Hidden Gems in New Zealand

From stunning waterways to impressive national parks and underrated towns, explore New Zealand at your own pace and get off the beaten track.

Check out these hidden gems on your New Zealand road trip for an experience unlike any other. From stunning waterways to impressive national parks and underrated towns, explore New Zealand at your own pace and get off the beaten track. 

Putangirua Pinnacles

These strange yet impressive rock structures are in the Aorangi Forest Park. Explore the hoodoos (tall spires) and intricate rock formations that make this location like nowhere else in New Zealand. Due to fluctuating sea levels, over millions of years, these formations have created the landscape it is today. In order to get to the Pinnacles, rent an SUV with VroomVroomVroom. You’ll find this location just an hours drive from Martinborough.


Akaroa and the Bays

Akaroa is an underrated town filled with French and English influence. When people travel to New Zealand, it’s easy to stay in some of the more popular locations. However, exploring the lesser known areas can be just as rewarding. You’ll find Hector’s dolphins in the bay along with heaps of different wildlife. Akaroa can be found on the Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Check it out on your road trip for a different insight into this pristine country.


Whangarei Falls

Stretching 26m high, the Whangarei Falls are part of the stunning Hatea River. The curtain-like shape the water makes as it cascades down the falls is a beautiful sight to be seen. Explore the trails and bask in the beauty of this magnificent waterfall.


Katiki Point Lighthouse

Looking for a quiet yet picturesque location to explore? Katiki Point Lighthouse is the place to be. Filled with an array of animals such as Yellow-eyed penguins and fur seals, you’ll be able to spot wildlife and relax at the Katiki Point Lighthouse.


Wanaka Blue Pools Track

Just a 30-minute walk through the stunning surrounds of Wanaka takes you to a magical wonderland known as the blue pools. As its name states, the blue pools are an aqua waterway that is located at Blue River. You’ll walk over an impressive swing bridge and reach this idyllic must-see location in no time.


Waipoua Forest

From Te Matua Ngahere, the widest Kauri tree in New Zealand (30 meters high and 16.4 meters wide) to Tāne Mahuta, the tallest Kauri tree (51.1 meters tall), the Waipoua Forest is seriously impressive. There are countless national parks in New Zealand but the range of natural beauty here makes it one of a kind.

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