Thanks to the following operators who attended TRENZ and let us use these beautiful New Zealand images.Time Unlimited Tours, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism, Destination Kaikoura, Queenstown Rafting, Go Orange Tours Southern Discoveries and Real Journeys.
This is what CNN recently wrote about capturing on film the many great sights in New Zealand. Those on a New Zealand self drive tour will find this useful (and inspiring) -
"It really isn't fair that just a million people call New Zealand's South Island home. Why should so few people get to hog such spectacular landscape? (Compared to, say, similarly sized England - population 52 million)
The larger of the country's two main islands, the South Island, is more visually stunning than the North Island. With its smaller population, it's also more lonely and wild."
Named New Zealand Travel Photographer of the Year in 2013 by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography , Mike Hollman grew up on the South Island and says the landscapes had a tremendous impact on his work. "The light is always changing and offering different views," says Hollman.
"My favorite time to shoot is in autumn, especially April (New Zealand's fall is from March to May) when the trees turn golden and the light on the landscape is magical."
For those interested in exploring Milford Sound via kayak, a range of kayaking trips are available and no prior experience is required.
Recently described by Decanter magazine as one of the top 20 producers in New Zealand, Greystone vineyard is situated in the Waipara Valley, an hour north of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. The 2012 Greystone Pinot Noir won the Air New Zealand Trophy for best Pinot Noir and their 2011 "Basket Star' Riesling Trophy for Dessert wine in 2012
The best way to experience the beautiful scenery and outdoors of Queenstown is to take one of the commercial walks or hikes. There are many short walks that will enable a quick look into the towns local plants and wildlife as well as the longer world renowned walks within Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Park, such as The Dart, Hollyford, Routeburn and Milford.
Relax in tranquility on Mt Nicholas high country farm with breathtaking views of middle earth. Soak in the surrounding panoramic views in one of New Zealand’s most rugged and remote high country farms. Also read our story about the fascinating history of Mt Nicholas Farm.