Highlights
Itinerary
North Island
South Island
  • Abel Tasman
  • West Coast
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Mt. Aspiring
  • Milford Track
  • Otago Penn.
  • The West Coast
    (click on thumbnail for full-size image)
    We drove down the length of the West Coast from Karamea in the far north down through the glaciers and Haast Pass as the road turns inland. This included some quite diverse territory, beautiful scenery, and of course lots of fun Kiwi activities.

    Looking down the coast from the first part of the famed Heaphy Track

    Beautifully translucent tea-colored waters tinged from plant tanins
    in the Oparara Basin

    Looking out from Metro Cave (near Westport) into the lush vegetation

    Fantastic cave formations in the fairly undeveloped Metro Cave

    If you look closely, you can see some of the magical glowworms we encountered

    While caving, we ran across some
    weta - unique to NZ!

    "Land yachting" on the beaches near Westport was an exciting thrill

    Layered rocks that make up Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki National Park

    More fantastic rock formations
    at Punakaiki

    Franz-Josef (and nearby Fox) Glacier is improbably found only 1000 feet above and 7 miles inland from the sea

    Views of the glacial mountains
    near sunset

    Lake Matheson (near Fox Glacier)
    and its postcard-perfect reflection

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang