Planning big trips with long-haul flights can often be quite the challenge but they are also very much worth it, especially if you’re thinking of visiting the wonderful country of New Zealand. Not only does this beautiful country have some of the most breathtaking natural scenery you’ve ever seen but it also has amazing tourist attractions. From stunning white sand beaches to volcanic islands, New Zealand never disappoints, so you can be sure you’re set to have a trip of a lifetime. If you’re planning on visiting New Zealand anytime soon, these are some of the country’s best-kept secret destinations and the most fascinating spots to explore.
Discover The Waitomo Glowworm Caves
When it comes to New Zealand, there is definitely more than meets the eye. Not only does New Zealand offer a variety of daytime and nighttime activities to cater to the needs of its visitors but it also has some captivating scenic views to take in and admire. One of the most enchanting places to visit happens to be deep beneath the rocky landscapes of North Island – the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Some of the most mesmerising views can be found in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, according to Unusual Places. As unusual as this may sound, it is truly an experience. Upon descending into the cave, it is lit with thousands of glowworms, illuminating the underground cave river. These fascinating creatures emit a unique blue-green glow that lights up the top of the cave-like a starry night sky. Interestingly, these species of glowworm are found exclusively in New Zealand making it a truly spectacular destination to visit.
Explore The Mysterious Moeraki Boulders
Dinosaur eggs, alien remnants, and giant gobstoppers – these are just some of the interesting concepts people have come up with over the years to explain the appearance of the natural phenomena that are the Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand. A majical site to discover. These unusual-looking, almost perfectly spherical rocks can reach up to two metres tall, according to Distant Journeys. They can be found on New Zealand’s South Island on Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast.
Despite all the weird and wonderful stories behind the creation of these geological mysteries, including the mysterious Māori legend, it seems that the science behind it says otherwise. According to scientists, these unique boulders were in fact formed around 60 million years ago by ancient sea sediments. Like an assembly of planets, these clusters of boulders make visitors feel like they are embarking on alien terrain. Though some of these boulders are partially encased in cliffs in the surrounding areas, others fully reveal their distinctive beauty through colourful patterns showcased through the cracks of the spheres, to display beautiful mosaic designs, almost like the shell of a turtle. You’ll be sure to take some great travel photos in this New Zealand location!
Looking instead for accessible fun things to do in Auckland? Check out Sick Girl Travels!
Cruise Milford Sound
For magnificent views, Milford Sound in New Zealand is the place to be and it’s a beautiful place to discover. It is one of the most visited places in New Zealand as its naturally charming views alone attract thousands of visitors daily. Situated on the west coast, its scenic landscape is one of South Island’s finest.Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice age and is famously described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, according to 100% Pure New Zealand. This remarkable natural attraction encompasses picturesque mountain peaks, dramatic forest-clad cliffs and mysterious-looking dark waters. This is truly an adventurous place to explore, from diving and snorkelling to hiking, there is certainly a lot to explore at New Zealand’s Milford Sound!
Take a Tour of SkyCity
Thanks to its bustling nightlife and casino scene, New Zealand is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. A major night-time attraction is SkyCity, a world-leading entertainment complex in Auckland. Not only does it have the biggest casino scene in New Zealand but it also offers amazing live entertainment.
Always remember to never bet more than you can afford in disposable cash. You don’t need to spend much money to have some fun on the games.
Swim With the Dolphins
Very few places can boast of the distinct natural wonders they have to offer but Kaikōura surely can. This beautiful coastal town is located on the South Island of New Zealand. Kaikōura offers tourists and visitors the opportunity to not only explore its abundant wildlife but also experience marine life on a whole new level. This small village offers a plethora of unique marine adventures, such as whale watching and spotting fur seals but it just so happens that at this location, you can also enjoy swimming with one of the planet’s finest species, dolphins. It is needless to say that dolphins are some of the most captivating creatures to witness from afar but they’re even more extraordinary up close. The best part is that these dolphins have special acrobatic abilities that will make your encounter with them even more magical. This is truly an experience of a lifetime, that’s perfect for wildlife lovers!
Set Sail to the Bay of Islands
This lush destination, that’s one of hidden gems of the world, is filled with multiple beaches and is surrounded by many desert islands. Located in New Zealand’s North Island, there are a whopping 144 magnificent islands to explore. Dubbed as an ‘aquatic playground’, this region conceals some of the country’s most sensational sites, from golden beaches to historic wonders where you can be sure you’ll experience a slice of paradise.
What’s more, you can fully immerse yourself in an adventure of a lifetime by either hiring a boat or a kayak and paddling to the iconic attraction known as the ‘Hole in the Rock’. This spectacular natural phenomenon consists of a natural bridge formed by the remains of a former sea cave. This natural bridge goes all the way through Piercy Island, an island made of steep limestone walls, perfect for a boat trip.
On the whole, it is clear that New Zealand has a lot to offer. From glowing caves to exciting entertainment spots such as SkyCity, there are truly a lot of fascinating places to visit. Not only does New Zealand have beautiful scenic views but it also has a little something for everyone and should be the next destination to visit on your bucket list! You’ll definitely enjoy your next holiday if it’s a trip to New Zealand.
Image 1 – Tommy McGrath via Pexels, Image 2 – Francesco Ungaro via Pexels, Image 3 – Hanbo Wang via Pexels
You can see more off what I’m loving, and what I’m doing, over on my Instagram.