Exploring New Zealand – Wanaka + Queenstown

Imagine mountain peaks dusted with snow, glaciers, alpine lakes and landscapes that will have you filling memory cards quicker than you can say ‘wow’. This is only the start of New Zealand’s offerings.

I’ve been exploring the incredible scenery from Christchurch to Wanaka and Queenstown for the past few days and wanted to share a little photo summary of my adventures with you all. Eating and being indoors have taken a backseat to the endless opportunities for photographs with my days spent travelling from lakes to mountains, rocky streams to snow covered paddocks…I really can’t get enough!

Take a peek below at a small collection of images captured along the way…there will be loads more coming shortly from this trip along with photo location guides and photography tips for shooting so keep an eye out.

The Aurora Australis and Milky Way shining bright over Lake Wanaka.

The Aurora Australis and Milky Way shining bright over Lake Wanaka.

Sheep Crossing the Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka.

Sheep Crossing the Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka.

Photographing atop Roy's Peak.

Photographing atop Roy’s Peak.

SHEEP! Love seeing these cute little munchkins everywhere along the road!

SHEEP! Love seeing these cute little munchkins everywhere along the road!

Lindis Pass, Otago Region

Lindis Pass, Otago Region

Star jumping on top of the world at Roy's Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka.

Star jumping on top of the world at Roy’s Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka.

A helicopter over Aspiring National Park

A helicopter ride over Aspiring National Park

Sunset at Waterfall Creek as the winds whipped up waves in Lake Wanaka.

Hiking Roy's Peak

Hiking Roy’s Peak

The Milky Way twinkling over Lake Wanaka.

The Milky Way twinkling over Lake Wanaka.

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Lisa Michele Burns

Hello! I'm the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. With 14+yrs experience as a professional travel and landscape photographer, all advice found on this site is from my personal experience on the road. I hope it's useful for your own travels and would love to hear in the comments about your trips and experiences around the world.

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Great shots from the far south in New Zealand. Thanks.

Great images, love the star jumping pic!

Thanks Kate! I felt a lot more awkward doing the start jump than the photo implies 🙂

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