From the home of Hobbits to a glacier-shaped landscape: New Zealand's top attractions

2019-02-05 12:46
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Sunny clear Skyline of Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland

Consistently rated in the top 10 of the world's most liveable cities, Auckland is an intoxicating blend of natural wonder and modern, urban adventure. 

Framed by two harbours, this city is also one of the most beautiful in the world. No matter where you are in this, you're never further than a half an hour away from a beach, a hiking trail or one of the many holiday-friendly islands. Travellers can go from the high-rise filled centre of the city to thermal springs, rainforest and wildlife reserves in less than an hour's drive.

A high level view of a typical scenic beach scene,(Photo: iStock)

Abel Tasman National Park

The smallest national park in New Zealand is also the most ideal place to find a bit of adventure and a lot of relaxation. With inviting, sandy beaches serving as a buffer between the water and tree lines, crystal clear streams of water flowing over mossy valleys and granite formations cloaked by forest - it is easy to see why this is a top attraction.

Hobbiton movie set created for filming The Lord of(Photo: iStock)

Hobbiton

Kick off your shoes, hunch over and explore the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbition movie set featured in the The Lord of Rings and The Hobbit films. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit other iconic locations such as the Green Dragon Inn and the Party Tree.

A high level view of a typical scenic beach scene,(Photo: iStock)

Milford Sound

Right on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound offers travellers to New Zealand some dramatic natural scenery. Carved by glaciers during the ice ages, the fjord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters and waterfalls cascade from mountains downward from heights as mind-blowingly high as 1000 metres.  

A high level view of a typical scenic beach scene,(Photo: iStock)

Bay of Islands

This subtropical micro-region is renowned in New Zealand for its beauty and rich history. This is a paradise for beach and water activity lovers. Encompassing 144 islands, there is an incredible amount of things to see whether on land or atop the water. Walk by rivers or explore pristine subtropical forest. Or just head out north of Tapeka Point and spot penguins, gannets, marlin, dolphins, whales and more. 

A high level view of a typical scenic beach scene,(Photo: iStock)

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