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
30 LEGENDARY NEW ZEALAND BACKPACKING PHOTOS... GET INTO IT!
1. Beautiful Lake Hawea in Central Otago
2. "Doom Raiders", Mt. Ngauruhoe a.k.a. Mt Doom from the Lord of the Rings films
3. New Zealand's native Fur Seal, snapped in Kaikoura at the top of the South Island's East Coast
4. A vista of the Southern Alps from the top of Mt. Ben Lomond, near Queenstown
5. Tolaga Bay Wharf, at 660 metres in length, it's the longest pier in New Zealand located just North of Gisborne
6. Looking out to Cook Strait which is the body of water running between the North and South Islands of New Zealand
7. Knobs Flat, on the road to Milford Sound, the Routeburn track and the Hollyford track - Fiordland National Park
8. Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake in the heart of the North Island
9. A striking full moon over Wellington, New Zealand's capital city
10. Above the clouds, at the top of Mount Doom!
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
13. Milford Sound on a rare cloudless day centred on the majestic Mitre Peak
14. The dramatic scenery and unique land forms combine to make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing a world-renowned trek
15.Tandom sky diving over Lake Taupo
16. Franz Josef Glacier in the Southern Alps, the world's steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier
17. Jumping of the jetty at Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park
18. A spectacular Hastings sunset, in the heart of the Hawke's Bay
19. Looking down at the Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
20. Fresh tracks at Cardrona Ski Field, Wanaka
21. Glenorchy, at the western end of Lake Wakatipu is known as the gateway to the Routeburn and Dart Valley walking tracks
22. The world famous Cathedral Cove
23. The dramatic Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago
24. Digging your own thermal pool is a highlight for anyone visiting Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel
25. Racing down the face of a sand dune on a body board near Ninety Mile Beach. Not always easy to stay on!
26. Looking at downtown Auckland from the summit of nearby Mt. Eden. The crater of this dormant volcano in the foreground
27. One of the features of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline in the Abel Tasman National Park, the famous "Split Apple Rock"
28. The Earnslaw, Queenstown's famous steamboat has been in operation since 1912 on Lake Wakatipu
29. The magical glowworms inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
30. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Pools, Rotorua