Kris and I first visited Middle Earth (New Zealand) in 2014 as our ‘second’ honey moon (the first was Bali, which I’ll need to blog). On that trip, we stuck to the much hyped South Island, and boy did it deliver. Fell in love with the place, and have been wanting to go back ever since.

So once we found out that we would be expecting our baby girl, we decided we should organise another trip. New Zealand was close (because we can’t deal with long lights), it was clean and safe, and we had the whole of the North Island to explore.

I think my photography has progressed a lot since our first trip, but there is definitely less ‘epiceness’ on the North Island. On the South Island, you can’t miss it…. It’s literally around every corner, and you’d be hard pressed to take a bad photo.

After picking up a copy of the Together Journal at the Storehouse Taupo (an awesome little café built out of what used to look like a mechanic’s garage) I found a few epic scenes shot by the guys at Chase Wild on Mount XXXXXX. A quick Google Maps search suggested it was only 90 minutes away, and so off we went.

Unluckily for us, the weather quickly deteriorated while we were on the road, and we got turned back as we approached the peak. It was the first snow of the season and I was told that there would be almost zero visibility any further up. That sucked, but oh well.

Anyway, here’s what we did get.