20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit New Zealand

New Zealand is a country that will wow anyone from the first time traveller to the well-travelled nomad. I spent two weeks road tripping from Auckland at the top of the North Island down to Queenstown in the South. Trust me, you will constantly be in awe and never get sick of driving for hours around this charming country.

I could go on for days telling you how much I loved New Zealand, how beautiful it is, how friendly the people are and how its diverse landscapes genuinely moved my like no other I have laid eyes on before…

But, I think these photos describe what words cannot. New Zealand is an undeniable beauty and clearly is able to cater to all different kinds of travellers as it has so much to offer. From waterfalls to mountains, hot sunny weather to snow capped mountains, animals (namely sheep) as far as the eye can see, thermal and natural wonders unlike any other in the world, crystal blue waters and some of the freshest air your lungs will ever sample… You can find it all here.

Just when you think it cannot get any better, it appeals on another level for the simple fact that it is not an over crowded country; you will rarely run in to masses of tourists (well, I didn’t anyway!). The fact that it is quite isolated out in the South Pacific Ocean and not the cheapest travel destination might have something to do with its untouched landscapes and peaceful atmosphere.  I am just lucky I live on the East Coast of Australia, so access to New Zealand uber cheap and easy! Despite this, it is clearly worth the journey from wherever you are in the world.

Here are 20 photos to inspire you to get to New Zealand and explore it for yourself:

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The beauty you’ll find at Mount Cook
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Icy waters of Huka Falls
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Seal kisses in Cape Palliser
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Cathedral Cove, The Coromandel
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You’ll feel like you’re on another planet at Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua
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Hobbiton – something any fan cannot miss
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Lupins in full bloom around Lake Tekapo
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The Putangirua Pinncales, Cape Palliser
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The Blue Pools – the clearest water I’ve ever seen
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Kitekite Falls
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That Wanaka Tree
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‘The Devil’s Bath’ – Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua
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Skipper’s Canyon from the Chard Farm Winery driveway
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Hahei Beach, The Coromandel
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The view you’ll find from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
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Mount Eden, a volcanic cone and the highest natural peak to look over Auckland
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Lake Pukaki, on the way to Mount Cook
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Rugged landscapes in Cape Palliser
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Relaxing at the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown

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  • Maddy
    March 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    As if I didn’t already want to visit NZ enough. Your photos are AMAZING! They definitely inspire me to get to NZ sooner than later! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    http://www.travelalphas.com

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      March 19, 2016 at 5:37 am

      That’s all good love! I’m glad you found them inspiring! It really is just breathtaking everywhere you go there 🙂

  • May Simpson
    March 18, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Ah, New Zealand looks so beautiful.
    I have to say I never thought of visiting there until my great aunt (96) recommended it to me – she’s been absolutely EVERYWHERE all over the world and New Zealand is still her favourite place now, she wishes she could go back!
    I will show her these pictures, I’m sure they’ll make her smile.
    Beautiful post, you’ve definitely inspired me to go even more!

    Love, May x

    http://www.littleblondebackpacker.wordpress.com

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      March 19, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Wow thank you so much, that’s so sweet. I hope she likes the photos! It truely is one of the most beautiful places in the world! You have to visit one day and I’m glad I could inspire you 🙂

  • Yuventius
    March 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I have no word to say about your pictures at all. You have given me travel to NZ soon. To make me trust is your pictures always with you. hahhaa. It is really nice and impression of this posting. Lovely thing you have done

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      March 19, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Thank you so much! It is a beautiful place isn’t it! You must go one day 🙂

  • Caty @ Eat Breathe Explore
    March 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I’ve been dreaming about visiting NZ for YEARS and holy moly these pictures don’t help haha! Why oh whyyyyy do tickets have to be so expensive there from the States! Sigh. I’ll get there eventually!

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      March 24, 2016 at 12:43 am

      It really is one of the most beautiful places on earth! You have to get there for sure 🙂 Where abouts in the States are you from? I guess I’m lucky because I live on the east coast of Australia – so close! I hope you get there one day 🙂 Love your blog by the way!

  • Elle Kirsten
    April 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so jealous that you got to hike the Putangirua pinnacles! I couldn’t find any public transport going there so I gave it a miss :'(

    x Elle
    http://thisisyugen.blogspot.com

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      April 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Nooo that sucks 🙁 Just an excuse to go back one day 🙂 It was one of the best things I did in New Zealand!

  • Kathryn
    May 12, 2016 at 2:34 am

    You’ve inspired this kiwi living in Australia to take another look around New Zealand. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for show casing New Zealand in such a positive and beautiful light.

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      May 13, 2016 at 3:02 am

      It really is a beautiful country, isn’t it! I can’t wait to go back someday – hopefully you do too 🙂

  • Melai
    May 15, 2016 at 7:55 am

    You’re right Sophie! No words could express how beautiful New Zealand is based on your photos. I’m dying to go! Thank you for sharing! Btw, this post is such a great idea to showcase a place. Can I do the same? Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

    • sophmatters@hotmail.com
      May 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

      It really is just even more amazing in person – just like any place really. But, New Zealand is quite special, I think! I hope you make it over there sometime soon 🙂 Of course you can! I find I love looking at photos more than a lot of writing sometimes. So, showing people a bunch of photos seems the best way to inspire people in my opinion! Go for it 🙂

  • Monique
    September 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Looks really great.
    Good pictures:)