Old Jetty, Little Paradise.

The Old Jetty is located In the South Island of New Zealand in Lake Wakatipu, and takes about 25-30 minutes to drive there from Queenstown and nestled away in a quiet little nook call Little Paradise.

l spent 3 nights photographing there.

It is very easy to overlook, hidden behind trees, sitting in such an expansive and beautiful lake. Keep an eye out for the Little Paradise Lodge and Garden, the Jetty is located about 200 metres or so past the Lodge heading to Glenorchy.

Driving in from Queenstown you can enjoy the great views of Lake Wakatipu, with its mountainous regions and breathtaking scenery.

The best times to photograph the Old Jetty would be sunrise or sunset and if you are lucky enough to have a very still day with little wind, the reflections can add such dramatic depth with the mountains in the background reflecting back into the still lake.

Try to get in close to the old jetty, emphasising the old timber pylons that are submerged in the water. Move around and try a few different compositions, keeping space between each pylon using a low point of view also helps.

Watch out for the sandflies, l usually cover up with a hat and gloves, trying to conceal any exposed skin. Sandflies are in abundance around lakes and oceans on the South Island. Unfortunately my wife and kids had to stay in the car whilst l was photographing the Old Jetty due to sandflies.

When you have finished  with the Old Jetty you can drive into Glenorchy which is only 20 kms from Little Paradise and if you have time Kinloch is also very photographic.


Darren J.



Twizel In Autumn

Hi Friends,


Twizel is located in the South Island of New Zealand, in the heart of the Mckenzie High Country. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, surrounded by lovely trees that glow in the Autumn sun and reflect back into the crystal clear water.

The best time for the Autumn colours would be April/May, with the slightly colder weather presenting misty mornings, which produce surreal mood and atmosphere as it moves through the landscape.

An ideal place for photography, where you can just jump out of the car, hold up your camera and shoot, no long climbs up the mountains or trekking over harsh terrain. Everything to photograph here is within arms reach. Be sure to do some back tracking off the main roads, you will find lots of hidden gems.

The lakes are in abundance, crystal clear and right at your feet, with mountain peaks in the background to work with. The Autumn colours are forever changing and presenting photo opportunities with every turn.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time there, l recommend 2/3 days, than make your way over to Mount Cook or Lake Tekapo which are situated less than an hours drive from Twizel.


Darren J.


Lake Hawea.

Hi Friends,

l have just returned from a great road trip around the South island of New Zealand with my wonderful family. We spent 2 weeks cruising around in a motorhome and loved nearly every minute.

This amazing sunrise was captured at Lake Hawea, which is situated just near lake Wanaka. We had spent the night in Haast on the West Coast, l woke up at 4am and it was raining heavily so l decided to drive back to Wanaka through Haast Pass and try my luck. We were 30km out from Wanaka when the colours had started to appear and thats when l decided to pull over and capture this truly stunning sunrise.

Hope you enjoy it.

More images to follow.

Darren J.awes