Hooker Valley Hike

The scenery from Queenstown to Mt. Cook was out of this world. Sometimes I saw fields blanketed by beautiful lupines, and sometimes the landscape is covered in yellow looking roots like this We made a few photo stops at lake Tekapo. The lake has deep unbelievably blue color. It is one the most scenic routes…

Lovely Wanaka, Lively Queenstown

As we approached Wanaka, the landscape began to change from the lush rain forest to bare mountains and colorful lakes. It felt like I was in another country all together. We made a few photo stops along the way before we made our way to town center. The beautiful Wanaka lake is surrounded by snow…

Glacier Heli Hike at Franz Josef

It was a windy rainy day when we left Murahau. I couldn’t see anything outside from the bus, I could only tell we were driving along the coast. Sometimes I saw glimpses of big ocean waves crashing down the shores. We made a short stop at Punkaiki, famous for its pancake rocks formation. Several huge…

Hiking Abel Tasman National Park

I stayed at a campground right outside the entrance to the national park. The weather forecast showed a lot of rain in the radar. Able Tasman is famous for its beautiful multi days hiking trail that takes you along the coast of the Tasman sea. I gambled with the weather and decided to hike part…

Stray’ing South Island

I bought a two weeks bus pass from Stray (a hop-on hop-off bus) to go around the South Island NZ in November. I flew in to Auckland and then took another short flight to Christchurch. The bus came to drop off passengers and pick up a few new passengers, and off we went. Our first…