While Queenstown is commonly referred to as adventure capital of the world, with all sorts of adrenaline-filled activities available to those who want to put their courage to a test, it’s also an amazing destination for landscape photography. Situated on the shores of a scenic lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the glorious mountain ridges, Queenstown is a lovely town in a beautiful part of New Zealand. We only spent a couple of days in the area but were completely fascinated by it. In this article, I share my tips on some of the more prominent landscape photography locations in and around Queenstown.
The Hooker Valley Track is easily the most popular hiking route in the Mount Cook National Park. With lovely alpine scenery at every turn of the road, it’s easy to see why people love it. Many even consider it one of the best half-day hikes in New Zealand’s South Island. And yet, much as I’d love to join all the praise, I cannot. Don’t get me wrong – Hooker Valley Track is a lovely and beautiful walk. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
As a landscape photographer, I truly enjoy how unpredictable and full of surprises nature can be. It’s amazing how sometimes you find beauty where you never quite anticipated it. Moraine Ridge Walk at Lake Tasman in Mount Cook National Park is exactly that type of place. We expected nothing more than a pleasant stroll to the lakeshore, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand.
Franz Josef Glacier was high on our list of must-see locations in New Zealand, so we were really excited as we left Hokitika heading south-west. Unfortunately, our hopes for the stunning views soon plummeted as Franz Josef greeted us with dark skies and relentless rain. Would the glacier be even visible in these conditions? We didn’t know. But we had to find out.
Mil Ventanas de Güimar is without a doubt one of the most unique and amazing hikes I have done in Tenerife, or anywhere in the world really. With its dark narrow tunnels, steep vertigo-inducing drop-offs, incredible views, and unbelievable history it has everything a true adventurer may desire and is a must-do for any avid hiker.
We discovered Hokitika almost by pure chance. Our next destination in New Zealand after Wharariki Beach – Franz Joseph Glacier – was simply too far to drive to in one go. Instead, we decided to play it safe and find a place somewhere in between to have some rest before heading to the glacier the following morning. That’s when Hokitika caught our eye. Located two hours away from Franz Josef and described online as a cool little town with a beautiful emerald water gorge nearby, it appeared to be a perfect spot to spend the night and capture some nice photos. But did it live up to the expectations?
When it comes to good destinations for landscape photography, southern part of Germany definitely does not disappoint. Between the Black Forest to the west and Berchtesgaden national park on the far east, this area is full of beautiful locations that will get any landscape photographer excited. One such place is a small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen located right on the border with Austria next to Germany’s tallest mountain Zugspitze. In addition to its alpine meadows, magnificent mountains and deep gorges, this region is also a home to numerous gorgeous lakes. The most famous of them – lake Eibsee – might just be one of the most beautiful lakes in all Germany.
The hike to Drangarnir is another great and picturesque hike on the Faroe Islands and a definite favorite of mine. I would even go as far as saying that if I were to choose just a single place to experience on the islands, that would be it. Just as the hike to Trælanípa, this route can be found on the island of Vágar but, unlike the former, it is much longer and a lot more demanding.
The Faroe Islands is, among other things, an outstanding place for hiking. There are a number of hiking routes on the islands, and in this article I would like to talk about perhaps the most famous one – the hike to Trælanípa. Located on the island of Vagar, this hike is both undemanding, easily accessible and incredibly beautiful, making it a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.