New Zealand offers an incredible array of targets for your aim

From magnificent mountain peaks to rugged coastal beaches and bustling urban centres, New Zealand is a photographer’s dream in every way. Year-round, majestic vistas and evergreen forests offer plenty of opportunities to capture stunning images. The diversity of scenery that can be captured here is unlike anywhere else on earth – the photo opportunities are endless.

In summer, you can enjoy the long days and the warm, golden light. As summer turns into autumn, the crowds subside, leaving the open countryside with crisp, clear blue skies. Snow-capped mountains, misty landscapes and flowing waterfalls are hallmarks of winter in the country. In the spring, the return of warmer weather brings a stunning display of wildflowers mixed with frolicking wildlife. Here are some great tips for photography in New Zealand through its majestic seasons:

Capture the warmth of the pleasant summer breeze in spring (September to November)

Spring in New Zealand is an ideal time for photography, and there are a number of interesting subjects to point your camera at. Photos of New Zealand in spring often feature lupine – a beautiful blue/purple flower that is abundant in many of our national parks. New Zealand has around 200 species of fern, the ‘koru’ fern is often photographed – it is the tightly coiled spiral shape of new fronds or leaves. Another popular subject among visiting photographers in spring is the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. The phenomenon is seen quite often in winter and spring, and with rising temperatures, spring is a nicer time to hang out with your camera late at night.

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Photograph the sun and playful wildlife during the summer (December – February)

Summer in New Zealand sees the Fiordland crested penguin return to Milford Sound on the South Island’s lower west coast. New Zealand fur seals and several species of dolphins can also be spotted here in summer. It is therefore recommended to take your camera and test your eye for a snapshot of the wildlife in Fiordland National Park. The great thing about photography in a setting as beautiful as Milford is that if the wildlife isn’t playing ball, or you can’t get close enough, the sheer granite cliffs, plunging into the dark depths of sound, create amazing scenes. and equally rewarding captures. In picturesque Queenstown, keep an eye out for the warm light of long days in the Wakatipu Basin, the sunsets here are often some of the most awe-inspiring on the planet. For those who like their subjects a little more adventurous, you can opt for the swing at Lake Hayes, or “Little Thailand” on Lake Wakatipu, and photograph people bravely throwing themselves into the refreshing waters of the lakes around the Queenstown area. .

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Frame captured auburn leaves in the fall (March-May)

Autumn in New Zealand is a great time of year to capture beautiful shades of red and yellow. The deciduous trees turn from green to red, orange and yellow, and the ground is covered in different shades of autumn leaves. The small mining settlement of Arrowtown, in the Wakatipu Basin near Queenstown, is arguably the best place in the country to capture nature’s changes during the autumn season. Beautiful traditional wooden storefronts characterize Arrowtown’s main street, alongside towering cottonwood trees that shed their spring and summer leaves as temperatures drop.

Capture the winter snow paradise (June – August)

Crisp, clear blue skies, snow-capped hills as far as the eye can see and icy blue lakes describe winters in New Zealand. New Zealand’s North Island is characterized by its geothermal activity and famous volcanoes, including Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro. They are very impressive in winter when covered in fresh snow. A visit to Tongariro Castle in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park gives you the opportunity to photograph the castle’s unique architecture, against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes.

With New Zealand’s borders open to all, it’s time to tour the country and discover the photographer in you.

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