6 New Zealand Sights You Won't Want to Miss. Photo by macronix

6 New Zealand Sights You Won’t Want to Miss

As one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, New Zealand offers plenty of ways to enjoy nature’s beauty. If you’re planning a trip to this gorgeous region, don’t miss these top six must-see New Zealand sights.

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Milford Sound

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” and for good reason. The fjord is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful destinations, thanks to the stunning cliffs and waterfalls that line the coast. You can explore Milford Sound on a boat tour or, if you’re more adventurous, by canoe.

Milford Sound (Image: Christine Wagner)

Milford Sound (Image: Christine Wagner)

 

Rotorua

Filled with bubbling hot springs and geysers, Rotorua is a must-visit while in New Zealand. Beyond the natural water features, you’ll also find that Rotorua is your best bet for learning about the native Maori culture. Whether you want to spend the day soaking in mineral waters at a spa or feasting on Maori food at a traditional hang gathering, you won’t regret a visit to Rotorua.

Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo by matthew Hunt

Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo by matthew Hunt

Abel Tasman National Park

One of New Zealand’s strongest testaments to its natural beauty, Abel Tasman National Park is blissfully free of car traffic, allowing hikers and visitors to enjoy the national park without fear of pollution or car noise disturbing your tranquil visit. Don’t miss the golden stretches of beach, which you can visit for the day or claim as your campsite for an overnight stay.

Abel Tasman National Park (Image: Hector Garcia used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Abel Tasman National Park (Image: Hector Garcia used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

 

Sky Tower

If you’re headed to Auckland, don’t miss a trip to the Sky Tower, the largest man-made structure in the entire country. The communications tower includes a casino, rotating restaurant and three observation decks. Even if you don’t make it inside the tower, you’ll love how the Sky Tower lights up the Auckland skyline come nightfall.

The Sky Tower and the Auckland skyline. Photo by Ruth Hartnup

The Sky Tower and the Auckland skyline. Photo by Ruth Hartnup

Kaikoura

Spot some of New Zealand’s best marine life with a trip to Kaikoura on the South Island. This is prime territory for whale-watching, and you’re nearly guaranteed to spot a few whales no matter what time of year you visit. You’ll also catch glimpses of aquatic residents like seals and dolphins, too.

A whale in Kaikoura (Image: Marc Veraart)

A whale in Kaikoura (Image: Marc Veraart)

 

Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve

As night sweeps over New Zealand, you’ll find one of the best places to gaze at the stars is the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve with the team at Earth & Sky Observatory. This large dark sky reserve offers observatory tours, as well as stargazing tours where you’ll see the night sky like never before.

Mt John University Observatory, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Photo by Earth & Sky Ltd

Mt John University Observatory, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Photo by Earth & Sky Ltd

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