Surrounded by such natural beauty in the South Island of New Zealand it’s a real challenge not to walk around with your mouth wide open. There are jaw dropping views all around you with autumn colours, rugged peaks and seemingness endless lakes. It took us less than an hour to meander along the Cardrona Valley between Wanaka and Queenstown and across the Crown Range but it isn’t hard to imagine how long and hard a journey it would have been for the first settlers traversing the mountains to find their land of promise. This is without doubt my favourite part of New Zealand, you can feel the true spirit of those pioneering immigrants. I have promised myself to return next year for a photography trip to explore a little of the beaten track. To see beyond the tourist trails and coffee shops and capture the natural beauty as I see it.