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…

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…

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…

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…

Earland Falls

Earland Falls is a great example of why when we travel we try to get away from the road and into the backcountry. It is beyond gorgeous and at 571′ it is the highest waterfall on New Zealand’s Routeburn Track. We arrived at Earland Falls in the early afternoon, but well ahead of the caravan of hikers that…

Stirling Falls

This is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in all of New Zealand, and for good reason. At 495′ high, Stirling Falls is nearly three times as high as Niagara Falls (167′). Stirling Falls is only one of two permanent waterfalls in New Zealand’s Milford Sound. However, every time it rains, which is about every two out of three days,…

Routeburn Tweeting

This photo was taken as my wife and I traversed our second day of the Rouetburn Track in New Zealand. The thick clouds had rolled in overnight and we weren’t seeing much for the extreme effort we were expending while making our way up and over the 4,300′ pass. Then this beautiful little bird graced us with…

Moeraki Dawn

Guest blogger… my wife. (still my photo) 🙂 It’s amazing the number of unique, hidden places my husband finds for our must-do travel list. It also never fails that these must-do items require us to get up before the sun (not my favorite thing). The Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand was no exception. Pulling out of our…

Trail at the Edge

This gorgeous boardwalk lies at the edge of the inhabited world. At least, this was one of the last places on the planet to be explored that is now inhabited, albeit a very small population. My wife and I spent most of the day driving along New Zealand’s Highway 6 over Haast Pass on the South…

Kaikoura

This past Sunday the Southern Island of New Zealand was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by over half a dozen strong aftershocks. These quakes shook the northeastern coastal area around Kaikoura, New Zealand. The quake triggered landslides that covered parts of State Highway 1, which runs up the coast and, if you could see…