The North and South Islands of New Zealand may as well be different countries, according to Wanaka photographer Camilla Rutherford. Her backyard on the South Island is filled with massive peaks and lakes where you can see straight to the bottom. The North Island, by comparison, is dense, packed with jungle and volcanoes. Rutherford admittedly hasn’t spent much time exploring the North Island, so with the help of Tourism New Zealand and Classic Campers, she put together a trip to camp, explore, and ride the best trails the island has to offer. With two 1970’s VW camper vans filled with supplies and pro mountain bike riders, Rutherford set out for two weeks of shredding and shooting the world’s most beautiful playground.
Rutherford: Having your home with you wherever you go is liberating. This night, we parked and slept under the stars on the shores of the East Cape.