New Zealand views are nothing short of mythical, in that they actually appear unreal. There are times when you feel that you might actually be in The Truman Show. At any minute, those New Zealand views of snow-capped mountains could fall backwards and reveal two fat guys with a camera, eating a sub. Don’t get me wrong, the country is not just one encompassing mirror of The Lord of The Rings. There is Invercargill. But when you find yourself trapping your own breath in awe, and basking in a beautiful quiet you never knew existed, you know that you have happened upon something precious.
New Zealand Views
These are 10 New Zealand views that you don’t want to miss. Please forgive the absence of North Island photographs as I’ve yet to explore it to its full potential.
1. Queenstown Hill, Otago, NZ
Going to New Zealand without visiting Queenstown is like visiting Lapland without going to Santa’s Village. Adventure doesn’t have to go at 200 MPH. Sometimes, the biggest adventures are captured in the stillest of moments. This is a 2 hr uphill walk, so not for the faint-hearted. But, the summit is not only one of the one the top 3 New Zealand views, but might even make the top10 in the world. In other words, worth the achey legs afterwards.
2.Crown Range, Queenstown, NZ
The only thing missing from this shot is Julie Andrews breaking into song. A lot of travellers pass this by, but it is one of the best views in the South Island.
3.Lake Hayes, Wakatipu Basin, Central Otago, NZ
If you are not a morning person, you’re not going to like what I have to say next: I woke up at 5.30am to get this shot. It was the middle of August. It was freezing. But my god was it beautiful. Catch the best New Zealand views at the break of dawn. You can sleep when you’re dead, right? (or when you’re back at work.)
4. Lake Hawea, Otago, NZ
New Zealand views are nothing without a lake or a mountain. Lake Hawea has both in spades. It is filled with those kinds of expansive views that make you question nothing and appreciate everything. Highly recommended for camping.
5. Pancake Rocks, West Coast, NZ
The Great Coast Road is one of those New Zealand views that have to be seen through the window of your car rather than the lens of your camera. The pancake rocks are certainly a highlight but the West Coast is a stretch of paradise no panorama can capture in one snap.
6. Sunset Point, Hokitika, NZ
Come on guys, you can’t have a travel blog on New Zealand views without a token sunset. And sunset point in Hokitika will give you some absolute gems. A chilled-out surfer town worth staying a night or two.
7. Hokitika Gorge, Hokitika, NZ
I never knew water this colour existed until coming to New Zealand. This photo always reminds me of that ‘wow’ moment when you first stumble upon one of the aqua marine lakes of New Zealand. It is a truly stunning place to visit. I don’t know if all the best things in life are free, but they definitely are in NZ.
8. Hawkes Lookout, Abel Tasman National Park , NZ
Travelling in New Zealand, you will pass hundreds of lookouts. You won’t remember them all, but you will remember Hawkes Lookout. There is a 360 degree view overlooking Abel Tasman National Park. The perfect spot for a picnic proposal.
9. Petrified Forest, Curio Bay, Catlins, NZ
This is one of those New Zealand views that has historic as well as visual appeal. After a volcano erupted over a forest, the trees flattened to form what look like rocks, but if you look really closely you can see the rings of the bark.
10. Cable Bay, Nelson, NZ
This is the ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon. Rent a kayak or just jump in the water and take in the the views. All you need to enjoy the New Zealand views is a fresh set of eyes and a tank full of gas. If you’re not backpacking in an 80’s bluebird like I did, you can rent a car in New Zealand fairly cheaply anywhere.