New Zealand: Catlins and Volcanoes43.5S 170.8E
Clouds hang over the southern Pacific, surrounding the island country of New Zealand. Most of the land areas are actually clear, except for a few places above the Southern Alps, the mountain range dividing the South Island along its length.
In the full image, part of the North Island is visible at the top right, as is Stewart Island, the country’s third largest island, at the bottom.
The first close-up focuses on the southern tip of the South Island. The southernmost point here is known as Slope Point, in an area known as the Catlins. This region is rugged and sparsely populated area, featuring a scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate rainforest, both of which harbour many endangered species of birds.
The second close-up gives a more detailed look at volcanoes on the western side of the North Island. Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont) can be seen on the left, and Mount Ruapehu is visible on the right.