Top 10 Most Beautiful Natural Wonders in New Zealand
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In addition to having green light displays in the sky, New Zealand also has maggots that shoot light out of their buttocks, dinosaur lizards with three eyes, pancake rocks, orange-rimmed springs, green water, blue water, and insanely clear water. It also has an absurd number of gannets, tiny penguins, and birds without wings.

Nothing else on the earth has the wide variety of landscapes, amazing geological features, or sheer quantity of sights that will make you halt in your tracks. These are the locations that will astound you from top to bottom of the land of the long white cloud.

Top 10 Unique Natural Wonders in New Zealand

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1. Lake Taupo

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Photo: Korupt Vision

Lake Taupo is huge, incredibly blue, and breathtakingly gorgeous. The lake not only has a lovely appearance, but it also provides a variety of fun activities. Popular water sports include swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and water skiing, while sailing and cruise tours allow you to relax and take in the breathtaking surroundings.

A must-see while visiting the area is the stunning 14-meter-tall carving by Maori artist Matahi Brightwell on the cliffs surrounding the lake.

2. Lake Wanaka

Photo: Times of India
Photo: Times of India

Long known for its serene waters and stunning peaks, Lake Wanaka offers something unique that sets it apart from the others. At the southern end of the lake, an Instagram-famous willow tree stands out from its mirror-like waters. One of the most popular trees in the world for photography is the "Wanaka Tree," and with good reason.

A photograph of the sloping willow with the lake and mountains in the distance is one that should be taken.

3. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

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Photo: World Atlas

Aoraki/Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain, with a height of 3,754 metres. It helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest and is alpine in the purest sense – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky.

At the foot of the mountain sits the village of Mount Cook – a haven in one of the most rugged parts of New Zealand. For those taking a road trip through the South Island, it’s a must-do along the Alpine Lakes road trip.

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4. Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

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Photo: PandoTrip

You may go to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally created archway warrants photographic attention, from the stunning Hahei Beach on the North Island. A one-hour walking path runs along the cliff top from the beach's northern end before descending to the Cove. Here, a massive arching tunnel connects two remote bays by cutting through a headland of white rocks.

The entire region exudes grandeur thanks to the cathedral-like arch. The sandy beach is a great site for a picnic and a swim because it has shade-giving pohutukawa trees along the coastline.

5. Milford Sound, Fiordland

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Photo: Intro Travel

Milford Sound, which Rudyard Kipling referred to as the "eighth wonder of the world," was sculpted out by glaciers during the ice ages. The fjord's cliffs rise steeply from the black waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky, and waterfalls stream downward from as high as 1000 meters, making it breathtaking in all weather. In Milford Sound, where it rains frequently, the waterfalls increase spectacularly.

Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most scenic sites, and for those who are ready to get there by boat or helicopter, the payoff is spectacular with sweeping views of the area.

6. Franz Josef glacier

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Photo: TripSavvy

A leisurely 45-minute stroll through a rainforest will get you to Franz Josef Glacier, where you'll find a lunar-like valley with towering waterfalls and peaks that vanish into the skies. You'll be amazed by a massive 12-kilometer glacier that vanishes into the mountains at the end of the promenade.

The greatest way to experience the glacier is to go on a two-hour heli-hike, during which you'll wind through ice towers, navigate narrow spaces, and even explore ice tunnels.

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7. Rikoriko Cave – Northland


The biggest marine cave in the world is located in New Zealand. The stunning marine reserve of the Poor Knights Islands, which can be reached by boat from the little Northland town of Tutukaka, is where you may find the Rikoriko Cave.

Because to a warm current that flows through from Australia, the snorkeling and diving are among the best you'll find in Aotearoa. Tropical fish and even whale sharks have been seen there as a result.

Taking a snorkeling excursion with Dive is the most convenient method to get to the marine reserve and cave! Tutukaka. A horn is sounded as your boat enters the cave after spending several hours in the water surrounded by fish. The blast causes your body's organs to vibrate since the sound waves are all reflected and flow to the cave's center, where the boat is positioned.

8. Waiheke Island

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Photo: Wotif

Auckland’s big city energy is offset by the relaxed atmosphere of nearby Waiheke Island. Just a short ferry ride away from the mainland lies a tranquil paradise of sandy beaches and world-class wineries – what a combo! Little white sailboats bob on sapphire blue waters as Auckland’s skyscrapers enviously look on, while olive groves and vineyards colour the island a pleasing shade of green.

Whether you fancy hiking to scope out the best photo ops or stretching out on the beach with a good book, this little slice of heaven will make it hard to believe you were in New Zealand’s busiest city an hour ago!

9. Blue Pools

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Photo: Picfair

Our list of the top 10 natural wonders includes water very frequently. That may come as no surprise given that there are beautiful lakes and the sea all around us. But, the breathtaking Blue Pools, which are located along the Haast Pass between the West Coast and Wanaka, have made it onto our list. You can reach the pools by taking a short bushwalk, where you'll undoubtedly do a double take at how clear the water is.

Despite the fact that the pools are somewhat deep, you can see everything that is happening there, including the brown trout that are swimming.

10. Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough

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Photo: Viator

With 1500km of New Zealand’s coastline, Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Just a stone’s throw away from the stunning vineyards of Marlborough, forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays.

The area has three main bodies of water – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds – all of which are equally magnificent. To truly get away from it all take a single or multi-day hike along the scenic Queen Charlotte Track.

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