15+ Pictures of New Zealand That Will Make You Pack Your Bags And Go
15+ pictures of New Zealand to make you wonder why you haven’t traveled to this incredible country yet and make you wanna book your next flight right now!
There’s a reason if New Zealand has been named “The Best Country In The World” for the fourth year in a row by the “Telegraph Travel Awards”. And there’s a reason if Peter Jackson came back again and again to film his trilogies in New Zealand. Check it yourself, these 15+ pictures of New Zealand will make you want to pack your bags and travel to the country right now!
15+ PICTURES OF NEW ZEALAND THAT WILL MAKE YOU PACK YOUR BAGS AND GO
1| CATHEDRAL COVE
Cathedral Cove is one of those beaches too perfect to be true. Its rock formations and magic scenery make this place a real gem in the North Island. Can you imagine a more enchanting place to watch the sunset and relax at the end of the day?
What if I tell you that “The Shire”, that bucolic place where all the Hobbits of the “LOTR” and “The Hobbit” trilogies live, really exists?! Situated in Matamata (North Island), Hobbiton is actually a farm, the most picturesque private farm ever! You can access the area only by joining a two-hours guided tour with the Hobbiton Movie Set Tours. Don’t be shy, treat yourself with the evening banquet tour and enjoy The Shire at dusk while sipping a delicious ginger beer at The Green Dragon.
3| GLOWWORM CAVES
If you thought that a place like the luminescent Pandora of “Avatar” only existed in the fantasy movies, you were wrong! New Zealand has several “Glowworm” caves, but the Waitomo Caves in the North Island are the most beautiful (and safest!) to visit. Glowworms are insects found in caves that look like worms and glow through bioluminescence. These animals create the same spectacular effect of a starry sky. There are three main caves you can visit in Waitomo (which also offer activities such as black water rafting):
- Glowworm cave – This cave is the one with the highest amount of glowworms. A tour here includes a boat ride, however it is not possible to use the camera and take pictures inside.
- Ruakuri cave (the best one!) – The Ruakuri cave has both glowworms (picture above) and spectacular formations. It’s also the cave that requires more time (two hours) and it’s ok to use the camera.
- Aranui cave – A beautiful walk in the bush leads to the entrance of the Aranui cave and its incredible formations. Inside the cave there’s a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and again, it’s possible to take pictures both inside and outside.
Wai-O-Tapu in the North Island has been rated one of the 20 most surreal places in the world and it’s hard not to agree with that! The location is incredible, full of colorful thermal wonders accessible by clearly defined tracks. And it’s only twenty minutes far from Rotorua by car!
5| MT TARANAKI
Mt. Taranaki: the most beautiful, perfectly-shaped mountain of New Zealand. The whole Taranaki region is pretty awesome, places like the Three Sisters and the Surf Highway are must-visit, but this mountain is something spectacular.
Ever heard of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing? That’s one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand and the picture explains why. The crossing is a 19.4 km hike through the volcanic area also known as “Mordor” in Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy. Alpine lakes and red craters color the scenery while thousands of rocks here and there make the place more dramatic.
7| WHARARIKI BEACH
From the carpark, a 20 minutes walk through lush hills and sand dunes leads to this huge and hidden beach. Sunset is one of best moment to visit this place and enjoy the beautiful view. Plus, if you visit during low tide you can play with the seal pups on the beach!
The most picturesque lighthouses are in New Zealand! There are several lighthouses around the country and Castlepoint is one of the most beautiful (and probably less crowded). A pink sunset like this one makes the view even more magical.
Lake Tekapo is a surreal turquoise lake in the middle of the South Island. The most photographed spot is without any doubts the beautiful “Church of the Good Shepherd”, especially during the night. Tekapo is in fact an International Dark Sky Reserve, almost completely free of any light pollution. An excellent stargazing spot and a very romantic place!
10| MT COOK
Mt. Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand (3.724m) and an exceptionally beautiful place to visit. It’s possible to enjoy such a view by following the Hooker Valley track, an easy 3 hours return walk. Another easy walk, the Tasman Glacier Lake walk, leads to a wonderful glacier lake which freezes during winter and has floating icebergs in summer. Whatever walk you take in the area, is going to be beautiful.
11| MILFORD SOUND
Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “eighth wonder of the world” and pretty much anyone who’s visited New Zealand agrees with that. Milford Sound is a fjord in the South Island and the country’s most tourist destination. From Te Anau a 120km scenic road leads through many wonderful sights which make the trip to Milford Sound an unforgettable one.
12| LAKE WANAKA
Just another example of how picture-perfect New Zealand is. The “Lone Tree” of Lake Wanaka is one of the most photographed sights of the country, easy to access and beautiful in every season. Another wonderful spot in the area is Roys Peak (picture below), from where is possible to enjoy an unforgettable view over the lake.
13| TASMAN GLACIER
The Tasman Glacier is New Zealand’s largest glacier. The best way to see it is definitely by joining a heli-hike, which combines a short scenic flight with a hike on the ice, with The Helicopter Line. The company offers several tours around the country (Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier…) and provides unforgettable experiences in memorable places. The Tasman Glacier heli-hike begins with a short flight over the spectacular glacier. Once you descend and step foot on the ice, the hike through ice canyons and ice caves guided by a professional alpine guide begins. And by the way, this is one of the best experiences you can take in your life!
Other highly suggested tours with The Helicopter Line are:
14| MOTUKIEKIE BEACH
Motukiekie beach, situated on the west coast of the South Island, is one of New Zealand’s hidden gems as it is still less known and not so touristy as other destinations in the country. The only visitors are actually photographers and starfish! This section of coast is probably the most photogenic and most dramatic in the whole country, thanks to those crazy rock formations and orange starfish only visible at low tide.
15| BREATHTAKING ROADS
Still need some inspiration? New Zealand’s roads are just as breathtaking as the destinations.
Thank you for reading.