Jul 25, 2017

Our Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures photo competition is in its third year now. During that time, we have received around 1000 images to gaze over and wish we were out on the tours ourselves. We really enjoy seeing what you have all captured during your time with us on one of our trips and really appreciate the effort it takes to enter. So, thank you very much.

Once again, we asked the very talented photographers Rob Brown and Jeannine Tuffin to judge the overall winner – the stakes were high – NZ$1000 towards future travel with Hiking New Zealand and Active Earth Adventures. A chance to come back and explore another corner of New Zealand or perhaps discover another magical land. From the vast steppes, mountains and desert of Mongolia on horseback to the ancient beauty and vibrant culture of Peru.

 Almost NZ$5000 in prizes have given away!

 The monthly winners were…


 NOVEMBER 2016, Minerva Lau, taken on the Southern Slice during November.

 M Lau Hooker Lake SSlice Nov 16 copy


Minerva captured the moody skies of Hooker Lake in Mt Cook National Park, along with the ripples of water from a recent stone entering the water.


DECEMBER 2016, Beth Liakos, Custom Trip in November.

B LAikos Custom Trip Kayak Nov 16 copy 

Beth’s shot really showed the scale of the surrounding geography and the magnificence of Mitre Peak in Milford Sound. We can just feel the serenity from this photo, kayaking in the peaceful waters of the fjord, #myparadise alright.


JANUARY 2017, Danielle Wegenstein, taken on the Ultimate South in November.

Rob Roy Glacier DWegenstein US Dec copy 

The humor and timing of this shot had us giggling in the office.


FEBRUARY 2017, Kalyn Sullivan, also on our Ultimate South but the February trip.

Kalyn Sullivan US Sheep copy 

Quintessential New Zealand. This photograph encapsulates farming in New Zealand – long hot dusty roads, sheep dogs mooching around as several hundred sheep meander up the road under bright blue skies.


MARCH 2017, Samantha Lanyon, Ultimate South, February trip.

S2.Lanyon Ultimate South NZ Feb 7th 20175 

What a stunning day! We can almost feel the ‘clutter’ in our heads drift away at the thought of hiking into the Gertrude Saddle in Fiordland National Park on a cloudless day.


 APRIL 2017, Ian Norfield, Broderick Hike and Raft, March trip.

 I Norfield Brodrick 8Mar17 3


Another perfect blue sky day. This photo captures the sense of space, challenge and reward. We know these hikers will rewarded with stunning views when they reach the ridgeline.


OVERALL WINNER as judged by Rob Brown and Jeannine Tuffin

Nick Styles, New Zealand Uncut

N Styles Uncut Nov 16 Mt Cook


A wonderful capture of a clearing storm over Aoraki / Mt Cook is what attracted Rob and Jeannine to selecting this image. This is rather fitting as Aoraki means the ‘cloud piercer’.

Congratulations to all our winners.


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