26 Photos to Inspire You to Visit New Zealand

Limestone caves, arches & other features in New Zealand's Oparara Basin just north of Karamea

Almost exactly two years ago today, I hopped on a plane to the other side of the world. I spent a year in New Zealand on a working holiday visa, traveling all over the country and seeing as much as I could.

A little over a year ago, I left New Zealand to return to the United States. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that it’s actually been that long since I was in New Zealand. I still write about it all the time, so I guess I’ve kept the memory of it close. And all the photos I took make the memories vivid.

Even though I’ve been blogging about New Zealand consistently over the past year, I haven’t done many overview-type posts of the country. No itineraries, no best places to see, etc., and I know a lot of people are looking for more general content when they first start planning a trip.

So I thought this would be the perfect time to finally pull together all of my favorite photos from New Zealand.

I am feeling slightly nostalgic for my time there, so I’ve been looking through all of my best New Zealand photos anyways. It’s such a beautiful country; quite possibly the most photogenic one out there. Condensing my favorites down to just a handful to share here was difficult, but I think the ones I’ve chosen are a good representation of everything I experienced.

Here are my best photos from New Zealand. If it wasn’t already on your bucket list, this post just might change that!


26 of My Best New Zealand Photos


26 of my best New Zealand photos
Lake Hanlon, Upper West Coast, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Milford Sound, Fiordland, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Charming Creek Walkway, Upper West Coast, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Coromandel Peninsula, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Waiheke Island, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
View from Mount Victoria Lookout, Wellington, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Oparara Basin, Upper West Coast, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
On the Road to Milford Sound, Fiordland, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Art Deco in Napier, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Redwood Forest, Rotorua, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Center of New Zealand, Nelson, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Picton, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Queenstown, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Upper West Coast, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Wellington, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Gentle Annie, Upper West Coast, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Milford Sound, Fiordland, South Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
View from the Train, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Waiheke Island, North Island

26 of my best New Zealand photos
Fiordland, South Island

Have you been to New Zealand? Is it on your bucket list yet?

Which photo is your favorite?

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I collected 26 of my favorite and best New Zealand photos to showcase how beautiful this country is. Best photos of New Zealand. New Zealand photography. Travel photography. #newzealand #wanderlust #bucketlist

By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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