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Photos from New Zealand (Finally) | Michael Moore Photography

Photos from New Zealand (Finally)

OK, so I’m finally getting around to posting some of the 1600 keepers I ended up with from our New Zealand trip! What an amazing adventure! Not only was the scenery incredibly breathtaking, but with the awesome variety of activities and tours from blackwater rafting in the glow worm caves to jet boat rides to bungy jumping, we’ve come back with a plethora of wonderful memories and stories to tell!

Here’s one my favourites from our Dolphin Adventure Cruise in the Bay of Islands. There were so many of them and they were incredibly playful. These guys must have been jumping 8-10 feet in the air!

Here’s one from our traditional Maori Hangi and Concert. This image depicts the Haka dance, more specifically the Peruperu, or war dance.

The next evening our Contiki Tour group partied it up on a wild boat cruise (yes, it was a theme party and I was a pirate, but I lost my eye patch and gold earing by this point). It’s not terribly artistic, but this image really sums up the atmosphere quite well and brings back a lot of great memories of the new friends we made and the great times we had:

Here’s a multi-image stitch of Mt Ruapehu in the North Island taken with my infrared camera. Click here for a larger version:

And right next to it is Mt Ngauruhoe (a.k.a. Mt Doom from the Lord of the Rings)

This is the Kaikoura Coastline of the South Island. Check out the colour of the water! If you look closely, you should be able to make out a couple of seals lazing around (the original size shows a good dozen or so):

There were tons of wineries scattered across the South Island – usually in drastic contrast to the somewhat barren grasslands:

Here’s another infrared landscape snapped from the window of our couch window:

I was in photo heaven on this trip! This was taken shortly after hopping off the helicopter that dropped us off in the middle of Franz Joseph glacier. Just minutes after we arrived, the sun burst over the top of the mountains to produce one of the most amazing sites I’ve ever seen (the photos hardly do it justice). Click here for a larger version:

Looking down the glacier back towards base camp:

The second group of adventurers coming back to join us – many of whom were from Australia and had never even seen natural ice or snow before:

I really liked this one of our fearless glacier tour guide planning our route through the ice maze:

The crazy Shotover Jetboat ride through beautiful Shotover Canyon. Check out how close they get to the edge of the cliffs as they fly by…not to mention the 360 spins!:

A view over lake Wakatipu, shot from the van that took us out to our 20 km Routeburn Track hike:

Another view of northern Lake Wakatipu. In the distant right, you’ll see the range used as the “Misty Mountains” in Lord of the Rings. Click here for a larger version:

Closeup of the “Misty Mountains”:

Here we are in the Routeburn Flats (the bottom of the valley shown in my previous blog entry’s photo). The people in the foreground give it a good sense of scale (that’s Iveta on the right kindy carrying my photo backpack for the walk back since I almost died lugging that thing 10 km nearly all uphill)!

Some more beautifully layered mountains on our drive back from the trail:

There are about 4 million people living in New Zealand vs 40 million sheep!

This is Bowen Falls in Milford Sound. It doesn’t look it, but it’s 163m tall (over 50 storeys)! Just for comparison, Niagara Falls is only 52m tall (less than 1/3 the height of this one)! Crazy!

Our overnight cruise ship – The Milford Wanderer – nestled in a quiet cove in Milford Sound for the night:

And to give you a sense of scale of the massive cliffs on either side, here’s a shot to put things in perspective (that’s our ship at the bottom):

Some dolphins came out to play and ride the bow wave in the early morning light:

Multi-image panorama overlooking Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook (NZ’s highest point) in the distance. The colour was incredibly intense! Click here for a larger version:

In stark contrast to the majestic mountains running down the centre of the South Island, we found this beautiful scene of rolling hills and pasture on our way to Christchurch with a group of deer in the distance (you can *just* make them out in the larger version below the middle of the long line of dark trees). Click here for a larger version:

So there you have it – a VERY culled down overview of some of my favourites from the trip. If any of my Facebook friends are interested, be sure to check out the 300 or so more I’ve posted on Facebook. I hope you’ve enjoyed these half as much as I did taking them.




  1. Wow Michael!!!!

    Absolutely stunning. Amazing. Incredible… I’m lost for words. You’ve got such an incredible range of images here. Looks like you made the most of your time away!

  2. Anonymous

    These are AMAZING..I did this same trip with Contiki in February of 2007 (and Australia in January 2007)…seeing these photos makes me remember my amazing trip 🙂


  3. Anonymous

    I travelled with Kara on the same tour. Looks like your weather was better than ours. You pictures are breath-taking, much like New Zealand.


  4. Oh wow! Absolutely spectacular, Michael! I love living vicariously through your adventure.