North Island
South Island
  • Abel Tasman
  • West Coast
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Mt. Aspiring
  • Milford Track
  • Otago Penn.
  • New Zealand

    New Zealand is a country of spectacular natural beauty, thrilling outdoor activities, and plenty of sheep. With a cheap, local rental car, we drove from the top of the North Island all the way down and around the South Island. Though, it wasn't until we reached the national parks of the South Island that we found the breathtaking scenery we had been expecting from all the rave reviews we'd heard.

    I particularly enjoyed the various Great Walks we hiked all or part of: the Milford Track, the Routeburn Track, and the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. On the downside, the English-derived food was not particularly palatable. But, we compensated by staying in self-contained units and cooking for ourselves.

    See our itinerary for details on our travels. Plus, follow the paw prints to see photos from our trip:

    The streams of New Zealand - crisp, clear
    waters tinged with beautiful colors from
    natural tanins and minerals.
    Pure enough to drink from safely!
    (these are the true colors, without filtering!)

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang