For most tourists visiting New Zealand, their time will be spent seeing some of the country’s most popular attractions, whether its the multicultural cities or the incredibly scenic countryside. Like most countries, however, New Zealand boasts a number of amazing locations that, while not well known among the general public, are worth seeking out for those wanting to see something new.
With that in mind, these are the best-kept secret locations in New Zealand that many consider unmissable.
Many might not know that Castle Hill was named by the Dalai Lama as the ‘Spiritual Centre of the Universe’ a few years ago in 2002. Located in New Zealand’s southern island, the ruins look somewhat like an ancient and natural castle that occupies a large, private farm. Nearby Flock Hill station was the filming location for a battle scene for the 2005 film, the Chronicles of Narnia.
New Chums Beach
New Zealand boasts a wide range of secret beaches that are all just as beautiful as the next, but New Chums Beach stands out above the rest. New Chums can only accessed by boat or a 30-minute walk on an off beaten track. New Chums can be found in Wainuiototo Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula, specifically in the northern part of the territory.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Found via a short drive from Base Rotorua, the volcanic valley is home to Lake Rotomahana, Frying Pan Lake, which is the biggest hot spring in the entire world and the light blue, steaming Inferno Crater can all be found in this region.
This little slice of New Zealand Heaven can be located in the Darran Mountains of the Fiordlands National Park in the southern part of the country. The Fiordlands are a UNESCO World Heritage Listed area and is the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks. It’s worth getting a campervan and heading out to Queenstown to start the adventure.
Another of the country’s incredible beaches, Anapai Beach is located in Abel Tasman National Park, which is right at the top of the southern island. Similarly New Chums, this beach can only be reached by foot or boat, meaning that most regular tourists will likely avoid it. There is a small campsite available at the beach which can be booked, and offers breath taking views and sheer serenity, the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the view or a game of real money slots Philippines.
Tiritiri Matangi Island
For visitors in Auckland it may be worth heading to Rangitoto and Waiheke Islands, two spectacular pieces of New Zealand landscape, but for those that want to venture beyond the tourist trail, Tiritiri Matangi Island is just a short ferry ride from the city Auckland. There is a secret Tunnel with freshwater running through it and a handmade Sea Shell path leading to a lookout. The island is a popular spot for bird lovers, and is worth taking a day trip to go and see the various fauna and flora that inhabit the area.