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