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South Island, New Zealand

The Beautiful Mountains

New Zealand’s mountains are nothing short of majestic. Sir Edmund Hillary honed his craft on the country’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook, before conquering Everest. The Southern Alps are the spine of the South Island with such ranges as Queenstown’s Remarkables providing stunning backdrops to glacial lakes. In the central North Island, the troika of the mountains Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe dominate the landscape and occasionally put on a lava show to remind mountaineers that nature still rules. In Māori mythology, Mount Taranaki left his fellow mountains after losing a battle. He's now said to be brooding in the Taranaki region where he's planning his return. Until then, skiers and climbers can make the most of his conical slopes.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 6 years ago

Take a New Zealand Road Trip

If there was one country made for road trips, it's New Zealand. With such wide open spaces, long distances between towns and sites, and just beautiful scenery to take in, the best way to see New Zealand is from the road.

Whether you rent or buy a car, campervan, motorbike or join a bus tour, make sure you build enough time into your trip to take in the wild beauty of the New Zealand countryside.

In the summer, you will see tons of campervans from foreigners and locals alike hitting the highways to go spend time outside. While New Zealand has some interesting cities worth visiting, it's famous for its landscapes, so don't miss out!