By Catherine Nyorani

19 Most Beautiful Places in New Zealand That Are a Must-See

Here are the most  picture-perfect places as you kickstart your tour of New Zealand. Let’s go on the voyage of a lifetime.

Bay of Islands

A thirty-five-minute flight or three-hour drive north of Auckland will get you to the Bay of Islands. The area with a subtropical microclimate is famed for its astonishing beauty and rich history. 

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Kaikoura

If you’re crazy about wildlife, then add Kaikoura to your bucket list. Whale-watching trips are a favorite activity on these coastal waters with an ever-present colony of fur seals, dolphins, and whales.

2

Castlepoint

This hidden gem of a town features dazzling coastlines, remarkable landscapes, and wines that make you want to stay just a little longer.

3

Hobbiton

Hobbiton quickly comes to mind when one thinks of New Zealand. That’s because it’s one of its most photographed areas thanks to the legendary success of the Lord of the Rings films.

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The Coromandel

The Coromandel Peninsula features a range of accommodation options ranging from upmarket cabins to tent sites. Spectacular views and convenient access make it easy to stay at one of these beautiful places in New Zealand.

5

Rotorua

Situated right on the North Island at about 140 miles southeast of Auckland, Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity. It’s also popular for its promotion of Maori culture at the cultural exhibition.

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The Mirror Lakes

Walking along the lake is a breeze for all ages with possible wheelchair access. Moreover, the walkways and parking area are clearly marked.

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Lake Wanaka

What will immediately strike you about Lake Wanaka is its captivating beauty. The 27-mile long lake situated in Otago on the South Island is the fourth largest in New Zealand.

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