New Zealand has been captured in a dramatic photograph taken from the International Space Station.

British astronaut Tim Peake has caught the process of a Russian spacecraft Soyuz 46S docking with the ISS tonight - with planet Earth some 400km away in the background.

Taking to Twitter tonight (NZT) to post the snap, Peake pointed to the Land of the Long White Cloud in the background - albeit with a typo.

"Another pic of Soyuz approaching #ISS over #newzeland [sic]"

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Peake has been living and working on the ISS for six months. Tonight's docking was to put fresh crew onto the ISS, boosting the numbers to six.