South Island New Zealand

Our trips to New Zealand have been hugely enjoyable. The sense of space, light and unspoiled nature is - to me - like nowhere else I've visited. From the magnificence of the Southern Alps to the geothermal, sulphurous landscapes of the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand has so much to offer.  This page features images from South Island.

The photo above is of Lake Hawea.

Teams of walkers set out over the ice of Fox Glacier - not something to be done unsupervised or by the inexperienced.

Fissures open up towards the end of the glacier, revealing deep blue ice below the surface.

The Devil's Punchbowl waterfall, near the top of Arthurs Pass, the route over the Southern Alps. Cascading behind the trees, it appeared to me almost as a Japanese water feature. Well worth visiting, it's only a short walk from the road.

The road approaching Mount Cook from the south west.

Near Mount Cook, South Island; the grey water surges down carrying carries material from below the glacier.

Lake Marion, a hidden gem of an alpine lake, is well worth the hike up from the road near the divide, to the east of Milford Sound.

Other lakes are better known - as here, at Lake Wanaka.

Tennison Inlet, on Pelorus Sound, in the Marlborough Sounds northern part of South Island - a great place to sit and watch and listen to undisturbed nature.

Now take a look at North Island and the Tongariro Crossing...

A pair of Albatros, on the Otago Peninsular. Taking it in turns to care for the young, it is rare to see a pair at their nest stite together.

A pied stilt, at Hooper's Inlet on the Otago Peninsular.

But it's not just the wildlife and the vaste empty spaces that appeal to me! I enjoyed lingering in Lake Matheson Cafe.