Shot over four months and even more visually stunning landscapes like Mount Cook, Fjordland and Arthur’s Pass, the New Zealand Department of Tourism should pay the creators of this video for the amount of publicity it will bring them.
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Given its ever-changing (yet ever-lush) landscapes, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most successful outdoor enterprises and large scale film productions. Videographers spent three weeks traversing the island’s terrains to produce this stunning work.
These lunar visions are astounding in their own right, but are made even more so when you discover that the filmmaker hasn’t digitally manipulated them at all.
Loosely translating as “roughened or agitated waves”, while the Undulatus asperatus clouds above appear somewhat menacing, storms seldom follow their dissipation. Not much is known about these clouds, as they’ve just begun to be studied in 2006.
Thousands of local and international guests visit New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves each year. The iridescent caves, which have been around for centuries, are particularly striking due to the glowworm species that covers the ceilings and lights up the space like stars in the night sky.
In 1887, local Maori Chief Tane Tinorau and English surveyor Fred Mace first explored the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. To navigate the caves, they built a raft of flax stems and floated through, quickly becoming mesmerized by the glowing ceiling. It took many return trips for Tinorau and Mace to discover the cave’s land entrance on the second level.
As they say, the best lighting is natural. Found exclusively in New Zealand, the Waitomo Caves get their twinkling charm from Arachnocampa luminosa, whose luminescence guides tourists from around the world on a daily basis.