I used a canon powershot (simple point-and-shoot camera) for this trip. There were a few reasons for this. I knew that I was going to be traveling for a month and a half, camping/hiking in rain, throwing packs around, etc.. and didn’t want to risk breaking my nice DSLR. Also, I wanted a camera that worked on AA batteries and not a rechargeable battery pack, that way I wouldn’t have to a) buy an adaptor and b) figure out where and when the hell I had time to recharge a battery pack.

With that said, there are a lot of photos that have washed-out areas, but nothing could be done to fix that, as there was no lens to attach a polarizer or uv filter to.

Numbers are provided next to each photo in case you have a question you’d like to ask about any of them.

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Mt. cook/Aoraki National Park – the first place we stayed for a few nights after landing in NZ
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Elephant Rocks in Waitaki Valley – North Otago
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Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach – North Otago
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New Zealand flax plant – widely used by Maori for many purposes
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adorable kitten hanging around Portobello Holiday Park
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did a tour called ‘Elm Wildlife Tour’ where the group of us went on a bus with two tour guides. This albatross center was one of the places we stopped to learn about these magnificent birds and see a few in flight
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our group split in half while we went different ways to check out the fur seals, where the pups were waiting on the rocks for their mothers to return
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then we headed down to the beach to check out the yellow-eyed penguins and the NZ/hooker’s sea lions
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the tour guide for the half of the group I was with is a penguin enthusiast and explained how yellow-eyed penguins are extremely rare and prey to the invasive stoats and possums. They’ve built little wooden structures for the penguins to nest in and explained to us about the penguin’s molting period.
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penguins and sheep in the same shot – only in New Zealand?
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ah, the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. One of the “great walks of new zealand”. It was pouring before we even left the car park. It was 3-day trek overall with 33 miles total (8 hours a day) with our heavy packs on. The first day included a bit of climbing because of the steep terrain.
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Plenty of narrow bridges.
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We had to walk on a long stretch of beach, but since this was the morning, it was low tide and easy to walk across.. except for some streams heading into the river that we couldn’t avoid walking through. That’s when I realized my hiking boots were not in the least bit water resistant.
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The boardwalk area was nice.. the trees were sheltering the trail from the rain for the most part.
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brilliant bed of moss everywhere
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After continuous rain for three days, part of the trail on the way back was flooded.
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Mirror Lake
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Milford Sound
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took a ferry around the sound
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kea – an alpine parrot. They are cheeky creatures and often pick at windshield wipes and other car parts.
I have to admit though, they’re pretty cute.
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but damn, look at that sharp beak!
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I was surprised to find so many of those around the south island
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Brod Bay near Lake Te Anu
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Queenstown
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Fox Glacier
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Pancake Rocks – Punakaiki, west coast
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weka – flightless bird
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NZ robin – bold and curious
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this is after a 2 night camping trip under some large rocks/cliffs in kahurangi national park. It had been rainy and overcast for the past few days and everyone was happy to have the warm sun out again.
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another bold bird.. the fantail.
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most beautiful sunset I had ever seen.

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