11 Most Beautiful Places We Visited in New Zealand
There is so much beauty in New Zealand. Really, there is so much beauty in every country, but it was possible for us to see many of the beautiful places in New Zealand in a short timeframe, so it felt like more beauty per square foot. Even just driving on the highway often ranged from serenely beautiful to stunningly beautiful. As a result, it was tough to make this list.
Roughly in chronological order from north island to south island:
Among the steam and geysers in Rotorua was this super green pool of acidic water.
Hobbiton…wow. It was just amazing. It felt like we got to live in the Shire for a few hours.
This is the one photo I didn’t take, as cameras weren’t allowed in the glowworm caves on the north island. We went tubing here, and at certain points when we turned off our lights, it looked like this.
Mt. Doom! It has Maori name too, but the hike to the infamous Lord of the Rings mountain is unforgettable.
This is at the pancake rocks on the south island. This rainbow was just meters away from where we stood.
I highly recommend the hike to the Franz Josef glacier. You can’t access the glacier from here, but it’s an easy hike along the former path of the glacier, and it was unlike any other hike I’ve ever done.
This is one of many photos I took on the Fox Glacier itself.
Near Wanaka is supposedly the filming location for the Misty Mountains. We couldn’t figure out exactly which mountains they were, but the rocky view was worth the attempt.
This is another filming location for Lord of the Rings, Lothlorien. We parked our car near some cows and headed into the woods to become elves.
This photo doesn’t capture just how blue the water was along the filming location for the Pillars of the Kings.
The bay at Queenstown was simply lovely in the evening.
I’m sure there are many other beautiful places in New Zealand. If you’ve been there, what’s your favorite? If you haven’t, what’s one of the most beautiful places you’ve visited in the last few years?