There was no vegetation along the way, just rocks and soil debris moving beneath our feet. On the bedrock surface were long parallel scratches, attributing to a slow but powerful glacial motion.
The river meandered through a beautiful landscape of granite cliffs and lush green forests. On a sunny summer day, the water shined a bright, milky turquoise color that seemed so surreal.
Arthur's Pass is a township in the heart of the Southern Alps (New Zealand). We camped at the village for a night and set out for the hike in Avalanche Peak the following morning.
New Zealand sea lions are one of the rarest seal species in the world, and the yellow-eyed penguins are listed as critically endangered animals with only thousands of them left on the planet.
I'm back to civilization from a nearly unplugged trip in the ultimately pure and unspoiled southern New Zealand!
Lying within a geologically active volcanic zone of New Zealand's North Island, Rotorua could be easily recognized through its smell of rotten eggs and clouds of steam all over the city.
Ambury regional park is a huge working farm in the southern end of Auckland. It's out of the way but not too remote, rural and restful, and packed with activities to entertain a large group.