The dramatic and varied landscapes of New Zealand are certainly no secret, thankyou Peter Jackson! However, you just can’t compare Middle Earth to the epic landscapes themselves. So let these pictures inspire your next big backpacking trip and visit the little pocket of isolated, untouched and outstanding beauty in the southern hemisphere. Staggering mountain ranges, thick native jungle, 90 mile beaches and bizarre evolutionary quirks endemic to NZ await you… am I selling it?
15 BREATHTAKING PICTURES THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND
Ok, being half Kiwi myself, I may be ever so slightly biased. But NZ has something for everyone, I promise. Interesting history and Maori culture/art, adventure and extreme sports, beautiful scenery (obviously), an amazing party scene, I could go on but you get the idea. I have booked my fourth trip to NZ for the end of March and I can not wait!
This photo is one of my own circa November 2017, my last trip to The Land of The Long White Cloud! I vividly remember feeling more isolated than I ever had in my life, even with Jess with me. We were in the middle of nowhere surrounded only by mountains, forest and the sound of the river gaining momentum up stream. I didn’t realise at the time how much more remote we would end up on our journey over the following weeks.
Below is a photo from Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel. We were extremely lucky to get a shot san-tourist as our visit coincided with ‘rush our’ and good weather. I am standing in a huge, naturally formed rock arch which at high tide is inaccessible. The waves echoed dramatically but rhythmically, it felt like I was in a theatre. I watched the show and spent plenty of time enjoying the calm… until a few more tourists decided to join us!
Another photograph of mine, from the same trip. This is Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua. This was Jess’s first native jungle and my first geyser. The sulphur smell was intense and as a result I had a continuous headache. The Jurassic Park -esque views were worth it though, if it weren’t for the wooden walkway cutting a path ahead I would have felt transported. We also took part in a Maori welcome ceremony and visited a kiwi sanctuary while in the town.
Below is a picture from Lake Taupo. We kayaked to the famous Maori Rock Carvings, a four hour round trip. The lake was sleek silver and silk like, reflecting the low clouds and only interrupted by our paddles. We got caught in a little rain but it was still a complete dream to kayak on. The head wind was strong on the return leg but we managed.