Top 5 views in New Zealand

Top 5 views in New Zealand

Posted on 25. May, 2011 by in Blogs

New Zealand is full of spectacular sights and sooner or later you get asked the inevitable question: “What was your favourite place?” I dread the question and if twice the same person asked me, my answer would probably change. New Zealand constantly surprises me and there’s always a new favourite but here are my Top 5 Views so far.

Lake Pukaki
The shores of Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki
Lake Pukaki was somewhere I didn’t want to leave but inevitably had to. I’d been staring at the lake driving along the highway and when the opportunity came to take the car off-road and clamber down I grabbed it with both hands. Don’t drive past this beauty on your way from Lake Tekapo without taking some time to reflect on how tranquil it is.

Mount Cook
Mount Cook peeking through the clouds

Mount Cook
Mt Cook is a detour that warrants consideration, this is from outside the Heritage Hotel (check out the exhibition inside) before setting up in a DOC campside ready for a tramp the next day. Mount Cook has so many walks to offer, it’s a shame so many people seem to dismiss it.

Tongariro Crossing
View of the Emerald Lakes

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This was my best and most challenging weekend since I’ve been in New Zealand. I recommend everyone does the crossing because the views and sense of achievement makes it all worth it. The rewards outweigh the effort you put in – it’s the pleasure/pain theory in a nutshell.

Hokitika Sunset
Christmas Day Sunset

Hokitika Sunset
The beach was nothing special during the daytime but sunsets just transformed it into something beautiful. Hokitika boasts of it’s sunsets and I wasn’t disappointed. It being Christmas Day made it even more beautiful.

Pancake Rocks
Swirl of the Pancake Rocks

Pancake Rocks
Mixed reviews for the Pancake Rocks but these are works of art – or miracles. The rocks are stacked together, the spray bounces off them and you can even catch rainbows in the spray. The blowholes and waves mesmerise you as you wait to capture that perfect shot. Just don’t stand there too long looking through the lens!


Now it’s time to pick your own favourite views

7 Responses to “Top 5 views in New Zealand”

  1. Jaime

    26. May, 2011

    Wow these are some amazing views… looks like you are having a grand time!!! Hope all is well~

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  2. Kyle

    26. Aug, 2011

    Oh my gosh, that is some kind of photography paradise.

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  3. claudio

    06. Feb, 2012

    wonderful!!! great!!!
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  4. Scarlett

    06. Jun, 2012

    absolutely gorgeous!! Especially that Xmas day sunset xxx

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  5. simon

    25. Aug, 2012

    I was born and raised in New Zealand and yet I haven’t enjoyed all of these views yet! Guess I was took it for granted that I’d get a chance some day
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  6. jmayel & sacha

    03. Jan, 2013

    Its been a long time since we were in NZ, 7 years in fact! but one of the best places we went to on our RTW trip. Hope to go back one day 🙂
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