Month: November 2015

Some Favorites..

November 20, 2015

Here’s my favorites from the first part of the road trip! We went along the south coast of the South Island via Dunedin, Catlins National Park as well as Milford Sound. They’re in chronological order, some of my favorites are near the back once I get to the Milford Sound part! I’m writing captions now in each photo as well so feel free to click on through – I’m back in Queenstown for the night passing through as we’ll head North along the West Coast tomorrow!

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Moeraki Boulders!

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Nugget Peak again at Catlins National Park. The fiord like faces going right into the water is a sight! It is hard to explain just how tall these can get!

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I love this one for some reason. This is the walk at Nugget Point on the way to the nighthouse. I like the way the mossy terrain blankets the faces of the mountains.

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At Catlins National Park here at Nugget Peak, if you walk all the way down to the lighthouse and look over the railing, this is what you’ll see!

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A beautiful waterfall here at Catlins National Park!

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The wind was crazy here at the most Southern point of the South Island. Check out these trees, they’re permanently standing “blown” in this direction which perfectly shelters this house!

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New Zealand Roads.. This isn’t a fair picture. Australian roads were flat, New Zealand roads are full of hills and turns.. and most two lanes when not in the major cities/towns. It feels like a a game of Super Mario Kart.

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The first stop after Andy met us at Fiordland National Park which houses the Milford Sound.

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Milford Sound at Fiordland National Park! These fiords are HUGE. Find the three story boat in the center of the frame to get a perspective of just how big these bad boys are!

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Ah this was the captain Dennis who I was messing with before the boat ride began. He poked fun at me over the microphone during the day but in the end had us come up to his room where he let me steer the boat! He usually uses a little stick to steer the boat as the wheel is much, much harder to turn. To let me see how hard it is to turn, he let me steer the boat using the wheel! He was a really cool old man!

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This is the boat we had our tour on at the Milford Sound. It was such a beautiful day, we got lucky!

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This is the road into the Milford Sound where you catch the tour boats. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park or the Lord of the Rings.

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I’m gonna miss this one a lot..

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Road Trip! (The Beginning)

Milford Sound! Ain’t she a beaut? The last few days have been the ‪#‎launch‬ of our South Island Road trip! My sidekick, Brittany and I covered quite a lot of ground these past few days. After failing to leave on Saturday due to hangover paralysis, we kicked off on Sunday on to Dunedin via the “scenic” Northern route. Right when we landed we met up with four ‪#‎mates‬ from Queenstown and then kicked off 45 minutes North. Before we left Dunedin, we did walk up the worlds steepest street! Without fail, we all rolled Jaffa candies down the hill as some sort of tradition/game which I hadn’t heard of until now. The following morning went to this spot where these near perfect circular boulder rocks lined up the beach. They were massive. After we left our #mates and headed South back into Dunedin where we found the highlight of what the city has to offer.. Wendy’s! I hadn’t seen one yet in NZ we helped ourselves to a burger and fries and frosty.. and nuggets. Don’t judge me. We zipped down to the Catlins National Park and did a couple walks about. The first was a lighthouse with fjords going right into the ocean. A fjord is basically a similar formation that you see in the photo below.. Huge mountains with steep faces going right into the water. Afterwards, we saw some waterfalls and drove to the most southern point of New Zealand’s South Island. That night I am not sure how our tent didn’t blow away because the wind was terrible. The morning was still windy and cloudy and taking the tent down was a mission. We fast tracked it to Te Anau a few hours away and met Andy who had taken a morning bus to meet us on our way to the Milford Sound! I’m so happy he’s here. We’ve been trying to come here for weeks now but each time it’s been raining. On a side note, the Milford Sound has 200 days of rain a year and a total of 8 meters of rain a year.. It’s wet, but that’s how it gets so green. We got lucky this time as the weathers been perfect. We hiked some trails to waterfalls, lakes and overlooks and camped along the river. This morning we went out on a boat along the Milford Sound which is shown below. It’s incredible. We saw the worlds second rarest penguin, fur seals and kea birds. The captain was a nice old man who I was joking around with before the boat ride so he kept giving me a hard time over the microphone during the tour.. At the end he invited us three up and I got to drive the boat! It was good fun. Now we’re making a necessary beer run in town before we go back to the campsite for the rest of the day.. Then back to Queenstown for tomorrow night before we continue onwards up the West Coast! Heeeere wegooo!!! 🚙💨

New Zealand

November 20, 2015

Basically, I’ve been slacking. I came to New Zealand at the end of May but haven’t written one post. That’s all about to change. Let’s fast forward past Queenstown to my West Coast road trip of the South Island with Brittany. I’ll get back to Queenstown and working at Coronet Peak soon..