New Zealand Travel Wishlist

I’ve shared a travel wishlist recently about other countries I’d love to visit one day. In fact, I’m always thinking about travel and wanting to see something new, so why not make a list of some of the places I would like to see in my own backyard? It’s closer for one, and will fill that sense of wanderlust without requiring me to travel halfway across the world.


I don’t think I’ve ever been to Queenstown. Queenstown in general looks so beautiful, both in winter and summer. I’d love to experience both, and it’s only a one and a half hour flight away. It is super popular all the time though, and not that cheap. So this will take some extra planning, but you can bet I’ll get there.


(Photo by Samuel Ferrara on Unsplash)

Milford Sound is also in Queenstown. Mitre Peak is the highest point I think, and it has lots of waterfalls cascading and plummeting down. It’s meant to be very impressive. It’s also home to colonies of seals, penguins and dolphins. There’s lots of boat tours to do there and everyone who’s been says it’s amazing. So I need to go there.


(Photo by Anderson Aguirre on Unsplash)


Another spot I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s fairly close to Auckland, and while I’ve been there lots of times, we never got up to the Coromandel. It looks amazing! They have the aptly named Hot Water Beach. At low tide, it gets very crowded as everyone digs in the sand and finds bubbling, hot water. I don’t know how hot it gets, but the whole thing just sounds like a lot of fun, and it looks beautiful.


(Photo by Ivan Sanford on Unsplash)

The other main appeal is Cathedral  Cove (Te Whanganui – A – Hei). You can only get to it by foot, boat or kayak. The track is around 2 hours, and takes you past some amazing sights. The Cove itself is just stunning!


(Photo by Tyler Lastovich on Unsplash)

Abel Tasman National Park

Golden beaches, sculptured cliffs and a world-famous coastal track. Just looking at pictures of here make me want to go already. This is located on the north end of the South Island. The coastal track takes a few days, but there are huts along the way that you can book to stay in. You pass natural rock pools, suspension bridges, rivers and waterfalls…plus you may get to see some fur seals! I definitely hope to do this walk one day.


(Photo by Andrea Schaffer on DOC/Creative Commons)

Hokitika Gorge

Another beautiful little spot. Bright turquoise water, that apparently is even brighter in real life. This is home to another great track to wander in, or go for a scenic drive.


(Photo by Josquin Arts via Flickr on 100% Pure New Zealand)

There’s more places I want to see, but I now want to share some of my own photos from around this beautiful country. I’ve already been lucky enough to see lots of incredible places in New Zealand. Just to name a few, here are more places that you should check out if you ever have a chance to visit!

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

One of the great walks of New Zealand, but also one of the shortest taking just 5 hours to complete. Of course there’s extra parts to do if you want to push yourself, but for me, 5 hours was enough. What I got to see during my time there was amazing though!

Waiheke Island

I got to visit this beautiful island off Auckland for my sister’s wedding. They couldn’t have picked a more gorgeous spot!

Pancake Rocks

To be fair, my memories of this place are a little more vague. The last time I’ve been here was 2007, but look at those crazy rock formations!!


Again, I haven’t been here for a few years (not since 2011), but this coastal town is home to many fur seals. We often visited here for a day trip during our summer holidays down to the South Island.

Maybe I’m just showing off now on how incredibly pretty and diverse our country is, and there’s still so much to see! New Zealand is definitely a bucket-list worthy place to travel to! Even to us living in it, most of us probably haven’t seen half the wonder that’s here.

Is there somewhere in your own home country you’d love to visit?


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  1. Beautiful photos, the water is so bright and clear and lots of dramatic rocks, I love places like that. It’s funny how when you live somewhere you don’t tend to explore the country as much, or we haven’t anyway. There’s a few places I’d love to go in the UK, mainly to see mountains, the little islands and some of the more remote areas.

    1. New Zealand definitely has so much amazing scenery! It is funny how we often want to travel far away, but theres often so much beauty we haven’t seen in our own backyard ?

  2. I really want to go to new Zealand one day!! It looks so amazing xx

    1. I hope you do make it down someday! It’s such a beautiful country ?

  3. I don’t think you need to worry about not having places to visit in your beautiful country 🙂

    1. Haha, there is definitely so much amazing places to visit down here! I hope to see them all someday ?

  4. Oh my gosh these places look incredible! Especially Hokitika Gorge looks stunning! I totally understand what you are saying. I love to travel and always want to travel outside the country but there are some stunning places here in the US I also need to explore. ?

    1. They do look amazing! I’m glad you can relate, I feel like we’re always kewn to travel far away, but there’s also so much to see in our own country too ?

  5. New Zealand is just so beautiful. I hope one day I have the absolute honour of getting to visit! xx

    1. I hope you do too! New Zealand is such a beautiful and diverse country. There’s so much to see ?

  6. Wow, these pictures are amazing! Hope to visit one day! ?

    1. I hope you do get to visit some time! New Zealand has so much amazing sights ?

  7. Now I know where to go if we ever manage to travel to New Zealand, cause all these places look incredible!

    1. I hope you guys are able to come visit some day! New Zealand definitely has a lot of beautiful places to see ?

  8. New Zealand is my dream travel destination!

    1. I hope you can come visit some day! ?

  9. I have a friend living/studying in NZ and I have another one who wants to visit this dream country. Thanks for sharing.

    1. New Zealand is definitely a beautiful place to visit! Thanks for reading Diana ?

      1. Always a pleasure to read your blog, Angela. 🙂

  10. Oh wow breathtaking photos, definitely a beautiful place for wishlist traveling. This one is going on my bucket list!

    Jani from

    1. New Zealand is definitely travel bucket list worthy! I hope you’re able to visit someday 🙂

      1. Me too thank you!

  11. whoa those places look out of this world!!!! 😀 especially Hokitika Gorge

    1. There’s so many incredible places down here! I haven’t seen too much of them, but I want to 😀

  12. Abel Tasman National Park views are breathtaking. I’m sure you had a lovely time there.

    1. They really are! I haven’t been there yet, but I’d love to one day 🙂

  13. Hiring a car and driving the Coromandel was a brilliant experience. I did an Airbnb with a Maori family and had an excellent time. I got rained out at Cathedral cove, but the rainbows on the way back were worth it 😀

    1. I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about the Coromandel! I definitely plan to make it up there someday ?

  14. Wow these places all look amazing! <3 Definitely wish-list worthy aha! 🙂 xo

    1. Definitely haha! There always turns out to be so much amazing places hiding in our own backyard 😀

  15. I’ve heard Kaikoura is good for dolphin watching?

    1. Yep! As well as seal and whale watching 😀

  16. Your post is making me want to visit NZ again. There’s still so much that I have to see and do. Thanks for this. The pictures are lovely.

    1. There’s so much amazing places to see in New Zealand. It’s definitely worth revisiting 😀 Thank you for reading!

  17. Wanaka in the South Island is one of the beautiful place to visit to. Shania Twain has a property there.

    1. Hi Mum! I knew Shania Twain had a place somewhere, but I didn’t know where 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh, New Zealand looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to travel there some day, it’s just such a long flight there!
    I think Mitre Peak in Queensland looks really really cool! Hope you get to travel to all of these places soon! ?xx

    1. It’s definitely a beautiful country! It is halfway across the world from you guys though which leads to reeeeally long plane rides haha! Thank you!

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