|Lake Taupo, which was created by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. The sky was blacked out as far as Rome and China for months afterward.|
|You have no idea how high up we were. It looks like a gentle descent to the left, but that ground is sooooo far below us. We were basically sitting on the edge of a huge cliff.|
|Yup. That's an active volcano. Let's just say even though we were exhausted, we picked up our pace to get out of the "blast area" where a sleeping hut was destroyed just a few years ago.|
|This water was grey. Not sure if that had to do with the volcano, but it was weird.|
There was always beauty to be found outside the window on our long drives, as well.
|Saw many areas along our drives that looked like this. Dotted with trees. I thought it was so strange and pretty.|
Not surprisingly, the ocean was also stunning and gave us a lot of beautiful photos.
We also visited the very beautiful botanical gardens in Christchurch.
Honestly, though, nature was so prevalent in New Zealand and such a focus for us that we always found something beautiful to look at around us.
|This was in Arthur's Pass, a mountainous and remote region of the South Island.|
|In Franz Josef, with the Aorki Mt. Cook mountains (I think) behind.|
|Down a windy dirt road on a 4 x 4 tour.|
Another amazing and stunning adventure was our kayak trip though the Doubtful Sound. We drove a long time to get to a boat that took us across a lake and down a river, then onto a bus that was originally brought there by boat and has no access to outside roads, then back on a boat before we could even get to the kayaks. Talk about remote.
Ok, one more spot to show you guys: the Moeraki Boulders, which were created by salt deposits over thousands of years.