Ridiculously beautiful New Zealand spots I want to hike

I love west Auckland’s bush and coast, but staring at epic landscape imagery all day at work has convinced me I really am missing out on other parts of the country.

Active is not a word you’d use to describe me – but there’s so much natural beauty here, and the best way to experience it is just to get out amongst it. And the best thing is our national parks are free to visit. Here are a few New Zealand hikes I’m pretty sure will be worth the walking.

Tongariro Crossing

Aka the greatest one-day walk in New Zealand. Just look at the colour of those lakes. Middle-earth in real life. Just a few years ago I would’ve been all ‘Go walking for a full day? Are you nuts?!’ but here I am.

Mt Aspiring

Glaciers! Valleys! Tussock! Boulders! This region really has it all.

Mt Cook

I just reeeeeally want to see Lake Pukaki with my own two eyes.  Oh yeah, and the tallest mountain in NZ.

4 thoughts on “Ridiculously beautiful New Zealand spots I want to hike

  • Reply Fig @ Figuring Money Out January 22, 2015 at 07:41

    Great spots. I really wanted to do Tongariro Crossing when I was there but didn’t make it that way.

  • Reply Sense January 22, 2015 at 20:45

    All all ALL worth it!! Lake Pukaki really is as stunning as in the photos. I also love Hokitika Gorge for that unbelievable color, too.

    Just did the TC in December for the third time. It is really just that good! 🙂 You can still see the most recent eruption crater steaming away, and they have preserved the huts where the rocks crashed through the ceiling! It has gotten crazy crowded since the last time I did it in 2009, though.

    Go go go! 🙂

  • Reply Jacob January 23, 2015 at 06:06

    Are you kidding me?! Those photos look fake! I absolutely have to visit NZ at some point and visit these places.

  • Reply Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank January 25, 2015 at 21:03

    Awesome! I’ve been wanting to visit New Zealand to see the place where Lord of the Rings was shot, but there are no opportunities coming yet.

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