New Zealand's top 10 blue wonders

From azure lakes to turquoise pools, these dazzling blue attractions need to be seen to be believed.

Poor Knights Islands

Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights Islands, you'll find subtropical fish that can't be seen anywhere else in New Zealand. Diving and snorkelling are the best ways to enjoy this underwater world, located 30 kilometres from Whangarei in Northland & Bay of Islands region.

Emerald Lakes

The emerald-coloured lakes are a star attraction on the unforgettable Tongariro Alpine Crossing, often described as New Zealand's greatest day walk. The brilliant colour that gives them their name is caused by minerals leeching from the surrounding thermal environment.

Franz Josef Glacier

First explored in 1865, you can take a guided ice walk or do a heli-hike to get up close to the spectacular World Heritage Area. There's a range of natural attractions in close proximity to Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lose yourself in the rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki, a shimmering blue jewel set against a backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook, gets its distinctive deep blue tones from finely-ground minerals carried in the glacier-fed waters. Discover nearby walks, take a scenic flight, or go at night for a spectacular stargazing experience.

Blue Pools

Take a short and easy walk through mature beech trees and over a swing bridge to discover the awe-inspiring Blue Pools. The deep, clear glacial pools of the Makarora River can be found in Mount Aspiring National Park

Glowworm caves

An ancient subterranean world in the heart of New Zealand’s central North Island, the Waitomo Cave system is a series of fascinating and dramatic natural wonders. Take a boat ride to observe the glowing wonders up close or get your adrenaline pumping with Black Water Rafting.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo's milky-turquoise colour can be attributed to the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water. On the shore, you can visit the Church of the Good Shepherd or come at night between April and September to witness the dazzling Southern Lights.

Starry-night skies

Dark, clear skies and unique landscapes make New Zealand the best place to experience stargazing. Whether you're travelling the North or South Island, there are multiple locations to see magical constellations and shooting stars.

Blue Springs

Stroll and admire the pure water of The Blue Spring in the Waikato-Hamilton region, so clean it supplies around 70 per cent of New Zealand’s bottled water. The Te Waihou Walkway winds through wetlands, across rolling pastures and past small waterfalls to the turquoise water of the spring, one of the purest water sources in the world.

Te Waikoropupu Springs

Be amazed by some of the clearest water ever measured at Te Waikoropupū Springs, in Takaka, the largest freshwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere. Also known as Pupu Springs, local Māori see it as a taonga (treasure) and wāhi tapu, a place held in high cultural and spiritual regard.

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