New Zealand is one of the most famous places among tourists from all around the world. This country is only 1,000 miles long and 280 miles wide. This long-narrow country is a dream destination for a lot of tourists. There are diverse places to visit in New Zealand 2020. Tourists travel this country to ski on snow-capped mountains, to bask on sub-tropical beaches with their partners, to discover British heritage, to learn about Maori culture and to hike through such wilderness which is uninhabited. So, this is the place to visit for history lovers, adventure loves, beach lovers and nature lovers. If you belong to any of these, you would love to visit NZ in 2020.
New Zealand basically comprises two islands, named the North and South Islands in English, while Te Ika a Maui and Te Wai Pounamu, in Maori. The South Island is larger than the North Island. More than three-quarters of New Zealand’s population lives in the North Island. Ideally, visitors should spend time on both islands, although picking one isn’t a bad approach. But New Zealand is not that small which can be explored in one tour. That is why you need to finalised the list of best places in New Zealand where you should pay a visit. Below we have discussed the Top 10 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand this year, 2020. Have a look on it 🙂
Top 10 Best Places to Visit in New Zealand in 2020
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Island is among the best places for sailing, fishing and other water sports in New Zealand. This region is about three hours ride from Auckland. The name “Bay of Islands” is given to this place because it is comprised of 144 islands between Purerua Peninsula and the Cape Brett.
The English journalist, Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the 8th wonder of the world. This place will stun you if you visit there this year. This area is formed by glaciers during the ice age and the landscape around it still bears the evidence of its creation. There is a spectacular fjords there, which is crowned by waterfalls and mountains.
The best way to explore Milford Sound is via boat. You will enjoy seeing dolphins and waterfalls. You can also enjoy this area beneath the water surface by paying a visit to the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, which is the only underwater floating observatory in New Zealand. Visitors can go up to 30+ feet beneath the water surface without getting wet.
Auckland, New Zealand
Aukland is the largest city of New Zealand. It is also the international travel-hub and one the best places to travel in New Zealand. We would recommend you explore this city if you are travelling to New Zealand because most probably you will land in Aukland, as it is the international hub of NZ.
Auckland is also included in the list of “Top 10 Best Cities of the world to Travel”. You can visit Aukland are Gallery (The largest art gallery of New Zealand), where you will find 15,000+ works of modern, historic and contemporary art. Auckland is a hub of multi-cultural cuisine, so, don’t forget to dine there. If you want to spend some adventurous time, try Auckland Bridge Climb. And if you want even more, then consider Auckland Bridge Bungee Jum
Between September 2010 and December 2011, this city have witnessed four disastrous earthquakes. But after then, this city recovered remarkably and everyone who visit here, witnesses its rebirth. The most appropriate place to visit in Christchurch is Christchurch Botanic Gardens, this is a sprawling network of conservatories, having horticultural displays and walking tracks that are surrounded by awesome natural environment. This garden have the largest, tallest and probably the oldest trees of New Zealand.
Queenstown is located on the South Island of New Zealand. People visit this area between June to October for skiing as it is famous for skiing all over the world. There are many other activities to do there as well, such as skydiving, bungee jump, river rafting and jet boating.
Queensland is the place where you can experience and enjoy the highest cliff jump, the Shotover Canyon Swing. You can hurl yourself off the cliff in many ways, including backward or tied to a chair.
After these Adrenaline-pumping activities, you will definitely feel hunger. Queensland is the best dining places of New Zealand. Among the best places, Fergburger is one. Which has the best burger of the planet according to The CNN.
Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Each and every list of Best Places to Visit in New Zealand in 2020 will be incomplete without mentioning “Te Puia”, which is the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute located in the Rotorua’s Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Here, you can get an authentic “steambox” meal. This meal is prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques. You will also enjoy the Welcome ceremony and traditional songs and dance of Maori.
This valley is also home to a lot of active geysers such as Pohutu which is the largest active geyser of the Southern Hemisphere. Another natural attraction of this area is mud pools. Sometimes the temperatures of these boiling mud pools reach up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit!!
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are illuminated by hundreds and thousands of glowworms, is one of the most unique and beautiful place in New Zealand to visit in 2020. The best way to enjoy this, is via boat ride. By this way, you will be able to explore the beauty, history and science behind it.
If you want to make your journey more unique, then try black water rafting with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company. Black water rafting will float you on an inner tube down a subterranean stream.
There are certain non-gloving caves as well in Waitomo. Aranui Caves have ancient cave decorations. Raukuri caves have unique spiral entrance as well as unique limestone formation. But instead of boat-riding, walking is the better option to explore these caves
Franz Josef Glacier
In Franz Josef, you can walk on an actual glacier. The Franz Josef Glacier plays host to guided walks as well as jaw-dropping tours via helicopter. This tour offers you a relax hike on 6.8 mile long Glacier and ice climbing. If you have started thinking that won’t you freeze on the top of this glacier? the answer is, No. This glacier receives too much sun shine and its temperature is almost equal to the nearby town.
Paihia is the best place in the whole New Zealand for people who love to explore bay at island. You can swim here. If you are thinking that you can swim in your own country or city as well, what is so special in swimming Paihia? The answer is that you can swim with dolphins 🙂 You can even even go scuba diving in order to see the underwater shipwreck known as the Rainbow Warrior. When you are back on the land, go to Marsden Road for tremendous restaurants serving up a range of varieties of freshly caught seafood.
Great Barrier Island
Grand Barrier Island is one of the magical places in New Zealand. This is a very hard trip which many people do not like to do but believe us, tis trip worth it. here you will find white sandy beaches, secret waterfalls and hot natural springs which are hided in the bushes. You will love to explore this calm island.