New Zealand landscapes

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2.  If you are a budget backpacker please see option B
3.  If you are a photography nerd please see option C
4.  If you are speak Spanish please see option D
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To all: I apologize for the eye destroying white on black font scheme

A.  Hello friend and/or family member.  Here are some pictures of the New Zealand landscape.  Thanks for stopping by.  Geez, it’s been a long time since we’ve spoken.  I’m sorry I haven’t been in contact.  I’m doing well in New Zealand.  I’m working at a kiwi fruit packing facility and staying at a comfortable cottage not to far from the ocean.  I hope you’re doing well.  I really miss you, and can’t wait to see you soon.  If you feel inclined, send me an email.  I would love to hear from you.  Or give me a call sometime.  Love, Mike

B.  Hello wayfaring internet surfer.  Welcome to my blog. It’s likely you are scouring the internet researching for your upcoming journey to New Zealand.  A search engine has probably taken you here.  You don’t have much patient for small talk right now.  You want answers regarding your trip, because you want everything to be perfect.  You want to sit on a camping chair on a bluff overlooking the ocean during sunset.  You want to tour the south island in a thorough and cost effective manner.  You might even hold a work visa, and want to score a cool job while you’re here.  Well, let me cut to the chase.  Here everything I know, in no particular order.
1.  Sleeper van – transportation and lodging fused into one mean machine for the same cost as hostels each night.  drivenz.com  go with the super sleeper and you will have every thing you need, right down to clothespins and a corkscrew
2.  Department of Conversation campsites – numerous and beautiful averaging $5 NZ per night.  Get one of the mini booklets and a decent road atlas.  Remember water tablets and to bring your own tp.  It’s all good.
3.  Pak n Sav – “New Zealand’s lowest prices guaranteed” for real
4.  Milford Sound – MILFORD SOUND!
5.  Jobs – speaking only of the Bay of Plenty – apply in person – early and often
6. Talk to any and all fellow travelers as recommendations and friends will be made
7.  All the best things are free
8.  http://www.backpackerboard.co.nz/

C.  All images below were taken with the compact enthusiast RAW-enabled Samsung EX-1, also known as the TL500.  Some of the shots were taken by holding a Cokin graduated neutral density filter in front of the lens.  In others shots, a circular polarizing filter threaded onto a third party lens hood were used.

D.  Hola amigo! Espero que usted disfrute de los cuadros. Espero que usted haga bien. Espero que usted disfrute de la vida. Tengo que decir, pienso la lengua española y la cultura son hermosas. Gracias por visitar mi blog. Tenga un día agradable.

E.  Hello time traveler from the future.  These pictures represent the earth, specifically the New Zealand zone, as it once was circa the year 2012.  Yes, it used to be this beautiful.  I apologize on behalf of our entire current civilization for what may have happened to the earth from this day forward.  Hopefully you all have learned from our mistakes.  Also, I have buried a time capsule on the northern property line of my parent’s home.  It’s a lunch box filled with cassete tapes of our era’s greatest rock and roll, plus action figure toys of our time.  Cheers.

F.  Hello intelligent life form from outer space.  What is taking you so long to make contact?  Come and say hello already.  As you can see our planet is verdant, filled generously with oxygen, and very life sustaining.  Doesn’t it look beautiful?  Surely, it’s worth a stop, even for a brief time.  May I suggest first visiting a pacifist country with a small military.  It is there that you will likely be most warmly embraced.  Just try to avoid the United States at this time.

G.  Hello fellow wordpress blogger.  Thanks for visiting my site.  I hope you enjoy my pictures and stylishly themed blog.  I’ve taken great care in presenting the content found here.  If so inclined, please leave a comment, subscribe, or click the “like” button.  I will be sure to visit and admire your awesome blog in return.

H. Hello generous, handsome/beautiful, and intelligent benefactor.  Please contact me at your convenience.  I really look forward to hearing from you.  Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Since I really love NZ I had to stop by to take a look at your pictures. I especially love the one with the people on the beach. Wish I could go back anytime soon but I guess it’s not happening. Let me know if option H ever happened, maybe now you’re rich enough to share with me so I can buy my ticket.

  2. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. I have always wanted to go to New Zealand, but now you have me want to go that much more.

  3. Great photos! SAM_4943 especially reminds me of the Lone Cypress in Monterey, Calif, even though there are two trees in the shot! Lovely!!

  4. Your photos are stunning and made me realise it has been too long since I visited New Zealand. Unfortunately with three kids under 7 our backpacks are put away for now but I look forward to the time we can all visit the DOC campsites again 🙂

  5. I happily shared your clever blog posting with a friend in New Zealand – so they have made their way full circle! Beautiful photos.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I lived in Australia for about 10 years (I am from the UK) and never made it to NZ….this is something I have to sort out soon, can’t wait! Great to see more photos of this beautiful looking country 🙂

  7. As a New Zealander and landscape lover who gets a kick out of flowcharts, time travel and 20th century music, I just thought this was brilliant. Especially Option 5 and your photo of the dam – is that Pukaki? It would be nice if you said the location of each shot.

  8. Great photos, Great design and I love the chose you own adventure options at the start.
    you have to love New Zealand, full of Great scenery everywhere you look. The people are friendly and unpretentious.
    Cant wait to go back.

  9. Your options are witty. E & F are really funny! 🙂 And the photos are beautiful. My favorite is the one on 3rd row, 1st column.

  10. Wow sweet as shots! They are making me so homesick right now! I’m glad you discovered Paknsave 🙂 The first photo doesn’t happen to be of Cromwell does it? Thanks for making my homeland look so beautiful!!

      1. I thought so, I’m originally from Cromwell but haven’t been back for a while. I always used to work with backpackers on the orchards – good times! Thanks again for the photos!

  11. My daughter may study abroad in New Zealand a year and a half from now. I can’t wait to show her these pics. Traveling = The Great Life!!! Stunning pics! Keep up the great work!

  12. If only I was a time traveller *sigh*. I am not an intelligent life form from outer space either so I had to go for option G. I love this post. Certainly made me :D. Great photos too.

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  13. Great section on backpacking! New Zealand is one of the very best places to explore as a backpacker or with a caravan. It’s low-key, the people are super nice and down to earth (down-under-down-to-earth?) and the scenery, as you’ve shown us in your photos, is spectacular! I lived in NZ for a while and it was a great place to be, though sadly without my family. The lifestyle is unbeatable. Great post and fab pics!

  14. Haha this customized guide to the post was a phenomenal idea! As well as the NZ tips – I truly hope I’ll get to reference them soon (let’s say in the next 5 years is feasible)…

  15. Great shots Mike, really enjoy seeing our world captured so well. And nice descriptions for time travellers and visitors from outer space (neither of which am I, just saying). I hope this is still around when they come! What cassettes were included in the lunch kit?

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