MACKENZIE
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Much of my time as a New Zealand Landscape Photographer has been spent in the Mackenzie area, and it's not hard to see why. The Mackenzie Basin has the impressive Southern Alps fringed on its western side, and there are beautiful lakes scattered throughout the area making for incredible photo opportunities. The Ben Ohau range can be seen running along the Ahuriri, Omarama and Twizel areas, and then across the way is Lake Tekapo with its beautiful blue water surrounded by mountains and a famous church you might have heard about. During spring time the New Zealand lupins flourish and although a pest in our country, they do look quite beautiful. The Mackenzie has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand and is well known for its star gazing and astrophotography. If you are interested in prints or purchasing images please visit my print store or contact me.  

Twizel sunrise lake mountains New Zealand

WINTER SUNRISE IN TWIZEL

Twizel winter sunrise New Zealand

WINTERY TWIZEL SUNRISE

Church of the Good Shepherd Lupins New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND LUPINS AT THE CHURCH

Lake Ruataniwha Sunset Twizel

LAKE RUATANIWHA SUNSET

Godley Valley sunrise aerial New Zealand

GODLEY VALLEY SUNRISE AERIAL

Church of the Good Shepherd sunset winter

WINTER CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Lake Tekapo Sunset New Zealand

SURFS UP, LAKE TEKAPO

Twizel Lake Reflection

TWIZEL LAKE REFLECTION

New Zealand Lupins

LAKE TEKAPO LUPINS NEW ZEALAND SUNRISE

Winter Twizel New Zealand

WINTER REFLECTIONS, TWIZEL

Ohau sunrise New Zealand

OHAU SUNRISE

Lake Ruataniwha Twizel Autumn

LAKE RUATANIWHA AUTUMN DAYS

New Zealand Lupins Church of the Good Shepherd

NEW ZEALAND LUPINS CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Lake Tekapo Sunset

LAKE TEKAPO SUNSET

Church of the Good Shepherd astro Tekapo

STARRY NIGHTS IN TEKAPO

Lupins Pukaki Canal Lupins New Zealand

LAKE PUKAKI CANAL LUPINS

Mount Cook National Park Air Safaris

MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK AERIAL

Lake Tekapo Sunset Autumn

LAKE TEKAPO SUNSET AUTUMN

Lake Ruataniwha Twizel

LAKE RUATANIWHA WINTER 

Lake Tekapo lupins New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND LUPINS

New Zealand Lupins Lake Tekapo Shed

SHED LAKE TEKAPO LUPINS NEW ZEALAND

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WINTER REFLECTIONS TWIZEL

Godley Valley Tekapo aerial

GODLEY VALLEY THREE LAKES

Church of the Good Shepherd Tekapo sunset

WINTER AT THE CHURCH SUNSET

Aurora Australis New Zealand

AURORA AUSTRALIS, KELLAND PONDS

Lake Tekapo Lupins New Zealand

AMONGST THE NEW ZEALAND LUPINS LAKE TEKAPO

Autumn New Zealand Twizel

AUTUMN SCENES 

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LAKE RUATANIWHA HOAR FROST

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OHAU RANGE REFLECTIONS

Omarama Clay Cliffs Lupins New Zealand

OMARAMA CLAY CLIFFS NEW ZEALAND LUPINS

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LAKE RUATANIWHA WINTER REFLECTIONS

Church of the Good Shepherd Lupins New Zealand

THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUPINS NEW ZEALAND PANO

Lake Tekapo Lupins New Zealand

LAKE TEKAPO LUPINS NEW ZEALAND, MOUNT JOHN

Wairepo Arm Twizel

WAIREPO ARM FOG, TWIZEL

Twizel Reflection Lake New Zealand

TWIZEL REFLECTION LAKE PANORAMA

Twizel Autumn Reflections New Zealand

AUTUMN IN TWIZEL

Twizel Lake Reflection Sunrise

TWIZEL LAKE REFLECTION

The Mackenzie Basin is home to some of the most magical New Zealand Landscape photography spots including countless mountain ranges and beautiful glacial lakes. I have spent many many hours capturing Mackenzie Basin Photography and it's a location I return to time and time again for New Zealand Photos.

Home to Lake Ohau, Lake Ruataniwha, Wairepo Arm, Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo and Lake Alexandrina, there is no shortage of amazing New Zealand reflection photos to capture with incredible mountains as your back drop. A Lake Ruataniwha sunset is the perfect way to end the day and a Lake Pukaki sunrise is the perfect way to start it.

The Tekapo Lupin flowers are an absolute must do during Spring with the Church of the Good Sherpard Tekapo being surrounded by incredible colours and floral wonder. If you want to catch a Tekapo Church Lupin sunrise during spring I would suggest getting up early and staking your spot before many other people arrive to do the same thing. It can quite busy during this season!

The Mackenzie Basin Astrophotography is some of the best in New Zealand with most of the locations sitting with the New Zealand Dark Sky Reserve.  The milkyway is bright in the sky without any noise pollution for miles. Tekapo Astrophotography has become very famous in recent years with the Tekapo Church being one of the most iconic shots with the milkyway rising over the church during the winter months.

Head into Aoraki Mount Cook Village and capture Mount Cook Astrophotography under the same dark skies or head to the beginning of Lake Pukaki for a Mount Cook sunrise reflection in the beautiful blue waters of the lake. Peter's Lookout is another great place to stop for a Mount Cook sunset or sunrise.

Twizel is home to a range of beautiful lakes for New Zealand landscape photography including Lake Ruataniwha, Lake Poaka, the Wairepo Arm and Kelland Ponds. With many of these lakes south facing they are the perfect place to capture the Aurora Australis if you're lucky enough to witness it! If you're lucky you might also catch a Twizel Hoar Frost which only happens in winter and not very often at all! It was on my bucket list a very long to capture a Lake Ruataniwha Hoar Frost and in 2015 and 2016 I was lucky enough to encounter them. The Twizel Hoar frost is a magical experience and I hope you get lucky seeing one!

Lake Ohau photography and the Ben Ohau range make a beautiful composition at sunrise with the light hitting the mountains as it rises from the east.

I hope by sharing these NZ images of the Mackenzie Basin it might inspire you to come and explore Mackenzie Photography for yourself.

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