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    Hello from New Zealand...

    Well I'm a kiwi, been living in Queenstown for the last 6 years.

    As far as travelling to NZ goes, the more time spent here the better. Even all time spent in the South Island, forgetting the North Island if got limited time and would not be disappointed. My opinion is minimum of 3 weeks is needed. My honest opinion is 4 or 5 weeks or longer. But, we all have to work...A lot of people say if 6 weeks then spend 2 weeks in North Island.

    Link here tracks and walks. Theres downloadable PDF brochures on certain tracks like Routeburn, Milford etc.
    http://csl.doc.govt.nz/templates/ByR....aspx?id=35796

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    This is from Deer Park Heights, Queenstown. Its $20 per car.

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    This photo as an example of how blue the sky is...Only a bit of sharpening added, nothing else, 400D 12-24 @12mm. End September. Looking south. These are the Remarkables. Apparantly, one of few mountains that are north/south.

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    Hmm looks like a nice place for a workshop.
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    Sweet shots wayne! We defintiely need to plan a wokshop down there Guy!
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    Yes Guy and Jack. Lets think now. Got to get that R10, or is it the M9...Early 2009 sounds good Mind you, no time like the present...

    Anyone been to New Zealand please have a say...photos...

    I did a rush trip a week ago from Queenstown to Haast, West Coast, Christchurch, Auckland with a few days at Raglan. The weather was perfect blue sky no wind in South Island, and similar in North except 2 days. Coming back Mt Cook and surrounding mountains perfectly reflected + blue sky, almost too perfect, but was in a hurry time limits, no photos.

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    Re: New Zealand

    Waynelake,

    Beautiful pics! Wish I could have seen some of that BLUE!



    I just got back from a 3 week trip there. I wish I'd spent more than 4 days on the North Island. I think 6 would have done it nicely.

    I'm still working on my write-up; but I've got tons of work catch-up to do, so it'll be a bit still.

    We did 4 days on the North Island around Rotorua (Thermals, White Water Rafting, Glow worms). We got rained out of our activity 1 day. Then we flew to the South Island (Christchurch). Enjoyed a day there and then drove south to Queenstown, with a night at Lake Tekapo and a night at Mt. Cook. (loads of fun!). From there we, we did the Milford trek (guided) (5 days). Back to Queenstown for a single night. Then way early the next morning boarded a bus (then ferry) for our trip to Stewart Island, with a few hours out for Ulva Island. 2 days later, we flew into Invercargill, rented a car and explored the Catlins, spending the night in Owaka. The next day we explored more of the Catlins as we made our way back to Manapouri. The following morning, we had a cruise out into Doubtful Sound (thanks Richard!), and that night finished the drive back to Queenstown. Finally back into Queenstown, we enjoyed a few leisure days of shopping and doing the Shotover Jet and Fly-by-Wire. Then back home. We covered some pretty good ground. Saw lots of great things...

    And were terribly confused by this "great weather" everyone kept telling us about. It would be cold and overcast in the morning, and by LATE afternoon, we'd have a tiny little hole that would show blue.

    To all the Kiwi's... Come to California and let us show you what REAL good weather looks like

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    Hi Chris

    Tell you now. Not many Kiwis have done Milford Track or been to Stewart Island, including me... One day... How crazy is that fly-by wire, never done it, but Shotover Jet and Rafting was where I took photos for work years ago.

    The sunny/rainy days can be any time of year, with Oct/Nov quite windy, mid Jan- onward better summer type days (usually). At Shotover Jet I noticed for maybe 6 weeks around December the sky extremely blue and difficult on the eyes...Its to do with the further away from the equator one gets north or south (I think this is correct?).

    This photo 2 days ago is straight from camera, Raw - resized. Evening light. Twice a day ?10-11am, and toward evening there is that type of light, half lit up Mountains. Early morning is 2D look, in shade. Or 100% sunlight.

    I thought of actually going to Arizona. Those photos with road going through the mountains/dessert? looks appealing...I need to do some geography and find out where I'm going

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    Re: New Zealand

    NZ is absolutely the most spetactularly scenic place I have been to on the planet. South Island is simply awesome - diverse and splendid, plenty of weather, great wines (not just sav blancs - the pinots can be as good as they get), food, people and a passion for Rugby, you pretty much have heaven on earth - and like the real deal - if it weren't so far away and arduous to get there, we'd all be there already...!

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    Wayne,

    Fabulous scenery and images. I've been trying to get down there to trout fish for the last 3 or 4 years. I want to combine the fishing with photography to maximize the trip. Keep posting images, we all enjoy them.
    Jack and Guy,

    I like the idea of a workshop. I know Leica would pick up at least the airfare for us heavy users !! LOL !!

    Cheers,

    Jim

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    I wish but this certainly has Jack and I thinking. It could be expensive trip though with airfare being the biggest expense
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    First is 12 Mile Delta. This was where I lived for a year or two, right there on waterfront. Its free, or nearly free (very cheap to stay). Its a Dept. of Conservation Site 1-200acres...10 kilometers from Queenstown toward Glenorchy. Theres the 2D/shadow look early morning ?8-9.30am? The scenery is same/similar as from Queenstown but from different angle, and hardly any people. Busy time, ?maybe? December-mid February. Camper Vans Rule

    2nd, The Earnslaw steam ship (1912?), Cecil peak. Queenstown.

    3rd From Deer Park Heights, Queenstown, looking west. I quite like this, although someone with more photoshop experience no doubt could do better. Also, in different lighting/clouds, or with snow would be interesting...

    Info: Queenstown is VERY tourist orientated. Bungy/jetboating/rafting/helicopter flights/skiing/parapanting etc etc..."Expensive". I met a person from Europe, who could afford one activity. He had ?2dozen brochures fanned out, got a stranger to pick one. It was tandom skydiving. Said was best thing ever he did, and wouldn't have picked to do himself...

    Now, some New Zealanders, think Queenstown is much too commercialized, and live in Wanaka. The scenery is same/similar with mountains further away...less commercialized. Both places have plenty of things to do like walking tracks, day walks for free.

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    Re: New Zealand

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Stone View Post
    Wayne,

    Fabulous scenery and images. I've been trying to get down there to trout fish for the last 3 or 4 years. I want to combine the fishing with photography to maximize the trip. Keep posting images, we all enjoy them.
    Jack and Guy,

    I like the idea of a workshop. I know Leica would pick up at least the airfare for us heavy users !! LOL !!

    Cheers,

    Jim
    Hello Jim

    I lived near the outlet of Lake Wanaka some years ago. For me was a great place, and scenic. Can get photos similar to sunset one just posted with layers of mountains...Caught Brown trout and Rainbow. I found out when packing to leave, a few cars ariving. ???Whats going on here? Itn't it a bit too dark? So I stayed. The person beside me got a 7lb Brown trout. 2 minutes later I got a 5lb...
    In winter the water sometimes calm reflecting, and is a beautiful lite blue colour...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Hutton View Post
    NZ is absolutely the most spetactularly scenic place I have been to on the planet. South Island is simply awesome - diverse and splendid, plenty of weather, great wines (not just sav blancs - the pinots can be as good as they get), food, people and a passion for Rugby, you pretty much have heaven on earth - and like the real deal - if it weren't so far away and arduous to get there, we'd all be there already...!
    Hi Don and everyone. Possibly the best place I've seen (besides internet) concerning hiking/day walks/information/photos/stories is the "Wilderness Magazine".
    http://www.wildernessmag.com/index.htm

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    Hi, guys, I lived in NZ for 30 years (currently in London but planning to return for good soon) and most of my time was spent in the South Island. I took a friend to see NZ last year and visited the Bay of Islands and Coromandel in the North Island for the first time and was just blown away by the scenery.

    Yes, the South Island is my favourite place in the world for scenery - and I'm lucky enough to have been to a large number of places - but please don't dismiss the North Island like I did for too long. Taranaki was also very beautiful but I just wish they'd lose all the damn Lord of the Rings advertising!

    Pete.

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    I am an American, but a bit of a Kiwi as well, so you are tempting me back! My parents are American, but I was born in Auckland, where they were living in the 70s. I have not been back since I was 12 or so, and I am nearing 30 now, so it has been awhile. I must say that the South Island really was so gorgeous when we went there. I remember the Remarkables, Milford Sound and the national parks being absolutely amazing. I am sure it has changed a great deal since the 80s though! The only place that I have been to that comes close is Iceland, where I am now. In fact, they are quite similar, only Iceland is colder and has no trees or wine! They do have rotting shark, rams' testicles and whole sheep-heads for delicacies though, so at least they have that going for them .

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    Re: New Zealand

    Anyone who likes trout fishing and photography - has to check out NZ - there is a particular lodge thier that can only be described as 7 star accommodation/food/wine facilites and scenery..not to mention fighting fish in perfect waters...

    i would definitely join a workshop held in NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Anyone who likes trout fishing and photography - has to check out NZ - there is a particular lodge thier that can only be described as 7 star accommodation/food/wine facilites and scenery..not to mention fighting fish in perfect waters...

    i would definitely join a workshop held in NZ.
    Okay. So what is the name of the lodge!?!?!?

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    Probably Huka Lodge. I stayed there when I went in the 80s and it was probably the nicest place I have ever been. I think now it is something like a Zeiss lens a night...back in the 80s, the US dollar was a lot stronger and there was no Lord of the Rings tourism!

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    This is Very popular event now.
    We got Possom Burgers, Gorse Flower Wine.....
    http://www.hokitika.com/wildfoods/

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    I am an American, but a bit of a Kiwi as well, so you are tempting me back! My parents are American, but I was born in Auckland, where they were living in the 70s. I have not been back since I was 12 or so, and I am nearing 30 now, so it has been awhile. I must say that the South Island really was so gorgeous when we went there. I remember the Remarkables, Milford Sound and the national parks being absolutely amazing. I am sure it has changed a great deal since the 80s though! The only place that I have been to that comes close is Iceland, where I am now. In fact, they are quite similar, only Iceland is colder and has no trees or wine! They do have rotting shark, rams' testicles and whole sheep-heads for delicacies though, so at least they have that going for them .

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    Re: New Zealand

    There are rams' testicles in NZ too but they're known as 'mountain oysters', perhaps to disguise their true identity.

    Pete.

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    The whole mountain oyster idea grosses me out... So this photo is from 12 Mile Delta, Queenstown, at sunrise, view of where I lived for a year or two, a DOC (Dept of Conservation) campsite.

    At White Heron Sanctuary Tours. Its something I'd like to do. Mating season ?Oct/Nov til March. NZ$55 for a day kayak hire... Oh, thats Okarito, on West Coast of South Island, just north of Franz Joseph Glacier.
    http://www.mountadamlodge.co.nz/attractions.html

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    Daniel very long blog page/photos of NZ. Can click on photos to make bigger.
    Ah... is in German also, but lots of photos.
    http://emmigration0708.blogspot.com/...max-results=49

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    Scroll down below link, Daniel is the one in red t-shirt in boat. Is here in NZ at moment... His 10D quit on him so bought a 40D...

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    For some reason the previous link is not working, the ...emmigration..blog... one.

    Time for more photos. Been ?stuck? in one place for a while now... in Queenstown... Been taking a lot of photos in same direction...

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    Sunset Queenstown looking east, 400D R105-280.

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    Re: New Zealand

    *sigh* I want to go back.
    I spent a goodly portion of this weekend reviewing some 3300+ images from my trip in Nov.
    My first pass had me down to around 370 images (almost 10%) but as many as 20% of those are to be made into either Pano, or HDR shots, or people shots to be sent to friends.

    My hope tonight is to get it down to approx 100 shots for review (having weeded out that 20%). Then maybe I'll post 1 or 2. ;0

    I've been debating posting a picture or two of the building next to the Thomas Hotel that burnt down in Nov 07. I leave for the Milford track, come back a week later and the building is just gone!

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    Chris
    It really takes time to go thru the photos...

    Gone, yeh. In that time I sold/delivered my 200 1.8 to Auckland, to someone that had no money Big surprise the corner building gone. Then 3 weeks later someone from Hawkes Bay Nth Island, drove to Queenstown took 5-10 minutes and dropped me at the bank with money Sad day!

    You did not have much luck with the weather. Was it the same on Milford Track? Might have been worse in that part of NZ.

    I'm not certain but think it may have been a electrical fault fire that could not be brought under control. The Rees Street Dairy was open 24 hours. If you post, I can get a photo or two of what its like now from same place. Quite different...

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    Re: New Zealand

    Yes and no. I take a lot of photos (mostly for me). So to find the good ones doesn't really take long. I just click "next next next" quickly. If a photo is good, it'll make me pause and then I mark it for later evaluation. I can usually get the top 10% in a couple hours. 2 seconds or less per image or so.

    When I get home tonight, I'll try and toss a pic or two up. The corner store was there (apparently everyone loved it because it was open all hours and a great place to buy smokes or a snack at 3:00 am) when I first arrived. The fire took place the morning (2-3am) that I flew back into Queenstown. The building was still standing and our room looked onto the roof of the building that wasn't quiet yet demolished. By the time we left, it was flattened. I felt bad for the Jewelry store. They had one of the most beautiful Geodes in their display window. I felt like making an offer on that, and not the necklaces around being sold next to it. Hahahaha.

    Sorry to hear about th 200/1.8 It's one of my favorite two lenses (and it's the one of the two that autofocuses!

    Re: Milford.
    My luck could certainly have been better, and it also could have been worse. We got a lot of wind and some snow flurries on Pass day. The people who went the week before had 5 full days of beautiful sun. We had 1 1/2 (the first 1 1/2). After that it was grey and drizzly, with only a little full rain. But at least we got to see a few more of the temporary waterfalls.

    Cheers.

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    Re: New Zealand

    Queenstown is bit of a party town, scenic, with plenty of expensive adrenalin activities, and plenty "free" things to do, walks/tracks... At 3-4 AM is surprisingly busy, and Rees Street dairy one of few places open. Can not remember a Geode at jewelry shop. They have their own mine in Australia, which is where the spectacular pieces of opal was from. There was Maori carvings, and I do remember a large piece of Greenstone Pounamu, (jade) was in the window for years... http://images.google.co.nz/images?hl...&um=1&ie=UTF-8

    200 1.8: Was just a difficult choice to sell or keep which took a few months of, "I'm keeping/enjoying it" vs "I'm selling it", and actually listing it on trademe.co.nz in between. Quite the favorite, but very hit and miss AF on 400D (which maybe needed something bright to focus on?)... Decided my R105-280 was Generally better because of focal range.

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    Re: New Zealand

    A few more of my images. An IR tree from around Mona Lisa Park in Christchurch and a Lupin from our way back from Arrowtown to Queenstown.





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    Re: New Zealand

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisDauer View Post
    A few more of my images. An IR tree from around Mona Lisa Park in Christchurch and a Lupin from our way back from Arrowtown to Queenstown.





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    The flower shot is exquisite for its subtle graduations in tone
    Charming & Beautiful to the EYE!
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    Re: New Zealand

    Heres an Autumn picture.

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    Well, heres where the Rees Street Dairy and Jewellery shop was (burnt down). Now food/coffee/small motorbike hire/and ?simulated flight machine. They will build at a later time taking in a larger area. Are waiting for shop leases to run out of arcade behind.

    Nearly the end of Autumn Leaves...

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    The type of housebus house trucks seen at Gypsy Fairs. They get together during summer selling crafts, probably more so in North Island as theres more people there. Although more hippie/vegetarian/new age, (greenies, clean and green) type people in Nelson/Motueka areas ...

    http://www.metservice.com/default/in...nfcst_7daytas#
    At last found a decent weather site...
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    Quote Originally Posted by waynelake View Post
    Well, heres where the Rees Street Dairy and Jewellery shop was (burnt down). Now food/coffee/small motorbike hire/and ?simulated flight machine. They will build at a later time taking in a larger area. Are waiting for shop leases to run out of arcade behind.

    Nearly the end of Autumn Leaves...
    Hehehe, I stayed in the room with the window on the bottom right, in your picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisDauer View Post
    Hehehe, I stayed in the room with the window on the bottom right, in your picture.
    Cool...it does not get any closer to downtown Queenstown than that. So others know, at right of photo, on other side of hotel is a park and lakefront. Oh, and right now snow almost to lake level......cold.

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    Re: New Zealand

    Well, long time, no see!

    I met a Jorg from Germany 1 year ago. He is back in NZ, for another 5 months. The ultimate work agreement? Work lots of hours + overtime per week, for 7 months. Have 5 months off work, every year. And instead of being paid weekly + overtime, get paid average pay weekly for the year...

    This is the 6th year holiday in NZ. Has a car/van, some people in NZ take care of when away.

    Stewart Island is the 3rd island of NZ, south of South Island. Ulva Island is right there also. A bird sanctuary. The way NZ used to be, LOUD with native birds... http://www.ulva.co.nz/ulva-island/Photos.asp

    Jorg gave me his photos of birds from this island. He uses Olympus 4/3rds, tele is a 50-200 F2.8-3.5 I have to admit I'm clueless about this camera...

    I'm very surprised at how close he got to these birds... This is a Native, TUI. Mmmm, maybe pronounced 2-ee

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    TUI a nectar eater, Flax flowers.


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    The yellow by bead is the pollen.

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    Usually, when seen this bird is black. Just not usual elsewhere to get so close.
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    Re: New Zealand

    Here is a Kaka.

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    I've only ever heard these birds, never seen one.

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    Very similar to the Kea.

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    Heres a Kea for comparison, Arthurs Pass, South Is.

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    Re: New Zealand

    More Natives.
    Yellow Crested Parakeet

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    Red Crested Parakeet

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    The Weka, often gets confused as being a Kiwi. Weka are very common...

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    NZ Robin, friendly, probably quite a lot around, in certain places.

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    Oyster Catcher.

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    NZ Native Wood Pidgeon. These are common, even in towns/cities. Really do have great colour. There are 25 000 Kiwis (birds, not people) at Stewart Island.

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    Ahhh New Zealand, i miss New Zealand!
    I feel lucky that i visited NZ once in my life at least [Nov 2008].

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    ...LOL... long time no see...

    Well, have been doing some research of places close to where I am, in Queenstown, and had no choice but share this links/place. Its sort of cheating, being not my pictures, but I think most New Zealanders have never heard of this place... Looks magic... The sun sets in distance to the left 45 degree angle, maybe.

    Gertrude Saddle. Close to Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound. According to Dept of Conservation, 4-6 hours return. Seems suitable as a summer walk, meaning in other seasons could be, or is a lot of snow...

    This looks like the difficult part to getting there, with a steel cable to guide one. Perhaps easy enough...
    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...-vg_LHA-f_e4cA

    The view. 2048 pixel pic.
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    A wider view... Below pic from below link
    http://bonnaf.travelblog.fr/


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    Thought I'd put some pictures up taken today near Queenstown, Remarkables mountains road and at Wye Creek, a barge, & hay going to a sheep station at Cecil Peak. Wye Creek a good place to park up overnight for self contained campers, although is not sign posted or marked from the road. From Wye Creek on the main road, the drive way is on the north side of creek. Can drive in & thru the gate, down to the lake. (Both pictures resized only, nothing else, 50mm lens).






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