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21 Photos that Show New Zealand's Stunning Geographical Diversity

New Zealand Landscape | © Pixabay
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Updated: 30 October 2017
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New Zealand is a place that’s rightly revered for its contrasting geographical wonder. This is a small country composed of incredibly diverse landscapes, from coastal paradises and exquisite mountain ranges to more lakes than one could ever know what to do with. These 21 photos will showcase some of the stunning natural treasures you might be lucky enough to encounter during your travels.

The South Island is known for its sublime alpine backdrops and mirror-like lakes.

New Zealand Landscape

Many of the country’s forests and national parks hide a trove of breathtaking waterfalls within them.

Bridal Veil Fall, New Zealand

Lake Taupo is quite famous for its small, but rapidly-flowing, Huka Falls — which is a true sight of splendour.

New Zealand Waterfall

If you want geographic diversity, Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that definitely delivers.

Tongariro National Park

The Milford Sound also delivers. By some accounts, it might just be the eighth wonder of the world.

Miford Sound, New Zealand

Volcanic activity is a just a part of New Zealand nature — especially in Rotorua, where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous geothermal springs.

Rotorua Geothermal Springs

An aerial glimpse of the South Island can unearth many treasures, from the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps…

The Southern Alps, New Zealand

…to islands and forests you never knew existed.

An Island Near the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Inland, there are many picturesque treasures to cherish: like the lovely Lake Tekapo.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Canyons, rivers, gorges and bridges are also known to make an impressive appearance.

New Zealand Bridge

The seasons add a nice touch of colour to the country’s finest features. From autumnal ranges…

Rural New Zealand Landscape in Autumn

To the wintry back country ski slopes

New Zealand Backcountry in Winter

The lush vineyards at their prime picking season…

New Zealand Vineyard

And let’s not forget the peaceful pastures on a clear summer’s day.

New Zealand Sheep Farm

New Zealand is a place where forest and sea work in perfect cohesion…

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Where coastlines can be rocky and rugged…

Rocky Coastline in New Zealand

Mysteriously adorned with gigantic boulders…

Moeraki Boulders

Or pristine, sheltered and serene all the way.

New Zealand Beach

This is a country with magical scenery, like Cathedral Cove, which has inspired many cinematic pursuits.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Naturally, with so many beaches, its awe-inspiring sand dunes are also worthy of mention.

Te Paki Sand Dunes, New Zealand

And if you ever need a shining beacon of light, the country’s historic coastlines and sunrise-ready settings will point you in the right direction.

A Lighthouse in New Zealand
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