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.
Happy New Year to my beloved friends and fellow bloggers! I can't believe one year has passed and I didn't go to work a single day (yeah man, time flies when you're having fun)!
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.