New Zealand in Pictures

Aoraki or Mt Cook proudly pierces the New Zealand Alps at 3,754m.

The impressive Franz Jozef glacier situated in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, a popular heli-hiking spot.

The Northland of New Zealand is subtropical with countless unspoilt bays and beaches.

There are hobbits in them there hills. The ‘Shire’ was filmed in Matamata in Waikato.

Kea birds are famous for eating windscreen wipers. Be warned.

Queenstown, the hub of so many adrenalin sports and the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu

A Maori warrior in traditional dress frightening the tourists.

New Zealand’s steamy geothermal wonderland bubbles and boils right beneath your feet – head to Rotorua, in the Bay of Plenty as a base to explore further.

Blasting through the Shotover River Canyons at 85kph in the Shotover Jet, near Queenstown.

Ahhh Milford Sound…serene when the weather is calm, impressive when the weather is rough, waterfalls pour and rainbows form in the spray. It needs to be seen first hand.

Pancakes anyone? The Punakaiki Rocks or the Pancake Rocks on the west coast. Weird.

Year round adventure; snorkels, surfboards, snowboards, skis, doesn’t matter NZ can cope.

The capital city of Wellington complete with a pulsing cafe culture, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a quite brilliant museum in Te Papa actually.

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