The Atlas Obscura Guide To New Zealand
116 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in New Zealand
Updated October 20, 2023
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Does the New Zealand Fantail Connect the Human and Spirit Realms?
The bird is sometimes considered an omen of death, but in Māori tradition, that's just one part of its story.
by Roxanne Hoorn
The Race to Save the Pekapeka-Tou-Poto, New Zealand's Unique Bat
For scientists, monitoring the feisty, endangered burrowing bat includes moments of "actual madness."
by Monica Evans
A Massive, Mysterious Object Washed Up on an Australian Beach
Experts say it’s likely space junk—and there’s plenty more where that came from.
by Roxanne Hoorn
The Mystery of New Zealand's Tamil Bell, an Archaeological 'UFO'
The strange bronze artifact perplexed scholars for more than a century, including how it traveled so far from home.
by Petrina Darrah
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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