New Zealand has the free experiences to ensure every day is memorable. From hot waterfalls to marine reserves, there’s something for you.
Actually, it’s not the island itself that’s the attraction – rather the waters that surround it. Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island) in Auckland was one of New Zealand’s first situated on a coastline already abundant in sea life. So put your snorkel and mask on and dive in.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging and fun one-day hike through Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage listed site. You’ll see lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald coloured lakes and magnificent views making this an epic walking journey. If you’re willing to step up to the challenge you’ll be rewarded with some views that are impossible to get any other way. Along with bragging rights, of course. Photo by @semiamateurphotography on Instagram.
Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the region. Take a cruise for epic whale watching or to swim with dolphins in their natural enviroment. Or enjoy coastal walks that lead will lead you to playful seals - the one to Ohau Falls is a popular spot. Photo by @mynameismell on Instagram.
Covering much of the Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie region in Canterbury is an International Dark Sky Reserve, Southern Hemisphere’s sole reserve of its kind and one of only eight in the world. This a stargazing experience that is second to none. Extensive testing has proven the area has the darkest, and most spectacular night skies in New Zealand with the highest number of clear sky nights! Photo by @david.rexer on Instagram.
A short walk from the Haast Highway, in Mount Aspiring National Park, are the Blue Pools with some of the bluest water the world has to offer, it’s so clear you can often see New Zealand’s famous brown and rainbow trout migrating. Photo by @ellenprojects on Instagram.
Mountains and waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres into massive fiords in the Fiordland region, renowned for its walks, and the Milford and Doubtful Sounds. For a sight that’s completely, utterly and unforgettably majestical. Which is officially a word in New Zealand. Almost. Photo by @hannahdanilu on Instagram.