One of the benefits of traveling the south island of New Zealand is that the scenery and views offered while driving are as beautiful as the destinations. Here are some pictures taken during a three hour trip through the southwest corner of the south island. Of course, we had to pull over a number of times to go swimming or just enjoy the scenery.
Doubtful Sound is a beautiful waterway in the south island of New Zealand. The name Doubtful Sound is a misnomer as this is actually a fjord, meaning a valley carved by glaciers which connects to the sea.
Pictures selected from a day of hiking at Te Anu National Park in Fjordland New Zealand. Fjordland is a region in the Southeast area of New Zealand's Southern Island.
During the second day in Lake Wanaka, we did a day of hiking at some local trails. There are a few well-known hikes in the area, the most famous is Roy's Peak which offers stunning summit views after a long, steep trek. This is reserved for more experienced hikers as it takes about five hours to complete the hike.
Lake Wanaka is an absolutely stunning lake located about an hour away from Queenstown on the South Island. The water here is very cold as it comes from melted snow in the mountains nearby. Since the water is so pure however, it is absolutely clear.
The first day we went to a Marae, a sacred Maori land. This was a truly a special experience which I deeply cherished. Out of respect to Maori culture and the promises we made (through song, no less) we took no pictures during our time there and their culture which are public knowledge.