I am no mountain climber but I definitely enjoy getting off the main roads. Maniototo has plenty to choose from too with one of the largest networks of unsealed roads in the country. I like being able to slow the pace down and have a really good look around. Leaving the air conditioned comfort of my vehicle is a must too. Getting on my feet (or hands and knees) to explore different angles, foregrounds and backgrounds is important.
I spent around an hour photographing this particular section of the Hawkdun Range near Falls Dan. The light was less than perfect but it was pretty cool watching the shadows of the clouds against the mountain backdrop.