New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes made up of geothermal springs, alpine lakes, limestone caves, spectacular fjords, and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches.

This makes the sovereign island country in the south-west Pacific a haven for intrepid travellers in search of adventure. The beauty of the country can be attributed to its location above a collision zone of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, which also subdue each other in opposite ways under the North and South islands. These conditions have led to the formation of dozens of volcanoes in the north and a high alpine range in the south — a generally hilly landscape with only a few plains created from rivers.

Here, a guide to some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in New Zealand to add to your itinerary for your next visit.