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New Zealand from the Road

Julie New Zealand 8 Comments

Unfortunately for us, the time had to come when we said goodbye to New Zealand.  Our family has fallen in love with this small but incredibly beautiful country.  We were immediately transfixed by this place, from the moment we stepped off of the airplane at the Queenstown airport.  For three and a half weeks we toured New Zealand, bottom to top, and in that time we hardly scraped the surface of what this country has to offer.  There is so much to see and do here, and I have no doubt that we will be back again someday.

New Zealand has to be one of the best countries in the world for a road trip.  The scenery is stunning, the roads are well paved and very safe, there is little traffic on the streets, and around every turn is another gorgeous view.  Normally, the thought of a four to six hour drive would be torture for us.  Not in New Zealand!  We looked forward to these drives.  Of course, the four to six hour estimate would get lengthened as I was always popping out of the car to grab some more photos.

The South definitely wins in the spectacular scenery department but there is a lot of beauty on the North Island as well.  For first timers coming to New Zealand, I would recommend starting in Auckland and working your way down to the bottom of the South Island.  This way, your views keep getting better and better.

I took thousands of photos in New Zealand, a lot of them while on the road traveling from place to place. Here are some of my favorite photos taken from the side of the road.  Enjoy!

Our rental car and the road from Queenstown to Te Anau…

New Zealand Road

 

Driving to the Milford Sound on a very cloudy morning…

New Zealand on the road

 

A misty morning on our way to Wanaka…

New Zealand in the mist

 

Autumn colors just outside Wanaka…

New Zealand April

 

The Ahuriri River, driving from Wanaka to Mt Cook…

New Zealand Autumn

Another view of the Ahuriri River…

New Zealand in April

 

Driving to Aoraki Mt Cook…

Aoraki Mt Cook

 

Sheep along the road on our way to Aoraki Mt Cook…

Sheep in New Zealand

 

A rainbow and blue skies…

New Zealand Rainbow

 

Lake Pukaki…

Lake Pukaki

 

Driving from Twizel to Lake Tekapo…

Lake Pukaki New Zealand

 

A New Zealand road…

Driving New Zealand

 

The town of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, not far from Christchurch…

Banks Peninsula New Zealand

 

Railroad crossing…

Kiwi Rail

 

They herd cows with dirt bikes here in New Zealand…

Sheep Herding by Motorcycle

 

Here is “The Shire,” the bucolic countryside near Matamata and Rotorua…

Matamata

Goodbye, New Zealand!  We’ll miss you…


Comments 8

  1. Hello! What is your favorite lens for shooting your travel photos like the ones in this post, please? We will be visiting South Island soon.

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  2. It has been a while since you last heard from me.
    As ever I am in awe of your epic journeys.

    I have not been to New Zealand, but it has always been on my wish list.

    You must be nearing the end of your travels.Do you have many places left to see?

    Whatever is left i look forward to hearing about.

    Best Wishes
    Vinod

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      Hello, Vinod!
      We are in Australia now, and have three weeks left here before moving on. Not that it is a secret, but we still have five more countries to visit before our grand global tour comes to an end. We will travel for a total of 13 months, heading back up into Asia before flying to the US. I don’t want to spoil where we are going next, so keep reading! We are all very excited about our final few countries!

  3. Hi Julie and Tim –
    I’m part of the group of Kiwi’s that you met in Fiji (Castaway and Cloud Nine). So great to see you made it to NZ and it sounds like you enjoyed it!
    All the best for a safe, interesting and fun journey as you make your way home…
    Naomi

  4. Julie,
    Your pictures are stunning!! New Zealand is on our list to visit in a few years. Enjoy Australia…. It is an amazing, beautiful place. I spent a few weeks there awhile back and it ranks as one of my favorite trips.

  5. Julie, your pictures are gorgeous!! They all could become postcards in New Zealand stores. You could definitely put together a coffee table book of your travels.

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