Adam Foster photography

A collection of photos from amateur photographer Adam Foster

New Zealand’s South Island

by Adam Foster on 31st December '14
Mackenzie Church, Lake Tekapo

Mackenzie Church, a place of prayer, reflection and worship on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

The final month of our trip was spent on the South Island of New Zealand. Our route started in Christchurch, we hired a car and drove the full length of the Island exploring Abel Tasman, Golden Bay, Arthur’s Pass, Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, Lake Hāwea, Fiordland, Dunedin and Queenstown.

We saved our favorite country for last and felt so at home while in New Zealand. The Kiwi’s are warm, welcoming, respectful and proud, the food world class and affordable, and the landscape is diverse and inspiring.

Some of my highlights include: the Nevis Bungy in Queenstown, visiting the Otago Penisula wild Albatross colony, seeing an avalanche while hiking the icefield to Muller Hut in Mt Cook national park, seeing Jupiter and it’s moons on a tour of the Mt John Observatory, playing Curling in Naseby, and cruising in the fjords of Milford Sounds.

Glacier view, Aoraki Mount Cook

My favourite photo from our travels. Taken on an incredible hike up to the foot of Aoraki / Mount Cook.

Coastal Sheep, New Zealand

3 Sheep, seen while hiking a coastal route from Farewell Spit to Whariki Beach Golden Bay.


Queenstown on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and set against the dramatic Southern Alps.

Wild Lupin flowers, Lake Tekapo

Colourful wild Lupin flowers growing at the shore of Lake Tekapo.

Wild Kea

A wild Kea providing some entertainment in a car park at Te Anau, Fiordland National Park.

The nuggets

Nugget Point is one of the most iconic landforms on the Otago coast.

Ocean rocks

These giant ocean rocks are on Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, South Island.

Mt Cook national park was my most photographed location. A stunning place for hiking, surrounded by glaciers, snow capped mountains, glacial lakes and rivers and of course New Zealands largest peak.

A coastal walk from Farewell Spit in Golden Bay was one of my favorite hikes. Walking from the South Islands most northern tip, across the rolling hills and rugged coast line takes you to the sand dues and dramatic rock island arches of Wharariki Beach.

The unique turquoise waters, wild colourful flowers and remote mountain surroundings of Lake Tekapo made it our favourite place on the trip. It was the perfect place to relax and left us feeling inspired and energised.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Mitre Peak, towering 1,692 metres above Milford Sound, a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island.

Moeraki Boulders

The Moeraki Boulders are large and spherical boulders along a stretch of Koekohe Beach, Otago coast.


Bumble bee on a purple Lupin at Lake Tekapo

On the road to Mt Cook

Taken on the road to Mt Cook, driving from Lake Pukaki, Canterbury, South Island.

Driving to Mt Cook, Aoraki National Park

Driving to Mt Cook, Aoraki National Park

Lake Tekapo

Pink, white and purple, wild lupin flowers on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

Hanmer springs

Taken near Hanmer springs village while driving Lewis Pass from Christ Church to Murchison.

Emu on Takaka Hill

While driving over Takaka Hill, we were recommended to make a stop at the Woolshed for an ice cream break. Where we spotted this Emu!

Mt. Alfred summit

Mt. Alfred summit, overlooking the Dart River valley & Glenorchy.

Scenic mountain view

A Scenic mountain view of Aoraki Mount Cook.

Beach sunset

Watching the sunset over the sand dunes of Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, South Island,.

Tree hill

A desolate looking tree, taken on the Wharariki beach coastal walk to Farewell Spit.

Island rock formations

Possibly my favourite place in the world, stunning and beautiful. A real undiscovered paradise.

Naked mural

A three-storey-high mural of a naked woman painted on the side of central city strip club, Calendar Girls in Christchurch.

Invercargill water tower

Invercargill Water Tower was built in 1889 using 300,000 bricks.

The Cardboard Cathedral

The Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch. Made from 96 cardboard tubes and eight shipping containers.

Mueller Hut Hike

A days hike up the Sealy Tarns Track, known as the Stairway to Heaven in Mt Cook, all the way up the snow fields to the Mueller Hut.

Hooker Glacier's moraine lake

Aoraki / Mount Cook as seen from the end of the Hooker Valley trail & an ice burg in the Hooker Glacier’s moraine lake.

Split Apple Rock

Split Apple Rock, a geological rock formation in The Tasman Bay off the northern coast of the South Island.

Isles & Glaciers

Tasman Glacier & Thermal Lake – complete with huge floating icebergs.

Castle Hill Boulders

Named for resembling the ruins of an old stone castle, the grey limestone boulders range in size from 1-50m high.