New Zealand's South Island

Published: March 11th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

We left Kaikoura after having one of the most amazing experiences of our lives – swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment – and knowing that we still had some pretty cool things ahead of us. Our longest drive in New Zealand fell on New Year’s Day, of all days, but thanks to one particular Frenchman the night before, we felt just fine! The seven hour drive would take us from... Read Full Entry

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Broad BayBroad Bay
Broad Bay

Broad Bay's pretty beach. We relaxed here before starting the climb up to Mt. Luxmore Hut.
Limestone CliffsLimestone Cliffs
Limestone Cliffs

Cool rocks and a cool view on the way up.
Lake Te AnauLake Te Anau
Lake Te Anau

Turns out that climbing for a few hours with heavy packs was well worth this gorgeous view.
Mt. Luxmore Hut ViewMt. Luxmore Hut View
Mt. Luxmore Hut View

Moutain view from the hut we stayed in our first night on the Kepler.
Still Not Summer...Still Not Summer...
Still Not Summer...

We still have not found summer in the southern hemisphere, and it's their summer. Crazy!
Luxmore CaveLuxmore Cave
Luxmore Cave

Spelunking in the cool and dazzling Luxmore Cave.
Mt. Luxmore HutMt. Luxmore Hut
Mt. Luxmore Hut

Night 1 on the Kepler Track.
Mt. LuxmoreMt. Luxmore
Mt. Luxmore

At the peak of Mt. Luxmore with some yummy dried apricots.
A View for MilesA View for Miles
A View for Miles

Gorgeous views in gorgeous weather on day 2 of Kepler.
Mountain-Top TrailMountain-Top Trail
Mountain-Top Trail

Day 2 led us along mountain tops with panoramic views for miles.
Trail Mix HappyTrail Mix Happy
Trail Mix Happy

Energized after a lunch of trail mix and apricots.
Port-O-Potty with a ViewPort-O-Potty with a View
Port-O-Potty with a View

This is the most scenic port-o-potty I've ever seen!
Break with a ViewBreak with a View
Break with a View

Day 2 was full of amazing views.
Iris Burn CampsiteIris Burn Campsite
Iris Burn Campsite

Pretty field where we camped on night 2 of Kepler.
Breakfast WaterfallBreakfast Waterfall
Breakfast Waterfall

Not the actual name, but we had our apricot One Square Meal bars at this waterfall for day 3 breakfast.
Lovin' the NZ FernLovin' the NZ Fern
Lovin' the NZ Fern

Day 3 was full of lush fern forests along a cool river.
Lake MoturauLake Moturau
Lake Moturau

The shimmering lakeside where we enjoyed a sunny afternoon and a pretty sunset on day 3.
Lake Moturau SunsetLake Moturau Sunset
Lake Moturau Sunset

A pretty sunset made for a great last night on the Kepler.
Lake Moturau SunriseLake Moturau Sunrise
Lake Moturau Sunrise

The start to our last day on the Kepler, amazing!

18th March 2011

Simply unbelievable!

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