7 of the most breathtaking places in New Zealand!
One of the most beautiful countries in the world has to be New Zealand, a wondrous destination blessed with a wide variety of incredible vistas. With so many places to see, visitors are literally spoilt for choice when they arrive, which can often leave them not knowing where to start.
Well, you don’t need to worry about that now as I’ve picked the 7 most breathtaking places for you to see that will leave you lost for words.
1. Cape Reinga
The journey starts at the top of New Zealand, literally, with Cape Reinga, the northernmost point in the country that is accessible for the public. At the tip of the viewing area stands an iconic lighthouse, looking over the cape towards the sea where two oceans meet. Those oceans are the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea and witnessing the two seas clash from the cliffs above is nothing short of spectacular.
The drive from Kaitaia, the largest nearby settlement, takes about 90 minutes past some other great landmarks like 90 Mile Beach!
To the Central North Island and a place that is often described as otherworldly, Wai-O-Tapu, is a geothermal wonderland unlike any other. Formed by volcanic activity you can expect to encounter bubbling mud pools, steam vents, geysers and coloured springs. The most vivid and dramatic of these geothermal features is the Champagne Pool, a beautifully coloured spring with dramatic contrasts of orange and green.
Wai-O-Tapu is 30 mins drive south from the tourist hotspot of Rotorua.
3. Mount Taranaki
New Zealand isn’t short of mountains and there are a number of glorious peaks you’ll want to see in the flesh including Mount Taranaki. The reason why I’ve chosen this particular mountain is that unlike others that are arguably better known in New Zealand, Mount Taranaki sits virtually alone on the West Coast of North Island. That, coupled with the fact that it’s one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world, makes it the purest form of magnificence.