1. Roy’s Peak
We are going to start with the place, that we believe, has the most breath taking views in the whole of New Zealand, Roy’s Peak. From the car park it’s a hard 3 hour vertical slog to the viewing platform with a view that makes you jump for joy! However don’t stop there. You have to reach the summit to really appreciate the unreal 360 degree views.
2. Mount Maunganui
This is definitely one of our favourite places on the North Island. It’s a steep climb but it only takes 30-45 minutes to reach the summit. From the top you get a great view of the peninsula and the Pacific Ocean meaning it is not only the steep climb that leaves you breathless!
3. Lake Tekapo
One of the bluest lakes you will ever see anywhere due to rock flour created by surrounding glaciers. With beautiful lupin flowers on the shore, Lake Tekapo really is gorgeous. Tekapo also has the darkest sky in the whole of New Zealand so budding photographers can shoot night and day!
4. The Wanaka Tree
Also known as ‘the lone tree of Wanaka,’ this beautiful tree will reappear constantly on your Instagram feed. It is very impressive and the Southern Alps act as an incredible backdrop to all these photos.
5. Mount Taranaki
This is one impressive looking volcano! No other hills surround Mount Taranaki so it makes the volcano look even more impressive. Make sure you take the trip to the west coast of the North Island to see this spectacular sight.
6. Milford Sound
It’s a long drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound but the views you get on the drive and once you arrive at the destination are well worth the hours in the car. Try and plan your trip for a clear day so you can really appreciate how spectacular the Sound is!
7. Cathedral Cove
It’s an easy 45 minute walk from the car park to Cathedral Cove and what a gorgeous spot this is. Located on the popular Coromandel Peninsula Cathedral Cove should not be missed. Pack a picnic and make a day of it, you’ll want to spend a few hours on the beach.
8. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
With the tallest mountain in New Zealand, at 3724m, this national park is impressive. If you head to check out the Tasman Glacier and Lake make sure you take in the view of the whole valley. It looks awesome!
So there you have it, 8 places in New Zealand you absolutely can’t miss! But remember New Zealand has so many beautiful sights that every corner you turn you’ll find something pretty spectacular!
Finally, take a look at our final New Zealand vlog!!