Astrophotography on Location: New Zealand


While much of our three weeks in New Zealand was met with rain and clouds, we found a bit of luck when we arrived at Lake Tekapo. Situated in the largest dark sky reserve in the world, Lake Tekapo is one of the world’s premier places to view and photograph the night sky. Join me on a night out shooting astrophotography in New Zealand with my first ever “Astrophotography on Location” vlog.

About Our Trip

Places we went: Check out our full (unplanned) itinerary for campervanning New Zealand at North to South!
Observatory tours: Earth and Sky 
Our guide at Mt. John Observatory: Chris Murphy (instagram)


Video and photos by Ian Norman and Diana Southern.

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11 Responses

  1. Ondra Malek October 23, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Thank you very much for your NZ video. As I´m going to visit this land of my dreams in a month timing of your video couldn´t be better 🙂

  2. Christopher Wray October 20, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Nicely produced video of your NZ adventure. A destination definitely on my bucket list! Question: are you using any high-end gear (e.g. pano gimbal head) when you create double-row stitched panos?

    • Ian Norman October 21, 2016 / 8:22 am

      I just use my regular travel tripod with a ballhead. No pano head at the moment but I’m looking to make a Nodal Ninja NN3 potentially part of my kit in the future.

  3. Mike October 17, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Great work Ian, bummer we didn’t get together in Fox Glacier, weather wasn;t really on our side 🙁

    • Ian Norman October 18, 2016 / 4:19 am

      Yeah, sorry we missed each other! We’ll be back I’m sure.

  4. Keith Brick October 17, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Incredible work, and as always, a great inspiration! My husband and I are visiting New Zealand later this year, and will certainly visit Lake Tekapo.

    Do you have any contacts you can recommend for a night-sky tour, or other locations that you missed due to weather?

    Thank you Ian!

    • Ian Norman October 17, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Keith! The Observatory Tours are by Earth and Sky. I definitely maintain that my favorite places were Milford Sound (typically cloudy) and the Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook area, both on the South Island. Check out our full itinerary on North to South!

  5. Gary Chin October 17, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Thank you very much. A lot of my photography of New Zealand and Saariselka was a result of your incredible tutorials 🙂

    • Ian Norman October 17, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Gary!

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