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Exploring the South: Finding New Places and a New Appreciation of Aotearoa


What happens when you get two New Zealand photographers who’ve explored a lot of our little country but are wanting to see something a little different and a little less known? You get a South Island roadie that’s full of new places and the ultimate search for fresh scenes and photographs!

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That's exactly what Rach Stewart and Peter May did when they travelled to the South Island for 8 days in their Britz Venturer Campervan.

Both Pete and Rach have travelled to the South Island before, but this time they wanted to do something different. They wanted to go to locations they had never been before... to go off the tourist trail and find those places that are just as beautiful as all the famous photographs but tend to be forgotten about.

The Britz Venturer was the perfect campervan of choice for them as it is super spacious (for all the camera gear!), very easy to drive, dinners and nighttime hangouts were perfect in the lounge area, and when it was time to sleep the coversion to a double bed was easy and comfortable. Pete and Rach loved their home away from home and the best aprt is when it's time for those super early sunrise photos, they could literally just roll out of the van! Bliss!

Pete and Rach's adventure started in Christchurch and ended in Queenstown. Check out the top spots they visited and the photographs they took below.


Nugget Point Lighthouse

Nugget Point is one of New Zealand's oldest lighthouses and is an iconic landmark on the Caitlins Coast. It's an easy 20-minute return walk to the lighthouse which overlooks 'the Nuggets', a set of rocks out at sea.

This spot is an awesome scene for landscape photography with the path and lighthouse looking out to the coean making a beautiful picture!



Kaka Point Beach

Kaka Point Beach is a super stunning little seaside village that isn't too far from the Nugget Point Lighthouse and is one of New Zealand's best surf beaches in the South Island. Pete and Rach spent a beautiful morning here where the surf was huge, fog rolled in and the scenery was ethereal.



Purakanui Beach

Purakanui Beach is one of the best beaches for surf and isolation in the caitlines. Pete and Rach came across only one other person during their time there. They unwinded for the afternoon, having cheese and crackers by the van and relaxing, surrounded by sea lions on the beach and some incredible surf. If you're looking for isolation and some peace and quite, this is the place to come.



Saint Bathans

Saint Bathans is a tiny little town in the Otago region of New Zealand. Saint Bathans is an old gold mining town and the man-made Blue Lake is a stunning spot to photograph with its Badlands-type walls of quartz stone and stunning blue water. Pete and Rach were stoked to finally visit this epic spot and take some photos.


Milford Sound

Milford Sound is one of the more popular spots that Pete and Rach visited but sometimes you just have to go where things are epic, and this is one of those places. Milford Sound is a fjord-like sound that's fed by the waters of the Hollyford River. It's a stunning natural wonder and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Lake Marian

Pete and Rach hiked to Lake Marian which is a hanging glacial like by the Hollyford River. The scene was moody and large snowflakes were falling from the sky... something out of a dream. The Lake Marian hike is around three hours return and well worth the walk, to see such a stunning view.



Lindis Pass

Lindis Pass is a small community in South Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand. It's the main highway between Wanaka and the Mackenzie Country and is an amazing spot for photos. Tussock grass and rolling hills and a very unique part of the South Island where nothing else is quite like it. Pete and Rach stopped through here at sunset to grab some photos and take in the beautiful scences.



Mackenzie Country

The last and final stop before heading back to Queenstown was the Mackenzie Country. The Mackenzie region is home to some incredible, quintessential New Zealand lanscapes... Aoraki Mount Cook, Twizel, Tekapo just to name a few. Full of lakes, mountains and starry skies, this is the place to come for amazing mountains photos and views. Pete and Rach spent the day here exploring the lakes and mountains that make this place so stunning.

Check out Pete and Rach's websites below:

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And there you have the adventure of two New Zealand photographers during winter in their Britz campervan. There's no better time to start planning your next epic campervan trip around New Zealand. Start a new booking with Britz!