Postcards from New Zealand’s South Island

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New Zealand’s spectacular landscape and outdoor attractions have been calling out to photographers, hikers, naturalists and adventurers for decades.  And since the immortalisation of these natural highlights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, more and more travellers have been heading south to experience it for themselves.

Earlier this year I finally joined them and discovered what the locals have always known: that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

My three week self-drive through the South Island introduced me to dramatic scenery, interesting wildlife, star-filled skies, energising hikes, a relaxed culture and friendly locals.  And despite its popularity as a tourist destination, I enjoyed many locations in energising solitude.

I was rewarded with endless photography opportunities with postcard perfect scenes at every turn.

Here is just a small taste of what New Zealand’s beautiful and spectacular South Island has to offer.

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Mt Cook National Park & Glacier – from the air

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Milky Way above Church of Good Shephard – Lake Tekapo

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Duksy Dolphin – Kaikoura

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Mt Cook National Park

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Sunrise – Kaikoura

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Mt Cook National Park – from the air

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Albatross – Stewart Island

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Milky Way – Kaikoura

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West Coast Reflection

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Fur Seal – Kaikoura

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Mt Cook National Park – from the air

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Truman Track – Punakaiki

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Sunset at Punakaiki Beach

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“That Tree” – Wanaka

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Waterfall at Milford Sound

Lake Waihola

Lake Waihola

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Sunset at Lake Tekapo





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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at


  1. Wow, is it just me or is New Zeeland a little underrated as a travel destination? Your pictures are amazing!

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