South Island: 13 great places to take pictures

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New Zealand's South Island has fewer people and more scenic views than North Island

NZ travel photographer Mike Hollman lists his favorite places to photograph

List includes best road trip, glaciers, icebergs and alien boulders

CNN  — 

It really isn’t fair that just a million people call New Zealand’s South Island home. Why should so few people get to hog such spectacular landscape? (Compared with, say, similarly sized England’s population of 52 million.)

The larger of the country’s two main islands is more visually stunning than the North Island. With its smaller population, it’s also more lonely and wild. To get a handle of the island’s most sublime landscapes, we asked Auckland-based award-winning photographer Mike Hollman to share his favorite spots to photograph.