Let Australians in on a secret they’ll never want to keep a secret. Namely, our hidden spots throughout Aotearoa. Here’s a few to secretly mention. It’s all hush-hush though, right?
1. Motueka Saltwater Baths, Nelson Tasman
Show Australians what could be the world’s first ever infinity pool at the Motueka Salt Water Baths. A top tip for agents to recommend: quietly mention to visit at high tide in the early morning or sunset and there’s a good chance they’ll have it completely to themselves.
2. Oparara Arches, West Coast
Meander along a 2km (return) track through ancient rainforest and discover the Oparara Arches in Kahurangi National Park. The massive limestone arch is part of the Honeycomb Hill Caves Specially Protected Area in the Oparara Basin and is an easy walk suitable for all fitness levels.
As far as vantage points go, it doesn’t get better than this. Mt Stokes is the highest point in the Marlborough Sounds at 1203m, and is an incredible spot for a different perspective of an unreal setting. Follow the track up through the forest before emerging in a sub-alpine environment. Tell prospective Australian travellers to keep an eye out for Powelliphanta, a giant carnivorous snail found only in New Zealand.
4. Castlepoint, Wairarapa
The Castlepoint lighthouse is pure beauty and a jewel in the crown of theCastlepoint Scenic Reserve. A 90-minute drive from the Wairarapa town ofMartinborough, Castlepoint is a popular spot for New Zealand fur seals, dolphin and sometimes even small whales.
5. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, Taranaki
Educate Australians on New Zealand art. Found in New Plymouth, the Len Lye Centre(opens in new window) is the home to Len Lye's (pioneering filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet) collection of multi-media artwork. Displaying experimental film and kinetic art, the centre offers a unique view into Modernism.
6. Stewart Island, Southland
Stewart Island is a little-known secret for agents to expose Australians to. The third island in New Zealand’s main chain, Stewart Island is remote, beautiful, and often overlooked by visitors. It’s home to one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the Rakiura Track and is one of the best places to spot a Kiwi in the wild. It is also known for its spectacular night skies, having received International Dark Sky Sanctuary status by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).
Yet another breathtaking vantage point to let Australians in on. Marokopa Falls is located in Tawarau Forest, a few kilometres drive away from the popular Waitomo Caves.
9. Gibbs Farm, Auckland
Let Australians hear about things they’ve never seen. Gibbs Farm(opens in new window) is only a one-hour drive from central Auckland, and showcases an array of large-scale outdoor sculptures in the Kaipara Harbour.
10. Cape Brett, Northland
One of New Zealand’s lesser-known overnight walks, The Cape Brett Track is an advanced hike that rewards walkers with dramatic coastal views. The 16km walk (one way) passes through native bush and the bookable hut(opens in new window) is a great place to stay the night before heading back the next day.