National Geographic artist and explorer Christoph Niemann spent 14 days discovering what is special about New Zealand. From picturesque Kaikoura, where wildlife encounters are plentiful, to travelling through the rolling hills of the Nelson wine region, he shares his experience through art below. 

Nelson, New Zealand

"I tried to let down my defenses and see how does my body, my mind, and my hand react to what I see. And that’s been easy here, because I feel there is something with the people and the landscape that work in sync."

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Te Pukatea Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

"At Abel Tasman, there is this perfect golden beach. I think there were like one or two people there. I don’t think I’ve seen that kind of a magical beach in my life."

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Tasman Bay, Nelson

There’s a lot of inspiring places on the planet, but what I find so special about here is the variety of landscapes, of things you can see. We’ve seen the beach, we’ve been swimming with dolphins in the ocean, and then the next day we’re in a vineyard.

Traditional Māori carving

During a visit to Rotorua Christoph visited Master Carver James Rickard at the National Carving School to learn about the traditional methods of Māori carving. 

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