Photo Essay: New Zealand’s Natural Beauty

Photos of New Zealand’s Natural Beauty

In support of the #Blog4NZ initiative, we thought it would be fun to put together a collection of some of our favourite New Zealand photos from our Auckland to Queenstown road trip.

Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand

The Franz Joseph Glacier in Westland National Park on the West Coast of the South Island

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island

Open Road, New Zealand

Low cloud cover while driving the open road in Tongariro National Park,
New Zealand’s oldest national park (North Island)

The Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown

Fresh snowfall on The Remarkables Mountain Range in Queenstown, South Island

Thermal Pools in Rotorua, New Zealand

Colourful and steamy Champagne Pool
Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua (North Island)

Lake Matheson, Mount Cook, Southern Alps, New Zealand

Reflection of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson, West Coast of the South Island

Jackson Bay, New Zealand

Our campervan parked at Jackson Bay, West Coast of the South Island

Fox Glacier, New Zealand South Island

Fox Glacier, Southern Alps on the South Island

Sunset Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Sunset at a secluded cove outside Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand

Steam from the thermal pools in the Taupo Volcanic Zone near our hotel in Rotorua, North Island

New Zealand South Island

Fishing boat dwarfed by the Southern Alps, west coast of the South Island

Pancake Rocks, South Island, New Zealand

Exploring the Pancake Rocks on a misty afternoon, west coast of the South Island

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Dramatic mountain peaks and crystal clear Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, South Island

Geothermal Pools near Rotorua, New Zealand

Brilliant lime coloured sulphuric pools at Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua North Island

South Island, New Zealand

Living the Dream on the west coast of the South Island

Downhill Luge in Rotorua, New Zealand

Downhill luge in Rotorua, North Island (so much fun!)

Shotover Jet, Queenstown New Zealand

High-speed river jet-boating through steep canyons with Shotover Jet,
located just outside of Queenstown, South Island

Geothermal Natural Wonderland, New Zealand

Geothermal pools at Wai-o-Tapu in Rotorua, North Island

Queenstown Landscapes from Helicopter, New Zealand

Spectacular aerial views from a helicopter tour around Queenstown

Southern Alps Campervan, New Zealand

Nicole driving our Campervan in front of the Southern Alps

Silver Fern Leaf, New Zealand

The Silver Fern, the leaf of New Zealand

We’re supporting New Zealand Tourism with the #Blog4NZ campaign, a grass-roots effort on the part of the international travel blogging community to promote all that is good about travel in New Zealand, Canterbury and Christchurch. It is a worldwide blogging event running from the 21st to 23nd of March, the one-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake.

To learn more, visit the website –

Of course, we also encourage you to make a financial contribution to help the victims of this natural disaster.

If you don’t know where to donate, try the Red Cross –


Have you visited New Zealand? What were your highlights?
Share your experiences in the comments section below!


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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.