New Zealand may be small, but every inch of this country is more naturally beautiful than anything you could ever imagine. With grass that is so vibrantly green, air that is so beautifully clear, and bodies of water that stretch exquisitely into the distance, I wonder why anyone would ever want to leave this country. Here are three places in New Zealand that will make you fall back in love with nature...
The serenity of Milford Sound
Milford Sound is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Nestled in the South Island’s Fiordland region, Milford Sound offers visitors a stunning sensory experience. The thing about Milford Sound, however, is that it doesn’t ask to be beautiful; it just is. Thousands of people visit this place each year and have the change to take in all the peace and serenity it offers up.
The snow-capped mountains of Queenstown
If you have ever flown into the Queenstown airport when there was still snow on the mountains, you will understand how quickly you can fall in love with it. Queenstown is surrounded by mountains, and during the Winter and spring months, it offers visitors a beautiful sight. If you are lucky enough to have been there on a clear and sunny day, Lake Wakatipu reflects both the sun and the snow-capped mountains, and it is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. While I was in New Zealand, I took more photos of snow-capped mountains than I did of anything else combined. Mountains in and of themselves are extraordinary, but when they are dusted with a layer of snow, they offer some of the most picturesque scenes known on Earth.
The glow-worms of the Waitomo Caves
A trip to New Zealand’s North Island wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Waitomo Caves. While the caves themselves are a natural beauty, the glow worms are the real star attraction for this particular cave. After a short walk through the cave, you board a boat to take you towards the exit, but not before you are treated to one of the most magical scenes in the world, a scene that can only be seen in nature and that can never be replicated in the city. As you journey toward the exit of the cave, you are taken into another galaxy. The tiny dots of blue light could be mistaken for the experience of looking up at the night sky.
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