New Zealand has always been a bit of an underdog when it comes to travel destinations, mainly due to its far away location. Anyone who travels there however, can’t get enough of this beautiful country. Go there once and you’ll quickly realise that the long trip is definitely worth it!
Packed with cosmopolitan cities, rich Māori culture, stunning volcanic landscapes and an idyllic seaside, on New Zealand’s North Island you definitely won’t run out of things to see and do.
Luckily we have compiled a list of the top 5 places you definitely have to visit on your trip there. From beautiful beaches, to amazing cycling routes, we’ve got you covered!
1. Old Coach Road, Ohakune
When a place is known for a giant carrot statue, you know that you’re in for a strange adventure. However Ohakune has more to offer than giant root vegetable-based art. In fact, it is the perfect location for you if you enjoy a good bike ride in nature. The Old Coach Road is located at the base of Mount Ruapehu and a part of Tongariro National Park. Here you can see old bridges, tunnels, viaducts and beautiful mountain views.
Step back in history and see how this route used to serve as an equestrian transportation area between two railway lines before 1908. Rent a bike and make a day out of discovering the untouched nature that Ohakune has to offer.
2. Rings Beach, Coromandel
If you are looking for a place to get away from everyday life for a weekend, Auckland’s surrounding area is definitely a good start. Within a few hours you can be at one of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen, complete with turquoise waters, white sands and plenty of adventure opportunities. Whether you want to cave kayak or just relax while breathing in the fresh ocean air, you won’t be disappointed.
Rings beach is not to be missed if you enjoy a beach away from the crowds, as it doesn’t even fill up during peak season. How amazing is that?
3. Redwoods, Rotorua
The Redwoods are one of New Zealand’s main tourist attractions, and for a good reason. Famous for its strong geothermal activity and Māori culture, this place is filled with natural and cultural wonders. Go to the geysers and hot springs for a unique experience.
The local Whakarewarewa Forest is filled with Californian Coast Redwood trees which tower high above the ground, hence the name. This is a beautiful place to cycle, hike or just simply enjoy nature. The only thing is that the place smells like rotten eggs due to the aforementioned geothermal activity, but this is something you’ll get used to after a while.
Not far away lies White Island, where you can travel by helicopter. Here you can see a lone active volcano which is also its own island. If the budget allows it, don’t miss out on this experience as its unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
4. Plimmerton, Porirua
If you enjoy waking up to the sound of the ocean and seagulls as you feel the sea breeze – and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t enjoy that – then Plimmerton is a good choice.
Enjoy the slower pace of life in this beautiful town and take the time to explore and truly switch off. Take in its beauty and enjoy the time spent with your group here, you won’t regret it.
5. Pouaki Crossing, Taranaki
Taranaki was named a top region in 2017 by Lonely Planet, with the main reason being an amazing multi day hike you can take there. This trek tackles marsh, mountains and most importantly, breathtaking views.
Did you know? The film The Last Samurai was even partially filmed here, as the Mount Taranaki became a fake Mount Fuji.
New Zealand in general is famous for its many filming locations so why not get together your movie-buff friends for a movie tour of the country?
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