by Jemma Ainsworth
New Zealand is one of the most amazing and naturally beautiful locations on Earth.
If you’re planning a trip there in the near future, make sure you check out these five spots. You’ll be disappointed if you come back and miss out.
Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve
The Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, or as it’s known in the local tongue, the Whanganui A Hei Reserve, is a large stretch of coastal land which consists of several hundred different types of marine wildlife.
The site has been made famous by not only the incredible array of animals on show, but also the snorkelling route which can be found there. Divers are able to get to grips with spongey coral reefs and breeds of fish you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Can’t miss: Scenic cruise around the bay
Bay of Islands
Encompassing more than 140 different free standing masses of land, the Bay of Islands has a diverse range of activities to get involved with. Must Do New Zealand say there’s plenty to do here, with some of the top suggestions including:
- The Pioneer Village
- The Parrot Place
- Rainbow Falls Walk
The diversity of this incredible area is what makes it so worth checking out. Try to see as much as you can in the short time you’re here.
Can’t miss: Parasail at heights of 1200 feet
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
If you’re a lover of nature, it’d be a fantastic idea to explore the Christchurch Botanical Gardens during your stay. This area of immense natural beauty has some of the most unique plants in the country, as well as a paddling pool and other attractions to keep the entire family happy.
In recent years it has become relatively commonplace for weddings to be hosted in the gardens. As such, it wouldn’t be unlikely to come across a happy couple taking their first steps in matrimonial bliss.
Can’t miss: Punting on the Avon River
Wellington Coffee Houses
If you’re a lover of coffee, you’ll definitely need to take a trip to city which 1Cover cite as the supposed home of the Flat White. While the accuracy of that claim is still up in the air, it’s definitely true Wellington has an amazing array of bean houses to try out.
Bars have opened up specifically dedicated to selling the caffeine-heavy nectar, with the Kiwis championing their ability to produce a cup superior to that of any other nation. Step into one of these establishments and be the judge yourself.
Can’t miss: Midnight Espresso Bar – a café bar which is open most days until 3am
Hot Water Beach
The clue is in the name with this one. Hot Water Beach makes the most of natural springs which spurt up from beneath the surface of the sand and create a series of heated pools on the beach itself.
This has unsurprisingly become a popular spot for younger tourists looking to come and take advantage of the hot-tub-like properties which the spot boasts.
Can’t miss: Take a dip in one of the hot water pools
Have any of these locations taken your fancy? When you’re next in New Zealand make sure to try one out for yourself.
About the author, Jemma Ainsworth
I’m an avid traveller with a particular fascination with all things Antipodean. You’ll often find me checking out the rustic bars and pubs of foreign towns, as I soak in the ambience and atmosphere of a region. Learning more about the world is what drives me – which is why I do my best to get out and see so much of it. Other passions include horses, dogs, visiting sites of historic importance and, of course, eating lots of tasty grub.