Today we woke up bright and early. Departing at 9 a.m. sharp, we rode through the bitter cold, surrounded by frosty snowflakes that littered the bus windows. Our energetic guide Charlie explained the journey we were about to begin, and soon enough we all stood in the cold trying to contain our excitement—we knew that… Read More


We woke up this morning in Greymouth to clear skies after two days of rain. We hopped on the bus to begin the ride to the hotel at Fox Glacier. The first stop was at Hokatika Gorge where we took a casual walk and enjoyed the views of the water. Some of the group participated… Read More


Today was the third day of our National Geographic Student Expedition. We left Hamner Springs early in the morning and began our drive to Greymouth. The drive was beautiful, with many breathtaking photo opportunities along the way. We saw cows, sheep, and many other animals throughout the drive. The bus quickly turned into a huge… Read More


After waking up for the first time in New Zealand, we met with our on-assignment groups to discuss film and photo techniques that we’ll use for our trip, then got on the bus with our awesome driver, Dave, to Hanmer Springs. On the way, we listened to music by Kiwi musicians and enjoyed the passing… Read More


Students hold a Nat Geo Flag

Winding up the dirt road, teetering on the edge of the mountain, no one knew what to expect when the bus turned around the final bend and Cardrona Mountain loomed before us.… Read More


Today was the coolest day ever. After breakfast, we all headed over to Greymouth Town Center for Adventure Tours. We put on wet suits and many layers of thermals and hopped in a van to drive to the river. Thirty minutes later we found ourselves looking down on a 70-foot gorge filled with rapidly moving… Read More


Award-winning Australian photographer Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for two decades. A passion for animals and the environment defines his extensive career. Since embarking on that career at the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Jason has produced images for everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters. His work has appeared in… Read More


For over a decade, Krista has worked as a photographer and photo editor for National Geographic Traveler. Her assignments for the magazine have taken her around the world—from documenting a surfer’s paradise in Costa Rica to capturing images of traditional Zulu farms in South Africa.In 2013, she photographed a feature story on San Francisco forNational… Read More