There are few places on earth where you feel the power and presence of Mother Nature more than New Zealand. This is a visually stunning country, made of two islands, which are packed to the rafters with a stunning array of mind blowing sights. From lakes and waterfalls hot pools, caves, and glaciers, there’s no better place to appreciate Mother Nature’s dramatic presence.
Here are three of New Zealand’s most impressive offerings.
Just a short drive from picturesque Lake Taupo, on the North island, Rotorua is a unique place to visit.
On the approach, the first thing visitors notice is the smell of the natural wonder that they are about to experience: the famous thermal pools, a favourite amongst travellers. Visitors to New Zealand will be struck by how obvious the juxtaposition is between the numerous natural wonders ripe for exploration and the opportunities to relax in the shadow of spectacular scenery. Rotorua is home to one of the most famous geothermal areas in the country and as such it is the perfect place to relax your body before and after taking advantage of all the activities on offer. That being said, it gives visitors the best of both worlds and is guaranteed to please all ages.
As well as hosting one of New Zealand’s oldest mountain biking networks, this area is brimming with forest walks, beautiful lakes and the impressive Pohutu Geyser. ‘Pohutu’ means explosion and it ‘explodes’ up to 20 times a daily. Spend the day hiking, climbing or taking a bike ride before slipping into the famous mud pools at the end of the day and relaxing in the surroundings of the natural beauty you have been soaking up all day. An experience unlike any other, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t come here sooner.
In addition to all of the natural beauty, don’t miss the unique cultural experiences on offer here. This area is home to a living Maori village and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can learn about Maori culture and try your hand at traditional carving and weaving. Round off the adventure with a taste of the delicious, local cuisine – a meal cooked in the most traditional way possible: on hot stones called Hangi.
Beyond Rotorua are the lesser-known wonders that are the Welcome Flat Hot Pools on the Copland Track. These are just as spectacular and boast four pools of varying temperatures, surrounded by forest glades, mountain peaks and alpine woodland.
Located in Coromandel, Hot Water Beach is perhaps the most famous and interesting pool in the area. Here you will arm yourself with a spade and dig your own hot water lagoon! As you make your way through the surface layers of the sand, you’ll notice the temperature of the water rising. If the tide is low, the best place to create your own pool is between the shoreline and the small, rocky outcrop, which lies just off the beach. An experience like no other, everyone from home will be wondering why they didn’t come along!
Bay of Islands
In order to get take in all that Mother Nature has to offer while in New Zealand, experience the romance of four spectacular rail journeys in the Bay of Islands.
You’ll begin in Parry Kauri Park where travellers see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree, one of the largest (by volume) species of trees in New Zealand. You’ll then travel to Paihia situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands, serene enough to take your breath away.
From there, you’ll travel onboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and witness the famous Hole in the Rock, one of Mother Nature’s true beauties. While traveling, be on the lookout for bottlenose and common dolphins wanting to also get a peek at the natural wonder. However, your trip doesn’t stop there. Travelers will also get to witness many other areas on this 19 day tour such as the prestigious town of Christchurch, the picturesque Queenstown, or the historic area of Wellington.
New Zealand is a truly spectacular country and showcases the beauty of the planet like nowhere else. Those keen on exploring the great outdoors cannot fail to be enchanted by Mother’s Nature work – the perfect combination of dramatic adventure and pure relaxation.