Milford to Wanaka Virtual Road Trip

Everyone loves road-trips and what better way to show you some of the South Island’s most scenic spots. than to have an itinerary that you can follow along.  For this trip we’ll be starting in one of the most amazing photography spots in the world Milford Sound.

 

Milford Sound Mitre Peak Reflection

Milford Sound is notorious for stunning fiords and unpredictable weather.  I’ve traveled here several times over the years in an attempt to get this shot.  The early morning wake-up paid off this time as I was greeted with calm waters and dramatic low light. (23mm, f/8, 20s, ISO-64)

 

Bowen Falls Waterfall Milford Sound

 

If you enjoy waterfalls as much as I do then you’re in for a treat as Fiordland has some of the best in the New Zealand.  Bowen Falls is visible from the shore, but there are some stunning ones visible from the ships and aircraft that provide tours in the area. (68mm, f/8, 1/8s, ISO-64) 

 

Hollyford-River

 

The drive from Milford Sound to Lake Te Anau is one of the most scenic roads you will ever drive.  There are so many stops along the way that will constantly take your breath away.  One stretch of the road follows the Hollyford River which is easily accessible for some stunning shots. (16mm, f/8, 1/5s, ISO-160)

 

Cascade-Creek-Lupines

 

If you’re travelling in the summer, be sure to stop in at Cascade Creek when the lupins are flowering. (16mm, f/8, 1/6s, ISO-64)

 

Lake-Te-Anau

 

Te Anau is a great place to base yourself with multiple DOC Great Walks in the area and New Zealand’s second largest lake offering plenty of outdoor activities.  In this case it offered an ideal location to try out some long exposure shots. (19mm, f/9, ISO-32, blend of exposures at 1/160s and 20s) 

 The Remarkables Moody Clouds

 

Queenstown is a real hub of activity in Central Otago and every time I’m here my camera gets a real workout.  The Remarkables have to be the most appropriately named mountain range in New Zealand.  They are quite simply remarkable.  The jagged peaks suit my moody style perfectly and when there’s clouds rolling in through the peaks like this, I’m in heaven. (160mm, f/13, 1/13s, ISO-64) 

 Gibbston Valley Crown Range

 

Heading North from Queenstown is another of my favourite stretches of road, the Crown Range.  The lookout on the Queenstown side offers amazing vistas from Kawarau River and Gibbston Valley, across Lake Hayes and around to Arrowtown.  All of which are well worth a visit on your trip. (52mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO-64)

 

Wanaka Tree Lake

 

I’ve been coming to Wanaka most years for the last 15 years and if you’ve ever been, you’ll understand why.  No photography trip to Wanaka is complete without getting a shot of this world-famous tree.  This shot was a real test of my skills combining a vertical panorama, focus stacking and long exposure filters to get the look I was after. (Panorama of 5 shots at 16mm, f/14, 30s, ISO-64)

 

Mount Aspiring

Finally a short drive up the lake around to Glendhu bay offers some fantastic views of Mt Aspiring. (150mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO-64)

Over the past 10 years, photography has been a passion and an artistic outlet for my creativity.  Having lived in the South Island of New Zealand my whole life I’ve grown up amongst some of the best landscapes the world has to offer.  It’s easy to take such an environment for granted and I discovered that through my photography I could share my unique perspective of the landscape I love so much.

New Zealand has such a varied environment that every landscape photographer can find what they’re looking for.  For me, mountains have always had a special place in my heart.  The more mountains I photographed the more I realised it was the moodier views that I loved and that allowed me to develop my style in to something that I really enjoyed shooting.

Since my first DSLR in 2009 I have shot with Nikon.  All the shots here have been taken within the last year with my current set up comprising of:

Nikon D810

Nikkor 16-35

Nikkor 28-300

Nisi filters – 10 stop, 6 stop, soft grad and circular polariser.

I like to travel with as few lenses as possible so I find these two give me the most flexibility for my adventures while maintaining exceptional image quality.

All of these images are available for purchase as canvas wraps or professional photo paper prints.  You can find them in the Otago and Fiordland galleries.

Originally posted at Queenstown.com

 


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