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