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Top 10 Landmarks in New Zealand

posted in: Australia & NZ  |  posted by: Jennifer Gregory on October 4, 2008  |  16 Comments

New Zealand, located in the south-western part of the Pacific Ocean, has a marked reputation for its relative isolation. Mainly consisting of two large islands and a handful of tiny sub-islands, New Zealand’s closest neighbors are between 500 and 1,200 miles away.

Because of its distance from the rest of the world, the islands were mostly undisturbed by humans for a number of years. This quiet calm allowed for the development of number of unique bird and plant varieties, but many of them became extinct after the island became populated by humans and the new animals they brought with them.

Rich with history and culture, New Zealand is home to a number of incredible landmarks. Be sure to include a few of these in your itinerary when you visit.

10. Auckland Domain

Auckland Wintergardens

Auckland Domain, resting above the volcanic crater known as Pukekawa, spans over 75 hectacres and is known as the oldest park in New Zealand. The park houses a number of historic attractions, most notable among them the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Walking paths, picturesque statues, and incredible plant varieties, many of which are featured in Wintergardens, dot the landscape throughout the park.

9. Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island

The Goat Island Marine Reserve can be found between Okakari Point and Cape Rodney. Goat Island is an incredible place to relax on the beach or explore the marine wildlife. There are dozens of outfits on the island offering diving lessons and guided tours, both from boats and right off of the beach. A guided tour is recommended, by the way, because of the strong currents that can develop quickly when bad weather approaches.

8. The Beehive Building

Beehive Building

In Wellington you’ll find the Beehive building, otherwise known as the New Zealand Parliament Building. Designed by a Scottish architect, the ten-story building is shaped like an actual beehive. The offices of the Prime Minister can be found here, as well as the offices of a number of other cabinet members. The building itself is a site to behold.

7. Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Auckland Harbour Bridge was completed in 1959 and spans more than 1,000 meters over St. Mary’s Bay. The bridge is popular with tourists because of the illuminated views of the city at night. The bridge is also popular amongst climbers and those who enjoy bungy jumping excursions.

6. Mount Eden

Mount Eden Crater

Mount Eden is another popular destination for tourists from all over. Also referred to as Maungawhau, Mount Eden is Auckland’s highest volcano. The mountain slopes features a wide variety of trails suitable for both hikers and walkers. It isn’t difficult to reach the summit, where you’ll be simply amazed at the views of the city beneath you.

5. Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island is the most youthful of the volcanoes in the area, but it is also the largest. The island used to boast a number of residential settlements, but they were abandoned after the Depression, leaving only a glimpse of what life was like in the early 1900′s. Today the island features plenty of hiking and walking trails, hundreds of unique plant varieties, and an incredible dense phoutukawa forest.

4. City Center

Auckland Sky Tower

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is located on the Northern Island. Within the city you’ll find a number of entertaining attractions, including the Auckland Zoo and the Auckland Regional Botanical Gardens. Beer lovers will also enjoy a tour of the Lion Beer brewery.

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill ranks amongst the tallest volcanic peaks in the city of Auckland. The area is treated with a considerable amount of respect and is recognized as a memorial ground by the Maori settlers. The hill used to feature a single totara tree. In the late 1800′s the tree was replaced by a pine tree, but towards the end of the 20th century the tree was attacked and destroyed – not once, but twice. The park still features a number of hiking trails and incredible summits for viewing the land below.

2. Rotorua


Rotorua is another incredible New Zealand destination. One of the most prominent features in this city is The Bath House, which is considered one of the most incredible spas in all of the South Pacific. The natural hot springs draw visitors from all over, as everyone clamors to take advantage of their therapeutic properties.

1. Parnell Rose Gardens

Parnell Rose Gardens

Nestled in the heart of Dove-Myer Robinson Park, the Parnell Rose Gardens are a spectacular destination for botanists and rose enthusiasts from all over the world. The garden boasts over 4,000 roses and sits near the Nancy Steen Garden, which features a white rose garden of its own. The free Parnell Festival of Roses is held each and every November, including tours, entertainment, and music.

New Zealand is an incredible country with a diverse culture. No matter which island you visit, you’re sure to find an amazing landmark or historical attraction.

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16 Responses to “Top 10 Landmarks in New Zealand”

  1. anne says on

    wow..this is interesting place and i love it…im a nature lover

  2. James says on

    All great places mentioned here but its a shame that they are all pretty much the top of the North. NZ is a fantastic country with much to see and do, don’t get caught in Auckland for your whole trip, travel around.

  3. Pauline says on

    I loved Auckland we visited last month,had a fantastic time. Snowplanet was the highlight for my 12 year old fantastic,worth a look at. Great to try out skiing without having to go up a mountain. Manmade ski field with cafe that you can view the slopes.

  4. Brandon dowrick says on

    hey thats kool

  5. Georgia says on

    Kul sweet as are there any more cool landmarks????

  6. bfgsdnfgsd says on

    i loved alllll 10 FAMOUS LANDMARK in new zealand i even visit las three years in new zealand 4 times

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  9. Amir says on

    wow these are awesome

  10. Wainuiomata Government says on

    Come visit Wainuiomata in Wellington

  11. ash says on

    i cant believe that one tree hill is a nz landmark. cool az

  12. sariah says on

    hae these r really kool landmarks

  13. cindy says on

    the beehive isn’t that great. I love wellington, it is the arts centre of new zealand. The south island is beautiful, with Milford sound and the southern alps etc, and the only place on this list i truely love is goat island. amazing place. the camping ground by it is awesome, a bonfire every night. New Years is worth spending there if you like chilling out and making new mates.

  14. sally says on

    wow very intresting i love the facts

  15. RustoRa says on

    I’m finding it very hard to believe that Mt Eden is one of New Zealands Top Ten. Most of these are in Auckland. There is so much more to us than Auckland, and i am an Aucklander Born and Bred. What about Bay of Islands? Tawharanui Regional Park? Wanaka? This page is a complete waste of time.

  16. Lindsey says on

    this is some cool pics


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