Hopping over the ditch to New Zealand to chase all things picturesque in early June seemed like a pretty good option, prior to booking in late May. After catching my first glimpse of the Southern Alps upon descending, I discovered that my original expectations had been well and truly exceeded, prior to setting foot off the plane. If you don’t mind copping a bit of cold, June has got to be one of the best times to visit the South Island in my books. Just before the depth of winter started to kick in and prior to all the ski season buzz, I took advantage of a small window of opportunity.

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1. Hooker Valley, Mt. Cook National park.

The quote, ‘It’s all about the journey, not the destination’, seems very fitting for the Hooker Valley Track. Being a photographer, I was literally in paradise. From the very start to the end, this trail has it all; from the swing bridges crossing over glacial streams to the Hooker Glacier itself, offering direct views of Mt. Cook – New Zealand’s highest mountain. It’s definitely one for the books.

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2. Lindis Pass, Otago.

A south Island road trip wouldn’t be complete without driving the Lindis Pass route. Looming around every bend in the road, is yet another scenic view waiting, with every stop you take, seeming to get better and better. As the road winds through the towering, golden toned landscape you start to seriously question whether it’s real life or not.

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3. Roys Peak, Lake Wanaka.

Bucket list material. Once reaching the summit, Roy’s Peak gives out some mind blowing views overlooking the whole of Lake Wanaka and beyond into Mt. Aspiring National Park. With Wanaka offering so much to see, within such a small radius, I’d say Mt. Roy is probably one of the better places to perch yourself in New Zealand. Definitely a must do!

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4. The Remarkables, Queenstown.

The Remarkables Range is pretty much visible anywhere in Queenstown and probably one of the most popular views around. It gets better though – place yourself on top of The Remarks and watch the sun setting behind Queenstown with views of Lake Wakitipu below. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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5. Arthurs Pass, West Coast.

A truly eerie landscape, something out of ‘Lord Of The Rings’ for sure. Arthurs Pass and the West Coast cops a whole lot of rain year round, so no matter what the weather’s like, there’s always going to be something pretty unique to see. An abundance of flowing waterfalls, complemented by dense green forests, provides a very rugged impression.

Photos & words: Tim Clark // I.G: @timclark1