Students capture NZ's 'Top Outdoor Spots'

A stunning lakeside vista, an impressive painting of New Zealand's tallest mountain and a well written account of a classic New Zealand family holiday have taken top honours in the 2015 Top Outdoor Spot competition.

The national competition invited students to send in photos, drawings and descriptions of their favourite outdoor places for display on the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Both Sides of the Fence education website (

South Island spots topped the photo and drawing categories, with Hadlow School (Masterton) student Emily McMaster, 8, awarded “Best photoâ€