North Island
South Island
  • Abel Tasman
  • West Coast
  • Arthur's Pass
  • South Lakes
  • Milford Track
  • Mt. Aspiring National Park + Queenstown
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    We spent several days in the South Lakes area, including Wanaka, Queenstown, and Mt. Aspiring National Park. Our initial entry to the region through Haast Pass from the west coast was spectacular and whetted our appetite for the awesome natural beauty we'd find. The area is also known for action-packed, adreneline-pumping activities. We skipped most of the wilder stuff and opted instead for luging down the hillside and a first try at river kayaking in rapids. Even then, I was quite amused by the lack of damage waivers compared to all the liability anxiety in the States. In the end, my favorite day had to be our hike on the first part of the spectacular Routeburn Track - perhaps my favorite part of NZ.

    The streams were an improbable, crisp, clear aquamarine color

    You can even safely drink out of these delicious-looking waters!

    The Routeburn Track winds through glorious beech forests

    Routeburn Flats - first hut on the Routeburn track (and as far as we ventured)

    Sheep grazing amid the beautiful
    rivers and mountains just outside
    the national park

    View of Lake Wakatipu from
    our balcony in Queenstown

    Thunder Creek Falls, just off the
    road near Haast Pass

    Commercial bungy jumping got
    its start in Queenstown

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang