30 Photos From New Zealand That Will Turn You Into an Outdoor Person

If you've ever met me in person, you will know that I am the biggest fan of New Zealand. I can honestly say that my fascination with this country somewhat borders with an obsession. There, I said it, and I am not ashamed of it one bit. I spent one year in New Zealand and I already know that a year was not enough. Being amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes in this world has opened my eyes and made me finally realise what I want to do with my life. When leaving the country I still felt like there is so much I haven't seen, so many more hikes I would love to do and locations I want to photograph. I definitely have enough reasons to go back there one day, maybe even to settle down. Maybe I should attend a casting for the new season of 'Farmer wants a wife'? That's one way to get a permanent residency (just kidding). 

 

I would say that 95% of people travel to New Zealand for the same reason, and that is to see the breathtaking and unique nature that can't be seen anywhere else in the world. However too often I have seen those people confining themselves to their vehicles and seeing only those places where their wheels will allow them to go. With this post I want to show you that there is more to this country than what your satellite navigation system will show you, a whole lot more, you will just need your legs to carry you there! 

 

Check out my complete photo gear list to learn what camera have I used to take these shots. 

Biking down Mount Bourke near Wanaka, New Zealand
Biking down Mount Bourke near Wanaka
Breathtaking landscapes in Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Breathtaking landscapes in Arthur's Pass National Park
Taranaki volcano on the Pouakai circuit on the north island of New Zealand
Taranaki volcano on the Pouakai circuit on the north island of New Zealand
Redwood Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand
Redwood Forest, Rotorua
Coromandel Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand
Coromandel Peak, Wanaka

An afternoon stroll around lake Hawea, New Zealand
An afternoon stroll around lake Hawea
Mountain reflections in lake Hawea, New Zealand
Mountain reflections in lake Hawea
Majestic mountains around lake Hawea, New Zealand
Majestic mountains around lake Hawea
Waterfall in Taranaki/Mt Egmont National Park, New Zealand
Waterfall in Taranaki/Mt Egmont National Park
Morning hike on Roy's Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand
Morning hike on Roy's Peak, Wanaka
Isthmus Peak hike, New Zealand
Isthmus Peak near Wanaka
Redwood forest, Rotorua, New Zealand
Redwood forest, Rotorua

Hiking near Wanaka with Mount Aspiring as the backdrop, New Zealand
Hiking near Wanaka with Mount Aspiring as the backdrop
Sunrise from Coromandel Peak, lake Wanaka
Sunrise from Coromandel Peak, lake Wanaka
lake Mapourika, New Zealand
Mapourika lake
Lone Willow tree, Wanaka, New Zealand
Looking toward the famous lone willow tree of Wanaka
Mount Robert ridgeline, Nelson Lakes NP, New Zealand
Mount Robert ridgeline, Nelson Lakes NP
Sunset at the Hooker glacier lake in Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Sunset at the Hooker glacier lake in Mount Cook National Park
Hiking in the Hooker valley, New Zealand
Hiking in the Hooker valley
Goblin Forest, Mt Egmont NP, New Zealand
Goblin Forest
Coromandel Peak, Wanaka
Coromandel Peak, Wanaka

Looking towards Walter's Peak in Queenstown, New Zealand
Looking towards Walter's Peak in Queenstown
Lake Marian, Fiordland NP
Lake Marian, Fiordland NP
sunset at the Wharariki beach, New Zealand
sunset at the Wharariki beach
The Remarkables, Queenstown, New Zealand
The Remarkables, Queenstown
Cliffs by the Hawea lake
Cliffs by the Hawea lake
stargazing from the summit of Mount Iron, Wanaka, New Zealand
Stargazing from the summit of Mount Iron, Wanaka

Lake Wakatipu and Dart river bed from the top of mount Alfred
Lake Wakatipu and Dart river bed from the top of mount Alfred
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura

Now, please say I have converted you! I don't know where you are from, and what your interests are, but I sincerely hope that my photographs will inspire you to get off the couch every now and again and see what's in your backyard. You don't have to come all the way to New Zealand to be outdoors, but If you do decide to fly all the way across the world (providing you are from Europe, like me) then do yourself a favour and get off the road and into the unknown. Sorry if I may sound cliche, but I can assure you, that you won't regret it. Being outdoors, will give you new outlook on life, clear your mind and give you a break from the daily routine that can be lethal to your senses. 

 

And I promise you. There will be no negative side effects! I am warning you though! You might get addicted really quick! I certainly did. 

 

P.S. Just please, please, please remember to be respectful of nature. Nothing makes me more angry than seeing litter lying around in places where trash doesn't belong!

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30 photos from New Zealand that will turn you into an outdoor person
30 photos from New Zealand that will turn you into an outdoor person


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.comI come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me somewhere in the mountains.  

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