Our six-week stay in New Zealand was the longest in any of the 23 countries we visited during our year-long round-the-world journey. We started in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, and proceeded from there by van or boat throughout the north and south islands. Traveling was easy and comfortable in New Zealand. In this collection you’ll see the best images from the highlights of the trip – Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Raikura Caves, Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Abel Tasman National Park, Christchurch, Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, Queenstown, Fjordlands National Park and Milford Sound. By the end of the trip, it was easy to see why Peter Jackson chose his stunningly scenic homeland to film the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
One of the most frequent questions people ask me about the round-the-world journey is: What was your favorite country? I do not hesitate when I answer New Zealand, Iceland and Australia. Which is not to say there weren’t things to love about each of the countries we visited. But there was something very magical about New Zealand that made me feel very much alive and very much connected with the natural world. This is a place I could never tire of visiting.
© Stuart L Gordon Photography