So, you’re heading off on a business trip to New Zealand. Try not to scream with delight because you are travelling to one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the island while keeping in touch with your loved ones… with a little help from your Instagram account.
Show your sun-deprived son the most beautiful beach in the country
Rent a car and drive to Cathedral Cove, a marine reserve on Coromandel Peninsula. Take a picture of the gigantic and natural rock arch formations, try to take a selfie on the sandy beach shaded by pohutukawa trees, then go for a swim in the clear waters.
Likes goal: 32
Cathedral Cove Car Park & Walk, 65 Grange Rd S, Hahei 3591
Troll your geologist desk-bound brother-in-law
Head to Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland, in Rotorua. Check out the Champagne Pool, a hot spring that was formed over 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption. Yes, the picture is going to be unbelievable. No, you don’t want to take a dip because of its carbon dioxide, arsenic and sulphides.
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Wai-O-Tapu, 201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, Rotorua 3073
Become the cool uncle to your geeky niece
Keep going 69 miles (112 km) south to wander into the North Island’s Tongariro National Park with its precious Māori cultural associations. The park is home to three active volcanoes, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, and you will also find there the glacial Emerald Lakes and the boiling mud pools of the Red Crater.
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Tongariro National Park, 3382
Scare the pants off your loved ones
If you are around Wellington for business, you should visit South Island and the West Coast. The Hokitika Gorge is home to shimmering blue-green waters and dense forested surroundings. Walk for a few minutes till you stand on the viewing platform, the ultimate spot for an Instagram story. Keep walking to the swing bridge and wait for a panicked phone call from your family.
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Hokitika Gorge, Kokatahi 7881
Impress your significant other who hasn’t been blown away since 2012
End your trip at Clay Cliffs and its impressive mammoth rock formation, 6 miles (10 km) west of Omarama and about 4 hours southwest of Christchurch. These sharp rock pinnacles were formed by layers of silt and gravel deposited by the flow of melting glaciers over a million years ago. Explore the centre of the canyon and finally get a like from your wife.
Likes goal: 1, as long as it comes from her
Clay Cliff Ln, Omarama 9412