There can’t be many places in the world that offer the huge range of climates and natural environments to be found in New Zealand. Snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rolling plains, dense forests and hundreds of miles of coastline have all been crammed into two islands only a little larger than the British Isles.
“New Zealand is thinly populated so – theoretically – it makes an ideal place to record sound effects. You can escape the sounds of traffic and aircraft with relative ease, and quite apart from the stunning scenery, it’s a captivating place to record because of the wealth of bird-life and its unusual range of geo-thermal activity like boiling mud pools and hot-water streams and geysers. Given all these attractions, a stop in New Zealand for an ‘out-of-pollution experience’ with a digital recorder and a camera seemed like the next logical step!” (Clive Williamson)