A New Zealand Adventure

KIA ORA! Come and join me as we explore the stunning views of the South Island of New Zealand through my photographs!

Being able to travel and do photography at the same time is something that I look forward to every couple of months. Especially when I find myself just at the edge, ultimately stressed out and bordering crazy due to the pressures and chaos in the world of entrepreneurship.

New Zealand/Aotearoa is an absolute favorite. I have been a couple of times yet it is a new experience each time. While there are constants such as beautiful sceneries, awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets, there are also surprises to look forward to - care of mother nature herself.

NZ has a diverse landscape, making it one of a kind. Each visit takes you through stunning views of the towering southern alps, vast glaciers, glistening emerald lakes, hundreds of waterfalls, deep fiord-lands and roaring seas. It also offers endless activities for adrenaline and adventure junkies such as bungy-jumping, sky-diving, hiking, horseback riding, jet boating, snow boarding, etc., Adventure capital of the world as they call it.

Lake Rotoiti - Nelson Lakes National Park

"Nelson Lakes National Park is located in the South Island of New Zealand. It was formed in 1956 and covers some 1,020 km². It is centered at two large lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa. The park also includes surrounding valleys and mountain ranges." Source - Wikipedia

Wharariki Beach - Golden Bay

Wharariki Beach is a beach west of Cape Farewell, the northernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The north-facing sandy beach is accessible only via a 20-minute walking track from the end of Wharariki Road." Source Wikipedia

Motukiekie Beach - West Coast

Motukiekie Beach is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, about 15kms north of Greymouth. Gateway to the wild west coast, rugged coastline, towering sea stacks, home for starfish colonies and shellfish.

Lake Mapourika - West Coast New Zealand, North of Franz Josef

"Lake Mapourika is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies north of Franz Josef Glacier, and the out-flowing Ōkārito River drains it into the Ōkārito Lagoon." Source - Wikipedia

Fanz Josef Highway to Lake Mapourika

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hiking

Lake Matheson - Fox Glacier, South Westland

Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Source - Wikipedia

Queenstown (Māori: Tāhuna) is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island.

It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peakand just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill. Source - Wikipedia

Definitely the best place to be in when visiting South Island of New Zealand. With the stunning sceneries and endless activities to do, a couple of nights is not enough to explore this place!

Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown

Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake in the South Island of New Zealand. It is in the southwest corner of the Otago Region, near its boundary with Southland. Lake Wakatipu comes from the original Māori word Whakatipu wai-māori. Source - Wikipedia

Lake KirkPatrick - A small lake situated along Moke Lake Road, Queenstown

Moke Lake - Closeburn, Queenstown, just after Lake KirkPatrick

A clear evening over at Moke Lake Road.

Sheep roaming freely along Moke Lake road.

Glenorchy - Otago, northern end of Lake Wakatipu

Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. It is approximately 45 km by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town. Source -Wikipedia

Lake Wanaka - Queenstown

Wanaka /ˈwɒnəkə/ is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, at the start of the Clutha River. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Source - Wikipedia

The most photographed tree of New Zealand.

Arrowtown - Otago, NZ

Arrowtown is an historic gold mining town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Arrowtown is located on the banks of the Arrow River approximately 7.5 km from State Highway 6. Source - Wikipedia

Milford Sound - Friordland, National Park

Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Source - Wikipedia

Twizel - Mckenzie District

Twizel /ˈtwaɪzəl/ is the largest town in the Mackenzie District, in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. The town was founded in 1968 to house construction workers on the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Scheme. Source -Wikipedia

Lake Tekapo - Mckenzie Basin

Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. Source - Wikipedia

Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is in the South Island of New Zealand near the town of Twizel. Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain and Aoraki/Mount Cook village lie within the park. Source - Wikipedia

Popular hikes: Hooker Valley, Hooker Lake, Tasman Glacier, Kea Point.

Moeraki Boulders - Moeraki

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. Source - Wikipedia

Friends enjoying a glorious sunset!

St. Clair Beach - Dunedin

St Clair is a leafy residential suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand.[1] It is located on the Pacific Ocean coast five kilometres from the city centre on the south-western most part of the coastal plain which makes up the southern part of the urban area, and also climbs the slopes of Forbury Hill immediately to the west of this plain. Source - Wikipedia

That's it! I spend almost all of my time going around the South Island whenever I visit this country. I went to the North Island to visit a friend one time and I just found the South to be more conducive for landscape photography. I have been there a total of six times now during various seasons, except for the peak season of summer when everything is twice as expensive and the foreign visitors five times as many. Believe it or not, there are more tourists than lupines in Tekapo during the summer.

New Zealand Seasons:

Autumn (March – May): Yellow, red, orange foliage everywhere.

Winter (June – August): Snow capped mountains and frozen lakes.

Spring (September – November): Cool weather for dramatic landscapes. Lupine season starts November.

Summer (December – February): Tourist mode ON. You get the picture.

There's a lot more places to visit such as Nugget Point and Curio Bay of Catlins, the roaring East coast - Kaikoura, Arthur's Pass National Park, Ashburton Lakes etc. NZ's landscape is so diverse, one can never get tired of visiting it over and over again.

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