In pictures: The stunning beauty of New Zealand’s South Island
FROM its beautiful aquamarine lakes to dramatic high country and snow capped mountains, the south island of New Zealand is a region that offers enough scenic variety to startle, charm and inspire. These images display the adventure, solitude and wildlife of the nation.
“From the mountain ranges
To the valleys and the plains
The spirit of New Zealand
Is sacred to our land.”
— Darryn John Murphy
There’s a real purity in New Zealand that doesn’t exist in the States. It’s actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore. It’s a unique place because it is so far away from the rest of the world. There is a sense of isolation and also being protected.
New Zealand is not a small country but a large village.
“God of Nations at Thy feet, In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat, God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star, From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar, God defend New Zealand.”
— Thomas Bracken
All images are taken by Joanne Lane of Visited Planet – www.visitedplanet.com