Can you take a bad photo in New Zealand? It turns out that you can. I took dozens of them. But once in a while, I came away with a gem like this which (granted has been post-processed, but otherwise) gets the composition just right, albeit somewhat cliché. The Trans-Alpine Highway connects the east and west coasts of New Zealand, running between Greymouth and Christchurch.
At the beginning of my trip, I had taken a day to ride the train between the two cities in a full-day round trip. During my final leg of my visit to New Zealand, I drove back to Christchurch from the West Coast. As the sun began to go down, I looked in my rear view mirror as I crossed a crest on the highway, and realised that the best view was the one behind me. I stopped, I stepped out, I shot, I took a few moments to take the scene in, and then I returned to my vehicle to continue my trip back to Christchurch.