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Four Natural Sights That Will Leave You Dazzled

We’re all about getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily routine. So, we want to ensure we truly are escaping routine and not falling into the holiday humdrum trap. Recent research has shown that 72% of Kiwi travellers do not believe they are being adventurous enough whilst on holiday and would like to explore more.

The research also shows that we think the best way to break the holiday routine and make the most of travelling is to find a local secret. Fifty-two percent of Kiwi travellers say discovering a lesser-known natural sight is top of their list while on holiday. So, we’ve put together four amazing natural sights off the beaten track to help you get outside of your vacation comfort zone.

‘Grand Canyon’ Chiang Mai

We’ve all heard of the Grand Canyon National Park, but few have heard of the other ‘Grand Canyon’ located in Chiang Mai. You can guarantee you won’t be swarmed with tourists while taking in the breathtaking scenery of this natural treasure. Being less than an hour’s drive from the centre of Chiang Mai, this spot is easily accessible and waiting to be explored. Take a dip in the gorgeous lake, dare to cliff jump, or simply relax and bask in the surrounding beauty.

Eibsee Lake, Bavaria

This crystal-clear secret has been dubbed the most beautiful lake in Germany. The serene deep blue Eibsee is a hidden amongst Alpine scenery. With a number of walking trails, horseback riding, water activities and a beautiful restaurant that sits right on the lake – it’s easy to fill up a day at this beauty.

Rotorua, New Zealand

It’s hard to argue that a getaway is that much better when you don’t have to travel to the other side of the world, so why not get your adventure fix by exploring our own beautiful backyard? The natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers are just a handful of natural wonders on display in Rotorua. If you’re after a getaway but don’t have the time or resources to travel far, Rotorua is perfect.

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Although Japan is known for its beautiful cherry blossom, not many people take as much notice of the seasonal change when the blue flowers come out to play. Take a stroll through Hitachi Seaside Park in April to witness the emerald green hill flourish into a sea of 4.5 million baby blue flowers. In addition to this annual "Nemophila Harmony", the park features a million daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and many other flowers. The park includes cycling trails and a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel.