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Images of New Zealand

While on the road for our cycling trip through New Zealand, we encountered many beautiful sceneries. On this page you’ll find pictures which aren’t necessarily related to the cycle trails, but do illustrate the sheer beauty of this country. Maybe these images inspire you to jump on your bicycle and head out to cycle one of the Great Trails. With 22 well spread trails there’s always one near! 

More images will be added on a regular base.

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Images of New Zealand

While on the road for our cycling trip through New Zealand, we encountered many beautiful sceneries. On this page you’ll find pictures which aren’t necessarily related to the cycle trails, but do illustrate the sheer beauty of this country. Maybe these images inspire you to jump on your bicycle and head out to cycle one of the Great Trails. With 22 well spread trails there’s always one near! 

More images will be added on a regular base.

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Mount Cook / Aoraki

You’ll want to stop more than once to take in the magnificent views while driving to Mount Cook National Park. This is probably the most photographed road in New Zealand. No wonder….!

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-filled sky.

Nearby trail: Alps2Ocean

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Mount Cook / Aoraki

You’ll want to stop more than once to take in the magnificent views while driving to Mount Cook National Park. This is probably the most photographed road in New Zealand. No wonder….!

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-filled sky.

Nearby trail: Alps2Ocean

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While on the road for our cycling trip through New Zealand, we encountered many beautiful sceneries. On this page you’ll find pictures which aren’t necessarily related to the cycle trails, but do illustrate the sheer beauty of this country. Maybe these images inspire you to jump on your bicycle and head out to cycle one of the Great Trails. With 22 well spread trails there’s always one near! 

More images will be added on a regular base.

Map

Mount Cook / Aoraki

You’ll want to stop more than once to take in the magnificent views while driving to Mount Cook National Park. This is probably the most photographed road in New Zealand. No wonder….!

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-filled sky.

Nearby trail: Alps2Ocean

Mount Cook / Aoraki

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Did you know that this mountain helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest? Now you do!

In color….

Mount Cook / Aoraki

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Did you know that this mountain helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest? Now you do!

In color….

Mount Cook / Aoraki

According to Ngai Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.

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Mount Cook / Aoraki

According to Ngai Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.

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Mount Cook / Aoraki

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Did you know that this mountain helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest? Now you do!

Robin

Yep, there’s another one! An island even further south than the south island. So you might call it the souther than the south island island. Or you can call it by its name: Steward Island / Rakiura. Also sometimes referred to as ‘the third island’. 85% of the island is national park. We stayed for two weeks on Ulva Island (a small pristine forested island in the Paterson Inlet). This small island is one of the few predator-free sanctuaries in New Zealand. On the photo you see the Steward Island Robin, a curious little fellow not afraid of humans. It follows you along and eats the insects that you disturb while walking around. Talking about good team work!

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Robin

Yep, there’s another one! An island even further south than the south island. So you might call it the souther than the south island island. Or you can call it by its name: Steward Island / Rakiura. Also sometimes referred to as ‘the third island’. 85% of the island is national park. We stayed for two weeks on Ulva Island (a small pristine forested island in the Paterson Inlet). This small island is one of the few predator-free sanctuaries in New Zealand. On the photo you see the Steward Island Robin, a curious little fellow not afraid of humans. It follows you along and eats the insects that you disturb while walking around. Talking about good team work!

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Steward Island Robin

Yep, there’s another one! An island even further south than the south island. So you might call it the souther than the south island island. Or you can call it by its name: Steward Island / Rakiura. Also sometimes referred to as ‘the third island’. 85% of the island is national park. We stayed for two weeks on Ulva Island (a small pristine forested island in the Paterson Inlet). This small island is one of the few predator-free sanctuaries in New Zealand. On the photo you see the Steward Island Robin, a curious little fellow not afraid of humans. It follows you along and eats the insects that you disturb while walking around. Talking about good team work!

Abel Tasman National Park

A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak. You’ll love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes the outdoors with beach life. Limitless possibilities of hiking or paddling are easily mixed with sun bathing, swimming and awesomely insane snorkelling!

Nearby trails: Queen Charlotte Track, Great Taste Trail, Dun Mountain Trail

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Abel Tasman National Park

A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak. You’ll love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes the outdoors with beach life. Limitless possibilities of hiking or paddling are easily mixed with sun bathing, swimming and awesomely insane snorkelling!

Nearby trails: Queen Charlotte Track, Great Taste Trail, Dun Mountain Trail

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Abel Tasman NP

A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak. You’ll love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes the outdoors with beach life. Limitless possibilities of hiking or paddling are easily mixed with sun bathing, swimming and awesomely insane snorkelling!

Nearby trails: Queen Charlotte Track, Great Taste Trail, Dun Mountain Trail

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Lake Matheson, West Coast

Worth to wake up for very early: Lake Matheson. Situated near Fox Glacier, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand’s highest peaks – Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman. The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown, so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface. The colour is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. By a happy coincidence, the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake.

Nearby trail: Westcoast Wilderness Trail

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Lake Matheson, West Coast

Worth to wake up for very early: Lake Matheson. Situated near Fox Glacier, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand’s highest peaks – Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman. The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown, so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface. The colour is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. By a happy coincidence, the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake.

Nearby trail: Westcoast Wilderness Trail

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Lake Matheson

Worth to wake up for very early: Lake Matheson. Situated near Fox Glacier, nature has combined exactly the right ingredients to create truly stunning reflections of New Zealand’s highest peaks – Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman. The waters of Lake Matheson are dark brown, so on a calm day they create the ideal reflective surface. The colour is caused by natural leaching of organic matter from the surrounding native forest floor. By a happy coincidence, the mountains to the east are perfectly positioned to reflect in the lake.

Nearby trail: Westcoast Wilderness Trail

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Waterfall, Catlins

Like waking up in a fairy tale. This shot of the waterfall was taken in the Catlins, using a long exposure. The Catlins is a rural heartland with  podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.

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Waterfall, Catlins

Like waking up in a fairy tale. This shot of the waterfall was taken in the Catlins, using a long exposure. The Catlins is a rural heartland with  podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.

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Catlins

Like waking up in a fairy tale. This shot of the waterfall was taken in the Catlins, using a long exposure. The Catlins is a rural heartland with  podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.

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Otago Peninsula

Animals deserve a day out on the beach too! This specimen is enjoying it to the fullest. It is a fur seal, found on rocky shores throughout mainland New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, the Subantarctic islands, as well as parts of Australia.

Nearby trails: Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail, Clutha Gold Trail

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Fur Seal (Otago Peninsula)

Animals deserve a day out on the beach too! This specimen is enjoying it to the fullest. It is a fur seal, found on rocky shores throughout mainland New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, the Subantarctic islands, as well as parts of Australia.

Nearby trails: Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail, Clutha Gold Trail

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