New Zealand (Days 1-3)

I’m going to share some photos from our trip to New Zealand over the next few Fridays. Daniel and I loved it there, and if you like jaw dropping scenery you would too! We rented a campervan from Wilderness (I highly recommend them), drove north from Christchurch and made a big loop around the South Island. We used this guidebook to find secluded spots that we could enjoy all by ourselves, although we did hit some of the bigger touristy locations too. We didn’t make it to the North Island, but I’d love to go back one day and stay longer. Here are some of my favorite shots from our first three days in NZ!

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

New Zealand Vacation Photos

(1 Kaikoura coast, 2–4 Sawcut Gorge, 5 Punakaiki, 6–10 Motukiekie Beach)


  1. Rebecca S.

    Beautiful! We went to New Zealand on our honeymoon and I can’t wait to go back, we’re thinking 10 year anniversary (only 4 years to go!). I loved Queenstown, if I could bring all my family and friends with me, I’d totally move. :-)

  2. Aubrey

    Wow! What beautiful photos! My mom made a friend in New Zealand, via selling books on eBay. Her friend sent her a New Zealand calendar and the scenery is just beautiful. So my mom (and now me, after she showed me that calendar) really want to visit there. Definitely a “bucket list” must-do. I’m so glad you had so much fun there and that you specifically went to the areas free of tourists. Those are the areas we’d want to visit too.

  3. Belinda-Jane

    Glad you loved your trip and your gorgeous photography makes me homesick. I’m in the UK but NZ is home. Lovely isn’t it…Dad calls it Godszone/God’sown and he’s right! x

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yes! Daniel kept referring to it as “God’s country”—I think He used all His best ideas there! :)

  4. Chris

    Beautiful. We are heading there some time soon. Living in Australia makes getting to NZ relatively easy and it’s so gorgeous! Hope you two had a blast!

  5. Annabelle

    These are gorgeous! I especially love the cave one and the flower one! The mood you evoke in your photos is so calming. I love it! I hope you had fun, but looking at these pictures, how could you not?!

  6. Jeran

    Amazing images. Thanks for taking the time to share. I know it’s difficult to take the time to do that when you are traveling. It’s noticed and appreciated.

  7. Kelly J. R.

    Jaw-dropping scenery is right! My husband and I would love to go to New Zealand but when we go, we’d like to stay for 3-4 weeks. Not sure how we’re going to work that one out… I look forward to seeing more of your photos.

  8. Erin

    Good gravy, that’s incredible! I am thinking of moving to New Zealand in the future and this makes me want to go all the more. Beautiful photos.

  9. Gineen Stanley-Whiunui

    Kia Ora,

    Your photo’s make me pine for home :(

    Our country Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud),is breath-taking,

    And the food can not be beating hehe,

    Kapai tenei pikitia ehoa ma,
    (Very good photos my friend)

    Gineen xxxx

  10. Inge

    Oh, I love New Zealand. I’ve traveled around both islands for three months back in 2008 and I’d love to go back someday. It’s a good thing you started with the South Island, in my humble opinion it’s the most beautiful one.

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