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Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki

New Zealand’s stunning south island

Driving past Lake Pukaki on New Zealand’s South Island, we were greeted with this beautiful scene over Lake Pukaki looking towards Mount Cook, (Auraki) the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

Absolutely stunning I think you’ll agree. Views like this are very much the norm on New Zealnd’s south island and if this doesn’t encourage you to visit and experience the country yourself, nothing will!

Thanks to Peter Stephens Photography for processing the image for me.

Reflections of the North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s stunning north island didn’t disappoint

Reflecting on our 2 weeks on the North Island it has been good …… very good. We’ve driven 1870km and seen some fabulous countryside.

The genteel and historic Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands on the New Zealand North Island

The beautiful town of Russell

Russell was probably my favourite place visited.

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The Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand.

The Classic Tramp

One key objective of our trip to New Zealand and our visit to the North Island was the ‘classic’ walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. A 12 mile or thereabouts tramp that can be done in a day.

The Tongariro mountain range

The Tongariro mountain range

The dilemma was the ‘what ifs’. What if the weather was bad, or something happened and we didn’t make the finish in time for a shuttlebus, etc, etc. So, I didn’t book one and decided to leave it to fate when I arrived.

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