New Zealand, more popularly known as the home of Frodo Baggins from “Lord of the Rings” is marked by glaciation of Southern Alps as well as volcanic eruptions due to its positioning over the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire.’ Calling this country ‘blessed with natural beauty’ is not hyperbole as it truly is. If you want to enjoy beautiful and windy landscapes, gorgeous turquoise water, magnificent hill peaks, and hot and bustling volcanoes all in one country, then New Zealand is your answer.
With mother nature’s blessing, New Zealand is a captivating travel destination. To help you plan your wondrous trip into the lap of nature, here is a list of 7 wonders of New Zealand.
Places you must visit in New Zealand
A visit to ‘Middle-earth,’ the movie-set of Hobbiton should be on your itinerary even if you are not a fan of Lord of the Rings. This beautiful set situated close to the town of Matamata is preserved carefully, and meticulously planned tours are arranged from The Shire’s Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera and Matamata. Go up and downhill in the gardens, enjoy the cute details like laundry lines, peek into the baker’s home, and visit the home of Sam as well as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves:
Waitomo glowworm caves are an absolute must-visit place in New Zealand. Glowworms are groups of insect larvae that exhibit bio luminescence (produce and emit light). The caves are filled with infinite glowworms that have creates a galaxy of starry wonderland. Many of the guides at the caves are direct descendants of Maori chief who discovered the caves, therefore, gear up for some stories and to marvel at the wonders of mother nature.
This picturesque location is famously termed as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by Rudyard Kipling. Milford Sound, fjord created by the glaciers stands surrounded by mountain peaks and breathtaking waterfalls.
Lone tree of Lake Wanaka:
This tree can be termed as one of the most popular trees in the world. Its popularity is due to its photographic location amidst the southern Alps and slightly offshore from the south end of Lake Wanaka. Walking along the lake to find the tree itself is highly scenic, and a picture-perfect picnic shot.
Traditionally, this land is used for sheep grazing, and several trees were planted to protect the herd. The cold winds with great strength persistently crashed into the trees over a long period, thus, causing them to wrap and look windswept perpetually. It is a beautiful scene that can be believed only after witnessing the beauty. Slope Point is also the southern-most part of the southern island.
Frying Pan Lake:
New Zealand is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has faced the wrath of volcanic eruptions many times. One of the most significant volcanic eruptions is the Mount Tarawera eruption which gave birth to many geothermal pools. Frying pan lake is one of them. The water temperature of this lake is 50 to 60-degree centigrade all year round and steam rising from the lake is a characteristic feature.
99 Mile Beach:
New Zealand is blessed with 15,000 km coastline and hence home to pristine beaches. 99 Mile beach is famous amongst the surfers for its constant peaks and abundant space. So, include this in your itinerary to surf on those gorgeous views and breathtaking sunsets!