New Zealand Photography

There are many great places on Earth for photography, and though I live in one of the best, New Zealand is such a special place for landscape photography because there are so many extremely dramatic landscapes packed close together.

Ever since my first photography trip to New Zealand in 2013 (photos at the bottom of this gallery) I sought a way to return for an extended period. An opportunity arose to spend 2.5 months in New Zealand devoted entirely to shoot landscape photography. This amount of time allowed me to dig into certain areas and wait for just the right weather and light. And that’s a good thing because the Spring weather during my mid October through December stay was challenging nearly every day. There were only brief windows of good photography conditions that I had to be in place and waiting for. The work that I was forced to put into these photos made me covet each one more, and deeply etched the memories. Visiting this time of year let me capture the mountains still snow-capped, empty roads that gave me the whole country to myself, sprawling Lupines, and the chance to do astrophotography before the Earth’s tilt concealed the Milky Way’s galactic core (though nightly clouds prevented much of this).

I lived out of a small campervan, and got most of these photos on day hikes or multi-day backpacking trips. I lugged a 17.3″ laptop to NZ and edited photos in my campervan whenever I waited out bad weather. Life on the road, out of a tent, and tramping from hut to hut in New Zealand was as big as adventure gets. New Zealanders, Kiwis as they’re called, are the most helpful and friendly people that I’ve ever encountered…TRULY. One of my highlights beyond photography was meeting Kiwis on a regular basis who invited me home to experience daily New Zealand life.

During my stay in New Zealand I lived through a 7.8 earthquake, barely mastered making right turns while driving on the left, got 3 traffic violations, met scores of fellow adventurers and photographers, wore the soles off brand new boots, had a giant eel try to bite off my pinky, and left with about 60 portfolio shots. Now that you’d think I got that out of my system, I’m only pondering how and when to return.

Loaded Landscapes, the online landscape photography journal did a cool write up of my trip to New Zealand, check them out.

Lupine River, New Zealand

Roy’s Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Lenticular Sunset, New Zealand

Lupine Star Trails, New Zealand

Mt. Taranaki Tarns Reflection, New Zealand

Cascade Waterfall, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Airport, New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mueller Hut Red Sunset, New Zealand

Longfin Eels, New Zealand

Lupines and Mountains, New Zealand

Lake Hawea Sunset, Wanaka, New Zealand

Kaikoura Crab, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

Lupine Field, New Zealand

Lupine Sunset, Arthur’s Pass New Zealand

Lake Tekapo Panoramic, New Zealand

Tongariro Emerald Pools, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, New Zealand

Tawhai Falls, New Zealand

Mt. Doom, Middle Earth

Mt. Egmont Night, New Zealand

Lupine Sunset Vertical, New Zealand

Mt. Egmont Taranaki Sunset, New Zealand

Mt Taranaki, New Zealand

Mt. Egmont above Lake Mangamahoe

Milford Sound Reflection, New Zealand

New Zealand Fern Forest

Kepler Track, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo Tree, New Zealand

Kepler Track Saddle, New Zealand

Iris Burn of the Kepler Track, New Zealand

Lake MacKenzie, Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Mt. Alfred, New Zealand

Dusky Dolphin, Kaikoura New Zealand

Isengard Paradise Panoramic, New Zealand

Lake Wanaka Panoramic, New Zealand

Otago Sunset, New Zealand

Rob Roy River, New Zealand

Beech River, New Zealand

Tekapo Milky Way, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo Blue Hour, New Zealand

Mt. Cook from the Air

Aerial Lake Pukaki Alps, New Zealand

Pukaki Valley from the Air, New Zealand

Milford Valley Stream, New Zealand

Monkey Creek, New Zealand

Pelorus Swing Bridge, New Zealand

Hokitika Swing Bridge, New Zealand

West Coast Surf, New Zealand

Haast River Sunset, New Zealand

Queenstown Milky Way, New Zealand

Haast River, New Zealand

Eglinton Valley Lupines, New Zealand

Lake TeAnau Sunset, New Zealand

West Coast Swirling Wave, New Zealand

Glacial Blue, New Zealand

Castle Hill Sunset, New Zealand

Kaikoura Full Moon, New Zealand

Lake Tasman, New Zealand

Mt. Cook River, New Zealand

Mt. Cook and Mueller Hut, New Zealand

Humboldt Mountains, New Zealand

New Zealand West Coast

Milford Sound Panoramic, New Zealand

Maruia Falls, New Zealand

Hooker River Night, New Zealand

Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand

Blue Pools, New Zealand

Cook River, New Zealand

Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, New Zealand

Kaikoura Rock Beach, New Zealand

Kaikoura Seaward Mountains, New Zealand

Kaikoura, New Zealand Misty Waves

Kayaker Going Over Maruia Falls, New Zealand

Lake MacKenzie, New Zealand

Rob Roy Glacier, Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Hooker River, New Zealand

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

Tutoko River, New Zealand

West Coast Beach, New Zealand