Naturally Beautiful Destinations in New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its surreal, natural landscapes. Covered in unique flora and fauna, mountains, beaches and forests, it’s not surprising that New Zealand is the ideal travel destination for nature lovers. Whether you want to relax on golden sand, challenge your fitness on steep climbs or meander through blue waters, the Land of the Long White Cloud is where you can connect with nature and rediscover yourself.
If you’re longing for a getaway, check out these five naturally beautiful New Zealand travel destinations.
Abel Tasman National Park
It’s New Zealand’s smallest national park, but one of the most popular. Sitting on the northern end of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is a coastal paradise. Hike, swim, kayak or cruise around on a boat to explore the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The 60km Coast Track is the most popular Great Walk in New Zealand.
To the northeast of the South Island lies ancient river valleys, filled with water from the Pacific Ocean. Marlborough Sounds has three main ‘mini sounds’ that make it up – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorous Sounds. Forests, small islands and native wildlife can be found here, as well as over 50 reserves. Explore sheltered inlets and secluded bays in Marlborough Sounds.
Alpine scenery and dolphins, penguins and fur seal colonies greet you in Milford Sound. Hidden in Fiordland National Park are dramatic cliffs, cascading waterfalls and dense rainforest. Despite its name, Milford Sound is actually a fiord, described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world. It is part of Te Wahipounamu, a UNSECO World Heritage site.
Up on the North Island, the Waitakere Ranges steals the scene. This chain of hills covers more than 16,000 hectares of native forest and coastline, providing countless hiking tracks and secret hideaways. Rugged, wild and beautiful, the Waitakere Ranges is where adventure happens. Bethells and Whatipu are two of the beautiful beaches in this area.
This cave system is lit up with glow worms that flicker like stars. Let a boat take you through the labyrinth calmly and quietly, or go black water rafting to feel a rush. The Waitomo Caves are over 30 million years old and are formed in limestone. You can find sinkholes, underground rivers and stalactites underneath the Waitomo hills.
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