Off the beaten track in New Zealand

We all take a vacation to get away from the hustle-bustle of every-day life, and it can be very annoying when the destination we are traveling to is crowded and fast-paced.

Don’t worry though, as we have you covered with the most beautiful offbeat destinations in New Zealand.

The places we are going to take you are just as beautiful as the highly commercialized places of New Zealand. However, these places are yet to attract tourists’ eyes. Locals love these places for their beauty and the fewer footfalls they get here.

Would you like to know the top 7 offbeat places only locals know about? Let’s get started!

Hooker Valley Track


Hooker Valley. Credit: Tourism New Zealand

While this track is popular among locals, tourists have been rarely seen venturing into this beautiful track. Hooker Valley Track is about 10 km trek (two-way) and should take about 3 hours to complete. It is best for people who want to experience the wild in a short time and an easy trek.

You will cross 3 swing bridges, see three stunning glaciers, rest by serene lakes and catch a breath-taking view of Mount Cook. That’s amazing for a short three-hour trek!

Cape Kidnappers


Cape Kidnappers. Credit: Cape Kidnappers.

Back in 1767, the Maori traders kidnapped the cabin boy who was a part of Cook’s voyage thinking that he was held against his wish. This led to the name of Cape Kidnappers.

The name still is relevant because what you get to see here will kidnap your heart. With its craggy peninsula and iconic pale cliffs, it is hands down one of the best beaches in the world. If you visit the place between September – April you can spot the world’s largest Gannet colony!

Mount Manaia


Bream Head. Credit: Fraser Clements

There is no better way to shake off everyday stress than hiking up a mounting and taking in the view from the summit! And there is no better place to do it than Mount Manaia.

The view from Mount Manaia is an iconic one of the dramatic Whangarei Harbour with the vast blue ocean stretching in every direction. The path that leads to the summit is just as beautiful as the view from the top. It winds through forest and offers views of Bream Head and Hen & Chicken Islands along the way.

Te Urewera


Lake Waikaremoano. Credit: Chris McLennan

Are you a forest person? Mountain person? Or a lake person? Te Urewera is a place where whatever your travel thirsts are, it will get satisfied. The gorgeous Lake Waikaremoana is the centre of attention here. It is surrounded by stunning forests through which you can hike.

Another great way to explore this treasure is through kayak. The views are absolutely exhilarating and calming at the same time. You can also have a laid-back day staying in the accommodation provided by the settlement of Aniwaniwa and enjoy fishing in the legendary fishing spots here.

Pouakai Crossing


Mount Taranaki. Credit: James Heremaia

Compared to Tongariro Alpine crossing for its beauty but with a far smaller crowd, this incredible day hike is sure to make a special place for itself in your heart.

Throughout the entire trial the scenes keep changing from one beautiful landscape to another. The hike starts with Mount Taranaki’s Ridge offering delightful views of the mountains and valleys around. This is followed by wetlands and the amazing Goblin forest. Then you get to see the highlight of the hike: Mount Taranaki perfectly reflected in the Pouakai Tarn’s waters!

Cape Foulwind


Cape Foulwind. Credit: Miles Holden

Want to be close to nature without having to go through a tough hike and wilderness?  Cape Foulwind has got you covered! The name of the place was given by Captain Cook after his ship got blown off course due to foul wind here.

This comfortable family-friendly walkway allows you to experience the panoramic views of the majestic mountains and the coastline that caresses it. You will also witness a fur seal breeding colony here!

Farewell Spit


Wharariki Beach. Credit: Cape Farewell Horse Treks

Farewell Spit is one of the longest natural sandpits in the world and has been a bird sanctuary for decades. It is a bird watcher’s paradise. From golden sand that forms dunes, the blue ocean stretching on one side to the birds that fly around, it is the perfect place for beach lovers as well.

Bring out the child in you by boogie boarding down the dunes and playing in the ocean. You can also visit the Northernmost point of the South Island (i.e. Cape Farewell) from here and see some seal pups if you are lucky.

Make sure to watch out for a volatile climate and always carry the gear and water required when you going for a New Zealand adventure. You can always contact us to make your trips and their planning easier for you.

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