Tim Peake took pictures of New Zealand from space

  • 5 February 2016

British astronaut Tim Peake has taken some stunning pictures of New Zealand from the International Space Station and posted them to social media.

Christchurch from space

Image copyright Tim Peake
Image caption Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, home to over 350,000 people.

In 2010 and 2011, 2 major earthquakes destroyed many city-centre buildings.

New Zealand's tallest mountains

Image copyright Tim Peake
Image caption Mountains and Glaciers in New Zealand visible from space

Located on the South Island this picture shows Mount Cook, centre left, which is the largest mountain in New Zealand.

Mount Tasman to the right is the second highest mountain in New Zealand.

This picture also shows a number of glaciers in the middle and the Tasman Lake at the front.

Clear blue lakes

Image copyright Tim Peake
Image caption Lake Hāwea below with Lake Wanaka above

In this picture you can see Lake Hāwea below with Lake Wanaka above

The Otago Lakes in the South Island of New Zealand are an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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