Tag Archives: South Island

New Zealand’s Lake Hawea in Pictures.

I’ve written about New Zealand. I’ve talked about my wanderlust. If you were to combine the two, the spot that brings out the wanderlust in me in NZ is Lake Hawea on the South Island.

This glacial lake just outside Wanaka is a deep blue and crystal in color and mountains serve as its backdrop. It makes for a scenic day trip from Wanaka and Queenstown with plenty of outdoor fun options.

I thought I’d share some larger versions of photos I took and used in my original Lake Hawea post from a few years back, plus some additional ones. I took them at the Lookout Point! on State Highway 6 along the western shoreline.

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand, elatlboy selfie, The Adventures of elATLboy

Do you have a spot in New Zealand or anywhere else that takes your wanderlust to the next level?

Out on the Open Kea Point Trail in New Zealand.

Kea Point trail is an hour trek through the countryside from Mount Cook Village on the South Island of New Zealand. It ends at a platform from which you can get great views of Mount Cook (Aoraki), the tallest mountain in the country, and several other mountain peaks.

I wrote about it and my times at Mount Cook Village in a previous post: A Few Hours in Mount Cook Village. Below are some additional photos from my time on the trail, along with some blown up shots from my original post. The hike provided some of the best scenery I’ve seen in New Zealand.

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

Kea Point Trail, Mount Cook Village, New Zealand

What other walking paths and hiking trails would you recommend checking out in New Zealand?

Out on the New Zealand Open Road in Pictures.

Being in New Zealand will make you feel like you are in your own version of Lord of the Rings as you go from rainforest to mountains to prairie to countryside in the blink of eye when roadtripping. Along the way you will come across waterfalls, hot springs, meat pies, backpackers, new friends and countless sheep. Some of my best memrories traveling have occurred when being on a road trip in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

It makes me think back to my original post: New Zealand: On The Open Road. Below are enlarged versions of the photos in that post along with some additional ones highlighting what it is like to be out on the New Zealand open road.

State Highway 8, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 8 heading towards Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook Village.

State Highway 8, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 8 heading towards Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook Village.

State Highway 8, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 8 staring at Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook.

State Highway 80, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 80 heading south away from Mount Cook Village.

State Highway 6, Cromwell, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along the Kawarau River in Cromwell.

State Highway 6, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along Lake Hawea.

State Highway 6, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along Lake Hawea.

State Highway 6, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 6 along the West Coast of the South Island.

State Highway 13, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 13 between Arthur’s Pass and Christchurch.

State Highway 73, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand road trip

State Highway 73 heading towards Christchurch.

Speaking of countless sheep. 🙂 Lots of mingling time.

Mngling with the sheep, South Island, New Zealand road trip

What are your favorite memories from being on a road trip in New Zealand?

Photo of the Week: Mingling with the Sheep of New Zealand.

It’s time to hang out with the sheep in New Zealand (Aotearoa). Was road tripping the South Island between Arthur’s Pass and Christchurch when for some reason I wanted to mingle. 🙂

South Island, New Zealand, sheep, road trip

Christchurch: A Botanic Gardens in Pictures.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand features one of the best collections of flowers including roses, native trees and plants, greenery, colors and more that I have come across. Lots of Christchurch time has equaled lots of times hanging out in the gardens. Below are some photos that I thought I’d share here in addition to my original post from a few years back.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

What gardens would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?