Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts

Monday, October 06, 2014

Video: The Colors of New Zealand

Shot on a road trip through New Zealand this past March, this video captures the incredible sights of both the North and South Islands. It is a visually striking travelogue that will take you across the incredible landscapes that make up this amazing country. At four-and-a-half minutes in length, it is a great escape to NZ for those of us who can't be there ourselves at the moment. Enjoy.

Colors of New Zealand from Marc Cecotti on Vimeo.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Video: The Living Spree - A Summer of Adventure in New Zealand

What do you do when you have one last summer of freedom following college and before entering the work force? If you're the three young Americans who made the video below, you travel to New Zealand, rent a van, and cover more than 4000 miles (6437 km) in search of adventure. As you can see from this incredibly well done short film, they found everything they were looking for, and more. Great stuff, and wonderful inspiration for a travel adventure of your own.

The Living Spree from Four Hills Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Video: One Extreme Athlete, Five Extreme Activities, One Hour

Only in New Zealand is it possible to cram five extreme activities into a single hour. In the video below, we watch as outdoor athlete Chuck Berry (I'm not making this up folks!) skydives out of a helicopter, lands on a mountain, then snowboards down to another helicopter, to catch a lift to a nearby trail, which he then descends on a mountain bike. Eventually he reaches a bridge with spans a a massive canyon, which is of course the perfect place to bungee jump. At the bottom of that jump, he boards a waiting jet boat, then flies down the canyon at break neck speed. It all looks like fun of course, even if I'd prefer to do it in a shorter timeframe so I can actually enjoy the activity.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Video: Beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand

Ever wonder why New Zealand is sometimes referred to as the "Adventure Capital of the World?" Then look no further than this beautiful short video shot in, and around Queenstown. It not only features some breathtaking landscapes, it also shows adventurous people doing some of our favorite activities, like mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and more. The video is an excellent reminder that I still need to visit this amazing-looking country.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Video: New Zealand - Land of the Long White Cloud

If you're still unconvinced that New Zealand needs to be on your bucket list of places to visit, perhaps this video will push you over the edge. It is a wonderful timelapse film shot at a variety of locations around the country that is equal parts compelling and tranquil, at the same time.

New Zealand - Land of the Long White Cloud from Stephen Patience Photography on Vimeo.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Video: Timelapse Video of the Heavens over Observatories

We'll wrap things up this week with this beautiful video, shot near a number of observatories in Australia and New Zealand. It is a timelapse clip with some breathtaking views of the night skies over the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy these amazing images, and don't forget to look up at the skies over your head this weekend.

The Observatories from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Video: A Postcard From New Zealand's South Island

The South Island of New Zealand is a beautiful destination for adventure travelers looking for an active escape. The video below shows us just how amazing the place actually is, as the filmmakers behind this clip have made a video postcard designed to inspire the rest of us to follow in their footsteps and explore everything New Zealand has to offer. They don't have to ask me twice. I'm ready to go now!

Postcard from New Zealand from on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Video: More New Zealand Landscapes in Timelapse and 4K

If for some inexplicable reason you're still unconvinced that New Zealand is a destination worth visiting, I have yet another fantastic video today to help sway you to this line of thinking. It is another lovely timelapse that captures some amazing landscapes beautifully. The video is also available in 4K for those with the hardware to check it out. You'll find that file here.

AGITATION | NEW ZEALAND 4K from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Video: A New Zealand Road Trip by Bike

By now, we all know that New Zealand is a beautiful country, and a mecca for outdoor adventure. What better way to explore it than by bicycle? That's exactly what this short video shows, as a couple of riders hit the road to take in all of the amazing scenery that are the hallmark of this fantastic place. I haven't been fortunate enough to get to New Zealand just yet, but it is videos such as this one that make me even more excited to go.

Roadtripping New Zealand from cycling tips on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Aussie 8 Team Prepares to Take on the New Zealand 9

Remember the Aussie 8 expedition that we followed last year? That was the project that sent three men – Ben Southall, Luke Edwards and Pat Kinsella – off on an insane adventure in which they attempted to to climb the highest peak in each of the eight Australian states in just eight days. Ultimately, they were able to complete that quest, trail running to the summits, and jet setting across the continent, while setting a new world record in the process. Now, that same team is gearing up for yet another expedition, and this time it is going to be even more challenging than the last.

Ben, Luke and Pat have just announced their New Zealand 9 project, during which they will attempt to trail run and paddle each of the nine great walks in New Zealand in just nine days. Those walks include the Kepler Track (60km/37.2 mile run), Milford Track (53.3km/33.1 mile run), Routeburn Track (32km/19.8 mile run), Rakiura Track (32km/19.8 mile run), Waikaremoana Track (46km/28.5 mile run), Tongariro Circuit (43.1km/26.8 mile run), Whanganui Journey (145km/90 mile paddle), Abel Tasman Coast Track (54.4km/33.8 mile run), and the Heaphy Track (78.4km/48.7 mile run).

Boiling this down to raw numbers, this means the boys will have to cover approximately 545 km (338.6 miles), across some of the most difficult and demanding terrain on the planet, in nine days. As you can see in the plan listed above, most of that time will be spent on foot, trail running along trekking routes that traditionally take 3-5 days each to complete. They will paddle the Whanganui Journey, but covering 145 km (90 miles) in a kayak on a single day will be physically demanding as well. I'm told that they had originally planned to mountain bike the Heaphy Track, but riding isn't allowed there in November, when they plan to launch the expedition, so the trio of adventurers will just have to run that one too.

The Aussie 8 expedition pushed this team to their limits, and they'll need to be even more well prepared for this adventure. New Zealand's rugged trails are as beautiful as they come, but they can also be harsh and unforgiving. The weather there is very unpredictable as well, which gives the entire project an element of the unknown that simply can't be accounted for. Ben, Luke, and Pat relish in that challenge however, and they're looking to not just complete this adventure, but inspire others to get outside, explore the wonderful environments close to them, and seek adventures of their own.

When they get underway in November, they'll be trailed by a documentary film crew, and a team of journalists that will chronicle every challenge they face out on the trail. Of course, I'll be following this one closely as well, as it promises to be quite the undertaking for this team once again.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Video: Solitude - New Zealand in Timelapse and 4K

I hope you're not getting too tired of the amazing timelapse videos that we've had recently, because I have another great one from New Zealand to share. The 4-minute clip offer even more excellent images from the country that is practically synonymous with outdoor adventure. This clip is also available in 4k for those lucky enough to be able to see it in that format. Download the 1GB file for 4k viewing by clicking here. The rest of us will just have to settle for enjoying it in plain-old high definition.

SOLITUDE | NEW ZEALAND 4K from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video: Amplitude - A New Zealand Timelapse in 4K

We'll finish out the first day of a new week with this great video, which is another timelapse shot in New Zealand and in 4K. As usual, the country never fails to disappoint, offering up breathtaking landscapes that will look even more impressive if you happen to have a 4K display. If you are fortunate enough to have a monitor that can handle it, check out the full-resolution file by clicking here. No matter what resolution you see it in though, New Zealand simply looks beautiful.

AMPLITUDE | NEW ZEALAND 4K from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Video: New Zealand In 4K

Just when you think New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world, couldn't look any better, along comes this timelapse video that was shot in 4K. Obviously you'll need one of those fancy new hi-res monitors (Not to mention the 4K source file) to see it in all of its glory, but the video below will give you a taste of what to expect none the less. As you would expect, it is nothing short of spectacular.

AWAKENING | NEW ZEALAND 4K from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Video: Drone Captures Epic Footage Of Mountain Biking In New Zealand

Adventure filmmakers continue to put drones, and other technology, to good use in their craft. Case in point, this beautiful looking mountain bike film that was shot in New Zealand and features, some amazing footage that was captured using a personal drone. It is fantastic to look at, and a great example of what these types of tools can do. Oh yeah, and New Zealand looks amazing as well, but that mostly goes without saying.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Video: Fly Fishing In New Zealand

I'm not much of a fisherman, but this short film was too beautiful not to share. It centers around a trip to New Zealand for fly fishing, which is a graceful art that requires patience and skill. The video is as much a love letter to the landscapes of New Zealand as it is to fishing. It is quite a treat, even for someone who doesn't stand in hip-deep water on a regular basis.

A Fly Fishing Trip - New Zealand from AF Fly Fishing on Vimeo.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Video: Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment

Awhile back, Air New Zealand launched a new campaign entitled Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment. The plan was to find a couple of lucky folks who were interested in traveling to the Antarctic to document that not only the beauty of that place, but also the threats to the natural environment there. After running an online contest, the airlines selected student filmmaker Marli Lopez-Hope and outdoor enthusiast Michael Armstrong to be their representatives. The results can be seen in the excellent video below, which gives us a look at their adventure on the frozen continent. It also makes me insanely jealous, but that is an entirely different matter. Enjoy the video!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Video: Magical New Zealand

There are few countries on the planet that can boast as many diverse and beautiful landscapes as New Zealand. That is more than evident in the video below, which is simply a joy to behold. If you've ever wanted to travel to this country, this short film will probably have you packing your bags and booking your flight. Amazing stuff.

Magical New Zealand from Shawn Reeder on Vimeo.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Video: New Zealand Landscapes In Timelapse

We'll end this week with this lovely video that captures some of the beautiful landscapes in New Zealand in timelapse. It is 7+ minutes of breathtaking shots to take us into the weekend. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Epic Land Part 1 - New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse from Bevan Percival on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Video: New Zealand's Waters Of Greenstone

Just in case you need further proof that New Zealand is one of the most spectacular places on the Earth, we have this video to help sway your thoughts on the subject. It was shot in and around some of the most iconic landscapes in Kiwi-land, and it features some outstanding shots of a variety of bodies of water that exist there. The timelapse is captivating and beautiful. Definitely worth a watch.

The Waters of Greenstone from Nathan Kaso on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Video: Peak To Peak On New Zealand's North And South Islands

Last November I wrote a piece about an ambitious human-powered expedition called Peak to Peak 2013. It featured two adventurers, Kiwi Grant Rawlinson and Aussie Alan Silva, who were attempting to climb the highest mountain on both the North and South Islands, while also traveling between those two peaks completely under their own power. Grand and Alan started the expedition with a successful summit of Mt Ruapehu on the North island and then hiked, paddled, and cycled their way to Mt Cook (aka Aoraki) on the South Island. It was quite the adventure all around and the video below chronicles their journey nicely. The amazing New Zealand landscapes certainly don't hurt either!