New Zealand’s Best Views
New Zealand’s Best Views
When you want altitude, New Zealand has more peaks, mountains and towers than you could poke a stick at.
From rocky mountainsides to ice-capped peaks, illuminated city scapes and volcanic landscapes, New Zealand’s diversity offers travellers some pretty spectacular sights to feast your eyes on.
Whether you are an avid hiker, prefer a leisurely stroll or even a view from the skies above, we have picked our favourite places to truly soak up the variety that comes with a trip to the land of the long white cloud.
It’s not often you can see the meeting point of two oceans but Cape Reinga offers just that. Where the Tasman collides with the Pacific, this is the ultimate way to experience the northern tip of New Zealand and the Maori legends that comes with it, as the place where spirits begin their final journey.
Trek through stark and spectacular volcanic terrain on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The unforgettable journey will lead you through volcanic landscapes as you pass an active crater, steaming vents, flowing lava and sweeping views of this untouched backdrop.
If city viewing is on the itinerary, the Auckland Sky Tower promises 360 degree views from 220 metres above the street. Dine in the revolving restaurant or enjoy a coffee in the café as some of the region’s most iconic landmarks and monuments pass you by.
South Island Sights
Images of Wanaka’s Roy’s Peak not only top travel inspo blogs across the globe but also hikers’ bucket lists for what awaits at the summit. Overlooking Wanaka and the Matukituki Valley, you’re in for panoramic views of one of New Zealand’s highest mountains, Mount Aspiring. If you’re not a hiker but don’t want to miss the magic, catch the views from the clouds on a scenic helicopter flight.
Nothing will quite take your breath away like the view of Milford Sound from Mitre Peak. While not easy, hikers are never disappointed with the panoramic view of neon blue lakes and lush green forests that form a field below. Very few places will wow visitors regardless of the weather, yet whether the blue sky and mountain reflects on the water or rain cascades down the mountainside, this is one of the country’s most photogenic regions.
Regardless of what angle you catch a glimpse of Mount Cook, the country’s highest mountain never fails to impress. Although seemingly modest compared to some as it stands at 3,724 metres, experienced hikers says it’s one of the toughest climbs on earth. Whether you battle the mountain, cheat with a fly over or view its beauty from the base, the mountain is truly mesmerising.