Aside from the slower pace of life and the better climate there’s a good chance you’ve also heard that New Zealand is home to some spectacular scenery. The untouched countryside is comprised of many different landscapes and environments. From vast mountains and glaciers to the rolling volcanic planes of the lowlands New Zealand has a place for everyone to enjoy. Both the North and Southern islands are both home to amazing places to visit.
Here are just some of the must see sights:
Described as the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, the sound is in fact not a sound, but more technically a fjord. Its spectacular scenery has made it the most visited tourist attraction in the country. It’s Located in the south west of the Southern island running 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea. High mountains and cliffs surround the clear water that is home to a huge numbers of wild dolphins, seals and penguins. Movie buffs may recognize some areas from the Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the ring.
There are very few places that are more spectacular than Milford sound.
Franz Josef Glacier
With Glaciers becoming rarer it is a special treat to be able to get up close and personal with one. The Franz Josef glacier is seven miles and is slowly creeping its way down from the mountains and into the surrounding rainforest below. Visitors are able to walk along the length and guided tours are available.
For the really adventurous you can book a place on a helicopter tour that takes you high above the glacier, giving you amazing views and access to hard to reach areas. The Franz Josef glacier is one of the most tourist attractions in the world and a must see when you arrive in New Zealand.
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach
Located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s northern island is Cape Reinga, the meeting point of two seas the Tasman and Pacific, the two crashing against one another make for an impressive sight. The native Maori believe that the cape is the place where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld. Not far from Reinga are the white sands of the 90 mile beach. In reality it’s only 55miles long. This area is also very popular with surfers and body boarders so it’s a must see for beach lovers.
The town of Kaikoura is located on the Southern island and is home to one of the most professional and developed whale watching groups on Earth. The area is rife with aquatic sea life and it isn’t unusual to swim with dolphins and seals. The town itself is home to many excellent restaurants that are famous for their crayfish.