A few years back, I went to New Zealand’s South Island for the first time. And for a landscape lover like me, let me tell you - I have no idea how I hadn’t been here before. It’s everything I had expected and more. And yet, I still don’t feel like photos can do it justice. The sheer size of the mountains, the gorgeous valleys and the incredible views from a simple drive are just breathtaking.
The South Island is an unforgettable place and is easily on par with my experience of travelling around Iceland. (Maybe I’ll share more photos from Iceland too!). But seriously, do yourself a favour and see this place with your own eyes. You won’t regret it.
Travelling around in good company made this trip even better — thanks to my partner, friends and a bunch of fellow landscape photographers who feature in these photographs. We traveled to Queenstown, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Glenorchy and a few pit spots in between. Here are some of my photos from this amazing trip, because hey, who doesn’t love mountains and feeling like they’ve just walked into Middle Earth?
One of my favourite spots in the South Island, just out of Queenstown. Behind this mountain ridge is where the Isengard scenes were filmed in Lord of the Rings!
The majesty and beauty of these snowy mountains will never cease to amaze me. And the fog always adds to the scene.
Snapped from the chopper, en route to land on a glacier. That’s another helicopter on the ground for scale ;) I told you the sheer size of these mountains was incredible!
Stopped the mini van to capture these gorgeous scene that was happening on way back from Mt Cook - fog shrouded this lone valley as the dark pine trees were peeking through.
And yet another one of my favourite scenes. Leaving the mighty Mt Cook - the largest peak in New Zealand. This journey was incredible.
Flying over the Southern Alps en route to Milford Sound. This was easily one of the highlights of the trip and something I’ll never forget. I just remember being so overwhelmed by how much beauty surrounded us that morning and feeling like I didn’t even want to blink or I’d miss it.
…That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed these! I can’t wait to go back someday and capture this gorgeous country once again, there’s always so much to see and do and one trip will never cover it!