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Fantastic tales and behind the scenes stories from Stephan Romer as he explores the South Island of New Zealand with his camera.

So close, yet so far

A journey to Mavora Lakes and along the Von Road

into an area steeped in pioneering history. When the option to take the easy way or the road less travelled presents itself, Stephan will always take the long way around. For this is where the greatest rewards are found.

Stories from behind the lens

Moody Fiordland

With its Jurassic-like vegetation, high mountain peaks and dark, lush forests, Fiordland is one of the most remarkable wilderness areas on the planet. Every day, Fiordland is impressive, but on a recent expedition, Fiordland delivered something exceptional. ...

The commercial side

We take a look at a different style of photography in this month’s article. Welcome to the commercial side of my career as a professional photographer. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and see what it’s like to shoot one of the world’s most famous cars in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. ...

History & Scenery

Glimpses of a gold mining past on the Mt Crichton Loop Track. Many of my photography expeditions take me deep into Fiordland or high above the mountains by helicopter. But sometimes, I don’t have to travel far at all. Living in Queenstown, we have spectacular scenery on the doorstep. For my most recent photography expedition to the Mt Crichton Loop Track, I only had to take a short drive down the road. ...

Snippet stories 

Stephan wins the title of New Zealand’s Landscape Photographer of 2021. The winning pictures are Bismarck Peaks, Mt Tutoko, Swamp Forest and Dart River.

Rangitata River coming soon.

First Snow on Key Summit

First light on Lake Wakatipu. Exhibiting now in the Queenstown Gallery.

Morning fog in Skippers Canyon

The Routeburn Track. Most of it is still closed thanks to the storms in January. I got dropped of by Helicopter.

A journey to Mavora Lakes and along the Von Road

into an area steeped in pioneering history. When the option to take the easy way or the road less travelled presents itself, Stephan will always take the long way around. For this is where the greatest rewards are found.

With its Jurassic-like vegetation,

high mountain peaks and dark, lush forests, Fiordland is one of the most remarkable wilderness areas on the planet. Every day, Fiordland is impressive, but on a recent expedition, Fiordland delivered something exceptional.

It’s not all alpine landscapes and wild, remote locations.

We take a look at a different style of photography in this month’s article. Welcome to the commercial side of my career as a professional photographer. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and see what it’s like to shoot one of the world’s most famous cars in some of the world’s most spectacular locations.

Glimpses of a gold mining past on the Mt Crichton Loop Track.

Many of my photography expeditions take me deep into Fiordland or high above the mountains by helicopter. But sometimes, I don’t have to travel far at all. Living in Queenstown, we have spectacular scenery on the doorstep. For my most recent photography expedition to the Mt Crichton Loop Track, I only had to take a short drive down the road.

Ask any Kiwi and they will tell you the West Coast is the place to find some of the most impressive scenery New Zealand has to offer. And within the West Coast, the Haast Pass stands out as a highlight. On a recent expedition to this dramatic part of New Zealand’s South Island, I took a detour off the main road, crossed a few rivers and found my way to a few spectacular locations.

 

Two unique geological formations are the focus of Stephan’s camera lens this month. Through the Maerewhenua Valley and the wild and windswept coastline of North Otago, Stephan finds himself at two of the region’s most famous landmarks—without another photographer in sight.

 

A trip to the Canterbury Plains beneath the Southern Alps delivers the quintessential South Island experience—wild weather and wondrous scenery.

Running the length of the South Island, the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps is an immense alpine environment boasting thousands of glaciers, many of which I have photographed over the years. However, on my most recent photographic expedition, I was not venturing to the icy tops but instead exploring the incredible braided rivers of the Canterbury Plains far below, most notably the Rangitata River.

 

On a recent trip to The Catlins and the south coast, I visited a few scenic locations that have been on my list for a while now. The area is well known for its spectacular coastal drive, the Southern Scenic Route. However, many people don’t know The Catlins is also home to some of the South Island’s most beautiful waterfalls. With many of these locations off the main road, I was glad to have done my research before heading south.

Stephan wins the title of New Zealand’s Landscape Photographer of 2021. The winning pictures are Bismarck Peaks, Mt Tutoko, Swamp Forest and Dart River.

It all started with a conversation with our good friend and client, David. Could we spend a day in the remote Earnslaw Burn valley during winter?

Rangitata River coming soon.

You will find Key Summit along the world-famous Routeburn Track in Fiordland National Park. On a recent trip to capture a series of new pieces, I encountered a few surprise sights and experiences along the way. If there’s one thing I know about Fiordland it’s that I should always expect the unexpected.

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