<p>Two climbers approach the summit of Aoraki/Mount Cook on New Zealand's South Island. Standing at 12,218 feet high, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the tallest peak in New Zealand.</p>

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Two climbers approach the summit of Aoraki/Mount Cook on New Zealand's South Island. Standing at 12,218 feet high, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the tallest peak in New Zealand.

Photograph by Jake Norton, Aurora

21 Spectacular Photos of New Zealand Adventures

Head to the North and South Islands to soak in cinematic vistas, heart-pounding ski descents, surfing scenes, and more to start planning your next adventure.

New Zealand is often called the “adventure capital of the world,” and for good reason, the country packs incredible outdoor activities—climbing, tramping, skiing, glacial climbing, bungee jumping and more—across the North and South Islands.

For many, a trip to the country is a once-in-lifetime experience. Adventurers should arrive well-prepared to explore this lush land—from booking permits to tramp, or hike, along a Great Walk to reserving a campervan to travel to the South Island’s west coast beaches. Let these spectacular scenes serve as inspiration for your own New Zealand adventures.

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