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There are plenty of places to see and visit in New Zealand. Whether you love hiking or cycling, New Zealand is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in New Zealand

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    1

    Emerald Lakes

    Hiking Highlight

    When the sun shines on it, the lake shines even more beautifully than it already is

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    Red Crater

    Hiking Highlight

    The view at the Red Crater alone is enough to make the Alpine Crossing or one of the multi-day hikes worthwhile. However, it should be taken to bring along warm …

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    3

    Ngauruhoe, Neuseeland

    Hiking Highlight

    Great day tour if the weather plays along and the fitness is sufficient!

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    Franz-Josef-Glacier

    Hiking Highlight

    The nature is indescribably beautiful, but the commercial marketing is no longer understandable for us. On the way to the glacier you are alerted to the retreat of the glacier …

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    Blue Lake

    Hiking Highlight

    The blue color of the lake, which is sacred to Maori, is totally unreal in the landscape. A grandiose sight. Above all, it is worthwhile to have lunch here on the water and to relax your feet a bit.

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    Pancake Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    Very nice circuit. Interesting to hear the waves beating in the bays.

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    Lake Tekapo

    Hiking Highlight

    Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are …

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    Champagne Pool

    Hiking Highlight

    Champagne Pool is a prominent geothermal feature within the Waiotapu geothermal area in the North Island of New Zealand. The name Champagne Pool is derived from the abundant efflux of …

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    9

    Roberts Point

    Hiking Highlight

    The Roberts Point Track requires a good level of fitness. After walking one hour you will reach Hende's Hut. From there the track continues to climb on to Roberts Point where the glacier views are spectacular.

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    10

    Hokitika Gorge

    Hiking Highlight

    Eventful bridge, beautiful view, worth it.

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    Roys Peak

    Hiking Highlight

    Nice view from the summit. It is best to start very early to experience the sunrise. This really is a breathtaking experience and has the advantage that there are not …

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    12

    Moeraki Bouldes

    Hiking Highlight

    The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur …

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    Cathedral Cove

    Hiking Highlight

    Great bay, beautiful arch and interesting cave

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    Suspension Bridges

    Hiking Highlight

    From the parking lot the second of 3 suspension bridges. It leads over the Hooker River, which flows a few meters further into the Mueller Lake.

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    This cycle lane crosses the Waitemata Harbour alongside SH18. It goes from Hobsonville to Greenhithe. At Greenhithe it joins a cycle lane on the road up Upper Harbour Drive. To …

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    16

    One of New Zealand’s most spectacular and stunning waterfall (131 m).
    The easy walking track starts at the northern end of Arthur's Pass village, at the Punchbowl car park.

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    At the end of the long hike, it finally goes with a bit of shade through the forest. Here you suddenly feel lonely, because you no longer have the hundreds of hikers in mind, who also did the crossing.

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    Drahtseilbrücke

    Hiking Highlight

    Swinging bridge over the river. A maximum of 20 people are allowed to enter.

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    Taranaki Falls

    Hiking Highlight

    A very nice waterfall and not so demanding way.

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    Tamaki Drive

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Auckland's most popular road cycling spot. Stunning views of the harbour and plenty of cafe options. Get there early to catch the sun rising over Rangitoto.

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