We sometimes take it for granted, and we sometimes forget - but New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, ripe with photographic opportunities. Why? Almost every
direction you turn, every road you drive down, and every new destination
you visit, you’re greeted with a stunning vista, a snow capped
mountain, a rugged beach, or vast expanses of green rolling hills.
We thought we would share our 5 favorite spots from around the land of the long white cloud. If you think there are better ones, please share them with us on Facebook .
The sea-drowned valleys in the north of the South Island offers no shortage of dramatic moments that are spectacular enough to make the Phantom of the Opera pale in comparison. Taken by John Cavacas photography on an X-T1.
It's like something from another planet! The sulfurous land of Rotorua is a spitting landscape of bubbling pools and steamy forests. Photo from Tourism NZ.
As if Rotorua wasn't out of this world enough - New Zealand also boasts one of the strangest sights ever, the moereki boulders. Like prehistoric eggs from another era, the boulders shouldering along the ocean provide a stunning photo opportunity in the right light. Photo taken by Davide Simiele won finalist in National Geographic Traveler Contest
The fiord of a thousand waterfalls. Perhaps the only place on the planet to visit where you actually want it to rain so to witness it in all its glory. It's hard not to fall in love with a place like this! Photo taken by Karen Hutton.