Offbeat places to visit in New Zealand
The undefined kiwi beauty.
By Team Vacations Exotica
When you step into New Zealand, one of the first things you'll notice is the miraculously less number of people residing there. While the number of people is less, New Zealand is home to more than 60 million Sheeps! Known for its pristine waters and Sheeplad mountains, there are a lot of things one can do in the country that offer experiences rarely found somewhere else.
Here's a list of offbeat things you can do when you plan your New Zealand Holiday:
1. Trek the Fox Glacier
Try your hands at trekking at this Glacier, which, along with Franz Josef Glacier, plunges down to almost sea level in the middle of the rainforest. The Fox Glacier is an easy and quick trek for anyone who is physically fit and willing. Close to the Glacier is Lake Matheson, popular world over for its mirror-like reflection of the surrounding Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
Fox Glacier is a 3.5 hour drive from Wanaka and 25 minutes from Franz Josef Village.
2. Be mesmerized by Glow worms
These insects are found in many caves of New Zealand. They emit bioluminescent which causes them to glow in gorgeous shades of blue. Te Anau is one of the many destinations that are often visited by tourists for the glow worm phenomenon. Glow worms never leave the caves so it's always a good time to watch them in their full glory. Be sure to not click photos as any kind of noise or disturbance can make them turn off.
The glow worm caves are usually a boat ride away, on the deeper ends of the lakes.
3. Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Though Whales are visible all around the country, Kai Koura is the only place in the world where you can watch sperm whales on tour. They are easily visible all year round and can be viewed from a boat or a plane. If your luck is good, you may come across not just humpback but killer whales too. While boating, you may sight seagulls and dolphins too.
KaiKoura is a 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch and a 1.5 hours drive from Blenheim.
4. Visit Tongariro National Park
The Tongariro Alpine crossing is a beautiful trek through mountain slopes and volcanic lakes and is fondly remembered for featuring in the Lord of The Rings. Begin at the Mangatepopo Road and walk towards the Mangatepopo Valley; you can stop by at the Soda Springs on the way. The Red Crater and the Emerald Lakes are one of the most popular stops of this region.
The Tongariro region is 4-5 hours away from Auckland and Wellington.
5. Experience Wai–O–Tapu
Often called one of the most surreal places of the world, here, you can walk along the defined tracks around the geothermal pools and volcanic lakes. You can witness bubbling mud, volcanic craters, geysers and a steaming ground. Wai-O-Tapu, the thermal wonderland, is also popular for its Champagne pool. Don't miss the Lady Knox Geyser!
Wai-O-Tapu is 27 mins away from Rotorua and 3 hours away from Auckland.
On your grand New Zealand holiday make sure that you explore these wonders of nature.