New Zealand: North Island Photodiary

Thursday, July 16, 2015 Fion Lai 3 Comments




Here're some of the beautiful places I visited during my stay in New Zealand North Island, enjoy!

1. Mount Eden - fantastic 360-degree views from Mount Eden, Auckland’s highest natural point.

2.  Auckland Botanic Garden - Relaxing place with heaven-like garden and hundreds of hydrangea

3. Ohinemutu - a living Māori village set on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua.

4. Rotorua Museum - Stunning architecture, exhibitions, changing art galleries, cinema experiences and informative guided tours bring to life the stories of Rotorua. It has collections covering fine arts, photography, social history, and Taonga objects from the Māori culture.  

5. Wai o Tapu Thermal Wonderland - New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks.

 6.  Lake Rotorua - second largest lake in the North Island. In the centre of Lake Rotorua is Mokoia Island, the setting for one of New Zealand's most famous love stories. There is an array of lake and river activities if you would like to explore this lake in depth

 7. The Redwoods Forest - the 55,000ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers, hikers and horse riders set amongst magnificent stands of towering Californian Redwoords, lush native forest and exotic trees.

 8. Huka Falls - 'you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power - more than 220, 000 litres of water per second.'

9. Lake Taupo - Largest lake in New Zealand with activities ranging from scenic cruises to skydiving, mineral hot pools to cultural experience of the Maori rock carvings to white water rafting.


10. Wellington Cable Car - Apparently the most famous attraction in Wellington, enjoy great views from the lookout and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory & Planetarium and Zealandia

11. Museum of Wellington City & Sea - The Museums Of Wellington City & Sea shares  a wonderful insight into the rich social and cultural history of Wellington which includes the former Head Office for the Wellington Harbour Board and interactive maritime- inspired exhibits

12. Wellington Waterfront - The waterfront is one of the city's most distinctive and attractive precincts.

13. Wellington Botanic Garden - Over 26 hectares of unsurpassed views, unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush, colourful floral displays and gorgeous specialist gardens.

14. Mount Victoria Lookout - a Wellington must-do with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbour, and beyond


With New Zealand being so close to Australia regionally, it is not at all surprising that my family had been planning this trip since we have moved to Australia a few years ago.Upon arrival at Auckland Airport, carved Maori (Indigenous Polynesoam people in New Zealand) decors can be seen framing and adoring the terminal that depicts various Maori tribes in New Zealand and welcomes your immediately. 

Different from what I have seen in Australia, New Zealand has some of the most diverse regions and landscapes in a relatively small area (well compared to Australia). My journey through landscapes have literally blended volcanic fields, lush rain forest, ragged mountains, magnificent beaches, rolling hills of farmland, and the country's largest lake. In addition, its eclectic Polynesian and European heritage makes it a remarkable center of culture and history. 

There are a few places that I highly recommend and would like to emphasize despite I have already listed them above. The town that has given me the greatest impression is Rotaura - a myriad of different attractions including bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs from Wai o Tapu Thermal WonderlandRotorua Museum,  fascinating Maori culture from Ohinemutu and more. New Zealand is positively one of the best country to visit for their stunning landscapes and fascinating culture, be sure to keep tabs on my upcoming New Zealand: South Island Photo Diary!







3 comments:

  1. The photos in this post are stunning! I love them so much :D

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  2. Gorgeous photos, I would love to visit. It looks like you had an amazing time.

    xx Falasha
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