New Zealand may have been the last major landmass to be populated, but they have wasted no time in catching up with the rest of the world. With vibrant cities, friendly people, and endless natural beauty it's no wonder this island country is such a popular destination among world travelers. So as you plan your exciting adventure to New Zealand, which we all know you will, take time to visit these must see locations.

GlowWorm Caves

World renowned and popular for tourists and locals alike, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves should be on the top of your must see list for New Zealand. As you tour the cave, the glow worm, Arachocampa luminosa, radiates an unmistakable light. Booking a tour isn't hard, simply contact the cave to do so. Many tours are done by boat, floating you under these remarkable creatures.


Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, this beautiful location has become famous for its appearance in the Lord of the Ring trilogy, as well as various other films. However, Glenorchy is most commonly known for its breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty. With open pastures that stretch miles wide, to flowing rivers that bend around the trees of the forests, Glenorchy will take your breath away. Tourists spend their days fly fishing, jet boating, kayaking, skydiving, and even horseback riding to the various cinematic locations.

Bay of Islands

Located in the Northland Region of New Zealand, this popular tourist destination is a must see. The bright blue water stands out against the lush green landscape, creating a visually stunning environment, and even better pictures. Whether you're looking to fish, go boating, or just bathe in the sun, at least one of the 144 islands in this bay will suit your fancy. If you're seeking a bit more of an adventure, tour companies offer various services to those wanting to explore. From diving and dolphin riding, to guided walks along the bay, there's something here for the whole family.

Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Anau is located in the Southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Carved by glaciers, it stands as the largest of the southern glacial lakes, covering an area of 344 square kilometers. This lake is ideal for observing wildlife, such as the takahe, weka, parakeets, and wood pigeons. This lake is the ideal place to relax and enjoy all the beauty that New Zealand offers.

With so much to offer, New Zealand is truly a must see place for any traveler. From seeing glowing worms illuminate a cave, to swimming with dolphins or taking a stroll around Lake Te Anau, you'll never run out of things to do. So what are you waiting for? Book your New Zealand adventure here.

This post was written by Miriam Vaught, Tripping blogger.