There are two ways to approach planning your photography trips:

Book accommodation well in advance, and accept whatever happens with the weather, good or bad.

  1. Go during winter when there are less tourists. Then you can book accommodation the day before, and travel...

New Year’s Eve was biting at my heels. Queenstown was the last place I wanted to be on December 31st. The Hills beckoned beyond the tinsel town, so I boarded the Skyline gondola for my escapade.

Once past the Skyline Restaurant, punching through the thin veneer of amu...

Cape Farewell is the northern-most point of the South Island of New Zealand. This breath-taking landmark was discovered by Abel Tasman in 1642 and named by Captain Cook when he departed New Zealand in 1770.

The fantastical Archway Islands around the corner make this de...

The city of Dunedin is surrounded with spectacular coastal scenery. Local landscapers are spoiled for choice. Just a few clicks south of the city, Tunnel Beach is, perhaps, the best of them all. This is a primal place which exudes raw beauty. The pounding Pacific colli...

To reach this landmark lighthouse requires a tedious gravel bash of seven kilometres. The pounding of hardened leather boots on unstable rocks had my feet screaming blue murder. Two hours elapsed before I arrived at the 18m-high structure, looming over Nelson Haven lik...

At the bottom of the world; the ends of the earth, really, lies this magic landmark.

Situated near the southernmost point of New Zealand's South Island, this remote headland is named for the dozen rock stacks that defiantly rise above the pounding Pacific.

Above, a relat...

Located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, the Moeraki Boulders are a tourist magnet, particularly at sunrise. Visit during the warmer months of summer, and you will be jostling in a crowd. But in winter you can sleep in til 6am, and still be first on the...

Sometimes the most interesting landscape shots are a combination of several critical factors; a perfect storm coming together at the right time. Call it serendipity if you like, or attribute it to careful planning and research.

Here, I needed low tide to access the beac...

Back story: I was visiting our capital city, Wellington, for a cousin's funeral. I rented a car and drove north to the remote rural outpost that is Castlepoint. The lighthouse here is well-photographed, usually from a prominent lookout point. I spent hours there c...

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