New Zealand is a remote destination that keeps travelers returning for its stunning scenery, kind people, and a long list of things to do. This small country of about 4.5 million people is famous for the landscapes that brought the Lord of the Rings films to life, their adrenaline-inducing sports activities, indigenous Maori culture, fields full of sheep, and kind and friendly people.

With so much to see, and having traveled so far, it’s important to make the most of your trip by planning your time for the beautiful locations in New Zealand that call to you most. Below, you’ll see some of the most famous and beautiful places you may not have heard of but will want to prioritize on your next trip.

 

Auckland

You may be flying into this city, which is a convenient starting place for your trip! Spend a few days here recovering from your travels, adjusting to the time zone, and getting to know all this city has to offer.

Are you into daring adventures? Sky Tower is one of the must-see spots in Auckland. The tower is an iconic part of the Auckland skyline because it’s 328 meters tall and has a unique shape. There’s a casino and other things to visit inside, but the daring can bungee jump off this tower for a memorable experience.

While here, you’ll also want to do some walking down Queen Street, visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens, and see the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The museum is at the base of Albert Park in the city center, another must-see stop while you’re exploring the city.

 

Milford Sound / Piopiotahi

Milford Sound is a beautiful fjord with waterfalls, rainforests, and rare attributes like black coral. It’s one of the best places to go in New Zealand for landscapes that make your jaw drop. It’s best visited by boat tour so that you can see as much of this unique location as possible. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The glowworm caves are a once in a lifetime sight you must see. The specific species of glowworm, known as Arachnocampa luminosa, are only found in New Zealand. These caves can be visited via a boat tour where a guide will take you to all the best spots.

 

Hobbiton

Whether you’re a big Lord of the Rings fan or not, Hobbiton is worth the visit. The movie set from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films still exists here. Not only can you visit the stages set with hobbit homes, but there are beautiful, rolling green hills surrounding you in this unique location.