If you're thinking of traveling to the other side of the world for your holiday you want to be sure there is something worth seeing there, right? Thankfully, with New Zealand, there is. Here are the top five places to go.

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is situated in the center of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of the countries most popular tourist areas. Over 1.2 million tourists visit the lake each year. It is the largest fresh water lake in Australasia and is and is approximately he same size as Singapore.


Napier is a port city in Hawke's Bay. An earthquake in 1931 left the city largely destroyed so it was rebuilt in Art Deco Style and is now a popular tourist attraction for Art Deco enthusiasts around the world.

South Island

The South Island is the larger of the two major islands in New Zealand. The island is hugely popular with movie-buffs as sveral movies have been filmed here including the Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is located about 150 miles north of Auckland. The islands are great for fishing and boat trips and are also the ideal spot to watch dolphins swim. The islands are also historically significant as it was here that the European settlers first came. The first European to visit the area was Captain Cook who named the region in 1769.

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand. It was established in 1887 and was the fourth National Park to be established in the world. The park contains three active volcanoes; Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

Source by Russ Pooley