New Zealand

New Zealand, an Extraordinary Photography Destination

Paul Rowsthorn, Airguides

21 September 2019

Ask travellers about their list of dream destinations and most of the time, New Zealand will be there somewhere. For good reason! There’s something to suit any travel style, ranging from the most hard-core adventurers to travellers looking to experience the beauty of New Zealand more luxuriously by visiting famous wineries and restaurants.

While the South Island is known for its majestic landscapes and definitely the most popular for travellers who love nature and the outdoors, the North Island is increasingly becoming a target destination. This is backed up by the Waikato region recently being named number 17 on the Forbes top 50 bucket list destinations. It seems the only place capable of stealing some of the thunder away from the South Island, is actually its smaller sister. 

With so much to explore in both Islands, the biggest challenge you have is how to create your dream itinerary. This is why Airguides has searched the world for the best travel photographers, filmmakers and adventurers to make sure you don’t miss anything. I mean, what goes better together with dream landscapes, than photography? How many countries can you name where you can take a sunrise photo on the east coast, then drive through incredible mountain passes and catch an incredible sunset photo over the west coast? All in a single day!

Elephant Rock – Taranaki

Photograph by Meghan Maloney

You can now create your dream New Zealand adventure from bookable itineraries created by photographers like Meghan Maloney. If you’re a passionate photographer or got inspired to travel to New Zealand because of photos on Instagram, chances are you have already seen many of Meghan’s photos. 

Meghan is one of the most passionate landscape photographers in New Zealand and has spent years discovering the most incredible hikes and photography locations to make sure you don’t miss them.

I help people experience the real New Zealand, not the one you find visiting tourist spots. ” – Meghan Maloney

The North Island includes locations around Meghan’s backyard Waikato, including the Blue Spring, incredible beaches like Piha, Karekare, Cape Regina, Matapouri Bay, Cathedral Cove and the famous Hot Water Beach, as well as mountain hikes such as Mt Taranaki, Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Another highlight is the natural thermal hot springs around Rotorua and even a little-known place where you can see the famous cave worms for free. The North Island is famous for its green rolling hills landscape and some of New Zealand’s most stunning beaches.

Homunga Bay – North Island

Photograph by Meghan Maloney

For the South Island, you’ll be rewarded with mind-blowing landscapes in locations like Lake Matheson, Hokitika Gorge, Mt Cook, Nugget Point lighthouse, Lake Tekapo and some impressive locations around Queenstown that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Much of the South Island is so remote, you’ll feel like the last people left on Earth. You can set up your campervan up against incredible landscapes and be the only person for miles.

If you’re lucky and the timing works out, Meghan also offers one or two day photography masterclasses in areas surrounding Mt Cook, Queenstown and Waikato. Not only will you be guided by the master herself to the best photo locations, Meghan will also help you to recreate and take your own iconic images of New Zealand.

Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, New Zealand is guaranteed to give you a year’s worth of editing when you get home. 

When should you go? New Zealand is most popular in the summer months (December, January and February). Sunny and beautiful, the prices can get higher in this season, you probably won’t have the hiking paths to yourself and we recommend you to book in advance to avoid missing out. Honestly, the best time to visit New Zealand is any time of the year. Each season has something special about it, especially for photographers, and it’s really up to you. Do you prefer fewer crowds? Enjoy colourful landscapes? See orcas and dolphins? Then Autumn might be your best season to go.

While planning your next holiday to New Zealand, please do take the time to read about the Tiaki Promise. Tiaki means to care for people and place in Te Reo, the language of the Māori people. By following the Tiaki Promise you act as a guardian for New Zealand and protect and preserve it.  

Are you inspired by Meghan’s trips and would like more information? Get in touch via the website. We would love to help you plan your dream holiday in New Zealand.