BC: This book was an inspiration to my heart and soul and because of Ian Faulds I found a new purpose for my life. ~ Irena Joy Booth | Super dandy! ~ Jon Kennedy | I couldn't commit to reading this book at first, but then I liked all the pictures... and the words. ~ Sheila Carey | I enjoyed the beautifully artistic pictures and have become inspired to quit school and travel the world. Thanks Ian! ~ Emily Stokes | The embracement of Fauldsian principles has ensured my ascension to nirvana. ~ Jaymes McClain | Sweet as bru. ~ Sarah Reif | Testimonials | Sunsets seen in Northland, Wellington, and Rotorua
FC: New Zealand/Aotearoa | By Ian Faulds of IanFaulds.com | 2011
2: Mount Ngauruhoe as seen from the flank of Mount Ruapehu on September 1st, the first day of Spring in New Zealand. Snow flurries can be being blown down from the storm farther up Mount Ruapehu. The peak of the active volcano is 2291m above sea level and served as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. The clouds look like an eruption.
3: Above: Mount Ruapehu has snow year round and is the tallest peak on the North Island at 2797m Taranaki Falls near Whakapapa Village on Mount Ruapehu Mount Taranaki/Mount Egmont (2518m) seen at dusk while flying over Mount Ruapehu, about 150km away Western view from Turoa Skifield on Mount Ruapehu's Southern slope, used as Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. | Volcanoes: North Island Puia o Te Ika a Maui | -
4: Southern Alps: South Island | Left to right, from top: The Southern Alps by plane Humboldt Mountains and glacial valleys along the Routeburn Track Peaks seen across Lake Tekapo from the Church of the Good Shepard Remarkable view from Crown Saddle near Queenstown Adjacent page, left to right: 3151m Mount Sefton above runoff lakes from the Mueller Glacier Storm moving into Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park Aoraki/Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand at 3754m | He taonga no te whenua me hoki ano ki te whenua | - | -
5: Ka Tiritiri o te Moana o Te Wai Pounamu | - | What is given by the land should return to the land
6: Water/Wai | Left to right, from top: Beaches at Cape Reinga, the Northernmost point of New Zealand Stirling Falls in Milford Sound The Lake Taupo caldera Waiau Falls on the Coromandel Peninsula Rainbow over Taupo
7: Earth/One | Left to right, from top: Layers and faults at Red Rock Reserve, Wellington Erosion from wind and water form the amazing shapes seen at The Chasm in Fiordlands National Park Cathedral Cove monolith on the Coromandel Peninsula Geothermal pools and mudpots in Rotorua, one of the most geologically active places on earth. There are large hot springs in the middle of town.
8: Animals/Kararehe | The sounds of insects and the songs of birds
9: remind us of the legacy of the land | Left to right, from top: Seal at Red Rocks Reserve 331 million sheep live in New Zealand Pukeko are a common sight across the islands Native Yellow-Eyed Penguins Kiwi Crossing near Mount Ruapehu The Kea is the world's only alpine parrot Colossal Squid remains in Te Papan Not all invasives are bad, like this Bumble Bee Preserved Giant Weta on Somes Island
10: Left to right, from top: Gorse flowers, an invasive, with the Cook Straight behind Typical vegetation around Wellington, with trees and shrubs A pruned Sycamore tree, another invasive species, in Rotorua Gorse overlooking Point Reinga, where the currents of the Pacific Ocean meat those of the Tasman Sea Native Kauri trees in the Coromande, some of the largest trees in the world in terms of both height and mass Pink Foxglove, a very pretty invasive species in New Zealand New Zealand Tree Fern fiddleheads starting to unfurl Native Cabbage Tree on Mount Kaukau above Wellington City Suspended leaf in the 25 hectare Wellington Botanical Gardens
12: Wellington City: North Island Population: 220,000 | Above: The iconic Wellington Cable Car, opened in 1902 Right: Wellington CBD as seen from the Somes Island Ferry Lower Left: Wellington City at dusk from Mount Kaukau Lower Right: Victoria University of Wellington, main campus
13: It's true you can't live here by chance, you have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb ~ Lauris Edmond | Above: Jumping into Wellington Harbour is a common phenomenon in nice weather Upper Right: Wellington Cenotaph in the CBD Lower Right: The first wind turbine in New Zealand, built above windy Wellington Below: Wellington Harbour and CBD seen at dawn from Mount Victoria
14: Left to right, from top: Old and new architectural styles of Wellington The main town square surrounded by city government buildings Public art at a playground made from a tree stump Sunrise over Wellington Bay from Victoria University 2011 Rugby World Cup, USA vs. Australia at Westpac Stadium
15: Left to right, from top: New Zealand Parliament building, the Beehive Wellington is known for its large amount of citywide public art, like this man by the harbour Daily activities on the Cuba Street pedestrian mall Basin Reserve, the Wellington cricket ground Wellington Phoenix play in the Australian A-League
16: Left to right, from top: Panorama of the Auckland skyline from the top of Rangitoto Sky Tower dominates the skyline at 328m, making it the tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere Entrance to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and War Memorial The obelisk atop One Tree Hill, built on the centennial of the Treaty of Waitangi High aboveAuckland's lights, from the Sky Tower observation deck America's Cup winning Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron racing sailboat
17: Auckland City: North Island Population: 1,400,000 | Above: Downtown Auckland from the top of Mount Eden, one of hundreds of old volcanoes in the city Lower Left: The CBD from the top of Sky Tower with Rangitoto, another volcano, on the horizon Lower Right: Auckland is known as the City of Sails due to the large number of sailboats in the harbour
18: Above: Looking North toward Cape Reinga Upper Right: Canoing down the Whanginui River Right: Whirlpools off Te Rerenga Wairua caused by the meeting of the Tasman Sea to the left and the Pacific Ocean to the Right. Lower Right: The Bridge to Nowhere in Whanganui National Park was originally built as the first part of a major road in 1936, before the area was abandoned. Below: Islands and bays in the Northland region
19: Adventures/Haerenga | Above: Stars above New Zealand including the Southern Cross, seen on the flag of New Zealand Upper Right: The Webb Ellis Cup won by the All Blacks at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, hosted by New Zealand Right: The Rotorua Museum of Art and History, housed in the old Bath House building, with Government Gardens and a croquet lawn in the foreground Below: Northeastern view from Cape Paliser, the southernmost point on the North Island
20: The Lord of the Rings | First Page Captions: Top Left: Maori totem pole on Mount Victoria Top Right: A tree in a field near the Whanganui River Middle: New Zealand map on the floor of Te Papa Bottom Left: Fields below the Southern Alps Bottom Right: Bay and islands in Northland | Adjacent: Ian's in the mountains above Queenstown, taken by his sister | Above: Weta Workshop in the Wellington suburb of Miramar, makers of the props and digital effects used in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Top Left: A set from The Hobbit movie trilogy during filming in New Zealand. Ian received a callback as an elf extra but was unable to attend casing due to the first snowstorm in Wellington in 40 years. Middle Left: Matamata, the home of Hobbiton Bottom Left: The One Ring of Sauron at the Weta Cave Bottom: Path to Mount Victoria in central Wellington, the location of the "get off the road scene" and a 10 minute walk from Victoria University | Upper Cover Photo: Invasive Russel Lupin on Lake Tekapu Lower Cover Photo: Hot water beach in the Coromandel
21: Ian Faulds studied abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in 2011 from June to November. He is now finishing his Bachelors degrees in Geography and Canadian American Studies at Western Washington University. Originally from Reno, Nevada, he was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by rain, proximity to Canada, and the stunning scenery. After returning from New Zealand he realised both the Northwest and New Zealand share a cool temperate mountain/coastal climate zone and diverse and accepting people, and he wants to live in either region. He is currently working for the Border Policy Research Institute and the International Programs and Exchanges office at WWU, enjoys studying maps, and taking pictures for fun. Through these methods he hopes to motivate you to explore the world's amazing locations and cultures, and can always be found online at ianfaulds.com. He primarily uses a Nikon D50 DSLR camera, with a Canon PowerShot A560 Point-and-Shoot when necessary.