It’s always fun to draw up a bucket list of places to visit in New Zealand, especially if your list includes a few choices that others might not readily have thought of.
Travel blogger Megan Conway put together her own list of 11 favourite places.
11 must-see places in New Zealand
The capital of adrenaline.
2. Milford Sound
Spectacular fiords with jagged cliffs, waterfalls and a mysterious air.
Geothermal wonderland – “truly unique and awe-inspiring”.
4. Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula
Beautiful marine reserve.
5. Abel Tasman National Park, South Island
Golden beaches and rich vegetation – “the scenery is mesmerising”.
6. Hobbiton, Waikato
Sip beer at The Green Dragon Inn and enjoy this film set from Lord of the Rings.
7. Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
Palm trees and white sand beaches – and only a 45-minute ferry trip from Auckland.
8. Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
One of New Zealand’s best beaches with trendy cafes and restaurants.
9. Hokitika Gorge, South Island
Walking trails and the chance to get close to nature.
10. Cape Palliser, southernmost tip of North Island
Chance to see seals before climbing to the cape’s iconic lighthouse for stunning views.
Seaside capital with more restaurants per square metre than New York City.
Source: Megan Conway’s halfthisworldaway.com blog.