Anna and Nic in an open field somewhere in New Zealand.
In between Jackson Bay and Haast on New Zealand’s West Coast, I managed to steal a snap of Anna as she took a picture of me climbing some obelisk rocks in the tidal zone.
We stopped to camp on the Queen Charlotte’s drive in Marlborough, New Zealand and woke up early to enjoy the cool calm water and some hot coffee.
Heading back the Holiday Park from Jackson Bay, we pulled off the road and found an amazing, wind-weathered, deserted beach to watch the sunset.
Catching the fading sun in Surat Bay
After we setup camp on the hilltop in Curio Bay the sun slowly began to set.
Pulling into our first campsite at Waihi Gorge, we began to realize how amazing New Zealand really was.
We were lucky enough to catch the sunrise at Campbell’s Bay. One of our favorite camping spots on New Zealand’s South Island.
We said our goodbyes to the South Island as we left Picton to sail across the Cook Straight to the North Island of New Zealand.
Views from our Airbnb stay in Mt Pleasant
Views from Lake Tekapo.
They say New Zealand has more sheep than people. We believe it!
At the climax of a 3 hour round-trip hike, we came to the base of Mt Cook and a gravel covered glacier slowly melting into this glacial lake.
“Was that an earthquake?” / “That my lad, was a dragon” – We parked our van/home in the White Horse Hill Campground vast glacier mountains looking down upon us. We were lucky enough to experience massive chunks of ice fall from the mountain and create a deep rumble that echoed through the valley.
After a tip from a local rower who frequents Lake Pukaki, we stuck around at this spot to wait for the clouds to slowly drop over the lake to reveal Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.
We pulled into Lake Tekapo for a picnic lunch and serene views.
After our yummy tomato and cheese sandwich lunch, Anna caught up on some reading on the shores of Lake Tekapo
The Mt Cook area has 72 named glaciers and numerous glacial lakes that provide truly breathtaking views.
Akoraki (Mt Cook)
Our favorite campspot
View of Campbell’s Bay from the point.
Nic dodges sheep poo
The view from our van at Campbell’s Bay
Campbell’s Bay, yup, we took a lot of pictures, but it was so hard not to!
No, this isn’t a painting. These are actual clouds at Campbell’s Bay
More sunrises in Campbell’s Bay
Collecting mussels as the sun rises.
Wind swept trees at Slope Point (very southern end of NZ)
No explanation needed
The beautiful Surat Bay
Anna doing something weird with her arms.
View of Anapai Bay part of the Abel Tasman Great Walk
View of Totaranui Bay from the Great Walk path.
A lake in the Queenstown area. We took a lot of pictures and we can’t remember all lakes 🙂
Nic embracing the cold water.
A lake near Queenstown.
This vast valley was once filled with ice. Now the glacier sadly lies over a mile from where we stood.
Nic standing on rocks as the tide comes in
Ice Ice Baby! Yes that’s a glacier in the top left