9 Hidden gems

Here’s your chance to uncover some of New Zealand's greatest hidden treasures, from magnificent rock formations to secluded lakes.

Split Apple Rock

Just 50 metres of the coast between Kaiteriteri and Marahau near Abel Tasman National Park lies Split Apple Rock. Made out of granite the rock looks just like its name implies, an apple that has been cut in half. 

Photo by @savissavvy on instagram.

Nelson
Split Apple Rock, Nelson

By @savissavvy

Lake Quill

High in the mountains of Fiordland's Milford Sound sits Lake Quill. Surrounded by cliffs, this lake is a true hidden gem.

Photo by @jasoncharleshill on Instagram. 

Fiordland
Lake Quill, Fiordland

By @jasoncharleshill

Matapouri Bay, Mermaid Pool

Release your inner Mermaid at Matapouri Bay, Tutukaka. This deep rock-pool is best accessed at low tide.

Photo by @cristyrjones on Instagram. 

Northland & Bay of Islands
Matapouri, Mermaid pools, Northland & Bay of Islands

By @cristyrjones

Mine Bay rock carving

Take a boat trip or kayak to the 10 metre high Maori rock carvings on Lake Taupo. These carvings depict a visionary Maori navigator who guided the local tribes to the area over a thousand years ago.

Photo by @bruceypix on Instagram.

Lake Taupo
Rock carvings, Mine Bay, Lake Taupo

By @bruceypix

Hamurana Springs

Take a short walk through a redwood grove to visit the deepest natural fresh water spring in the North Island. The colours of the crystal clear spring will be sure to amaze. 

Photo by @gsieuw on Instagram. 

Rotorua
Hamurana Springs, Rotorua

By @gsieuw

Marokopa Falls

Take in the view at one of the most impressive waterfalls in New Zealand. Marokopa Falls is located in Tawarau Forest, a few kilometres drive away from the popular Waitomo Caves.

Photo by @emilient on Instagram. 

Hamilton - Waikato
Marokopa Falls, Hamilton - Waikato

By @emilient

Pancake Rocks

Gaze in wonder at the Punakaiki pancake rocks and blowholes, where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of hotcakes.

Photo by @elodie.merley on Instagram.

West Coast
Pancake Rocks, West Coast

By @elodie.merley

Blue Pools, Haast Pass

Follow a small forest track from Makarora Road and discover the clear blue swimming pools. This is the perfect spot to stop if you are travelling between Lake Wanaka and the West Coast.

Photo by @ellenprojects on Instagram.

West Coast
Blue Pools, Haast Pass, West Coast

By @ellenprojects

Waikawau beach tunnel

Access the remote Waikawau beach through its unique tunnel. This tunnel was finished in 1911 by three men using picks and shovels. 

Photo by @brittany_trask on Instagram. 

Hamilton - Waikato
Waikawau tunnel, Hamilton - Waikato

By @brittany_trask

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