Snapshots from around the South Island during my winter travels…
The centre of Christchurch remains a quixotic blend of street art and dilapidation.
Hamner Springs, north-west of Christchurch, on a very wet day.
En route to Tekapo from Christchurch.
A first sight of Lake Pukaki, west of Tekapo and stretching to the Southern Alps.
A view of the Southern Alps across Lake Pukaki, with Mt Cook forming the highest peak.
A very Christmassy Queenstown.
The famous Queenstown-Glenorchy scenic route.
A view of Lake Wakatipu from Glenorchy, 45 minutes drive north-west from Queenstown.
Another view of Lake Wakatipu.
Looking over the town of Cromwell in Central Otago.
The small village of Clyde in a valley deep into Central Otago.
Queenstown is the only place in New Zealand that’s always busy.
The beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka.
Erin looks over Lake Hawea, east of Wanaka.
A cosy hostel in Franz Josef.
The sun sets over New Zealand’s west coast.
Mountains and jungles rise above the small township of Franz Josef.
Misty rainforest in Punakaiki, along a desolate northern strip of the west coast.
Hiking through the jungle.
A view out over the west coast from the top of a hill.
Punakaiki’s famous Pancake Rocks.
And another view of these unusually stratified rock formations.
The Pancake Rocks at sunset.
Standing on Punakaiki beach.
Punakaiki’s peaceful Beach Hostel.
Back to Nelson and Almond House, where I spent the summer.