Resa nya zeeland - 5 platser ni bör besöka

New zeeland travel – 5 must visit places

Guest post: Jon, at

I have the honour today of giving you all a sample of my home country, New Zealand. I’ve been living in Scandinavia for 10 years now and only been back in NZ once since I moved here. It might be time for a trip back soon, as home-sickness is pretty strong right now at the end of Winter. It is of course Summer in New Zealand right now, with temperatures around 25C – 30C. Hope you like the pictures :)

New zeeland travel

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga – at the very top of the North Island

02-1 Northland New Zealand

1 Abel Tasman on the South Island

To visit Abel Tasman on the South Island is in some ways like visiting Thailand. The stunning coastlines as well as azure water feel like they belong in the tropics, not New Zealand. The walking is gorgeous, with huge ferns, massive, rich trees, and a warm climate. It’s also house to the Abel Tasman Coastal Stroll, a 60-kilometer (37-mile) trek that’s one of the 9 Great Walks of New Zealand.

The park covers over 23,876 hectares (59,000 acres), as well as although it’s the country’s tiniest national park, there’s a load to see here. If you want to explore the park beyond its treking tracks, rent out a kayak. That way, you can go to the small coves and beaches that make the area so special. Full-day services begin at around 85 NZD, or you can join a led kayaking excursion starting at 130 NZD.

The park is best as an overnight or multi-day journey as it’s too much from Nelson to really do it justice in a field trip.

03 Kauri Cliffs New Zealand

Tane Mahuta - God of the forest

Tane Mahuta – God of the forest

2. Glacier Trekking on Fox and Franz Josef

Everybody check outs Franz Josef for one reason: the glaciers. Treking the glaciers below lives up to the hype and is an extraordinary experience. Since the glaciers have declined and are melting swiftly due to climate modification, the glacier caves and also walks have been shut down.

Presently, the only means to hike on the glaciers currently is by means of heli-hike (a half-day or full-day helicopter/hiking experience). They are pricey (485-499 NZD) yet the helicopter trip, trekking, and also entire experience are worth the cost.

3. Hiking in the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Considered the most effective day trek in all of New Zealand, this 19-kilometer (12-mile) trek traverses legendary landscape as it winds through Tongariro National forest, a World Heritage Site (marked for both its all-natural as well as cultural value). Among the Great Walks of New Zealand, the course likewise takes you via where they shot Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. It’s easy partly (the beginning and end) as well as steep in others (especially the portion after “Mount Ruin”) so you’ll obtain a great mix of problem degrees.

Nonetheless, even if you aren’t a strong hiker , the Tongariro Crossing is quickly completed in a day (it usually takes in between 6-8 hours).

The Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands

90 mile beach near where I grew up. Note: No tourist hotels here (thankfully!)

90 mile beach near where I grew up. Note: No large, ugly, concrete tourist hotels here (thankfully!)

07 One tree hill, Auckland New Zealand

4. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Considered the best day hike in all of New Zealand, this 12-mile hike traverses epic scenery as it winds its way through Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage Site (designated for both its natural and cultural significance). One of the great walks in New Zealand, the path also takes you through where they filmed Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. It’s easy in parts (the beginning and the end) and steep in others (especially the part after “Mount Doom”) so you get a good mix of difficulty levels.

But even if you’re not a strong hiker (and I’m not), the Tongariro Crossing is easy to complete in a day (it usually takes between 6-8 hours).

Rangitoto Island (an extinct volcano), Auckland CIty

Rangitoto Island (an extinct volcano), Auckland CIty

Auckland - City of Sails

Auckland – City of Sails

Mt. Ngaruahoe, high on the volcanic plateau

Mt. Ngaruahoe, high on the volcanic plateau

12 Rotorua New Zealand

Plenty of geysers in Rotorua

Plenty of geysers in Rotorua

14 Waterfall New Zealand

5. Visit Wellington the actual NZ capital

Everyone talks about Auckland (which, contrary to popular belief, is not the capital), however the actual magic happens in Wellington (which is the funding). The style, fascinating murals, and also diverse vibe provide this city a funky personality. Wellington is a city with personality.

It has a popping night life, tons of art galleries, wonderful food, wonderful cafés, a stunning harbor (that is best seen from Mount Victoria, which forgets the entire city), as well as is conveniently walkable. Make sure to strike a few of the first-rate and acclaimed galleries like the Museum of Wellington and Te Papa, New Zealand’s national gallery.

The last Samurai was filmed here - Mt.Taranaki

The last Samurai was filmed here – Mt.Taranaki

The capital - Wellington

The capital – Wellington

South Island

Crossing Cook Strait to the South Island

Crossing Cook Strait to the South Island

Norway isn't the only place in the world with fiords - Fiordland National Park

Norway isn’t the only place in the world with fiords – Fiordland National Park

18 Lake Tekapo New Zealand


19 Southern Alps New Zealand

Pancake Rocks (Punakaiki)

Pancake Rocks (Punakaiki)

Marlborough Vineyards

Marlborough Vineyards


24 Near Christchurch New Zealand

25 Glacier New Zealand


The Milford Track - a bush trek over several days with some of the world's most amazing scenery.

The Milford Track – a bush trek over several days with some of the world’s most amazing scenery.


Which travel destinations would you recommend in your country?

Have a great day!


  1. Vackra bilder, som får mig att minnas…back in the day´s…i slutet av 80-talet var jag ute på en jorden runt resa under ett år. Då hamnade jag på New Zealand…liftade runt, helt underbart folk, som bjöd på sig själva, sina hem och vänlighet utöver det vanliga. Skulle med glädje åka dit igen…en liten kul anekdot är att min förstfödda är tillverkad där:))..brukar skoja om det, men det vill hon inte lyssna på.
    Ha det gott!

    • hehe rolig historia! :)

  2. Amazing photos! We are planning to visit NZ this Christmas!! And these photos just confirm that we are making the right decision!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Great, Pia! Where exactly are you going to be travelling to in NZ?

  3. Your homecountry is so wonderful. Recently I finished a book about New Zealand (in German: “Was scheren mich die Schafe”) and your photos confirm me in my meaning. I could imagine that it´s not so easy for you to live so far away from home since such a long time and in a such cold region …

    Hope you can it make possible for yourself to go to New Zealand very soon.


    • Thanks, Rena. My German isn’t great, but I believe your book was something about sheep shearing?

      Well, in the early 1980s there were around 70 million sheep in NZ, now it’s about half that number (no idea why – probably rural to urban population drift or something).

      But anyway, yes, I am thinking about going back around December/January/February sometime to get the most out of the Summer :)

  4. Wow! Det ser helt fantastiskt ut! Blir till att lägga upp på reselistan ;-)

    • Gör det!! :)

  5. These are unbelievable photos! You should blow these up and sell them! I’m obsessed with the one that shows the road and the snowcapped mountain in the background!


    Erin @

    • Well, that’s not a bad idea :)

  6. Hi Maria! Tell Jon that he is from an amazing country! One of the places I really love to visit one day soon! Always have heard so beautifully about NZ and also the people there are very ncie and friendly! What stunning photos and places, wanna travel there now:) Happy weekend my dear, love and hugs! xo

    • Thanks, Lilli! Yes, you should take a vacation there! :)

    • Thanks, Denisa!

  7. Underbar blogg och härlig inspiration! Här kommer jag kika in oftare:-). Jag bloggar även på svenska på Där lite mer allmänt om min vardag och på concept-by-sarah ligger fokus på inredning. Nya Zeeland, ska bli spännande att läsa! Kram Sarah

    • Hoppas du gillar bilderna – och resten av förstås!

  8. Så väldigt fint.
    Ett av mina drömresemål. =)

    • Det är bara att köpa flygbiljetten och dra! :)

      Kan kännas långt bort men de allra flesta flygturer tar ca 36 – 48 timmar med mellanländningar.

    • Thanks :)

  9. Such beautiful imagery – I hope to make it over to that part of the world sometime.

    • Do it! :)

  10. Jag har spenderat en termin på Nya Zeeland (först en månad i Christchurch och sedan resten av tiden i Auckland) och när jag ser bilderna här minns jag hur vacker det är!! Jag kan komma på mig själv att verkligen sakna A-land. Det kändes som en liten stad fast den var ganska stor och havet var en sådan naturlig del av staden på något vis. Minns också Waikiki beach, så otroligt breathtaking!

    Här i Sverige skulle jag nog rekommendera en tur till Fryksdalen (som den värmlänning jag är) eller Norrköping/söderköping med omnejd som jag också gillar massor. Nu bor jag ju på västkusten och det är också vackert med den bohusländska skärgården.

    • Ja, Auckland är en fin stad. Besökte du också Wellington när du var där?

      Waikiki beach finns i Hawaii, men du kanske menar Waihi? Eller en strand på Waiheke island?

  11. Beautiful post Jon! I can see why you miss it and the Swedish winters aren’t that great actually, too long. Hope you have a time to visit New Zeeland soon again!

    • Me too :)

  12. Those pics are stunning and those views are certainly very picturesque.
    And I have heard only good news about New Zealand and its people.

    • Yes, the funny thing is that we grow up thinking the rest of the world is the same. It’s only when we leave that we realise how lucky we are down there!

  13. amazing views!! :)

    • Thanks!

  14. Jon~ One of my favorite vacations ever was to New Zealand. The friendliest people and those beautiful Remarkable Mountains!

    • Great to hear :) yes, the Remarkables are, well, remarkable :)

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