Kiwi Jack: Chapter Four

So we moved on from the nestled paradise known as Queenstown, over the mountains and down and out to the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. After a bit of a drive today, I’m kind of tired so I’ll show you some pics and make this relatively brief.

The Central Otago region is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. The air is clear, the water reflects and it’s just plain peaceful. Here’s the last of it before we headed into the mountains.

Here’s a shot of the valley from said mountains. Gotta love how the cloud just HANG there. Anyone who knows something about The Hobbit knows about the Misty Mountains; there’s hundreds that quality in Kiwi land.

Lake Wanaka and another beautiful waterfront town I could live in for a significant portion of my life if I were a professional writer and could live anywhere.

So coming into the West Coast where we’re planning to check out some pretty cool glaciers, we drove through a rain forest. Seriously. New Zealand is the only place in the world where you can ski into a rain forest.

Thunder Falls is pretty amazing; so quiet, even with the running water. There’s precious few places that are as QUIET as this island, and I love it.

I dubbed this Tolkien Tree in said rainforest. Not much more I can say about this one.

Finally, sundown over the Tasman Sea once we hit the coast. We’ll be traveling up the coast tomorrow, and looking forward to this view all day.

Kia Ora!

10:01pm, August 6
Fox Glacier, New Zealand