New Zealand is a remarkable place. It’s rare that we see countries with otherworldly environments while also being highly safe and politically progressive places. New Zealand is a country full of unique flora and fauna, but it’s also highly developed. This makes it easy to get around and see every corner of the country and its islands. With the borders set to open up in a few months, flights to New Zealand will be resuming. With that, they will begin sharing their beautiful landscapes with the rest of the world again. Below is a guide to a handful of the most otherworldly places in New Zealand to check out.
The Waitomo Caves are iconic on the North Island, being a natural phenomenon that is a must-see when visiting NZ. The caves are known to stir some magical experiences. With thousands upon thousands of bioluminescent worms inside, they provide a natural starry glow. The caves are part of an extensive set of streams that you can float around in during a Kayak tour. The rock formations that engulf your surroundings are something to behold.
While you’re on the North Island, head to Mount Taranaki. This is a 2,518-meter dormant stratovolcano that is also called Mount Egmont. It’s not just the volcano peak itself that is stunning, but the profound symmetry of the volcano which beautifully reflects off nearby lakes.
The surrounding Egmont National Park is a lovely rainforest with many waterfalls and wildlife to take pictures of.
Abel Tasman National Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is ideal for beach lovers as well as hikers. It is a collection of coastal walking trails that mostly lead to crystal clear ocean waters. All along this coast is white sand that’s ideal for sunbathing, sailing, swimming, and exploring. Nearby is a camping spot, meaning you can wake up early and head to the beach for a refreshing swim.
There are some tiny homes nearby on AirBnB too for a reasonably priced stay.
Putangirua Pinnacles really encompasses the word “otherworldly”, with its strange and unique gravel and scree formations caused by erosion. The structures are in vertical lines, as if they’re natural grey pillars, and have been used as the backdrop in various films. In fact, it’s no coincidence that many places in New Zealand are used as filming locations…
The Putangirua Pinnacles are also at the centre of some great walking trails too, and being on the coast, you will get some great views of the ocean when heading towards the peak.
Places with incredible nature often have geothermal activity somewhere to be found, and New Zealand is no different. Rotorua is a stunning spot with many geysers and thermal streams. It’s not just the volcanic landscape and vibrant warm waters, but it’s the incredible colours that cover the environment. When in Rotorua, it’s wise to get a mud bath and a spa experience to leverage the healing minerals and relaxing atmosphere.