21 pictures that will make you want to head to New Zealand

Wish you were here? (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

When it comes to scenery, New Zealand is hard to beat, with crystal clear lakes, towering mountains, thermal springs and beautiful beaches.

It’s no wonder Peter Jackson chose his homeland as the filming location of Lord Of The Rings, and plenty of other movies besides.

If you still need convincing, here are 21 pictures that will make you want to head to New Zealand.

Lake Wakatipu (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

1. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, with an abundance of adrenaline-inducing activities to choose from.

Set on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains it’s also an incredibly scenic little town, making it one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations.

Queenstown Hill (Picture: Tamsin Gorman @amongmountainsandlakes)

2. A 30-minute walk up Queenstown Hill allows spectacular views over the town and lake.

The Nevis Bungy (Picture: AJ Hackett/ Bungy New Zealand)

3. Bungy jumping is one of the most popular activities in Queenstown, and it boasts three awesome jump options – the highest bungy in New Zealand, The Nevis, the world’s first commercial bungy jump, Kawarau Bridge, and the jump with incredible views, The Ledge.

Onsen hot pools (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

4. For something a little more relaxing, there are the gorgeous Onsen Hot Pools, overlooking the Shotover River.

Crown Plaza Queenstown (Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

5. New Zealand boasts some pretty nice lake front hotels, like the Crowne Plaza Queenstown, where you can wake up to the view above.

Glenorchy Scenic Drive (Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

6. Heading west from Queenstown is the road to Glenorchy.

This scenic drive hugs the mountains and provides plenty of lookout spots over Lake Wakitpu.

Milford Sound (Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

7. Further West from Glenorchy is the famous Milford Sound, a stunning fjord in the Fiordland National Park.

Marlborough Sounds (Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

8. Milford isn’t the only sound, and the Marlborough Sounds also offer some spectacular scenery.

The interisland ferry travels through the sounds on the route connecting the North and South Islands.

Marlborough wine region (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

9. As well as the beautiful sounds, Marlborough is also home to New Zealand’s biggest wine making region.

Highfield Terravin sunrise (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

10. There’s some lovely winery’s like Highfield Terravin.

Here you can rent an apartment above the winery, and really make the most of the wine, before waking up to the sun rising over the vines.

Tongariro alpine crossing (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet)

11. In the North Island is New Zealand’s oldest National Park, which is home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Considered one of the best one day treks in the world, the 19.4 km hike offers gorgeous lakes, spectacular views and the impressive Mount Ngauruhoe, which featured…

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