New Zealand is an otherworldly country with unique contradictory extremes. It has one of the most spectacular landscapes of the world, containing dense forests, mountains, beaches glaciers, thermal regions and fjords.
New Zealand is a place where traditional Maori culture mixes with modern conveniences, charming villages and untouched wilderness. The country offers all sorts of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Out of all the limitless things to do and see in New Zealand these are our top 10 suggestions.
10 Coromandel Peninsula
The north-east of New Zealand is known for its pristine beaches, native forest and laid back vibe. Make sure to visit the small but picturesque village Thames. Its rich history of gold mining, the galleries of the many artists and craftsmen, together with the beautiful view make this village worth seeing.
The area of Coromandel Peninsula has everything a big city doesn't. The forest provides untouched nature and exciting adventures, while the beach offers great relaxation and a beautiful view. At the Hot Water Beach you can dig your own hot pool from the springs under the sands.
9 National parks
When in New Zealand it is highly recommended that you visit at least three of the 14 national parks. At all of the parks, visitors can get in touch with the natural heritage of New Zealand, as well as various native animal species, such as blue penguins, wekas , oystercatchers, wood pigeons and Kiwi birds, that have defined the country.
The first national park of New Zealand was Tongariro, known for its surprises and extremes. The park has a strangely diverse range of ecosystems which includes tranquil lakes, active volcanoes, herb fields, untamed forests and desert-like plateaus.
The best way to explore the park is to take a hike starting from the Whakapapa Visitor Center. From here its just a three hour hike to the stunning Taranaki Falls. This short hike will take you further through scrubland and forest and across the lava line of volcanic eruptions from hundreds of years ago.
Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island, is one of the smallest national parks in New Zealand, but also one of the most spectacular.
It is a coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak.
The Franz Josef Glacier
The Franz Josef Glacier, located within Westland National Park in the southwest of New Zealand, is one of the world's most accessible glaciers. Visitors can walk right up to the foot of this massive glacier to enjoy the spectacular view and hear the grinding, crushing sounds of the ancient ice forcing itself down the valley.
The Franz Josef Glacier moves up to four meters every day, which in the glacier world is uncommonly rapid.
8 Sky Tower
In the city of Auckland, the Sky Tower with a height of 328 meters (1,076 ft) is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The Tower serves as an observation and telecommunications tower and has become an icon in on the Auckland skyline. Going up in the tower will provide you with a view up to 80 km away while you dine could be dining at the Orbit Revolving restaurant.
*Culled from www.justlanded.com