Just up the road from Glenorchy is Paradise. Some say this place was named for its stunning scenery; others argue that it's all to do with the paradise ducks that live in the area. Either way, who wouldn't want to visit Paradise?
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to the highest mountains and the longest glaciers in New Zealand. With 10 short walks based out of Mt Cook Village you are bound to snap a few great shots on the trails.
A compact area of mountain ranges separated by forested valleys, the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the beginning of the awe-inspiring Southern Alps. Explore the native bush or even take a quick dip.
Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Auckland, the Kitekite Falls in Piha are one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges. With six drops into a large lake-like pool at the bottom, this waterfall is a must to visit with friends.