New Zealand Photos #2, 2013 by Jeff Lindsay
Set 2 of photos from my 2013 trip to New Zealand. Also see my New Zealand Photos, Set #1. Photos cannot capture much of the charm that comes from sweeping landscapes with such fresh air, pure water, fragrant aromas, and serene sensations made especially unforgettable by the friendly, hardy souls scattered across its rugged islands. We had 10 blissful days while driving nearly 3,000 km in addition to a lengthy ferry ride and the alpine train over the South Island. Can't wait to go back and dig in deeper. Here are some selected photos from our trip. For travel tips, see "Ten Tips for Travel in New Zealand" at the JeffLindsay.com blog.
A church made with rocks at the foot of a lake formed from the melting glaciers of Mount Cook and its neighbors.
Looking toward Mount Cook over the waters of a cool New Zealand lake.
Another view of the a lake near Mount Cook.
Mount Cook and neighbors, the tallest mountains in New Zealand.
A mountain valley approaching Mount Cook.
Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in the nation of New Zealand.
Glacier at the foot of Mount Cook, south east side.
Rows of grapes planted on the South Island, supporting the wine industry.
A cemetery above Upper Hutt near Wellington on the North Island. "The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but that doesn't mean you should make it your destination."
The Shotover Jet on a river near Arrowton and Queenstown. Extremely wild and fun ride. Expensive, though.
A view of Queenstown, one of the most popular tourist spots in New Zealand.
An old steamboat in the heart of Queenstown.
Hot air balloon north of Queenstown.
Lake a little north of Queenstown.
Another lake view
Wind-whipped trees and shrubs on the west coast of the South Island.
Green and red rock on the west coast of the South Island.
Sand and rocks create interesting patterns on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
View along the beach of the South Island's west coast.
More green and red rock on the west coast of the South Island.
Sometimes the ragged trees on the west coast create haunting silhouettes.
A man observes the rocky coast of the South Island as we drove by.
Coastal rocks on the South Island.
Small islands of the east side of the South Island of New Zealand.
Baaa. Another sheep.
Beehives providing delicious New Zealand honey. These are in a valley on the South Island.
Magpie with black and white cows in the background.
A landscape in the rolling hills of New Zealand.
Thick forest growth on the west side of the mountain range on the South Island, not far from Mount Cook
Pebbles on the west coast near Greymouth.
A batch of colorful stones found lying on the pebble-strewn coast at Greymouth, New Zealand.
Old wind-worn cemetery at Greymouth, NZ.
Gravemarker at Greymouth.
Remnants of a modern cathedral wrecked by the earthquake of 2010 in Christchurch.
Damaged downtown area of Christchurch. Flattened, demolished, this area was once a vibrant center downtown when the 2010 earthquake hit.
Road closed: a destroyed region of downtown Christchurch, courtesy of the 2010 earthquake.
A ruined building in downtown Christchurch, almost 3 years after the earthquake of 2010.
Ruined city council building of Christchurch.
Another view of the destruction in Christchurch. Feb. 2013.
The cardboard cathedral being built in Christchurch, mostly from cardboard material. Strong, sturdy, and interesting. Replacing the old cathedral destroyed in the quake.
Rising steam and fumes from Champagne Pool at the Thermal Wonderland on the North Island,
Barnacle deposits and lichens on a rock near the Interislander Ferry dock in Wellington.
A view of Wellington.
Boards flying near the ferry while crossing the straight between the islands.
A stone found near the Shotover Jet Boat area on the shore of the river.
A view of Fox Glacier that descends from the west side of Mount Cook.
Close-up of a temporary ice cave formed at the end of the Fox Glacier. This could collapse any moment.
Mountains of New Zealand, South Island,
Wind-swept tree near Greymouth.
Wind-swept tree near Greymouth.