My top ten photos of New Zealand

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Now that I’m coming to the end of my year long stay in New Zealand, I reckon it’s time to look back at my time here and share with you some of my highlights. I’ve got a number of posts in the pipeline, but first, I just wanted to share with you some of my favourite shots from my trip.

I love taking shots of landscapes, and New Zealand happens to have gorgeous landscapes by the bucket load. I’ve done my best to provide a nice balanced set of shots, (and limit the number of sunset photos I subject you to!).

I’m not going to lie, choosing ten shots from a year of travelling was pretty tough, and I have many more that I love, but here I’ve tried to put across a selection that shows at least some of the awesomeness that New Zealand has on offer.

Here, therefore, in no real order, are ten of my favourite photos from my year here. For those of you interested, I shoot with a Canon 400D and either a 10-22mm, a 50mm prime, or a 17-85mm IS.

Note – click on any picture in this post for a lightbox slideshow of all of them :)  Lake Tekapo Reflections

Lake Tekapo in the centre of the south island, with the mighty southern alps in the background. This incredible mountain range runs the whole length of the south island, and is dominated by Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

Awesome looking rock at Cathedral Cove - Coromandel Peninsula

This rock sits in Cathedral Cove, up on the Coromandel Peninsula on the north island. The weather on our trip here wasn’t great, but the scenery was stunning nonetheless. Film buffs may recognise this from the movie Prince Caspian.

Bubbling mud pools near Wai-o-tapu thermal reserve - Rotorua 2

Ah, Rotorua. Famous for smelling entirely like rotten eggs. The smell comes from the huge amount of volcanic activity that occurs in the area, with bubbling mud pools such as the one pictured being a part of that. If you’re in the area, then I can highly recommend heading to the Wai-O-Tapu thermal valley for amazing geothermal sights like this one. HDR view of Mount Ngauruhoe from Ruapehu

It wouldn’t be a round up of New Zealand scenery without a shot of Mount Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park – made famous as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. This shot is taken from the foothills of Mount Ruapehu, the north island’s highest mountain, looking across to Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Mitre Peak in Milford Sound

While we’re on the subject of famous mountains, here is a shot of New Zealand’s most photographed mountain. The massive Mitre Peak in the centre of the frame reaches just over a mile into the skies of Milford Sound on the south island, and is at number one of the Kiwi list of 100 things to see in New Zealand. 

Rainbow

Picking a sunset shot to feature in this list was hard! New Zealand has some pretty staggering sunsets, but this one, of a rainbow, taken in the Tongariro National Park, ranks up there as one of my favourites. It just looked like the sky had caught fire.

Sand blowing over Farewell Spit

Sand dunes may not be the first thing that spring to mind when thinking of New Zealand. Photographed are the sand dunes of Farewell Spit, a stretch of sand dune that reaches 25km out of the tip of the south islands northernmost point. The wind was blowing the sand ferociously across the dunes, creating the patterns you can see in the photo.

Tolaga Bay beach

 Like sunsets, beaches feature prominently in my collection of photos from New Zealand. There are literally thousands of incredible beaches all around New Zealand’s coastline, from the pure white sand of the far north to the black dunes of the Taranaki coastline, and every shade in between. This photo shows the incredible beach at Tolaga Bay on the north islands spectacular east cape. Waterfall next to Waitongajpg

Waterfalls are as ubiquitous in New Zealand as gorgeous sunsets and endless beaches. This one is up on the back of Mount Ruahpehu near Ohakune, a town famous predominantly for its giant carrot statue.

Franz Josef Glacier

And finally, the last picture in today’s series (not counting my sly addition of a panoramic of the Tongariro National Park at the end) is of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of two incredibly popular glaciers that nearly every visitor to New Zealand will drop in at on their way round the south island. And with good reason, as you can see from this photo.

And that is it for today. Many photos didn’t make today’s post, but fear not, there are many ways to see more photos from my travels including the sites Facebook Page, my Flickr Stream, or at my 500px account. Enjoy!

Blue Lake, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro Panoramic

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34 comments :

  1. Wow!! So jealous that it will be Craig experiencing this soon and not me! So beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. Can't believe it has been a year almost since you have been there. Gone super fast

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  2. I know, time has flown by! And Craig must be pretty excited, although I'm sure you'll have an awesome adventure shortly afterwards too :)

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  3. I love your photos! I'm glad you had such a great time in NZ. Where are you off to next?

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  4. Great pictures, I love NZ. My time there was spent taking hundreds of pictures, none of which do justice to the country. Great selection. I may have to buy a print.

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  5. Gorgeous shots! I especially love the one of the waterfall.

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  6. Wow. New Zealand is incredible. I'm just in awe by that one rock sticking out on the beach. It looks fake it's so beautiful/interesting!

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  7. Thanks! Currently I have no idea where I'm going next! I'm in the process of selling my van, then I'm going to look into flights and so on to get an idea. It's all a bit unknown, and quite exciting ;)

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  8. Thanks Mike! I certainly know what you mean about the hundreds of pictures, my hard drive is full to bursting :) I'd be over the moon if you bought a print :)

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  9. Hey, thanks Christian :) It sure is incredible, and there is loads more where these came from! I love that you like this photo - the weather was just so wrong for taking photos with such a flat light, and yet this seems to have worked out pretty well :D

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  10. Beautiful post! I love the sunset at Tongariro National Park and the coastline at Tolaga Bay. I lived in New Zealand in 2004, and I'm so eager to take my husband back with me on our 2012 visit!

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  11. Thanks so much! I'm sure he's going to love it. It's such a beautiful place :)

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  12. What a great idea for a post! I bet it was hard to narrow down your favorites. I love that sunset shot. It really does look like the sky is on fire.

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  13. I have to say, it was pretty hard to pick. I wanted to really share as much of what I felt New Zealand to be like in ten photos, which was always going to be hard! But I think I got pretty close to sharing some of the wonder available. Delighted you liked it :)

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  14. These photos are amazing--all of them--and especially 4 and 7. Wow!!

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  15. Thanks Lisa, delighted that you liked them!

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  16. Thankyou Lisa, pleased you liked them :)

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  17. Ahhh! Beautiful shots. I really like the ones from Tongariro National Park. The landscapes really look out of this world :)

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  18. It does sometimes feel like an otherworldly place, particularly at sunset time :) Thanks Audrey!

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  19. Plan to visit a friend in New Zealand next 2 months, does anyone know how to apply visa? I'm google around and came across http://www.evisaasia.com, does anyone try this website before? Is it reliable?

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  20. I can't believe you were able to choose ten photos from all your New Zealand photos - all your pictures are stunning!! Great selection.

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  21. Cheers guys! I'm not going to lie - it was a challenge to pick ten of my favourites, but I think I managed to get a good cross section from my time in NZ :) 

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  22. I've long wanted to visit New Zealand, and these photos merely increase my desire! Wow, is about all I can say.

    Thanks for participating in the Traveler's Show & Tell blog carnival over at Mental Mosaic. I hope to see you there again sometime. :)

    ~Tui

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  23. Such good photos. Love it but makes me miss it that much more.

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  24. Spectacular photos Loz, they really are!

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  25. Cheers mate, much appreciated :)

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  26. A great collection of photos - you've captured some iconic scenes very well. That pic of the sunset rainbow is incredible!

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    1. Thanks Natasha :D It was quite the sight to behold!

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  27. Visiting New Zealand is on my bucket list and after seeing your pictures it just reconfirms my desire to visit! Ever since the Lord of the Rings came out I have wanted to visit.

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  28. Glad everyone loves N Z so much - Laurence you captured us in most spectacular fashion! Thanks so much - Caz is right your photos rock!

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    1. Thanks Jo - and thanks to Caz as well :D NZ does indeed rock!

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