New Zealand Hikes

I got to break in my new hiking shoes recently on our trip to New Zealand. We did a number of short nature hikes, and some good urban walks too, but I’ll focus here on the trails. I mentioned before that we did a bit of hiking around the Mt. Cook area and the scenery and weather were amazing. We spent some time on the Governors Bush Walk, Glencoe Stream Walk, Bowen Bush Walk, the Kea Point trail, and Sealy Tarns trail. Later in the trip we stayed in a little A-frame cabin in Makarora (which was freezing, but super fun), and did a bit of tramping around the area. We didn’t have a lot of time, but we did a portion of the Mount Shrimpton Track. The last little walk we did was in Franz Joseph one evening – the Tatare Tunnels Walk. Christian did a bit of singing down in the mining tunnel.

Mount Cook:

View of the valley from the Glencoe Stream Walk above the Mt. Cook Hermitage Hotel.
View of the valley from the Glencoe Stream Walk above the Mt. Cook Hermitage Hotel.
Trails in the Mt. Cook area.
Trails in the Mt. Cook area.

Christian is always very serious on the trail.

Heading to the Kea Point trail.
Heading to the Kea Point trail.
Kea Point Trail.
Kea Point Trail.
Plant on the Governor's Bush Walk.
Plant on the Governor’s Bush Walk.
Stairs early on the Sealy Tarns Track.
Stairs early on the Sealy Tarns Track.
View from the Sealy Tarns Track.
View from the Sealy Tarns Track.

Makarora:

Our little cabin. We were really wishing we had a car to get out to the better trails, but it was a short and lovely stay.
Our little cabin. We were really wishing we had a car to get out to the better trails, but it was a short and lovely stay.
Lichen on the way to the Mt. Shrimpton track, Makarora.
Lichen on the way to the Mt. Shrimpton track, Makarora.
My favourite photo of the trip ( by Christian). It's one of the Fantails that kept following us.
My favourite photo of the trip ( by Christian). It’s one of the Fantails that kept following us.
Christian got one of the Fantails to land on his stick.
Christian got one of the Fantails to land on his stick.
Another amazing capture by Christian - a Tomtit.
Another amazing capture by Christian – a Tomtit.

Franz Joseph:

 

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Back in town, Franz Joseph.
Back in town, Franz Joseph.