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Impressions of the South Island, New Zealand

Words and Photography by Ricky Kresslein

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Landing in Christchurch with only a camera and a blank itinerary, photographer Ricky Kresslein began his search for stunning New Zealand landscapes. He did not have to look far. A drive down the Southern Scenic Route makes it difficult to keep one’s eyes on the road. Every turn produces another opportunity for wonder and adventure.

The Elephant Rocks seem to be placed by giants, decorating the green pastures of local farmers. Here, the sky turns to fire to light them, Duntroon, northern Otago.
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The Elephant Rocks seem to be placed by giants, decorating the green pastures of local farmers. Here, the sky turns to fire to light them, Duntroon, northern Otago.

On a cloudy day, a waterfall pours over the edge of a cliff, splattering in the sand below, Tunnel Beach, Dunedin, eastern Otago.
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On a cloudy day, a waterfall pours over the edge of a cliff, splattering in the sand below, Tunnel Beach, Dunedin, eastern Otago.

The sun rises at Bushy Beach. Visitors here at sunrise can see yellow-eyed penguins leaving the bush for the sea, hoping to catch some breakfast. Fur seals also lounge on the sand, warming themselves between swims, Oamaru,
northern Otago.
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The sun rises at Bushy Beach. Visitors here at sunrise can see yellow-eyed penguins leaving the bush for the sea, hoping to catch some breakfast. Fur seals also lounge on the sand, warming themselves between swims, Oamaru, northern Otago.

Purakaunui Falls is hidden within the Catlins, down a short track into the jungle. The roaring water pours over wide stone steps, creating the perfect atmosphere to lose one’s self in a dream, Owaka, southern Otago.
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Purakaunui Falls is hidden within the Catlins, down a short track into the jungle. The roaring water pours over wide stone steps, creating the perfect atmosphere to lose one’s self in a dream, Owaka, southern Otago.

Lake Pukaki borders the road to Mt. Cook, a popular drive for tourists. The snow-capped mountains, blue lake, and brown grass provide a captivating contrast, Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury.
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Lake Pukaki borders the road to Mt. Cook, a popular drive for tourists. The snow-capped mountains, blue lake, and brown grass provide a captivating contrast, Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury.

The sun peeks over the cliffs at Tunnel Beach, illuminating the spring wildflowers, as waves smack against sandstone down below, Dunedin, eastern Otago.
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The sun peeks over the cliffs at Tunnel Beach, illuminating the spring wildflowers, as waves smack against sandstone down below, Dunedin, eastern Otago.

A weeping willow grows in the icy water of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, central Otago.
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A weeping willow grows in the icy water of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, central Otago.

The petrified forest at Curio Bay is 180 million years old. A flood of water mixed with volcanic ash petrified it in less than a month. One can still make out the stumps and fallen branches of the ancient forest, Catlins, Southland.
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The petrified forest at Curio Bay is 180 million years old. A flood of water mixed with volcanic ash petrified it in less than a month. One can still make out the stumps and fallen branches of the ancient forest, Catlins, Southland.

Residents of Queenstown turn on their lights as darkness falls on the town and its beauty, central Otago.
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Residents of Queenstown turn on their lights as darkness falls on the town and its beauty, central Otago.

Published on December 12, 2017
Country: New Zealand ›
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