Walk up the side of Mt. Robert in Nelson Lakes National Park , New Zealand, over looking Lake Rotoiti and Saint Arnaud on the other side. Lovely little walk and great views.
Six years ago we set out for our first big tour, three months in New Zealand. Our second morning riding towards the Torlesse Range and later Arthur’s pass. Great views of Castle Hill Peak with a fresh dusting of snow. Our tent had ice on it when we woke up, so a very “fresh” start to the day, though Porter’s Pass soon warmed us up.
Certainly pancake rocks – ever so yummy – though this lot has been around in Punakaiki in New Zealand for a few million years so probably not edible.
We had a great walk out to the lighthouse at Nugget Point. We could see sea lions playing around the waves and you should be able to see whales too on a good day.
Walking in sand is great fun, great work out – but doesn’t it just get anywhere. Many years ago I was on Frazer Island, Australia, worlds longest sand dune. Even with being very careful I got sand in my little point and shoot. Even after many attempts of cleaning it I still found sand in 3-4 years later.
The second of the sandy series. Just simple lines of the different shades of sand.
The next few photos are taking on the south island of New Zealand not many miles from the Farewell Spit. This one is the result of the wind playing with the sand.
We were cycling in New Zealand on a rather grey day, so we couldn’t really see the solar eclipse. Lucky we stopped by the side of the road and a local builder did the same and we could borrow his welding shield to have a look through the clouds.
I might be over 42 but I still make a mean sand castle 🙂
Continuing on the spooky theme after a few ghost town photographs. This forest got so scared and petrified, I wonder what kind of monster did it, that they turned into stone around 180 million years ago. You can see the other tree stumps in the background and if you’re careful you can see the rings too.
By the shores of Lake Wakatipu – on the south island of New Zealand as far as you can go past Queenstown all the way past Glenorchy, do remember to stop and enjoy this wonderful part of the world – we camped up and while we cooked our dinner a very nice man came up and told us not to dive into our tent, to get away from the sand flies, but stay up and enjoy the coming sunset. He had experienced a stunning sunset the previous night and the weather forecast was looking to be the same tonight. I could bore you with 20-30 photographs of the stunning sunset we experienced, at first we were thinking that we were out of luck as the clouds were drawing in thick and fast. But then the golden colours came out in force, hitting the different layers of clouds, just stunning and changing all the time.
Stunning beach in New Zealand, near the very top of the South island just south of the Farewell Spit.
Yes, I had help with this photograph, or rather I threw the camera at my beautiful assistant, so that I could go on the bouncing pillow. I might soon be an old Git (Oi, quiet there at the back!!), anything that I can go and bounce on, swing on or slide* on and I can’t stop my inner child.
*) Just do check the width of the slide at the bottom before you go on it. Let’s just say that I walked in pain for the rest of the day after I got wedge at the end of a long slide… 🙂
A tall stone monument now serves as a memorial to all those who perished in Mount Cook National Park. A very sombre place to visit, at least we know that they died while doing something they love.
We stayed at the DoC and could hear the glacier “rumble” in the night.
Walking on Farewell Spit in New Zealand before the storm.
I should have uploaded this one yesterday and yesterday’s photograph should be up today. The reason we didn’t get too close to the penguins was that they are very rare. If we should be in way between the sea and their young ones, there is a very good chance that they would go and never come back. So it is good that I have a 270mm lens as you saw in yesterday’s photograph, if you look carefully you can see one to the right near the wake.
At magnificent Aoraki / Mount Cook in New Zealand we had a sandwich before our walk. Before we knew it we had to not only fight off the sand flies but also this little bird. Flying in grabbing food right out of our hands and even flew into the back of the car to get seconds. Do you know which kind it is?
Enjoying the view from Key Point on the South Island New Zealand, an hours drive from Te Anau toward Milford Sounds.
Looking deep into the deep…
New fern starting, now if only I had green thumbs I would be able to tell you which of the many ferns this one is.
View from our flight from Portland to New Zealand. Sunset looking out over the Pacific Coast some somewhere over California.
This was taken by my partner while cycle touring in New Zealand. Which we enjoyed so much that we have packed our bags and bike and is waiting for the plane to take off on the 6th of January 2012. Where we will be cycling from Ushuaia in Argentina in the general direction of New York, USA. There is also talk about Japan, New Zealand and Kathmandu and a zigzag trough Europe back.
Happy riding and snapping.
This photo was taken in New Zealand not many miles from Dunedin. On every campsite we visited there was a sign saying, do not feed the ducks. And on every campsite we had a least one couple waddling around. The Ma Quack walking in front taking the lead, with Pa Quack around two feet behind. Ma Quack was rather bossy, this one even tried to nick Peli’s ice cream. Where Pa Quack was more shy and hanged back all the time. You could clearly see who was wearing the trousers in the family Quack.
The reason for why I post this photo, is that we have a couple of Quacks here where we live. I spotted them last year waddling around on the playground. This year they are back waddling around on the garage roof and green areas. I wonder why they have pick our neck of the woods and not one of the parks or even the river near by.
The thing that stands out with this couple, is that there is no “boss” in this relationship like the ones in NZ.
Mt. Cook was probably my highlight of our visit to New Zealand last year. Though it is rather hard to pick one place, moment that really stood out. New Zealand is just a place you have to visit, a truly stunning place! You have probably already clicked past a few pictures taken on our tour of the south island last year and there will be more to come.
Sweaty Betty is our home from home, in true sense a mobile home. We have had her for little over two years now and she have done a great job.
Yes I know this is not the best view in the world. But with wild camping you get to pick the view you want every day. This one was taken on our second morning in New Zealand last year, and what great way to wake up to. There was even ice on our tent that morning, Across New Zealand (Christchurch – Hokitika)
My biggest joy in life right now is also my hobby, cycle touring.
This photo is taken while touring in New Zealand on the south island last year.
I really love this panorama as it says cycle touring, holiday, travels and good times to me. And that in it is my trusty and lovely travel companion and partner, Peli.
One on the best things about cycle touring is that you can just stop, rest and take in the views. Along with that you get to cycle on roads, paths less travelled so you get to enjoy the scenery pretty much unspoiled by yourself.
This one was taken in New Zealand on the Otago Rail Trail, out of season, miles away from towns and other roads so we were all alone for the most of the day. Just a great spot to sit and relax and take it all in, nearly a zen moment.
Two of my favourite ways to relax – spending hours looking at the sea or picking through stones. When I do that I blank out totally, it relaxes me, puts me to ease, no worries, chill simply put.
This photo captures “my Zen” spot on, I’m normally fairly aware of what is going on around me. Though here I didn’t have a clue that Peli was taking this photo. She even had to gently nudge me to get me to come back to the tent so that we could cook dinner.