There are so many amazing places to see in New Zealand. Here is our pick of the top 4 attractions for eco-tourists to visit in New Zealand.
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, South Island
The surface may not be particularly spectacular, but under the water there is a magnificent world formed by volcanic remains which are thought to be 14 million years old. Poor Knights Islands are a paradise for divers and those seeking an eco-friendly tourist destination in New Zealand.
The Islands are protected and not publically accessible – not only are they protected by law, but by an ancient Maori curse. The waters are one of the world’s best diving sites. If you want to explore one of the best underwater areas in the world you should have Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve on your bucket list.
Tongariro National Park
New Zealand was a pioneer in recognizing that a national park system was needed to help maintain the great natural spaces in the world. Tongariro National Park was given this designation in 1887. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Area which is one of a very limited number to be given this award for landscape and culture.
This is a very diverse landscape with active volcanoes, snow topped mountains and desert plains. Tongariro National Park is a wonderful place to not only see a diverse range of landscape, but to catch sight of many different types of wildlife. You may even see the short and long tailed bat which is the only native species of New Zealand.
There is a wonderful choice of different hikes. You can start with the relatively easy Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is suitable for day hikers. If you are an experienced hiker and enjoy something rather more challenging, you should experience the Tongariro Northern Circuit.
Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, South Island
Fiordland National Park is another World Heritage Site in New Zealand. This is one of the most easily accessibly glaciers in the world. There are three fjords to explore – Milford, Dusky and the wonderfully named, Doubtful Sounds. The scenery is breathtaking. You can explore on foot and there are a variety of trails for walkers of all experience levels. Another excellent way to explore Fiordland National Park is by kayak. You get a very different view from the water.
Queenstown South Island
This is one of the most popular eco-tourist destinations in New Zealand. Not only is it an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is the center for many outdoor activities. The contrast between the tranquility of Lake Wakatipu and the dramatic snowcapped Remarkables mountains makes a very striking vision. This place is not to be missed if you visit New Zealand.
The adventurous can enjoy a variety of activities in Queenstown. These range from white water rafting to bungee jumping, rock climbing to mountain biking. There is also an excellent zip line to enjoy. If you want to relax after a day of activity there are lots of good hotels and restaurants.
If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings movies you will particularly enjoy it here. It is a good place to explore some of the locations which were used for the movie.