The Clearest Lake In The World + 8 Other Beautifully Hidden Spots In New Zealand



Quite recently in New Zealand on a TV program after the 6 o’clock news, there was a piece on one of the most beautiful spots in the country.  Apparently, it’s quite well known around the world but to me and my friend’s surprise, we had never heard of it before.  Most of us don’t know what beauty lies on our own front doorstep. We have countless hidden treasures which some of us like to keep close to our hearts in the fear that it won’t be hidden anymore, but our country is beautiful and I want others to see the beauty that lies here.  So, I have gathered the top 9 most stunning spots that are beautifully hidden amongst the nature in New Zealand – the land of the long white cloud.


PHOTO: Charles Quirk | Creative Commons

PHOTO: Charles Quirk | Creative Commons

1.Blue Lakes, Nelson Lakes National Park – Nelson

We have to start off with the Blue Lake located in The Nelson Lakes National Park.  This is the clearest lake in the WORLD and I had never even heard of it before!  It’s an untouched beauty and New Zealand would like to keep it that way.  The water is Tapu (sacred in Maori) so you cannot swim, wash clothes or dishes, or fish in here.  The catch is that you have to trek for 2 days to get here through quite a hard trail but the finish line is pretty remarkable don’t you think? marlborough-queen-charlotte-track-new-zealand-


2.Ship cove, Queen Charlotte track – Marlborough Sounds

I got to see this cove a few years back and it blew my mind.  This is one of the bays along the great Queen Charlotte track.  This cove just gives you a little taste of the stunning surroundings you will be walking into if you decide to do the hike.  There’s many little coves and secret beaches along here so pack a bag and start hiking or hire a kayak is another great way to see them!



3.Te Puia springs, Kawhia

Most people who travel the North Island would have heard of Hot Water Beach.  It’s where you take a shovel and dig yourself your own hot pool in the low tide BUT if you want a less known secret local hot springs, head to Te Puia.  You won’t have to fight tourists over your own spot.  This is definitely a locals best kept secret, lets keep it between you and me….


PHOTO | Abel Tasman

PHOTO | Abel Tasman


4.Te Pukatea Bay, Nelson

Golden sand and crystal clear water will send shivers down your spine it’s so gorgeous. This is a stunning local spot that can be reached by walking 12.4km (4 hours) from Marahau.  As it’s quite secluded from everything, the campsite here can only house 7 tent sites.  You can also reach this paradise by kayaking or taking a boat which just makes it more of a special spot that not everyone will be able to reach.



5.Putaruru Blue Spring, Te Waihou walkway – Putaruru

The only way to see this clear striking spring is along the Te Waihou walkway which is a 4.7km track.  The walk is definitely worth it in the end though because the view is very beautiful.  It has been named one the 10 watering holes you have to cool off in but be warned, the spring is only 11 degrees Celsius at all times!  It’s so clear that this spring provides 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.  The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau and the water  takes over 100 years to filter through which is the reason it is so pure and clean.  The filtering through the rocks makes the water a stunning blue colour while it being virtually clear.


PHOTO | Creative Lunatics

PHOTO | Creative Lunatics


6.New Chums Beach, Whangapoua

Located in the Coromandel, New Chums Beach is another secluded paradise. Its bright golden sand and lush green forest is deserted most of the time which is why it is a great hidden spot to explore!  This beach has actually been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world and as one of the 101 must-dos for Kiwis.  You can access the beach by a 30-40 minute walk via the Mangakahia Drive track.



7.Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan

This beautiful plunge waterfall is located in the Raglan area, which over time has created a large pool at the bottom. This 55m waterfall can be accessed by an easy 10 minute walk through the forest.   Once you are at the lookout make sure you head down the steep stairs for another magnificent view looking up at the waterfall.


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PHOTO | Mark Worthen


8.Mokoroa Falls,  Auckland

Only 50 minutes away from Auckland central, tucked away between Muriwai and Waitakere is a beautiful waterfall.  It’s about an easy 40 minute walk to reach from Horsman Road and the view is just stunning!  It is definitely a beautifully hidden spot amongst the lush bush.




9.Rocky lookout, Mt Holdsworth – Wairarapa

Another one of my local spots located in the Wairarapa.  You can access Rocky Lookout from Mt Holdsworth which is around 15km out of Masterton.  It takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour to walk up there and the view is amazing as you can see on the pictures.  Mt Holdsworth has many beautiful walks and also a pretty awesome campground at the bottom, so I definitely recommend checking it out.  The locals will agree with me when I say it’s a New Zealand hidden gem.


What do you think of these hidden treasures? Which ones have you been or heard of and do you have any more to add to this list of beautiful spots in New Zealand.  Please remember to respect the rules when going to these natural spots.  If the sign says “don’t swim” then please DON’T.  We want to keep these spots forever and by doing that you have to respect the land.  If you need accommodation in any of these places then make sure you book with Agoda or, I highly recommend them!


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  1. March 27, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Wow, this is so wonderful! They all seem to be hidden gems. We would want to visit New Zealand soon.

  2. March 29, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    These places all look incredible! I’ve never been to NZL but it really seems like I should!

  3. April 2, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Ahhh, how did I not visit any of these places while I was working and travelling in New Zealand!! Gonna have to come back I think!!

  4. April 2, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    The nature in New Zealand sounds so amazing. I have to get there some day. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Svet Dimitrov
    April 5, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Anita, these are some jaw-dropping water places! I am tempted to drink from the lake. And those waterfalls!

  6. April 15, 2016 / 2:37 am

    Wow this is great. Going to New Zealand after South Easy Asia so I have to save this page in the hope I can visit some if these hidden gems!

  7. August 25, 2016 / 6:16 am

    I haven’t heard of half of these (and have only been to one) – so much to see in beautiful NZ

    • September 6, 2016 / 5:27 am

      There are so many beautiful spots! Aren’t we lucky? 😉

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