New Zealand has many different landscapes, all cramped in one small country. In almost every direction you look and every road you drive through you will discover stunning landscapes, a beautiful sunset, a calm lake or the gashing ocean, a snow capped mountain and green rolling hills. Here are 10 of my favourite landscapes.
1. The Doubtful Sound
A very large and naturally imposing fjord. Less visited then the famous Milford Sound, but let not that make you think it is anything less then a magnificent natural wonder. The towering peaks descending into the water, the waterfalls and the thick vegetation create a powerful atmosphere of solitude and serenity.
2. Franz Josef Glacier
In the last ice age the Franz Josef glacier extended beyond today’s coastline. The glacier we see today has retreated considerably, but echoes of it’s past are still apparent in the current landscape. The Franz Joseph is a unique glacier as it descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level, amidst the greenery of the rain forest.
3. Cape Reinga
Under the watchful gaze of the lighthouse, Cape Reinga is the meeting place of two mighty oceans, the Tasman and Pacific.
World known as New Zealand’s adventure capital. But Queenstown is so much more then just adrenaline rush, with The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake in New Zealand.
5. Snow Capped Mountains
In winter, the South Island turns into winter wonderland.
6. A Coastal Sunset
A sunset or sunrise? Living on an Island, especially one as narrow as New Zealand, allows you to enjoy the sunrise on one coast and the sunset on the other and it can be done in one day!
7. Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps
Birds eye view of beautiful Lake Wanaka and the majestic Southern Alps.
8. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are just a 20 minute loop walk from where you park your vehicle on the main highway at Punakaiki. The curious, looking like giant pancakes, limestone formations are especially spectacular at high tide in a westerly sea.
9. Cathedral Cove
One of the Must Visit sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. A walking track gives access to Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay and the beautiful sandy beach at Cathedral Cove.
New Zealand’s capital city, who earned the title “The coolest little capital in the world.”
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