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A new book has set out to show how incredible views around New Zealand are accessible by road or with a short walk - and how "freakishly" beautiful our small country is.
Photographers Todd and Sarah Sisson chose to capture spots that were easy to get to in response to the realities of everyday life; their two young children travel with them when they're working.
Specialists had told the couple that they would never have children. They closed their commercial photography studio, bought a caravan and booked tickets for an extended overseas trip to build a landscape image library.
Image 1 of 12From the book From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 175 The perfect volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki from Waiiti Beach Photo by Sarah Sisson , supp
Image 2 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 11 Queenstown and the Remarkables at sunset, as viewed from Bob's Peak Photo by Sarah Sisson , supplied t
Image 3 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 52 A yellow-eyed penguin returns home under dramatic clouds, Moeraki Peninsula Photo by Todd Sisson , sup
Image 4 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 132 Seal pups play beneath the waterfall at Ohau Creek, north of Kaikoura Photo by Sarah Sisson , supplie
Image 5 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 159 Caption: The mineral-encrusted rim of Champagne Pool, Waiotapu geothermal area, Rotorua Photo by Sara
Image 6 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 160 Caption: Source of the Hamurana Springs, Rotorua Photo by Sarah Sisson , supplied to the Herald on Su
Image 7 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 162 Inquisitive cattle on farmland beneath Mt Ruapehu, near Tangiwai. Photo by Sarah Sisson , supplied to
Image 8 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 97 Moria Gate Arch, Oparara Basin, Kahurangi National Park Photo by Todd Sisson , supplied to the Herald
Image 9 of 12From the book From the book NZ A Photographic Journey, page 186-187 Dawn at Castlepoint, coastal Wairarapa Photo by Sarah Sisson , supplied to the Her
Image 10 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 155 Caption: Te Hoho/Sail Rock at sunrise, Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula Photo by Todd Sisson , su
Image 11 of 12From the book NZ A Photographic Journey Page 161 Cathedral Rocks, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua Photo by Sarah Sisson , supplied to the Herald on
Back in New Zealand they realised they could not disappear into the wilderness for weeks at a time so they dreamed up trips to capture the pictures they wanted with young ones in tow.
"We have travelled other countries with fiords, glaciers, geysers, alps and beautiful lakes but these natural features always seem to be separated by huge distances with few points of interest in between.
Not so in Aotearoa, where one interesting landscape usually segues to the next within 100km or so.
"New Zealand's truly unique attribute is just how easy it is for everyday people to experience its outstanding natural features."
New Zealand: A Photographic Journey is a carefully edited selection from the Sissons' catalogue spanning both islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
The Sissons live in Alexandra, Central Otago. They say compiling the book provided a poignant reminder of just how beautiful New Zealand is - "something that is easily overlooked after years of travelling and photographing one's home country".