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Exploring New Zealand Tip-to-Tip

New Zealand has long been a ‘bucket list’ destination for photographers around the world. It has often been described as one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, scoring in the ‘Top 10’ on many travel and photography websites. My wife and I have been very fortunate to be able to visit New Zealand a number of times. Our most recent three trips (2013 to 2018) were focused on doing field work for a photography eBook (New Zealand Tip-to-Tip) which we just published at the end of October 2018. Since our photographs were taken over a number of years, they were captured using both Nikon full frame gear, as well as Nikon 1 equipment.

Spending about 3 months driving throughout the country and photographing a wide range of locations, does create many personal perspectives. The objective of this article is to share some of our experiences, as well as some of our favourite images.


NIKON D800 + 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/250, f/8.0

The North Island and South Island are very different experiences. The North is more heavily populated with about ¾ of the country’s population, and is more cosmopolitan in nature. My wife and I tend to avoid cities like the plague when we travel, much preferring rural and more natural settings.