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Where is the most beautiful place in New Zealand??

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1. Posted by ristinw (Full Member, 53 posts) 23 Dec '06 00:22

Where do u recommend to go in New Zealand??

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member, 430 posts) 23 Dec '06 01:43

As a NZer myself maybe I'm biased, but I think a lot of NZ is beautiful. It depends on exactly what you're looking for I guess. Fiordland National Park in the South Island is amazing, and very popular with travellers. The Catlins, also in the South Island, is an often overlooked spot, but beautiful in a rugged windswept way. The North Island has some very nice beaches. The most popular tourist spots are Rotorua in the North (Maori culture and geothermal activity, plus lots to see & do), and Queenstown in the South, known as the adventure capital of the world, and home to the worlds first A J Hackett bungy site

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3534 posts) 23 Dec '06 04:04

My 3 favourite places in NZ are Abel Tasman National Park and Doubtful Sound (in Fjordland) on the South Island and Cape Reinga on the North Island.

There are so many beautiful places in NZ though.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4278 posts) 23 Dec '06 04:27

She asked, yes? I haven't mentioned this place on my own for at least a full month, right? So I can promote this without feeling like a broken record, ok? Just checking... :D

Lake Tekapo of the ever changing light. Lake Tekapo of the absolute silence and tranquility. Lake Tekapo of the vivid colors that will redefine the meaning of "blue". Lake Tekapo of the eternal distances. Lake Tekapo of the majestic Southern Alps, almost within reach. Lake Tekapo of deep peace within your soul.

There's many, many gorgeously beautiful places in New Zealand, but - for me - none can even come close to comparing.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 23, 2006, at 4:26 AM by Sander ]

5. Posted by mostrim (Inactive, 80 posts) 23 Dec '06 07:43

Queenstown and lake Wakatipu I enjoyed but Fox Glacier was my favourite of the places I did get to see.

6. Posted by Gemi9bear (Budding Member, 86 posts) 25 Dec '06 23:08

Hi All, first and foremost, wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year 2007!!!;)

I just came back from NZ last week that I should say NZ is such a beautiful country and it's difficult to distinguish the best out of all places.

My 12-day trip was Auckland-Christchurch-Mt.Cook-Kaikoura-Picton-Wellington-Wanganui-Taupo-Rotorua-Waitomo Caves-Auckland. If I were to pick one best place to visit, I would suggest Mt.Cook!

Especially if you are going to drive, it has magnificient sceneries along the journey passing Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. I stayed at YHA Mt.Cook where outside of this lodge you can have a brilliant breathtaking views of the snowy mountain tops. It's all serene and tranquil..you'll love it tremendously if you love nature.

Don't miss Tasman Glacier too! :)
I miss NZ really~~~

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru, 8868 posts) 26 Dec '06 23:40

Depending on what you are in to, but my fav's are:

Dunedin to Middlemarch via the back roads (gravel roads - great fun and great scenery).
Able Tasman National Park.
The West Coast of the Sth Island.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 27 Dec '06 00:45

1. Tongariro Crossing
2. Otago Peninsula
3. Abel Tasman NP
4. Catlins
5. Milford and Doubtful Sound
6. Westcoast and Alps

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 27, 2006, at 12:45 AM by Utrecht ]

9. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member, 345 posts) 27 Dec '06 10:35

I have to agree with Abel Tasman National Park and Milford Sound as the top places on the south island. As far as the north the Bay of Islands are beautiful but I would strongly recommend Waitomo Caves for black water rafting. If you like cities and towns more than the outdoors I would check out Taupo, Queenstown, and Wellington (topped as my favorite city).

10. Posted by Chix (Full Member, 114 posts) 1 Jan '07 10:39

Milford Sound is the obvious choice for stunning scenery but I don't think theres any part of NZ that doesn't have something to offer- the whole country is absolutely beautiful. Make sure you check out the geothermal stuff at Rotarua and Taupo - definitely something you don't see every day!