Swappin’ Seasons in NZ

We traded in our boardshorts and sunscreen for jackets and beanies this July.  Summer turned into Winter while on the 24+ hour travel day to the Southern Hemisphere.  We busted out our best/worst Kiwi accents, hired a 4×4, and toured the South Island on a mission for meat pies, scenery, and powder…..we bagged all three.  The landscape in NZ is pretty crazy; lush rain forests, jagged alpine peaks, braided riverbeds, rugged coastline, pristine lakes, and beautiful pastures….literally something new around every corner.  Here are the highlights; well, everything except the skiing…that’s a whole other post.

 

Kyler doing the right thing

Kyler doing the right thing

 

first stop: meat pies.  Kiwis make incredible baked goods!

first stop: meat pies. Kiwis make incredible baked goods!

flakey goodness: bacon, steak, & kidney

flakey goodness: bacon, steak, & kidney

waterfalls everywhere

waterfalls everywhere

Ryan got as close as possible.  Dryness was not an option.

Ryan got as close as possible. Dryness was not an option.

 

off roading on Arthur's Pass

off roading on Arthur’s Pass

 

Tasman Sea sunset

Tasman Sea sunset

 

local brew

local brew

 

rocky beach littered w/driftwood

rocky beach littered w/driftwood

 

unspoiled

unspoiled

 

what does a sheep say?

what does a sheep say?

 

sheep food

sheep food

 

foggy morning on the West Coast

foggy morning on the West Coast

 

reminded me a lot of the Lost Coast in NorCal

reminded me a lot of the Lost Coast in NorCal

 

glacial runoff....looked like the moon

glacial runoff….looked like the moon

 

Kyler loves Franz Joseph glacier

Kyler loves Franz Joseph glacier

 

yup...more waterfalls

yup…more waterfalls

 

this trail was literally less than 2 miles from the glacier

this trail was literally less than 2 miles from the glacier

 

NZ's national plant; fern logos plastered everywhere

NZ’s national plant; fern logos plastered everywhere

 

Ky-Guy

Ky-Guy

 

view from the suspension bridge

view from the suspension bridge

 

Wanaka

Wanaka

 

the road to the ski resort was sketchy as hell!

the road to the ski resort was sketchy as hell!

 

snagged the 2nd bottle ever made of this NZ whisky

snagged the 2nd bottle ever made of this NZ whisky

 

Sunrise view of Queenstown airport from our porch

Sunrise view of Queenstown airfield from our porch

 

It was fun watching the planes cruise right past the house on approach

It was fun watching the planes cruise right past the house on approach

 

a small town at the head of lake Wakatipu

a small town at the head of lake Wakatipu

 

a wharf

a wharf

 

view from the porch: The Remarkables

view from the porch: The Remarkables

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