20 photos to inspire you to travel New Zealand

I thought I’d share something which is a little different to my usual blogs. Instead of providing you with written details, I thought I’d let these photos do the talking for me. If you need a few NZ road trip ideas, see my blogs page for more information. Here is my list of 20 photos to inspire you to travel New Zealand:

Milford Sound – South Island

Milford Sound consists of towering waterfalls, rocky cliffs and friendly seal colonies. It’s situated in New Zealand’s South Island and even the road into Milford Sound is full of various natural attractions. These include the Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn nature walk and even the inquisitive Kea birds that greet you at the entrance to Homer Tunnel.

Mount Maunganui – North Island

This little surfing paradise is nestled along the North East coastline of the North Island. Take this very trail up to the top of Mount Maunganui for gorgeous views of the city.

Bluff – South Island

Although Bluff itself is a sleepy, seaside town with little to offer, you can enjoy a sunrise like this one, before you head out on a shark cage dive. Read about my own Great White experience here.

Fox Glacier – South Island

Fox Glacier is in the heart of NZ’s glacier country. Full of ice caves and interesting features, you can either take the short 30 minute walk to see the glacier from afar or pay a tour company to fly overhead or walk on the glacier itself.

Hot Water Beach – North Island

Grab a spade, dig a hole and feel the warm water on your toes. Like a natural foot spa, in the middle of a beautiful beach. What more could you ask for?

Abel Tasman National Park – South Island

This national park is buzzing with a variety of nature trails and coastal walks. Stunning little coves such as this one can be found all along the 60km track and trekkers can pay to camp under the stars.

Lake Taupo – North Island

This Maori Rock Carving was sculpted over the course of 4 years and finished in 1980. Situated in Lake Taupo, this daytime attraction offers a real dose of Maori culture.

Shotover River – South Island

Whilst I may be biased as this happened to be my old place of work, I couldn’t help but include a photo of this glorious Queenstown sunset. The famous ‘Shotover Jet’ tourist attraction takes place on this very river, for more details, read my post about Queenstown’s best activities here.

Hobbiton – North Island

Everyone’s favourite fantasy village has been drawing visitors to New Zealand since 2001. You don’t have to be a lover of the films to enjoy this fun daytime activity, just appreciate the imagination and small details that went into the making of Hobbiton!

Lake Hayes – South Island

This lakeside walk may not be the best that New Zealand has to offer but the combination of the glistening waters and sunny rays which beat down on the water, compelled me to add this photo to the list.

Craters of the Moon Trail – North Island

New Zealand is full of geothermal reserves and this landscape shot shows the extent of the heat bubbling beneath the surface of this volcanic area, causing these craters to bubble and smoke.

Queenstown – South Island

The photo above shows a bird’s eye view over the main road which leads into Queenstown, on a glorious summer’s day. Even in warmer temperatures, the lake below can get quite nippy to swim in!

Bridal Veil Falls – North Island

Situated close to the surfing town Raglan, these waterfalls are one of many gorgeous natural landscape features that New Zealand has in abundance.

Kaori Walk – North Island

This muddy slip-n-slide of a walk is certainly worth the views at the top. With no one else around to spoil the photo, this peaceful scene is yet another ideal reason to visit New Zealand.

Ben Lomond Summit – South Island

The Ben Lomond nature walk is based in Queenstown and takes around 3-4 hours to complete (depending if you include the “pre” hike Tiki Trail). The views from the summit are next to none – even on a gloomy day!

Hamilton Gardens – North Island

It’s amazing to think that these gardens are smack bang in the middle of city. Hamilton Gardens has an array of exhibitions and features for visitors to enjoy and you don’t even have to pay for the privilege.

Mount Cook – South Island

Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain and a day trip not to be missed! The gentle 10km return ‘Hooker Valley’ track is perfect for walkers of all abilities and provides non-stop incredible views.

Stingray Bay – North Island

This little bay can be accessed via the trail to the famous ‘Cathedral Cove’. Although the cove is known for being more popular with tourists, I felt this quiet and idyllic setting was worthy of a place in this list.

Lake Tekapo – South Island

Lake Tekapo’s aqua blue waters look unbelievable, even to the naked eye. The surrounding glaciers create grounded down rock particles which feed into the lake, creating this amazing colour.

Waiheke Island – North Island Region

Waiheke Island has it all: world-famous wineries, fantastic nature walks and long, sandy stretches. With ferries from Auckland only taking 45 minutes, you can escape to this little island retreat before you head back into the bustling city.

I’m sure you didn’t need too much convincing!

15 thoughts on “20 photos to inspire you to travel New Zealand

  1. New Zealand is heaven on Earth! Your pictures further prove that. Very nice! We just posted today on Taupo, have you been? Or have you hiked the Tongariro crossing? It is a land of many landscapes, you should check it out on our page. Mount Cook was one of our favorites, which island did you prefer and which city would you most want to live in?


    1. Hi there! Yes it’s so beautiful! We didn’t get to do the crossing as we did our trip in winter and didn’t have the proper trekking gear we would’ve needed. We did visit Taupo though, that’s where the Maori rock carving photo was taken! We lived in Queenstown for about 15 months and did a few trips around both islands. My heart is with the South Island but I loved seeing the different features of the North too. What about yourself? 😊


      1. Agreed! South Island all the way. You lived there?! Wow, that’s incredible, would love to live in NZ! It’s just so far from the U.S. and from family. But would still consider it…😆


      2. I did a few different jobs. I was a tour guide around the Sydney Botanic Gardens, I did a ski season in Queenstown and worked at a jet boat company as well but you can easily get into something similar to what you do at home ☺️ there’s plenty of jobs to choose from!


  2. Your photos definitely show New Zealand’s natural beauty! We were there for 4 months but have never been to the South Island (hard to believe, yes 👀) … and I can see from your photos we missed out BIG time!
    But we managed to explore the North Island a bit and your photos of Hot Water Beach and Waiheke Island bring back wonderful memories!


      1. We would love to go back … but for South Africans travelling is a bit of a mission currently 😳 (and especially to New Zealand). But if we do get the opportunity again, we will certainly go back and explore the South Island!


Leave a Reply to Away We Go Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: