A breath (or 10) of fresh air

New Zealand.
South Island.
October 2nd – 13th 2014. 

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_M5A0699_M5A0671_M5A0607^Andrew is responsible for this beautiful photo! His eye for landscapes has very quickly surpassed my own.

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2 thoughts on “A breath (or 10) of fresh air

  1. Hi Shaelah, wonderful pictures. I am planning to go to New Zealand in 2 month’s time and also thinking of renting an RV to drive from Auckland to Christchurch and visit Milford Sound and maybe do one or two tramps, but was wondering what photography gear you guys used when there to take your landscape shots, and whether you recommended the RV experience over the bus pass and camping experience ?

    Also any tips you have from your experiences there will be appreciated, I will be heading to central america after therefore in conflict as weather to bring a sleeping bag etc.

    Thanks Sam

    1. Hi Sam,

      Thank you! I couldn’t really speak about a bus pass camping experience but I definitely recommend the campervan & DOC campsites. The initial outlay seemed like a lot, but once we got there we saved so much money with campsites, (they ranged from $5-$12/night) preparing our own food, and not having to additionally hire transport. (Just remember to budget for fuel and the right TYPE of fuel – petrol or diesel). You’re out there in nature but a bit protected from the elements, more so than in a tent – probably not enough protection for us on some nights where it was below 0 degrees and the vans are not really insulated that well! (We bought up on merino wool garments after the first night.) I would be prepared for cold weather – you won’t be there in the dead of winter, but we were there in October and it was still snowing in some areas.

      Be prepared for Milford Sound to maybe be closed – it was when we tried to go unfortunately 😦

      Photography gear was largely a 5D mIII with a 70-200mm lens. I also had a 35mm prime that I used a bit, but most of the time it was the telephoto. I had no computers etc. just made sure I had heaps of cards. I can’t remember if I took my tripod or not but we didn’t use it.

      I can’t wait to go back to be honest; I highly recommend the experience!

      Oh and if possible, I would hire a newer rather than older van – fuel economy is likely to be better, and they’re less likely to break down. The fixtures are also nicer.

      Oooh and have proper waterproof hiking boots!!! (And clothing. And a rainproof jacket.)

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