South Island (NZ) landscape photo location

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by cutebird2002, Feb 27, 2004.

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    cutebird2002 Guest

    I'm going to South Island NZ for a week. My trip will start from
    Christchurh - Queenstown - Te Anau - Dunedin. Please help me to find best
    photo location for landscape arround that area (or little bit further).

    Thanks.
     
    cutebird2002, Feb 27, 2004
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    Ralph Guest

    The whole area is great. Make sure that you take a ride to the top of the
    gondola at Queenstown. Lake Wanaka is great as is Mt Cook.
     
    Ralph, Feb 27, 2004
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    Bushy Guest

    My favourite from when I was 15 and took slides while there on Holidays was
    a countryside sheep farm from the side of the road somewhere north of
    Queenstown. The bus stopped so we could have a little "smoko break". That
    was MANY years ago, but it still is my fav landscape of all time.

    Peter
     
    Bushy, Feb 29, 2004
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    musashi Guest

    I spent just over two weeks there last year for my honeymoon. Absolutely
    loved it. Anyway, South Island...as per previous post, everywhere is
    good. From Chrsichurch you might want to go to Kaikoura which is about
    an hours drive south. The view from the top of the hill coming down to
    Kaikoura is stunning. There's also dolphin watching and the town has a
    French look to it. Some stops along the way to Christchurch could
    include Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook and Lindis Pass. If you're like me, you'll
    be stopping every few kilometres (if your driving yourself (highly
    recommended and the roads have so little traffic) to photograph one
    thing or another. From Christchurch, I highly recommend waking very
    early and driving along Lake Wakatipu toward Glenorchy. About midway
    along there is a spot by the side of the road where you can stop to
    take in a very spectacular view. Looks best in the early morning when
    the sun is rising; the colours when I was there was gorgeous. The drive
    to Te Anau was also very photographic. Just outside of the town there
    is a 'reserve' of red hummocks which looked great (especially when wind
    blown). Make sure to do the Doubtful Sound tour (longer and more
    spectacular than Milford Sound). Unfortuantely, we did not get the
    opportunity to go further south so I can't comment but am planning on
    returning netx year. Anyway, hope this all helps and enjoy.
     
    musashi, Feb 29, 2004
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    cutebird2002 Guest

    Thanks Musashi, Ralph, & Bushy.

    If anyone else have different story, would be appreciated to post here.
    Nowadays, travel to NZ is the most safest trip (and cheap, thanks to cheap
    airlines).
     
    cutebird2002, Mar 1, 2004
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    koob Guest

    Ironically, I find myself in a similar situation. I leave for the South
    Island of
    New Zealand this weekend, for a quick eight day trip. Will fly in to
    Christchurch at midnight (!), hiring a car and then driving to Mt Cook
    and
    Lake Tekapo for sunrise. From there, it's off to Dunedin, Invercargill,
    Te
    Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Fox Glacier, Greymouth, then back to
    Christchurch. From the research I've done on the net, and feedback
    from
    friends, there are a couple places you shouldn't miss. The Moeraki
    Boulders
    north of Dunedin are meant to be a 'photographic attraction', along
    with the
    drive along the Otago Peninsula out to Lanarch Castle. South of Dunedin
    you
    have the Catlins (mountains), and also Nugget Pt which has a
    picturesque
    lighthouse. I'm driving west along the coast from Invercargill, and
    then up the
    Fiordland National Park boundary to Manapouri and Te Anau. I'm hoping
    to
    find some nice, remote locations along the south west coastline. Like
    the
    previous posters have mentioned, I'm really chasing those locations
    that
    aren't documented - in the middle of nowhere, 'over a rise and to the
    left', all
    that sort of thing. Going solo will also mean I can stop and setup
    whenever I
    wish. Apparently a lot of the west coast in the north, up near
    Greymouth,
    are black beaches, which makes for fairly unique photos. There's also
    heaps
    of wineries in the Otago/Queenstown region for the cliche vineyards
    and
    rolling hills photos. I won't be using digital, but will report back
    after the trip
    and post some shots if and when I organise a scanner for 617's. All the
    best


    KB.

    PS. Check out http://www.granthunter.co.nz/ for some nice pics of the
    region. I
    found the website via a search engine and have decided to visit some of
    the
    locations he has photographed.
     
    koob, Mar 1, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

     
    Bruce Graham, Mar 2, 2004
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