Winter sunrise, Lindis Pass, South Canterbury

Lindis Pass marks the geographic boundary between Canterbury and Otago and, like most South Island alpine passes, it is frequently snow-covered in winter. State Highway 8 winds its way through here and it is sometimes closed by heavy snowfalls, though rarely for very long at a stretch.

This midwinter photograph was taken a couple of days after a southerly had brought a fresh dump of snow to the region. The road had been closed here at the pass, but shortly after it reopened I was able to get up here for the night and so be ready for a sunrise photograph the next morning. It was a cold night — cold enough for my water bottles to freeze as I slept — but the clear conditions meant that I was well-placed to see some nice early morning light on this snowy landscape the next day.

This view was gained by climbing a short steep slope above the road, from where I was able to take this sunrise photograph of these snow-covered tussock slopes stretching off to the west.

Sunrise, Mt Ngauruhoe

Star trails over Mt Taranaki

Winter tramping, Mt Tongariro

MacKenzie Basin in winter

Syme Hut, Mt Taranaki

Lindis Pass in winter

Ice patterns, Lake Tasman

Winter reflections of Mt Taranaki

Key Summit, Fiordland