New Zealand’s beauty was most famously showcased in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings, but the ancient forests, snowy mountain passes and fascinating lure of Maori culture have been enchanting travellers for centuries. Explore New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery on this journey through Middle Earth.
Surrounded by volcanic mountains, popular attractions within New Zealand’s largest city include Rangitoto Island, a volcanic cone in the Hauraki Gulf.
This unique landscape allows visitors the chance to stand in the midst of the Pacific Ring of Fire. As well as innumerable hot springs, you can see the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser.
3. Tongariro National Park
During the winter months (June to October), Tongariro is a skier’s wonderland.
Explore this metropolis from the ground up, in The Wellington Cable Car.
5. Abel Tasman National Park
At Tonga Island, sunbathe alongside the lazy fur seals, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try out New Zealand’s highest and most scenic skydive (16,500ft).
Known in New Zealand as the Garden City, the famous Botanic Gardens are a must-see attraction.
Built on the slopes of the Eyre and the Remarkables mountain ranges at the shore of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the so-called ‘Adventure Capital of the World’.
8. Fiorland National Park
Maori legend claims that this region was crafted by the hands of the god Tu Te Raki Whanoa, and any visitor will agree that the brooding mountains and glassy waters of the Milford Sound Fjord really are otherworldly.