Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:52:00 +0000South Island Last DaysHiked around the Hokitika Gorge. Beautiful baby blue shade of water and fern filled forests. Watched our final sunset from Hokitika in the West Coast. Then traveled over Arthur’s Pass and saw lots of Rata trees in full bloom (the Kiwi Christmas tree). Hiked amongst the huge boulders at Castle Hill before returning to Christchurch for flight home. Amazing trip exploring the South Island of New Zealand!
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:54:00 +0000Glacier CountryThe West Coast provides access and prominent views of the largest glaciers in NZ - Fox and Franz Josef. They run down the western slopes of Mt Cook. Hiked on the Fox Glacier, an awesome adventure exploring ice caves and crevasses.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:21:00 +0000Mt Aspiring National ParkMt Aspiring NP provides a beautiful backdrop for The little town of Wanaka. Colorful lupines are in bloom and the streams and lakes are crystal clear. Visited the historic Cardrona Hotel and Wanaka Lavender Farm before heading to the West Coast.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:20:00 +0000QueenstownThe scenery around Queenstown is spectacular with The Remarkables range towering over Lake Wakatipu. Visited the Kawarau Bridge which is the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping. Hiked around Moke Lake and explored the Glenorchy-Paradise area which was the backdrop for some of the LOTR movie scenes. Visited the Gibbston Valley Winery and home to New Zealand’s largest wine cave.
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:37:00 +0000Fiordland National ParkExplored Fiordland NationalPark including a flyover Doubtful & Dusky Sounds and an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. Saw Dusky Dolphins, Fur Seals and even spotted the Fiordland Crested Penguin. Due to heavy rainfall, waterfalls were flowing everywhere!!!
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:13:00 +0000The CatlinsThe Catlins are on the southeast coast of the South Island and filled with scenic coastlines, beautiful waterfalls and amazing marine and bird life!
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:40:00 +0000Penguins!Finally spotted the elusive penguin! They have several species here. The Blue Eyed Penguins are the smallest and only active at night but we’ve seen a few in nesting boxes. Watched 3 Yellow Eyed Penguins along the beach and then made their way to their nests. Most of the penguins are tagged so they can track their travel patterns and monitor population which is declining.
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:27:00 +0000East CoastTraveled along the southeast coast including visits to Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin and Portabello. Cool towns and every coastline is so unique!
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:37:00 +0000More of the AlpsFlew over the alps to get an up close view of Mt Cook and the Fox, Franz Joseph & Tasman glaciers. We landed on the Franz Joseph glacier which was an incredible sight! The Mt Cook valley has been truly spectacular!
Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:42:00 +0000Southern AlpsThe Southern Alps are breathtaking! Aoraki / Mt Cook at over 12,000 ft towers over the entire ridge. Hiked up to Tasman Lake to view the edge of the Tasman glacier. Hiked the Hooker Valley track which crosses several swinging bridges and the valley floor was filled with Mt Cook lilies. Reached Hooker Lake with large floating icebergs and amazing view of Mt Cook.
Sat, 02 Dec 2017 01:02:00 +0000Arthur’s Pass & TekapoTraveled over Arthur’s Pass crossing the Otira Viaduct. Hiked to Devils Punchbowl Waterfall climbing what seemed like a thousand stair steps but worth the view. The valley around Lake Tekapo is breathtaking with carpets of colorful lupine and our first glimpse of the Southern Alps!
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:19:00 +0000West CoastThe views along the West Coast are amazing. Hiked around Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay. Saw lots of fur seals resting on the rocks and cooling off in the ocean. Enjoyed sunset at Punakaiki at an area called Pancake Rocks.
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:56:00 +0000Golden BayVisited Golden Bay and Abel Tasman National Park along the northern shore of South Island. Also explored the remote Farewell Spit and enjoyed a colorful sunset at Wharariki Beach.
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 01:00:00 +0000Marlborough
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:40:00 +0000Whales & Seals
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:00:00 +0000Kia Ora New Zealand
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0000Next stop...Greenland!On the flight back from Iceland, we were rewarded with amazing, clear views of Greenland. Despite the name, the country is mostly covered in ice and snow, unlike Iceland. The views of the snow capped mountains, ice fields and glacial lakes were breathtaking! Will have to return one day to get a closer look, but it was a perfect ending to an awesome trip!
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Autumn in Iceland
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:30:00 +0000Northern Coast
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000Waterfalls and Rainbows
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:00:00 +0000Lake Myvatn Area
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:11:00 +0000Another Northern Lights Show!
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 01:00:00 +0000East CoastThe journey along Iceland's East Coast is filled with rugged coastlines and amazing mountain scenery, or at least what could be seen thru al the fog and clouds. Visited several towns along the coast including Seydisfjordur which is a quaint harbor town located at the end of one of the most spectacular drives I've encountered so far. The scenery along the way was just breathtaking! Also enjoyed a Mitty moment as this was the road that he longboarded down which includes the huge waterfall he passes by.
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:00:00 +0000Glacial Lagoon
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000Vatnajokull GlacierSpent the last few days exploring Vatnajokull National Park which is home to the world's largest ice cap outside the poles. It dominates the entire region with rivers of frozen ice pouring down the valleys. Some great hiking and plenty more waterfalls. Also visited Fjallsarlon and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoons where wind and water sculpt the floating icebergs eventually making their way to the sea.