I had been stoked out of my mind for this trip months prior to us taking off for the South Island. I had also been bracing myself mentally for the cool, rainy, cloudy weather that previous visitors, travel guides, and other blogs warned about. There are plenty of (amazing) photos on the web of majestic South Island landscapes shrouded in mist and low, wispy clouds.
Well here’s the crazy thing about our trip: in the 10 days I tramped about the lower South Island, it only rained once and I had a total of maybe 8 hours of dense cloud cover. It was magic. I really couldn’t have asked for better weather. So here’s a flood of photos from a rare sunny trip around the South Island.
You can check out my other post for a detailed itinerary, but below you’ll find the highlights and some brief descriptions of the photos I snagged.
The flight path into Queenstown from Auckland took me over Mt. Aspiring and Fiordlands National Parks and gave me some stunning views of the glacier-capped peaks and steep, scarred river valleys.
Incredible views are everywhere, and some world class hiking starts with just a short walk from the center of town.
Te Anau and Fiordlands National Park This gorgeous lake town is the gateway to the Fiordlands National Park; the closest town to the world-famous Milford Sound. Check out this Hyperlapse of clouds forming around Mitre Peak during a boat tour around Milford Sound.
Wanaka and Mt. Aspiring National Park
Another town on a picturesque lake, another distinctly unique setting with its own adventures awaiting beyond.
Last but certainly not least, I took an eco-tour and got up close and personal with royal albatross, sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and other remarkable wildlife. This was definitely one of the highlights of my entire trip to New Zealand.
Cheers. Check out my other posts for fuller details on our travels around New Zealand.
Update: I put together this collection of video clips from my GoPro. Hope you enjoy!
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