Because of its remoteness, New Zealand was among the last places on earth to be populated by humans and even today their impact seems relatively superficial.

New Zealand is all about falling water: rivers in spate; roaring cataracts; snow-melt waterfalls; drizzle; heavy rain; cascades; and torrents. Swirling mists along the river courses, distant snow-capped alpine peaks with clinging cloud. And glaciers whose ice contains pockets of trapped light of the bluest blue imaginable.