New Zealand

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{Aoraki/Mt Cook reflected in the turquoise water of Lake Pukaki}

On the 1st of January my new wife, Charlotte, and I, flew out to New Zealand for the first stop on our self-titled 'Mega-Moon'! Our decision to go to New Zealand was made easier by the fact that not only was NZ a landscape photographer's dream but that we had been invited to our great friend's, Hannah & Joe's, wedding in Waihi. Β Rude not to then really?!

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{Queenstown - our first stop in NZ and the gateway to some of the South Island's 'best-bits'...and pies!}

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{The Remarkables mountain range dominates the view from almost everywhere in Queenstown and a trip up the gondola offers some of the best views in the area}

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{Hannah, Charlotte & Joe; minutes after possibly the greatest pie of my life. Arrowtown is Pie Heaven!}

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{Arrowtown Willows}

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{A lone farmers hut, dwarfed by Poplar trees - Somewhere near Glenorchy}

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{Fungus-coated Beech forestry}

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{The postcard view of Mitre Peak, Milford Sound's most iconic mountain and arguably the most well known vista in the whole of NZ}

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{At 162m, Bowen Falls is the highest waterfall at Milford Sound}

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{At 2014m, Mt Pembroke and the other surrounding peaks rise straight out of the Sound itself. The waterfall at the bottom left of the picture is 151m high!}

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{A close up of Stirling Falls (the tiny waterfall in the last picture). The sheer sides of the mountains are covered in Beech trees, the roots of which intertwine together to cling on to the rock faces}

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{Iron and copper ore, running through the rock on the face of Mite Peak, Milford Sound}

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{A long exposure of the night sky, from right outside our camper van window. Milford Sound Lodge}

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{The Milford Road. Dubbed the greatest drive on Earth, it's easy to see why; views like this are round every corner}

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{The Key Summit walk (a small section of the huge Routeburn Track Great Walk), is as spectacular as anything we saw all trip. The colours up here are unbelievable. This image was actually desaturated because I thought the colours were too intense to be believable!}

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{Named for it's obvious jagged peaks, Mt Crosscut dominates the valley and Lake Marian. Pure Lord Of The Rings country!}

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{Decent spot for a Sunday stroll!}

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{Mt Tutoko; at 2723m is the Fiordland National Park's highest mountain. With very few decent viewpoints of the mountain and Tutoko River in the same frame, this image was the result of a complicated blend of three exposures, in quite harsh sunlight, on a really shaky bridge!}

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{Lake Wanaka at sunset}

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{Charlotte taking in the view at Lake Wanaka}

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{Aoraki/Mt Cook. NZ's highest mountain and training ground for Sir Edmund Hilary, before his summit of Everest}

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{Kaikoura's other-wordly coastline and definitely the craziest skies at sunset I've ever seen! Both images unedited for colour!}

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{Our trusty steed for the South Island leg of our NZ trip}

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{Hobbiton! Anyone who knows me well, knows what a complete Tolkien nut I am. You can imagine the rest!}

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{The Hobbiton Crew!}

Hope you've all enjoyed a taster of our NZ trip. Part Two will be on it's way soon, so watch this space!