The Atlas Obscura Guide To New Zealand
116 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in New Zealand
Updated December 21, 2022
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Aurora Hunters Capture the Wonder of the Northern (and Southern) Lights
A curated collection of images shows why this natural phenomenon has fascinated and inspired humans for millennia.
by Gemma Tarlach
Along New Zealand's Demon Trail, a Family Hunts for True 'Wildness'
A couple and their young daughter hike the South Island's Hollyford Track, enduring rough terrain and vicious sand flies for a glimpse of an untamed world.
by Phillip and April Vannini
New Zealand, Off the Beaten Path
Atlas Obscura’s Senior Trips Program Manager, Becca Glatz, speaks about our amazing trip “Natural Wonders of New Zealand’s North Island” and the country in general.
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Podcast: The Livestock Living at the End of the World
Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.
by The Podcast Team
Get to Know New Zealand's Hugely Popular, Thrillingly Blue Mushroom
It is a key part of local culture, and looks like it was colored with a crayon.
by Jessica Leigh Hester
Under New Zealand's Dark Skies, Insects Recover and Humans Reconnect with a Lost View
The massive South Island stargazing reserve is a respite from light pollution for many species, including our own.
by Petrina Darrah
New Zealand's Slow-Moving 'Living Fossils' Have the Fastest Sperm Among Reptiles
Discovering the trait may help scientists protect the tuatara, which has been around since the dinosaurs.
by Tess McClure