Heading to New Zealand for a much-needed vacay? Here are some photography tips for every season...

From the golden light of summer to the snow capped mountains in summer, here's how to get the best of New Zealand on your camera

author_img IANS Published :  19th August 2022 06:57 PM   |   Published :   |  19th August 2022 06:57 PM
Cover the beauty of New Zealand through its different seasons

Cover the beauty of New Zealand through its different seasons

From magnificent mountain peaks to wild coastal beaches and vibrant urban centres, New Zealand is a photographer's dream in every way. Year-round, majestic vistas and evergreen forests present numerous possibilities for capturing stunning imagery. The diversity of the landscapes that can be captured here is unlike anywhere else on earth - the photo opportunities are endless.

In summer, you can take advantage of the long days and the warm, golden light. As summer turns to autumn, the crowds disappear leaving open countryside with clear crisp blue skies. Snow-capped mountains, misty landscapes, and flowing waterfalls are the hallmarks of winter in the country. In 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 during spring (September - November)

Spring in New Zealand is a great time for photography, and there are a number of interesting subjects to point your camera at. Photos of New Zealand in spring will often feature the lupin - a beautiful blue/purple flower abundant in many of our national parks. New Zealand has around 200 species of fern, the fern 'koru' is often photographed - this is the tightly rolled spiral shape of new fronds or leaves. Another popular subject amongst photographers visiting in spring is the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. The phenomenon is visible quite often in winter and spring, and with the temperatures rising, spring is a more pleasant time to stand outdoors with your camera late at night.

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Photograph sunshine and playful wildlife during summer (December - February)

Summer in New Zealand sees the Fiordland crested penguin returning to Milford Sound on the South Island's lower West Coast. New Zealand fur seals and several species of dolphin can also be spotted there in the summers. So, it is recommended that you grab your camera and test out your eye for a wildlife snap 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 cliffs of granite, plunging into the dark depths of the sound make for some incredible and equally rewarding captures. In picturesque Queenstown, keep an eye out for the warm light of the long days in the Wakatipu Basin, sunsets there are often amongst the most impressive on the planet. For those who like their subjects a little more adventurous, you can go for the rope swing at Lake Hayes, or ‘Little Thailand’ on Lake Wakatipu, and snap people throwing themselves bravely into the refreshing waters of the lakes around the Queenstown area.

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Frame the auburn leaves captured during Autumn (March-May)

Autumn in New Zealand is a beautiful time of year to capture some beautiful tones of red and yellow. The deciduous trees turn from green to red, orange, and yellow, and the ground is blanketed in different shades of autumn leaves. The small gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, in the Wakatipu Basin near Queenstown, is arguably the best spot in the country to capture the changes in nature during the autumn season. Beautiful, traditional wooden storefronts characterize the main street of Arrowtown, alongside the majestic poplars shedding their spring and summer leaves as the temperatures fall.

Capture the snow paradise during winter (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 its famous volcanoes which include Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Tongariro. They are mighty impressive in the winter when blanketed with fresh snowfall. A visit to the Chateau Tongariro in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park gives you an opportunity to photograph the unique architecture of the Chateau, with the backdrop of snow-covered volcanoes.

With New Zealand's borders being opened to all, it's time to visit the country and discover the photographer in you.

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