17 Natural Wonders in New Zealand That Will Take Your Breath Away

Mount Aspiring National Park
Mount Aspiring National Park | © Andrea Schaffer/Flickr
Thalita Alves

New Zealand is a treasure trove of breathtaking sights. In fact, viewing the country’s scenic wonders up close and personal should be on top of every traveller’s to-do list. Allow us to give you a look at some of the stunning landscapes, mountain ranges and natural sights that are just waiting to be explored. Here are 17 gems that will take your breath away.

Waitomo Caves

The Waitomo Caves are located in the Waikato Region, approximately 200 kilometres from Auckland. An underground boat tour of this popular destination will expose you to a fluorescent blanket of glow-worms.

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Franz Josef Glacier

Ever wanted to hike up a glacier? Then consider making an expedition to the fascinating Franz Josef. Guided tours of this frosted beauty usually take approximately 2-3 hours to complete, rewarding you with plenty of fabulous vistas.

Franz Josef Glacier

Fox Glacier

While you’re in a cool, alpine mood, don’t forget to check out the majestic Fox Glacier too, as its grandness is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. And in case you’re wondering, the Fox Glacier is slightly larger than its neighbouring Franz Josef.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand


This compelling hot water pool, 27 kilometres south of Rotorua, is quite memorable for its unique champagne hues.


Milford Sound

Another famed hiking destination greatly embellished by picture-perfect, mountainous scenery. Hidden within the Milford Sound you will also find the exquisite, and underrated, Lake Quill.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Haast Pass Blue Pools

The Haast Pass is a fantastic travelling route, and its Blue Pools are an added bonus for nature-loving drivers.

River on the Haast Pass

Pupu Springs, Golden Bay

New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs will douse you in crystal-clear colours and native greenery. Its full name is actually Te Waikoropupū, and the spring’s place in local culture and history means its waters are strictly off-limits.

Pupu Springs

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Exquisite rock formations make for an interesting sight, and the handsome Pancake Rocks on the South Island’s West Coast region are very much proof of this.

Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki

Mount Taranaki

Snowy mountains are a Kiwi speciality. Mount Taranaki on the North Island’s west coast is among the best renowned, mostly for its beauty, but partly because of a special cameo in the 2003 film The Last Samurai.

Mount Taranaki in Winter

Lake Wakatipu

New Zealand’s third largest lake adds a special sparkle to Queenstown and the surrounding Otago Region.

View of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown Bay

Mount Aspiring National Park

Amazing remote wilderness, remarkable river valleys, and high mountain peaks line this interesting national park. Tolkien fans will also recognize Mount Aspiring as the location for Isengard in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mount Aspiring National Park

Farewell Spit

The Farewell Spit is New Zealand’s longest sand spit, and is particularly renowned for its rich bird life and engulfing dunes.

View Towards Gannet Colony, Farewell Spit

Bridal Veil Falls (Waireinga), Waikato

Admire this 55 metre waterfall adorning the Northwestern Waikato district. You’ll find this aptly-named Bridal Veil Falls within a 10-minute walking distance from the beachside town of Raglan.

Waireinga Falls

Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest

The sheer size of the trees in this Rotorua forest is enough to leave everyone astonished.

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua

Nugget Point, The Catlins

See The Catlins in its best possible light. Literally. Nugget Point is a lighthouse that has been greatly embellished by its wildlife and surrounding Otago landscapes.

Nugget Point Lighthouse in The Catlins

90 Mile Beach

This iconic beach actually has a misleading name, as it’s less than 60 miles long. Still, those gorgeous coastlines won’t disappoint with their continuous stream of oceanic views.

Southern End of 90 Mile Beach
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