Light at the Edge of the World – The Waipapa Point Lighthouse

The Waipapa Point Lighthouse has been a guiding light at the edge of the world for over one hundred and thirty years. Waipapa Point is located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The lighthouse opened in 1884 after a passenger steamer went down on the Waipapa Point reef costing 131 people their…

Peters Pool

The west coast of New Zealand’s Southern Island is a great place to get away from the business of the rest of the world. Here you will find glaciers amongst rain forests. This is a very rare occurrence in our world. Franz Josef glacier has carved the valley you see in the photo above. In…

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

The Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in New Plymouth, New Zealand and a great example of functional art. I have read that the arcing support structure is meant to resemble a whales rib cage. I love the way that it frames the Mount Taranaki volcano in the distance. The bridge is a…

Sunset on Cascade Creek

In the heart of New Zealand’s Fjordland National Park and along the road to the Milford Sound lies a campground on Cascade Creek. We parked here for the night before heading through the tunnel to the Milford Sound the following day. It was rainy as we pulled into the campground, which is more of a…

Glow Worms

Believe it or not this bizarre looking scene was the adventure that I looked most forward to doing when Jennifer and I decided to go to New Zealand. These are the sticky threads of glow worms. They use these threads like fishing lines to catch their prey and pull them in. The Glow Worms The…

Lake Aviemore

New Zealand is full of beautiful lakes and Lake Aviemore on the South Island is no exception. Many of the South Island lakes are better known because of their blue glacial silt water and location in the Southern Alps, but I found Aviemore to be just as stunning. We drove through this area on our…

Whariwharangi Bay

Need a reason to fly halfway around the world, drive for nearly a day, take an hour-long taxi-boat, and then hike for 6 miles? You’ll get this secluded beach and sunset all to yourself, plus all the adventure and beauty of getting here. This is Whariwharangi Bay. It is the northernmost bay on the Able…

Dew a Sunrise

A few weeks ago I wrote about the adventure Jennifer and I had traveling to Marokopa Falls in New Zealand. It was down remote windy backroads that consisted of mostly dirt and rock. The fog was thick, but when we rose above it the New Zealand sunrise was stellar. We found this dew covered wire…

Tunnel Beach

New Zealand is full of amazing landscapes and hidden oases. This is Tunnel Beach and it is one of those amazing hidden nooks located on the South Island near the town of Dunedin. The tunnel in the name refers to the land arch that has been carved out by the sea, but it could just…