New Zealand: Beautiful One Day, Breathtaking the Next

Watching the Duke and Duchess of Sussex journey through New Zealand on their recent royal tour in October, reminded me of how beautiful this country is when I travelled to the North Island many years ago now.

There are countless words to describe New Zealand; yet for me, “breathtaking” tops them all! The land of the long white cloud is guaranteed to take your breath away, as it offers so much natural beauty and a fascinating Maori culture to behold.

NZ Map

New Zealand is known as “Aotearoa” in Maori, which means “land of the long white cloud”

On my journey from Auckland airport to Papamoa town visiting a friend and her family, I was mesmerised by the fresh turquoise lakes, vibrant-coloured gardens and magnificent snow-capped mountains that I passed.

It felt like I had died and gone to heaven!

So, if you’re travelling to the North Island, here are 7 breathtaking discoveries to enjoy:

NOTE: Some of these photos are my original pictures taken with a Kodak film. 

  1. Explore the Ohinemutu Maori Village

The Maori village of Ohinemutu is home to members of the Ngati Whakaue tribe. It is permissible to wander through the village and explore how hot water vents are used for both cooking and bathing.
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The most fascinating part is exploring the intricate carvings on the Marae, which is the village’s community house. More carvings can be found inside this building along with a picture of Jesus wearing a Maori cloak.

NZ Marae

  1. Visit the Bubbling Mud Pools of Rotorua

The mud pools of Rotorua is a short drive from the Maori village. It’s worth a look to see the steaming pools of bubbling mud sprout out of the ground with the sound echoing like a never-ending pot of boiling water.

NZ Mud

These mud pools form in high-temperature geothermal areas where water supply is scarce. The down-side to the mud pools is the rotten-egg type sulphur smell due to various gases found in the lake.

NZ Mud Pool

  1. Jump on a Skyline Rotorua Ride

To take in the panoramic view of Rotorua, try out the Skyline ride, which takes you up in an enclosed gondola nearly 500 metres above the city.

NZ Skyline

You will enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lake Rotorua on the way up before arriving on a viewing deck with a café serving brewed tea and scones. The wind tends to be a little crisp at the top, so don’t forget to wear a woollen jumper and take a jacket.

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  1. Travel Back Down by Luge

If you are in for an adventure after taking in the view, then travel back down to ground level on a luge ride. The winding ride is about 4 kilometres long and you’ve got to be in complete control of the vehicle as it speeds down quite fast.

NZ Luge

However, there is a brake pedal in the luge to help you slow down around those heart-pumping bends. If the adrenalin rush is not for you, the slower scenic track is a better choice or jump back on the enclosed gondola for a relaxing trip back to ground level.

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  1. Have Some Fush ‘n’ Chups at Mount Maunganui

A day out in the relaxed town of Mount Maunganui is guaranteed to blow your mind with its idyllic scenery of the main beach, South Pacific ocean and the magnificient mountain as its backdrop.

NZ Mount

There is so much to do around the Mount such as shopping, swimming or simply walking on the beach. Grab yourself some delicious fush ‘n’ chups [as the locals say it] and enjoy them amongst the bustle of the town.

  1. Take a Dip in the Natural Hot Pools

One of the many ways to totally unwind at Mount Maunganui is to take a nice long dip in one of their natural hot pools. The Mount Hot Pools, made up of heated salt water, is one of the best bathing pools in the area.

NZ Pools

Salt water bathing is best for rebalancing and detoxifying the body; and for under $15NZD admission fee, your toes will thank you for the dip.

  1. Absorb the Heavenly Spectacle of North Island

To take it all in, hire yourself a car or take a bus and explore the beauty of this part of New Zealand. A scenic tour will provide a good glimpse of everything that is stunning about the North Island. You will be just as mesmerised as I was when I saw the most beautiful lakes, gorgeous gardens and snow-capped mountains in the background.

NZ North

“I gotta say, God really outdid himself down here,” Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser’s personal trainer.

New Zealand in one word – breathtaking.

Beyond the Pacific

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  1. Cryptocurrency Institute

    October 31, 2018

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks.

    • Beyond the Pacific

      October 31, 2018

      Hi there @Crypto Inst. No, I don’t sorry, I didn’t realise this blog can be found on Yahoo. That’s a good thing I guess 🙂

  2. Bernard Alger

    October 31, 2018

    Your method of explaining everything in this article is actually pleasant. New Zealand is also one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. Thanks a lot, great blog.

    • Beyond the Pacific

      October 31, 2018

      Thank you Bernard 🙂 I really enjoy blogging to be honest, even if it is only for a creative outlet but I’m so happy it’s now beginning to build momentum. Yes, NZ is amazing!

  3. Eloise Parry

    October 31, 2018

    Howdy! I understand this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask. Does operating a well-established blog such as yours take a massive amount work? I’m completely new to blogging but I do write in my diary daily. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

    • Beyond the Pacific

      October 31, 2018

      Hi Eloise. Yes, blogging takes a lot of work! The best tip I can give you is to be consistent. If you’re going to post weekly, then don’t miss a week; if daily, then don’t miss a day. That was my biggest problem is that I was very inconsistent due to work, study, family and committee projects. But now I have found a rhythm and will be posting often. Send me an email via if you want to chat more. All the best, Miriam 🙂

  4. Kathrin Nuttall

    October 31, 2018

    I didn’t think I would like Harry and Meghan together as as much as I do now by watching them travelling from Australia to NZ. I’m in love with them now and they look like a beautiful power couple. TV will be boring now without them Lol 🙂 🙂

    • Beyond the Pacific

      October 31, 2018

      That’s exactly how I feel Kathrin! 😀 I love the Royals and my new fave now are the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. I hope we can still see them on TV as much as we have xx.

  5. Titan

    October 31, 2018

    German photographer Florian Wenzel spent 40 days traveling across New Zealand, photographing the incredible landscape as he went.

    • Beyond the Pacific

      October 31, 2018

      I just googled Florian Wenzel and wow!! Amazing photos of NZ. If you have a photo you’d like me to use and promote on this blog and across its social medias, send one to Cheers, Miriam.

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