Aotearoa – New Zealand – the land of magical landscapes was our year-end Christmas destination for 2012.

The 18-day road trip took us roughly 2,600 km over the North and South Islands. Our trip actually started in the South Island at Christchurch where we went southbound towards Lake Wanaka before turning north to the glacier towns of Fox Glaciers and Franz Josef and onward to Nelson. We crossed the Cook Straits on the InterIslander and, from Wellington, headed northeast to Lake Taupo before ending our journey in Coromandel.

In each of the towns that we visited, we were spell-bound by the breathtaking landscapes across the two islands. Just as you think you’ve captured ‘the’ picture of the day, you turn around and there is another view just as spectacular.

In putting this portfolio together, it was very difficult to decide what pictures should be included. In the end, the panoramas did the best justice to the amazing landscapes. This is also the first time I’m turning this portfolio into a photobook, On the Road – A Magical Roadtrip in Aotearoa.

Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, we look forward to returning to your magical land.


Lake Tekapo, the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand


Church of the Good Shepard


Field of lupins


Lake Tekapo overlooking Church of the Good Sheperd


Lake Alexandria


Lake Pukaki with the majestic Mt Cook towering over


Lake Wanaka


Havelock, a coastal village in the Marlborough region that sits at the head of Pelorus Sound, one of the Marlborough Sounds, and at the mouth of the Pelorus and Kaituna Rivers.


Paekakariki overlooking Kapiti Island


Sunset at Days Bay in Wellington


Christmas Eve sunset in Lake Taupo


Mt. Tongaruiro, New Zealand’s first national park and inspiration to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy


Champagne Pool, a prominent geothermal feature within the Waiotapu area in the North Island


Coromandel Peninsula


2 Responses to Aotearoa

  • Betty Lee Lo

    A magical landscape far away, yet close to my memory. We sojourned there in Dec of 1998. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

  • Judy Stevens

    Fabulous photos.  I’e been to most of those places and you certainly do them justice.

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