Most of us know the beauty of New Zealand—even without realizing it. New Zealand took centre stage doubling as Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings films. It’s not surprising. Many places located on New Zealand’s North and South islands may look like they’ve straight out of a fantasy world, but the good news for us is that these breathtaking views are 100% real.

1. Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Few places in New Zealand have the “wow” factor of Milford Sound. This is especially true when it contains a view of Mitre Peak, one of the country’s most iconic natural landmarks. It may be difficult to get to as its remote location on the South Island is a long and difficult drive or an expensive flight to get to, but once you’re there, it’ll all feel worth while. Rain or shine, it’s one of the rare places that are gorgeous no matter the weather.
Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

2. Abel Tasman

Also on the South Island, this view is a bit more tropical in nature. Go to Abel Tasman National Park for some of the whitest sandy beaches and turquoise waters you’ll find in all of New Zealand.
Abel Tasman