Why go to New Zealand now?
Because if you love *landscape*,
New Zealand is your dream destination.
If you’ve had yearnings to see the fjords of Norway, the geysers of Iceland, the lowlands of Scotland or the Alps of Switzerland save yourself the angst of the manic European traffic, and the hoards (250million) of tourists and see all these remarkable landforms in New Zealand without having to traipse from one end of Europe to the other.
*Editor’s note: The map above is from the 1919 official NZ year book
Whilst Christchurch, a month ago, may have been shaken,
the rest of the country was not stirred!
New Zealand is as deliciously beautiful, unspoilt, natural and welcoming as ever.
If you want to see the Norwegian fjords? Head to Milford Sound in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. Rudyard Kipling considered Milford Sound to be the 8th wonder of the world, where sheer rock cliffs are a mile from peak to ocean floor.
Want to experience the glaciers in Austria? Check out the Franz Joseph Glacier on the mid west coast of South Island
The Swiss Alps? Feel the magnificence of the Southern Alps that forms the backbone of New Zealand’s South Island.
A trip to Europe wouldn’t be complete without some French wine, so spoil yourself in Marlborough. New Zealand wines are winning many international awards, so are not to be sniffed at 😉
For a taste of the Mediterranean? Head to Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island.
The variety of climatic landscapes in New Zealand extends itself from lush verdant rainforest (which is a bonus you’d never get to see in Europe!) to the arid interior reminiscent of Spain’s dry interior. Below is a ruin at the old gold mining settlement of Bendigo in Central Otago, roughly between Queenstown and Dunedin on South Island.
And approaching Dunedin (near Lee Stream) one feels as though one is entering the lowlands of Scotland.
Forget about having to go to Iceland to see geysers – The furthest north you’ll have to go is onto the North Island at Waiotapu Thermal area near Rotorua.
Or if you’re a tree hugger and forests are your want, the Black Forest of Germany has some serious competition with the Waitakere Ranges below…
New Zealand… It’s not only picture perfect…
It’s Paradise 😉
Here is the road that leads up to Paradise, and being a No through Road – There’s No Exit!
With a backdrop of dramatic mountains, reflected in glassy lakes, the road out of Queenstown on South Island takes you over babbling stoney river crossings up into a valley of verdant woodland.
Paradise was one of my favourite places when touring New Zealand ~
If you haven’t yet been?
Its to die for 😉
If you have… share *your* heavenly spot in the comments below…
Such a beautiful, beautiful place. I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting New Zealand, but surely will after viewing this tantalizing blog.
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If you love landscape it is a photographers dream Catherine!
Mountains, rivers, bays, forests ~ the natural world at it’s condensed best 🙂
Of all the landmarks you listed above the equator I am so blessed to have seen most… yet so typical, I’ve seen less of what is closest to home! Now that I live back in Australia, my plan is to see more of my home land and NZ! The photo’s you’ve compiled are such a fantastic ad for inspiring anyone to head over and enjoy what NZ has to offer!
Good on you for supporting NZ!
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Fantastic that you’ve had the opportunity to see so many magical landforms in the northern hemisphere ~
Look forward to hearing about your expeditions into the Ozzie outback and when you get to NZ how you enjoy revisiting all those European landscapes in the compact version (minus the crowds ;))
Lovely post, Linda! I love how you compared the sights in New Zealand to things you can see all over the world. It just goes to show how amazingly diverse New Zealand is!
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The diversity of landscapes was something that really stuck me ~
I love landforms…. and I love NZ 😉
And you can find one of the best ski fields in South Island if you love skiing or snowboarding.
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New Zealand is a playground for virtually all sports!
Extreme, adventure, team & individual pursuits…
Ski-ing, snowboarding in the winter ~ Hiking and biking in the summer 🙂
Probably it is the best description for New Zealand – “Paradise. No exit” 🙂
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I’ll second that 🙂
I loved your comparisons, Linda. You’ve chosen an inspirational way to promote New Zealand and best of all, we don’t have to travel for 24 hours to get there!
As a lover of landscape I love New Zealand!
The variety in such a compact space… without the crowds… and as you say, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, its only a hop, skip and a jump away 🙂
it’s one of my fav places in the world really – the south island – otago – aramoana … just a delight of peace, calm and tranquillity with such an element of ‘wild’ thrown in for good measure – love it!
I love your perfect description… “peace, calm and tranquillity with an element of ‘wild’ thrown in”
I’m with you about New Zealand 🙂
New Zealand is such a wonderful place. I’ve been living here on a working holiday for the last 8 months and have enjoyed living in the beautiful winterless Far North. It’s such a special place in the world – the conscious effort of the nation as a whole towards environmentalism and conservation is an attitude that ALL NATIONS should adopt. I love it here!
You’re so right – It’s a stunning part of the world that might actually stay stunning 😉