Seen by © Kim Sokola
In 2011 I had the opportunity to attend a workshop in New Zealand. It was crazy to travel form Switzerland for seven days to the end of the world to shoot some landscapes. But the chance to take amazing landscapes side by side with top landscape Photographers such as Christian Fletcher (AUS), Ken Duncan (AUS) or Mike Langford (NZ) was just too tempting. It turn out, it was one of my best photographic experience ever.
The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamuand numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.
The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.