Travel·Posted on 6 May 202024 Destinations In New Zealand That Show Why It's The World's Most Beautiful CountryYou've got to hand it to the Kiwis, New Zealand is pretty much paradise.by Julia WillingBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough View this photo on Instagram instagram.com These ancient, sunken river valleys provide some of the country's best opportunities for boating, fishing, diving and wildlife watching. 2. Arrowtown, Otago View this photo on Instagram instagram.com With its fairytale charm and picture-perfect foliage, this historic, former gold mining village is nestled below the stunning peaks that surround the Arrow River. 3. The Coromandel, Waikato View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Misty rainforests, golden beaches and awe-inspiring natural beauty, The Coromandel is the perfect escape to clear the mind and feed the soul. 4. Lake Tekapo, Canterbury View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You've probably seen this pastel-perfect foliage splashed across your 'gram before, but nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Lake Tekapo in person. 5. Aoraki/Mount Cook, Canterbury View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @travelswithkenz Stand in the shadow of the mountain and marvel at the unparalleled natural splendour that is Aoraki/Mount Cook. 6. Hooker Valley, Canterbury View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @ilginbedir Because sure, the mountain itself is sublime, but why not traipse through this impossibly beautiful valley first? 7. Motukiekie Beach, West Coast View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @jzalopa Keep your five-star hotel and spa — I just want to wake up in nature, with the views of this incredible beach. 8. Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @prairiegirlabroad One of New Zealand's greatest natural masterpieces and a serious contender for the top of our NZ bucket list. 9. Lake Taupo, Waikato View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Watch the sun set behind a crystal-clear lake in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano. 10. Bay of Islands, Northland View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Yep, New Zealand even gets its own slice of Mediterranean-worthy islands and turquoise blue waters. Because why the hell not? 11. Queenstown, Otago View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Come for the bungee, ski and adrenaline-pumping activities, stay for the natural beauty and lake-side serenity. 12. Martinborough, Wellington View this photo on Instagram instagram.com A uniquely unforgettable wine village in the South Wairarapa District, with over 25 boutique vineyards and breweries. Need I say more? 13. Okitu Beach, Gisborne View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Watch the sunrise, surf the world-famous waves or stroll along the golden sands of these pristine East Coast shores. 14. East Cape, Gisborne View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, this perfect stretch of coastline is hard to turn away from. 15. Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty View this photo on Instagram instagram.com A wildlife refuge atop a dormant shield volcano, located off the Bay of Plenty. 16. Arthur's Point, Otago View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Idyllic cedar-lined hot pools, overlooking the Shotover River in Arthur's Point — The Onsen is a must for all South Island visitors. 17. Slope Point, Southland View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Perched atop rugged cliffs that tumble into the sea, Slope Point is the southernmost point on the South Island and home to surreally-shaped, permanently wind-mangled trees. 18. Okarito, West Coast View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Star gaze at the best views in the galaxy, from this coastal settlement bounded by ocean, estuary, sea cliffs and the Southern Alps. 19. Hobbiton, Waikato View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Tolkien fan or not, there's just no missing out on the rolling green hills of The Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. 20. Te Anau, Southland View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The unofficial eighth wonder of the world and the most magical place to watch the sun set behind the mountains. 21. Milton Vineyards, East Cape View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Sprawling countryside and some of the best bottles in the country? Grab me a bottle of the reserve riesling, I feel like celebrating. 22. Rotorua, Bay of Plenty View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Because New Zealand isn't all about hiking, skiing and surfing — there are ample opportunities for some R&R, too. 23. Matapouri, Northland View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @judibagust Spectacular white sand, Pinterest-perfect views and incredible walking trails for visitors of all ages. 24. And finally, Kawau Island, Auckland View this photo on Instagram instagram.com History, nature, community and culture — you'll never forget a trip to Kawau Island.