially multi day hikes, in the rugged wild pure nature. All the parks have amazing marked tramping trails with hutts to spend the night at in the middle of nowhere. The trails are often really rough and should not be done if you are not fit, have experience in multi day hiking, basic survival gear and skills, and orientation skills. get info at the Department of conservation i sites. The wild nature in NZ is extremely beautiful, you can drink straight out of the rivers and there are no dangerous animals whatsoever.

  15. They forgot NELSON and ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK. which includes Harewoods hole and SHAG HARBOUR, The most beautiful spot I have ever been to.

  16. Love the video! I wish I could travel there. Check out some of my travel videos to New Zealand and Thailand and more when you have a chance.

  17. All very beautiful places !!! But then I live here…Top tip..Don't go swimming at the beaches in Napier,Extremely dangerous!!!

  18. What about old Matuara paper mill Nr Gore? Visit all the tons pf toxic waste from the smelting plant at Bluff stored there right next to the Mataura river.

  19. Come and enjoy NZ and all it has to offer. You're all welcome here. I'm lucky enough to live by Lake Taupo in the North Island. The South Island is magnificent if you like mountains and incredible scenery.

  20. I live in New Zealand my self one of the places they didn’t show is Milford sond it is amazing there is ship to ride a scuber diving and a fish place where you can go under the sea and see fish and you can see dolphins

  21. I use to live in Queenstown it is amazing there is lots of ski places and amazing staff for kids like me
    I also recommend going on the gondla

  22. Beautiful NZ, I been to different places already road trip and boat trip. They should include Wellington and Akaroa. Explore the whole country!!! It’s more than 10 to see,,,,

  23. There are no best places in NZ as there are so many best places to goto, just stay away from the cities, there are only worst places to stay away from but i will not post

  24. I spend 7 years of mah life in New Zealand and I still miss those wonderful days love New Zealand, love for kiwi people they r amazing

  25. 10 Auckland (You fly into it)
    9 Lake Taupo
    8 Waitomo Caves
    7 Gisborne
    6 Wellington
    5 Franz Josef Glacier
    4 Coromandel
    3 Milford Sounds
    2 Queenstown
    1 Abel Tasman National Park

  26. To all you potential visitors to this beautiful country of which I live in this marvelous YouTube video of New Zealand they have only scratched the surface. I'm from the region of Taranaki in the North island just such a lovely place to live we have a stunning mountain and many parks and walkways to enjoy you are always welcome see you soon 🇳🇿

  27. oehm. what? No Nelson, No Karamea, No Tasman, Farewell Spit… What'S with the top of the south? No Hokitika… I love all of my country but this is a pretty incomplete list and IMHO the best spots are spared.

  28. I'm a new Zealander and tbh I don't really get why other people like this country so much I've only really seen the hori side but I'm proud to be a Māoti🔥😇

  29. I live in Napier but love Auckland and Tauranga as well. If you want city life and health – then head for Auckland. It is surrounded by water and clean air. Better even than Zurich. But if just visiting then Auckland, Tuaranga, Rotorua and Napier are the places to go in the North Island. But to get back to Auckland – It has all the sophistication of a major European or Asian city – all the cafes, volcanic cones, wonderful waterfront. Stupidly expensive though.
    In Napier you can, as mentioned, soak in the Art Deco atmosphere. This is not some afterthought. Napier was literally flattened in the 1931 earthquake. The prevailing fashion at the time was Art Deco. So when the city was rebuilt, it was in that style. Only Miami and New York have this level of Art Deco. It took me a while to get it (I have been here 30 years) but now I love it. Napier also has many world class vineyards. The better wines have caught up with France, Australia, and California. Not cheap but – you know – you get what you pay for.

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