New Zealand, almost the same in size as England, is one of the most isolated and least populated countries in the world. It is a country of contrasts. Between the subtropical north and the more temperate south, the wet west and the drier east, the volcanoes and geothermal areas of the North Island and the fjord coasts and glaciers on the South Island.
Geological forces have created a spectacular landscape dominated by mountains, lakes and rivers. All this, in combination with the Maori- and the Great Ocean Islands culture and the wildlife, makes New Zealand a paradise for nature- and travel photographers.
Follow us on our 2019/2020 journeys to New Zealand and stay tuned for our latest travelphotography updates!
New Zealand nature is a big inspiration for me. The light and the unique landscape is so phenomenal it gives one endless opportunities. Location: Lake Tekapo, South Island.
Welcome to the land of inspiring landscapes and incredible diversity which captured my heart and soul.
Working on a photoshoot at Lake Pukaki, the largest of three roughly paralell alpine lakes running along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin on New Zealand's South Island. The glacial feed to the lake gives it a distinctive blue color, created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from glaciers.
Thé way to explore New Zealand!
RVing in New Zealand puts you right in the middle of gorgeous scenery. Watch the proportions!
In the gallery a first selection of my most favorite shots made on our first 2019 journey to New Zealand
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A New-Zealand Must See Attraction!
180 degree panorama view of Tongariro National Park's heart of active volcanoes. From left to right: Mt Tongariro with its red, raw craters; the charred cinder cone of Mt Ngaruahoe; and majestic Mt Ruapehu's snowy crown.
Tongariro National Park
Containing both active and extinct volcanoes, Tongariro National Park (central North Island) is a UNESCO World Heritage area. The cream of the Park's hikes is the 19 km Tonagariro Alpine Crossing, which provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic volcanically active areas. In the front the red raw crater of Mt Tonagriro and behind the charred cinder cone of Mt Ngaruahoe.
Red Crater, the highest point on the Tangariro Alpine crossing at 1,886 m. Red Crater is a deep U-shaped crater with iron-rich earth that is a mix of vivid reds and dark chocolaty browns. The crater’s color comes from oxidized iron (rust) in the soil.
This is an active volcanic area, and eruptions are possible at any time without warning!
Emerald lakes in the crater of the Tongariro volcano. Minerals leached from the surrounding rock cause the colour of the lakes.
An old lava flow from Red Crater spreading out across the floor of Central Crater. Steam rises from fumaroles, a reminder that this is an active volcanic area.
Te Wai Whakaata o te Rangihīro (or Blue Lake) is a cold acidic lake. The lake is Tapu (sacred) and it is disrespectful to touch, enter, eat or drink around its shores.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular tramping tracks and a 'must do' in this area.
Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty region (North Island) is home to spectacular beaches.
Amazing views on the coast of the South Pacific Ocean on Coromandel Peninsula (North Island).
Prepared for landing...
The volcano breaths, roars and hisses from steaming vents releasing 800°C toxic gases. It has had around 35 small to moderate eruptions since 1826.
Whakaari - White Island
The active marine volcano Whakaari, situated 50 km off the coast of the North Island, is 321 metres above sea level, but goes down at least 1,600 metres to the sea bed. The crater is about 30 metres above sea level, which is one of the factors that makes it unique in the world.
With helmets and gas masks on we were ready to explore the volcanic island!
During the last large eruption in 2000 a new crater emerged and the current crater lake was formed. The lake is filled with a mixture of steaming hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid with a temperature which can rise to 800 degrees...
Falling into the lake means certain death. The poisonous mixture reduces body and bones to nothing.
Pōhutu geyser - Rotorua
Pōhutu is the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. She erupts once or twice each hour and can reach heights of 30 metres.
A small stocky and acrobatic species of dolphin seen around the Kaikōura coast (South Island).
Marlborough Sounds (South Island)
1,500 km of winding coastline is home of secluded bays in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds.
The 'SH80' is the incredibly scenic drive to Mount Cook and skirts the shore of Lake Pukaki beneath the textured slopes of the Ben Ohau Range (South Island).
A paradise for hikers
New Zealand is a paradise for hikers, with stunning scenery across the country.
Tasman Glacier Lake (South Island)
Icebergs are clearly visible from the air. Underneath this lake the ice is still over 200 metres thick.
Fox Glacier (South Island)
With over 150 glaciers within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, this is an unmissable part of New Zealand's landscape.
More updates follow soon