Most of these were photographed by the hubby, and he'll be doing a guest post to share more of the scenery and his photos with you.
We arrived in Christchurch, the main 'hub' to the South Island. All of the water is this gray-blue color and extremely peaceful.
We (I) stayed in a hostel for the first time ever. You can buy food and cook it there and you share and do your own dishes...and meet lots of travelers. I like hotels better :)
Kea birds are scary. That is all. This one tried to open our cooler and take our food. I ran into the car and locked the doors to hide from this dinosaur.
We got pretty good at posing near tracks.
Everything about this trip showcased and played on the nature that makes up New Zealand. It's hard to not be impressed by the diversity of plants, animals (except for the kea birds), and scenery and we only saw a small part of the island on this trip. If you are looking for cosmopolitan glamour and amazingly snooty food, then this is not the place for you. However, if you want to see some crazy spectacular views, humble friendly people, and get your hike on...bring your sunglasses and a rain jacket (which will permanently be attached to you at all times) and have a great time.