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Posted by Kiwi Experience Crew on 14 November 2011


New Zealand is home to some of the most breath-taking, awe-inspiring vistas, spanning just about every type of landscape you can image.

From the rugged West Coast beaches to the top of snow-capped volcanoes and everything in between, New Zealand backpackers get to experience some truly special, memorable moments.

And as we all know, nearly every backpacker carries a camera around New Zealand with them as they visit these amazing places. Back towards the end of 2009 we asked our excellent backpackers to share their favourite photos with the rest of the backpacking world.

We decided it was high time we compiled some of the best photos of New Zealand. So here are our


1. Beautiful Lake Hawea in Central Otago

A photo posted by @djvontrapp on


2. "Doom Raiders", Mt. Ngauruhoe a.k.a. Mt Doom from the Lord of the Rings films

A photo posted by Remi (@secretsnowstash) on


3. New Zealand's native Fur Seal, snapped in Kaikoura at the top of the South Island's East Coast

A photo posted by Roisin Maher (@roisin912) on

4. A vista of the Southern Alps from the top of Mt. Ben Lomond, near Queenstown

A photo posted by Lucas Morgan (@lucasmorgan) on

5. Tolaga Bay Wharf, at 660 metres in length, it's the longest pier in New Zealand located just North of Gisborne

A photo posted by Judi (@judiburnett) on

6. Looking out to Cook Strait which is the body of water running between the North and South Islands of New Zealand

A photo posted by Jeffrey Irving (@jeffreyirving) on

7. Knobs Flat, on the road to Milford Sound, the Routeburn track and the Hollyford track - Fiordland National Park

A photo posted by Rania Todoulou (@raniatodoulou) on


8. Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake in the heart of the North Island

A photo posted by Daniel Melzow (@danzeman_) on

9. A striking full moon over Wellington, New Zealand's capital city

A photo posted by Cindy Pellas (@cindy_pellas) on


10. Above the clouds, at the top of Mount Doom!

A photo posted by Arlan Swinkels (@arlanswinkels) on


11. Kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park at the top of the South Island, renowned for its golden beaches

12. An incredible sunset at Lake Mahinapua Beach on the West Coast of the South Island

A photo posted by @katharinawho on


13. Milford Sound on a rare cloudless day centred on the majestic Mitre Peak

A photo posted by J O E C A P P S (@cappsjoe) on

14. The dramatic scenery and unique land forms combine to make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing a world-renowned trek

A photo posted by @kitkatt9212 on


15.Tandom sky diving over Lake Taupo

A photo posted by Skydive Taupo (@skydivetaupo) on


16. Franz Josef Glacier in the Southern Alps, the world's steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier

A photo posted by Poppy Li (@poppy_ting) on

17. Jumping of the jetty at Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park

A photo posted by Lucy (@imlucyirving) on


18. A spectacular Hastings sunset, in the heart of the Hawke's Bay

A photo posted by Steven Astley (@cosmo.dios) on


19. Looking down at the Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

A photo posted by Arlan Swinkels (@arlanswinkels) on


20. Fresh tracks at Cardrona Ski Field, Wanaka

A photo posted by Tracey Hames (@traceyhames) on

21. Glenorchy, at the western end of Lake Wakatipu is known as the gateway to the Routeburn and Dart Valley walking tracks

A photo posted by @mollyfaith on


22. The world famous Cathedral Cove

A photo posted by Amy Fraser (@amymfrase) on

23. The dramatic Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago

A photo posted by Kathryn Palmes (@kat_palmes) on


24. Digging your own thermal pool is a highlight for anyone visiting Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel

A photo posted by Sarah Hendy (@sarah_hendy_) on


25. Racing down the face of a sand dune on a body board near Ninety Mile Beach. Not always easy to stay on!

A photo posted by Nicholas Spezio (@nicholaspezio) on


26. Looking at downtown Auckland from the summit of nearby Mt. Eden. The crater of this dormant volcano in the foreground

A photo posted by Jen Ludman (@jenniferludman) on


27. One of the features of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline in the Abel Tasman National Park, the famous "Split Apple Rock"

A photo posted by Tom Hackett (@tom_hackett) on


28. The Earnslaw, Queenstown's famous steamboat has been in operation since 1912 on Lake Wakatipu

A photo posted by @jo_mck on

29. The magical glowworms inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
30. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Pools, Rotorua

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