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Marlborough Region, Cook Strait, Krzysztof Golik, Wiki CC4

Landscapes of Aotearoa

Featured: Aotearoa: “land of the long white cloud.” Marlborough Region from Cook Strait: photo by Krzysztof Golik, Wiki CC4.

  • Landscape (noun), definition: visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of aesthetic appeal.
  • Māori: “mano whenua“, heartland or interior of the country
  • Chinese: 景色
  • German: die Landschaft
  • Spanish: el paisaje

As part of my year-long around-the-world journey in 2012, I spent most of July in New Zealand (Aotearoa). The following 12 landscape images provide another perspective about how I feel about non-urban settings. I’ve had some say about urban cityscapes, but I’ll be the person to stop every few kilometres for every possible vista. The following images from the North Island (Te Ika a Māui) and South Island (Te Waipounamu) are reminders of my desire to return to Aotearoa.

  1. Wellington Harbour (Te Whanganui a Tara)
  2. Cook Strait (Te Moana Raukawa)
  3. East coast, near Kaikoura
  4. Akaroa
  5. Bealey, Canterbury region
  6. Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere)
  7. Fox Glacier (Te Moeka o Tuawe)
  8. Lake Matheson (Te Ara Kairaumati)
  9. Southern Alps (Kā Tiritiri o te Moana)
  10. Aoraki and Horokoau
  11. Queenstown (Tāhuna)
  12. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi)

New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day, is observed annually on 6 February.

Wellington Harbour (Te Whanganui a Tara)

Cook Strait (Te Moana Raukawa)

Hapuku (East coast near Kaikoura)


Bealey, Canterbury region

Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere)

Fox Glacier (Te Moeka o Tuawe)

Lake Matheson (Te Ara Kairaumati)

Southern Alps (Kā Tiritiri o te Moana)

Air Safaris, Grand Traverse, Southern Alps, Ka Tiritiri o te Moana, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, South Island, Te Waipounamu, Te Wahipounamu, UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Zealand, Aotearoa,

From Tasman Glacier to Lake Pukaki – 21 Jul 2012 (HL).

Aoraki and Horokoau

Queenstown (Tāhuna)

The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, Otago, South Island, Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa, New Zealand,

The Remarkables mountain range over Lake Wakatipu (HL).

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi)

Except for the top/featured photo from Wikipedia (CC4), I made all remaining pictures above in July 2012 with a Canon 450D; alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

21 Responses to “Landscapes of Aotearoa”

    • fotoeins

      Thanks, Patti! I’ve spent more time on the South Island, and I think the entire place essentially sparkles in any decent light. I’d like to spend more time on the North Island, as well as more time “across the ditch” in Australia.

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    • fotoeins

      I agree, Patti: that particular expression about the Tasman Sea has stayed with me for a long time. I don’t remember exactly where I heard it the first time, though my best guess is Sydney for the amount of time I’d spent there. Do you have a(nother) favourite expression?


    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Tina. New Zealand’s South Island was entirely like a beautiful dream. As a visitor, I don’t think there’s ever enough time to fully absorb every minute detail (because I want to) of the landscape and of her people.


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