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Stunning coastlines, spectacular mountains and lush forests.
There is no shortage of awesome scenery in New Zealand. Picking out ten of our best landscapes isn’t easy, but here’s our choice of the most breath-taking views while backpacking New Zealand.
A fiord of craggy peaks and waterfalls that cascade from sheer cliffs with dolphins and seals that frolic in the deep glassy waters. Jump on a boat cruise to get a 360 degree view!
Outer space or the North Island’s best volcanic hike? Climb your way up to see the turquoise blue pools and a stark rock landscape.
Mount Cook from Lake Matheson
The iconic view of our two highest mountains Aoraki/ Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Walk around the dark, still waters of Lake Matheson to get your own snaps of the stunning mountain duo.
With it’s snow capped mountains surrounding a gleaming lake and rolling countryside, Queenstown couldn’t get any more picturesque if it tried.
The jewel in the crown that is the Coromandel coastline. Stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear ocean and a one-of-a-kind rock formations – plus Hot Water Beach is just down the road!
Abel Tasman National Park
Another one for the golden sand lovers. Whether you hike it, kayak or take a boat ride across, there’s no chance of missing Abel Tasman’s beauty.
The mighty, rugged West Coast has been named one of the top scenic regions by Lonely Planet. Wind your way down the coastal road to discover its dramatic wind-swept, wave pummelled coastline and beautiful native forest.
The vast ocean and plunging cliffs make the most Northern tip of Aotearoa a definite must-do. Two oceans clash where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, watched over by a mythic 800 year old pohutukawa tree.
Franz Josef Glacier
An enormous icy beauty, take a helicopter ride to truly appreciate the scale of this glacier and the surrounding rainforest temperature.
Pink and purple lupin flowers make the colours of turquoise Lake Tekapo and snowy mountain backdrop pop even more in this remote part of New Zealand.