New Zealand landscape highlights

Aoraki Mount Cook | Image: Roell de Ram

New Zealand landscape highlights

New Zealand is abundant in natural splendour. Here are a few tips on where to get the best Insta-worthy travel photos that are sure to give your friends and followers some serious travel envy.

Geothermal Highlights

Te Puia Thermal valley with mud pools, boiling waters and Pohutu geyser. Hells Gate Mud and mineral bathing, a geothermal park and the world’s largest hot waterfall. Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park Paradise of caves, geysers, soda springs and silica terraces. White Island Steaming offshore volcano in the Bay of Islands. Mount Tarawera Multi-coloured crater, a buried village and the world’s largest hot spring.

Coastal Highlights

Bay of Islands Island-hopping paradise in subtropical Northland. Hot Water Beach Dig your own hot pool in the sand. Cathedral Cove White sand and sparkling water. Farewell Spit The world’s longest natural sandbar. Stewart Island 85 percent of New Zealand’s third-largest island is in a national park. Bluff Southern tip of mainland New Zealand.

Caving Highlights

Waitomo Caves Black-water rafting and glow-worm encounters. Harwood’s Hole Deepest sinkhole in the Southern Hemisphere. Marble Mountain One of the world’s largest caving systems. Dragon’s Cave Float through a glow-worm-studded subterranean world on the West Coast. Te Anau Glow-Worm Caves Limestone cavern tours by boat.

Alpine Highlights

Arthur’s Pass Alpine village in the heart of the Southern Alps. Queenstown The adventure capital of New Zealand. Wanaka Right on the doorstep of Mount Aspiring National Park. Tekapo Stunning mountain resort beside an aquamarine lake. Central Plateau Dominated by a triad of volcanoes.

Glacier Highlights

Franz Josef Glacier Tandem skydive above or guided eco-tours on a river of ice. Fox Glacier Guided glacier walks and ice climbing at a remarkably accessible glacier. Mount Ruapehu Glaciers Flight-seeing, glacial skiing and heli hiking in the North Island. Tasman Glacier Ski New Zealand’s largest and longest glacier.


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